Behind The Paving Industry In The United States
Though many of us do not actively think about what materials are used for paving our roads, our sidewalks, and other such necessities for easily navigating our lives, the paving industry is a thriving one. By 2017 there were nearly two hundred thousand paving businesses in the United States alone, employing nearly three hundred thousand people in total. The total revenue that was generated by the paving industry in that year alone was more than thirty five billion dollars, and only expected to keep increasing by the end of this fiscal year and in the years to come.
When it comes to paving, there is more to consider and more thought that goes into it than the majority of the general population is likely to realize. After all, unless there is something wrong with our roads, we tend not to give them much thought at all, as they have become such a normal part of our day to day lives. But the process of paving roads and other locations tends to have more intricacies than that.
For example, the material used for the paving is the first thing that must be decided on. Concrete is by far one of the most popular choices for materials used in paving, and has a long history of successful use. Concrete has been utilized for paving our roads for nearly one hundred years, since the first concrete road in the United States was paved in Detroit in 1909, costing just over thirteen thousand dollars at the time. Since then, in the nearly one hundred years intervening, concrete has remained a popular choice of material for road paving purposes and concrete roads now make up at least thirty percent of all of the highways throughout the country. Concrete is in part so popular because it is incredibly strong and durable, with a strength of as much as seven thousand psi and with a strength measured in at no less than three thousand psi. It’s also relatively easy and cheap to make, and is typically made up of a mix of crushed stone, gravel, and sand as well as water and cement.
But concrete is not the only popular paving material regularly used by a pavement company. Pavement services regularly lay down asphalt as well, and asphalt is a paving material that has even been more widespread and popular than the use of concrete. It is so popular, in fact, that asphalt roads, highways and residential streets both, make up nearly ninety five percent of all the roads in the United States alone.
No matter what type of paving material is used, from concrete to asphalt alike, it is important that our streets are well kept. Streets that fall into disrepair can cause damages to vehicles far too easily, and in fact around four hundred dollars worth of damages is done to every vehicle on average in the United States in just one year. Smooth streets are also beneficial in that they save the average car driver or other motor vehicle driver as much as ten percent of their fuel costs, as a good deal less fuel is needed to drive on smooth roads in comparison to bumpy ones. Power sweeping and power washing should also be regularly done on all of the roads throughout the country, as this can not only improve the overall appearance of the company but help to reduce the average citizen’s exposure to the pollutants that commonly gather on our roadways.
Roads are important in the United States and in many other places around the world, there is certainly no doubt about it. Paving companies have a lot at stake when it comes to the roads, whether they be concrete roads or asphalt ones, and so it is important that we take good care of them. This regular maintenance often involves road cleaning procedures as well as road repair and a well cared for road is likely to last far longer than one that has been neglected and even forgotten about entirely.