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Everything You Need to Know About Crushed Asphalt

As you start a new project, there are important decisions to make and one of the main decisions is what kind of material to use. Traditional materials, like concrete, may be the well-known material of choice but there is another durable and eco-friendly material that you may consider for your next project and it’s called crushed asphalt.

What is Crushed Asphalt?

Crushed asphalt is recycled pavement. It’s leftover material that’s been crushed and ground down. It is also sometimes referred to as reclaimed asphalt pavement or RAP. RAP is becoming increasingly popular because it’s environmentally friendly and cost-effective.

Crushed Asphalt vs. Concrete

Concrete and asphalt are both commonly used for driveways and sidewalks. Concrete isn’t as easily reused and cannot be recycled the way that asphalt can be recycled. Crushed concrete can be used as an underneath base for a driveway or sidewalk but isn’t normally used as the main building material. Crushed asphalt still contains tar which makes it able to lay smoothly and is more cost-effective than concrete.

Compared with other types of materials, such as gravel, it lasts a long time and is also more durable.

Ways to Use Crushed Asphalt

There are various ways to use crushed asphalt including:

  • Roads
  • Bases
  • Fills
  • Shoulders on roads
  • Sidewalks
  • Driveways
  • Parking lots
  • Foundations

Crushed asphalt can be used in nearly every way that concrete, asphalt, or gravel can be used.

Benefits of Using Crushed Asphalt

Some of the benefits of using crushed asphalt include:

  • Durability
  • High-quality
  • Eco-friendly
  • Sustainability
  • Weather-resistant
  • No maintenance
  • Affordable
  • Appearance
  • Good bonding ability
  • Recycled
  • Preserving other limited resources for different uses
  • Versatile


With the right equipment, you can recycle your own materials. Recycling materials relieves the burden on landfills and allows for other materials that are rarer and not recyclable to be used for other purposes. Recycling materials also helps the environment by not wasting materials that could still be used. 

General Kinematics Can Help

General Kinematics can help you find the right equipment for your business needs. Learn more on our website and start recycling today.

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