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Topeka, Kansas in approx. 1894-6
If you thought Asphalt was a new industry, think again. The following article from the National Asphalt Pavement Association is not only informative but is interesting as well.
History of Asphalt
Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the beloved Little House on the Prairie, tells of her first encounter with an asphalt pavement. She was on a wagon journey with her parents in 1894 that took them through Topeka.
"In the very midst of the city, the ground was covered by some dark stuff that silenced all the wheels and muffled the sound of hoofs. It was like tar, but Papa was sure it was not tar, and it was something like rubber, but it could not be rubber because rubber cost too much. We saw ladies all in silks and carrying ruffled parasols, walking with their escorts across the street. Their heels dented the street, and while we watched, these dents slowly filled up and smoothed themselves out. It was as if that stuff were alive. It was like magic."
Today, this dark, resilient material covers more than 94 percent of the paved roads in the United States; it’s the popular choice for driveways, parking lots, airport runways, racetracks, tennis courts, and other applications where a smooth, durable driving surface is required. Called at various times asphalt pavement, blacktop, tarmac, macadam, plant mix, asphalt concrete, or bituminous concrete, asphalt pavements have played an important role in changing the landscape and the history of the U.S. since the late 19th century. But the story of asphalt begins thousands of years before the founding of the United States. Asphalt occurs naturally in both asphalt lakes and in rock asphalt (a mixture of sand, limestone, and asphalt).
The first recorded use of asphalt as a road building material was in Babylon around 615 BCE, in the reign of King Nabopolassar.
To read more of this article from the National Asphalt Pavement Association about the history of asphalt, click on the link below.
Spring is here and you may be considering replacing your asphalt driveway.
Maybe you have a cracked driveway, need extensive driveway repairs or just have a driveway that is 15-30 years old.
If you know you need a new driveway, but you’re not exactly sure where to start, you’re not alone. Having your asphalt replaced or fixed is not an everyday occurrence. Most homeowners or business owners have never done it before. Even if you have replaced a driveway or parking lot, technology and techniques may have changed and improved since then.
Contact G.W.Paving Inc. and get the solutions.
Call for your free estimate today!
You are thinking of a new driveway, but unsure if you should install concrete or asphalt? Here are a few facts that may help you decide.
Occasional light sprinkles should not be cause for us to shut down operations. However, a steady downpour, either light or heavy, will likely require us to reschedule. Here are some reasons why.
Heavy rain cools the asphalt, making proper compaction difficult and excess moisture can cause separation of the asphalt binder from the aggregate. A quality driveway or parking lot requires a firm, stable, well-draining crushed aggregate base. Heavy rain and moisture present while paving can sabotage that base down the road causing failure.
The Asphalt Institute sums it up best, asphalt pavements are designed to last for many years, so don’t let a sense of urgency to get the job done quickly allow you to make decisions which could strip years away from the pavement life.
The parking lot or driveway is the first thing customers will experience when they visit your business. It is important to create a safe, warm inviting exterior that entices potential customers to enter.
G W Paving Inc. can help you improve your curb appeal.
The last thing you want is for your customers to struggle during their visit. Do they have to avoid dangerous pot holes or deal with old asphalt that is difficult to navigate while they are walking or driving in their vehicles to your business?
G W Paving Inc. has the solution. Call today for your free estimate.
April is a busy month, we start thinking about sprucing up our property, start discussing new projects, or maintaining the projects we completed last year.
For instance, if you have a new asphalt or existing driveway, you will want to call
G W Paving Inc. now to schedule for your sealcoating service.
Asphalt sealcoating will fill the surface voids, reduce exposure to oxygen or UV rays, and reduce the depth in which any oil or gas could penetrate your asphalt.
Spring-Time To Do Lists:
Paving * Driveways * Parking Lots * Roadways * Sidewalks * New Construction * Grading * Excavating * Crushed Stone
Resurfacing / Overlay * Seal Coating * Striping * Crack Filling * Patching * Saw Cutting
Speed Bumps * Wheelchair Ramps * Swales * Wheel Stops * Basketball Courts * Tennis Courts * Water Control