How do you know asphalt is the right pavement material for your driveway? Because when city, state, and federal government contractors need to create the roads that U.S. drivers will use for decades to come, they overwhelmingly rely on made-in-America asphalt. There are currently at least 2.6 million miles of paved roads in the States, and 94% of that road surface is covered in all-American asphalt. All told, there’s about 18 billion tons of asphalt pavement covering U.S. roads today. Not only that, but 90% of our parking lots are paved with asphalt as well. So unless you moonlight as a monster truck driver, we’re guessing your driveway won’t see quite as much action as the average city road or shopping mall parking lot.
So if you’re looking for a durable, long-lasting construction material that supports American jobs too, then you can’t do better than asphalt driveways. While many construction materials are imported from overseas, there are about 3,500 asphalt production sites in the United States, which produce 350 million tons of pavement every year.
Not only that, but even more U.S. workers and companies find work to reclaim used asphalt pavement. In 2013 alone, about 67.8 million tons of asphalt was saved from U.S. landfills, and virtually 100% of that pavement was reclaimed and reused, both on roads and asphalt driveways like yours.
Of course, as any driveway repair contractor or asphalt driveway company will tell you, the Minnesota winter is especially rough on asphalt driveways that aren’t properly maintained. Ice, snow, freezing and unfreezing, and especially the highly corrosive salts used during the winter months all break down asphalt driveways over time. But with the proper sealing and regular maintenance, winter doesn’t have to be the death of your driveway.
It’s true, the kind of asphalt driveway St. Paul, Minneapolis, and all Minnesota drivers take for granted might require a little extra attention before the deep winter freeze. However, they also provide the solid, American-made surface your home deserves.