What is Recycled Asphalt?
There are a couple of good reasons that more than 90% of the roads in the US are made of asphalt: it’s incredibly durable and can be made for less money and energy output than concrete. Because it is so durable, it is easily recycled and can be repurposed and used again without sacrificing quality and performance. Recycling asphalt saves US taxpayers an estimated $2.5 billion and 60,000,000 cubic yards of landfill space.
Recycled asphalt is made by milling and washing the previously used asphalt material and blending it again with binders and other additives to make it effective and free from contaminants. It is heat treated so that the old and the new binders can fuse, resulting in a homogenous mixture.
What is Recycled Asphalt Used For?
Recycled asphalt is a versatile material that is used for many types of paving projects. Parking lots and driveways often use recycled asphalt, as well as roadways. Recycled asphalt shingles are well known for being a high-quality roofing material, resistant to extreme weather conditions, and suitable for all climates.
How Do You Maintain a Recycled Asphalt Driveway?
Recycled asphalt driveways will need to be seal coated every two to three years, the same as new asphalt driveways. Cracks or potholes must be filled in as they appear to prevent them from spreading or becoming worse.
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