Origins of Asphalt Paving and Why We Still Use It Today

Asphalt covers a large majority of paved roads in the United States (94%!), as well as most driveways, parking lots, racetracks, tennis courts, airport runways, and more. While the first recorded instance of asphalt used as a road surface was in 615 BCE, it was in the late 19th century that it became prevalent in the United States. The Greeks and Romans utilized the sealing properties of asphalt, and in 1595, Europeans who were exploring the New World discovered asphalt in natural deposits and utilized it to seal and caulk their ships.

In the late 1860s, the United States produced the first bituminous mixtures and used them to create sidewalks and crosswalks, and eventually some roads. The first truly asphalt-paved road in the US was laid by a Belgian chemist who used an asphalt sand mixture to pave the road in front of Newark, New Jersey’s City Hall. He eventually paved Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. as well, which confirmed to scientists and those interested in asphalt paving that the natural deposits of asphalt found in the United States were as good of a quality as the asphalt that was brought in from Europe. 

Even though asphalt has been around for centuries the first official asphalt paving patent was filed in 1871 and after that, the next patent was filed in 1990. Another interesting point is that Asphalt production techniques have significantly changed since the beginning and a major reason for that was to keep up the demand for asphalt seeing that in a four-year span in the 1930s, asphalt played a role in about 80% of roadway construction across the United States. The industry boomed during and after World War II, as the need for sturdier runways and more roadways increased, and the State Highway Act, passed by Congress in 1956, allotted $51 billion to road construction, increasing the need for asphalt paving and resulting in far more paved roads.

The production of asphalt has improved, as has the equipment used in asphalt paving. Asphalt paving companies have embraced these technological advances to improve their efficiency in laying asphalt roads and in creating parking lots, driveways, and more made of asphalt pavement. Not only is asphalt paving cheaper than alternatives (such as concrete), but it also has many other benefits.

When we’re talking about asphalt pavement making up the majority of our highways, interstates, and local roads, price is incredibly important, and asphalt paving companies can lay a road for less money than a company who is using a different material. Asphalt pavement is quieter than alternatives, and vehicles are able to drive on newly paved roads made with asphalt much quicker than with any other material. Commercial asphalt paving is quick and easy to do, and repairs can be made very quickly on asphalt pavement. Asphalt paving is more eco-friendly as it is made with recycled materials, and it offers more give than concrete, leading to fewer cracks when settling or when place on varying terrains.

Asphalt paving has a rich history, both in the US and abroad, and here at LSC Construction Services, we are proud to be one of the top asphalt paving companies in Bloomington, MN and the entire Twin Cities area. If you need commercial asphalt paving or need repairs on your asphalt pavement, give us a call today.

Will Commercial Asphalt Paving Disrupt My Business?

If your parking lot has cracks, potholes, or other issues, it can become an eyesore that disrupts the look of your business. It can also become a safety hazard and can be frustrating for your clientele to drive and park outside your business. The best solution to this issue is to hire a commercial asphalt paving company to complete a repaving project on your parking lot. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to disrupt your business or force you to close your doors for countless days.

We Complete Repaving in Sections

Regardless of the size of your parking lot, our commercial asphalt paving team will complete the repaving project in sections so that a portion of your parking lot will be usable at all times. Whether we’re repaving, grading, performing commercial seal coating, or more, part of your parking lot will be open for your patrons to park and come into your business. 

If your parking lot is very large, it may take several days to complete the commercial asphalt paving job. Since it’s best to let the asphalt sit for about a day or two before cars drive on it, we will plan out the project accordingly so that your staff and clientele always have somewhere to drive and park so they can access your building.

We Work Around Your Schedule

As a commercial asphalt paving company, we are here to serve you. We will work around your schedule to make the best plan for everyone involved so that your parking lot is significantly improved in a short amount of time. We always do our best to work around your business hours so that customers aren’t put off by construction equipment and the noise disturbances, and we always strive to get jobs done as quickly and efficiently as we can so that your parking lot is all yours again as soon as possible.

Contact Us Today for Commercial Asphalt Paving for Your Business

If you aren’t sure if you need complete repaving of your business parking lot or if you simply need some commercial seal coating or parking lot maintenance, give us a call. We will come out and inspect your business parking lot and advise you on the best plan of action moving forward. LSC Construction Services is a local commercial asphalt paving company that strives to provide the best services in the industry, including both residential and commercial asphalt paving or repaving, grading, residential and commercial seal coating, parking lot maintenance, and more.