1. Lower Cost
Crushed asphalt millings are made out of recycled asphalt pavement. Since the material used for the project is recycled, the cost is significantly lower than if you had to pay for all new materials. Essentially, asphalt millings are the crushed remnants from other asphalt projects, so you pay less.
2. Lowers Use of Scarce Natural Resources
If you are planning a LEED project, you’ll want to consider the benefits of asphalt milling. Not only can asphalt pavement milling help you earn LEED credits, but certain asphalt paving projects may even be eligible for tax credits. For example, commercial asphalt parking lots might qualify for tax credits if asphalt millings were used.
Even if you aren’t working toward a LEED certification, asphalt milling is still kinder to the environment than gravel because it uses recycled paving materials.
3. Resistant to Weather
Asphalt millings are a durable construction material that resist extreme temperatures, sun, rain, snow, and ice. They also help snow melt faster off of paved surfaces and make it harder for ice to form. If you are familiar with Arizona summers, you’ll know that durable asphalt paving materials are important for extending the life of the pavement.
4. Low Maintenance
Asphalt millings harden over time, which strengthens the surface of your asphalt parking lot or roadway. Asphalt millings also don’t need to be refinished, resurfaced, or replaced, which saves you money in the long-run. They’re durable against the weather elements, which is useful in a state like Arizona where the weather can be very severe at times.
In case you’re still not convinced...
Traditional gravel doesn’t stay in one place. Instead, it scatters over time and reduces the depth of your driveway. This may especially be the case if you used gravel to fill a pothole.
Gravel driveways are also more difficult to plow and are prone to getting ruts. In the summer, driving on gravel can stir up dust and debris. For these reasons, our contractors often recommend asphalt millings over gravel.