Asphalt paving is one of North America’s building blocks. The United States has more than 2 million miles of paved roads and highways, and 94 percent of those are surfaced with asphalt.
The reasons are simple; asphalt can be designed to work anywhere and is smooth, quiet, durable and safe, not to mention it is the most recycled material in the United States. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Highway Administration, about 90 million tons of asphalt is reclaimed each year, and over 80 percent of that total is recycled back into new asphalt paving.
One challenge has been finding practical decorative and color treatments that work in asphalt pavement. Traditional materials such as bricks, pavers and stamped concrete cause structural problems such as shifting, settlement and cracking when put into the pavement surface.