Although asphalt is an extremely popular material for a number of different paving projects, a growing number of people are becoming concerned with the environmental impact of manufacturing asphalt from our earth’s natural resources.
As a result, asphalt has quickly become the most recycled material in the entire United States.
Sometimes referred to as reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP), recycled asphalt minimizes the use of raw materials while still offering the same benefits of virgin asphalt.
Before taking advantage of RAP, many customers are curious as to whether or not they’ll save money by using the material and how much they can expect to spend.
To help you understand what goes into recycled asphalt pricing, here’s a look at the factors that influence cost and why the material is less expensive than virgin asphalt.
Which factors affect recycled asphalt pricing?
It’s easier to estimate how much you’ll need to invest in your project when you understand what impacts the cost of RAP. Some factors include:
- Production Costs– Recycled asphalt pricing can vary based upon how small the millings and broken asphalt are processed to make RAP.
- Asphalt Recycling Plant – It’s important to get some information about the plant where the asphalt was recycled and repurposed before making a buying decision. Make sure that the asphalt plant has a reputation for offering fair pricing on its materials so that you don’t overspend. The best thing to do is to find a supplier that operates its own asphalt plant so that you can buy direct and enjoy wholesale pricing.
- Intended Use – Some people only need unwanted asphalt in a crushed aggregate form. They might be using it as a road or construction filler, for railroad ballast, etc. Other people need the recycled material to be put back into hot mix asphalt for paving purposes. Because the process of generating HMA is more labor-intensive, the material may be slightly more expensive.
- Quality – The quality of the RAP that you buy and use will make a big difference in the long-term cost-effectiveness of your investment. A low-grade recycled material will need to be replaced far sooner than a high quality product, meaning you’ll end up spending more money than is necessary.
Why is recycled concrete less expensive than virgin materials?
You’ll find that by taking advantage of RAP, you’ll be acting in a way that’s environmentally responsible while saving money in the process. Here’s how:
- Reduced Resources – The beauty of incorporating recycled asphalt materials into hot mix asphalt is that fewer natural resources are required in the manufacturing process. Amongst other things, high volumes of oil are used in the manufacture of virgin asphalt. As oil prices continue to climb, so does the cost of producing asphalt. This means that today’s customers end up paying far more for virgin asphalt than they would have even just a few years ago. Regardless of what percentage of recycled materials are used when making HMA, there will still be a reduction in the amount of oil required, meaning that prices will drop. By talking to various suppliers to learn how much recycled asphalt is used in the production of their HMA, you can find the least expensive product for your needs.
- Decreased Labor – Whether you intend to use recycled asphalt in aggregate form or in hot mix asphalt, the total labor required to provide you with the materials you need will be lessened. In the case of aggregate asphalt pieces, no natural stone materials will need to be mined or excavated from quarries. For use in HMA, fewer natural resources will need to be excavated, making the process easier on asphalt manufacturers. The less labor that’s needed to get the job done, the less you’ll end up paying for the finished product.
Feel free to talk to one of our professionals about how recycled asphalt can work to your benefit. Our materials can be picked up form our Haledon location or bulk delivered throughout parts of NJ, NY, NYC and PA.