When choosing a paving material for your project, you’ll want to consider the ways that material might work best for your individual needs. Concrete is durable and serves as a hard surface for parking and riding bikes, but it is easily stained and porous. Here are the four main reasons asphalt may be the best choice for your paving needs.

Relatively Inexpensive

Asphalt is a less expensive paving material than other options. In addition to monetary savings, the time needed to complete your paving project can be reduced. Because it is fairly easy to put down, and dries fast, the need to block off roads, driveways, and parking areas for long periods of time is greatly reduced compared to the time it takes concrete to dry.

Withstands Harsh Chicago Weather

Extreme weather can be hard on paved surfaces. Asphalt is not only quick to put down, but is weather resistant and can withstand harsh weather, whether it is heat or cold. Asphalt also stands the test of time in both low and high traffic areas.

Safety for Drivers

Safety is another great advantage of asphalt paving. Because of its dark color, it offers better visual distinction between road and parking log marking. Its finish offers a smooth ride, but also skid resistance and reduced splash back. It is also more resistant to snow and ice in the winter, which can be a major concern in areas with long, cold, wet winters.


Sustainability is important to many people. One great thing about asphalt is that it is recyclable – it can be used again and again, with a never-ending life cycle. When the road needs re-paving, you can simply dig it up and re-use it. This is one of the top reasons that asphalt is so popular for meeting paving needs. Many companies strive for a low to no waste work environment, and its reusability allows asphalt to be a great contributor.

Easy Maintenance

Easy maintenance is another great advantage to paving with asphalt. Repairs are quick and road cracks can be easily repaired without too much interruption of traffic or other everyday activity. Regular maintenance includes a monthly visual inspection by the property owner to make sure there are no cracks or holes. A quick phone call to Rapco, and cracks are taken care of quickly.

Easy Repairs

Asphalt is quick and easy to repair when you have the proper equipment for the job. By maintaining cracks and resealing roads, driveways and highways regularly, major degradation can be delayed. Eventually, the pavement will need to be replaced entirely, but proper maintenance can extend the life of your asphalt for several years.

Call Rapco Asphalt Maintenance in the Greater Chicago area to schedule a consultation to discuss your pavement needs. We work with homeowners and commercial property owners alike. No job is too big or too small.