Blacktop Paving Associations
Blacktop & Asphalt Paving Associations
Many manufacturing industries have associations. These associations foster a spirit of cooperation and act as a clearing house for new ideas and technologies. Blacktop and asphalt is no different. There is a national association of paving contractors. Many of these individuals are from companies which do large roadwork. However, the technology that they foster eventually trickles down to those of us who need it on the smaller residential driveway scale. There are also several state organizations as well. All of these organizations offer helpful information for homeowners.
The National Asphalt Pavement Association is the main organization. They offer a very nice consumer's guide entitled "Hot Mix Asphalt: Best for Your Driveway."
The Asphalt Pavement Alliance also has some great pamphlets available for free download.
A site geared specifically to the public is beyondRoads.com. It is a "source for information on the asphalt industry, its operations, its products and issues, brought to you by the Asphalt Education Partnership (AEP)."
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A sampling of state organizations are as follows:
CALIFORNIA: Asphalt Pavement Association
ILLINOIS: Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association
KENTUCKY: Plantmix Asphalt Industry of Kentucky
MICHIGAN: Michigan Asphalt Paving Association
NEW JERSEY: New Jersey Asphalt Pavement Association
OHIO: Flexible Pavements of Ohio
Once again, contact the association in your state. They are generally very helpful. They want you to have up-to-date information concerning asphalt. They also want to make sure that it is installed properly so that you, the end user, are satisfied. To this end, they will provide you with vast amounts of useful information. In many cases, they can also assist you with help in selecting a professional blacktop installer. It might not be a bad idea to check out several of these web sites, as they may provide you with a wide variety of useful information.