Were you aware that there are 2.6 million miles of paved roads in the United States? Over 94% of these roads are surfaced with 18 billion tons of asphalt pavement.
In order to produce all that material, there are about 3,500 asphalt mix production sites operating in the United States. As a whole, these sites produce close to 350 million tons of asphalt a year.
Given the ongoing concern of waste on the environment and the economy, you may be interested to know that much of this material is being recycled. in 2013, for example, 67.8 million tons of asphalt pavement was reclaimed. Are you curious how much was reused? Almost 100%!
When you’re out on the road heading to your office, home, or another destination, you may often be concerned with the condition of the parking spaces and lots you encounter. Your own driveway, however, tends to take precedence.
Is it Time to Repair Your Driveway?
Once you’ve realized it’s time–or past time–for a driveway repair job, you’ll want to find just the right contractor. Do you have an existing asphalt or concrete driveway that’s falling apart or in otherwise poor condition? Or maybe you’ve just purchased a fixer-upper without an actual driveway.
No matter what condition your current driveway is in, when a contractor provides proper installation and regular maintenance, it should be in good shape for 25-to-50 years.
What Size is Your Driveway?
One of the major questions a contractor will ask you is the size of your current–or desired–driveway. If you need repair on a single-car driveway, for example, the average width is eight-to-nine feet. For a two-car driveway, the width is generally between 15-to-18 feet.
What Colors Do You Like?
That’s right. . .If you’ve decided to put in a concrete driveway, you can actually choose from a variety of colors. When your contractor asks you what colors you like, depending upon availability, you may be able to choose from an assortment of 250 hues and shades.
Enjoy Your New Driveway!
When your driveway is in good repair, it’s easier on your eyes as well as your car. When your hire a contractor that specializes in asphalt and/or concrete driveways, you’ll also know that you’ve received professional-level work. This also means that your driveway will meet safety standards and regulations, which can bring you peace of mind.