Asphalt occurs in lakes naturally
Many people don’t know that asphalt naturally occurs in lakes. The largest natural deposit in the world in Pitch Lake in the Caribbean.
Porous asphalt can help with drainage
There are types of asphalt that are porous and can help drain off water buildup. Most types of asphalt today repel water. Porous asphalt can help to absorb precipitation and prevent flooding.
Asphalt cracks vary
There are many different types of asphalt cracks that occur.
- Alligator cracking: small, close knit cracks similar to alligator skin
- Transverse crackling: perpendicular cracks caused by high traffic
- Block cracking: large rectangular cracks shaped like squares
- Edge cracking: cracks at the edge of your asphalt
- Slippage cracking: crescent-shaped cracks that can turn into potholes
Grass grows through asphalt
You might think that asphalt is solid without any air gaps. Properly compacted asphalt contains approximately 10% air voids in it. This means that weeds can grow through the asphalt.
Smooth asphalt improves gas mileage
Smooth asphalt can improve your mileage. A study done by the Federal Highway Administration found that smooter asphalt can improve fuel efficiency by 4.5%.