FAQs

Why should I use asphalt over concrete?

There are a number of reasons to choose asphalt over concrete. First, asphalt has a longer life span than concrete. Generally, asphalt will last 20+ years without any major maintenance. It is also more cost effective in the long run. You can’t repair concrete, only replace it.

Asphalt is designed to flex with slight subgrade settlements or frost heave, unlike rigid concrete, significantly reducing the risk of cracking or potholes. It is also a strong, durable product, engineered to withstand freezing and thawing longer than concrete. Snow removal is also easier with asphalt. There are smooth joints, unlike with concrete, and the dark colored surface absorbs heat assisting in the natural melting of snow and ice.

Is Asphalt more expensive than other alternatives?

Generally, asphalt is the most cost-effective way to build and pave roads, both in the actual material costs and the cost of traffic delays. Numerous studies have proven the initial cost of asphalt pavement is usually less than concrete. And when major thoroughfares are closed for weeks of repairs or construction, businesses and individuals stand to lose a lot of money – potentially millions of dollars. With asphalt paving, construction and rehabilitation can be performed at night so roads are open the next morning, saving time and money. And because asphalt can be recycled into new roads, it saves taxpayers more than $300 million a year. (Source: www.beyondroads.com)

Is Asphalt good for the environment?

J.H. Rudolph works hard to stay on top of the latest technological advances in emissions controls for each of our asphalt plants. We have a dedicated team of employees who make sure our plants follow the stringent EPA guidelines on a daily basis. In 2002, the EPA deleted asphalt plants from its list of major sources of hazardous air pollutants.

Many people are unaware that asphalt is the most recycled material used in the U.S. today. We can use recycled shingles, old asphalt pavement and rubber tires in the production of new asphalt. Recycling in asphalt production saves U.S. taxpayers more than $300 million a year! (Source: www.beyondroads.com)

How long will asphalt last?

Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) usually lasts 20+ years without any major maintenance in normal settings. J.H. Rudolph uses the finest Superpave designed HMA in every project they complete, ensuring lasting quality for the life of your asphalt surface. Contact one of our qualified estimators to discuss your particular project and how long asphalt can be expected to last within the project scope.

Is J.H. Rudolph a full service contractor?

Yes, J.H. Rudolph is a full service contractor. We can handle any project, from simple asphalt paving to full service site preparation. We have experience with earthwork, pipe installation, engineering and design, concrete and gradation. If you need a walkway paved or a general contractor to advise you from start to finish, J.H. Rudolph can handle your project in a timely and accurate manner.

How do I begin my asphalt paving project?

Contact one of our qualified estimators to begin your project today. We have a dedicated estimating staff that would be delighted to walk you through your project from start to finish. You can reach our estimators in Evansville at (812) 476-4921 or Dale at (812) 937-9710.

What type of work does JH Rudolph do?

J.H. Rudolph paves all types of surfaces from walkways with recreational uses to Interstate Highways. We’ve done tennis courts, boat ramps, salt storage buildings, county roads, city streets and subdivisions all over Southern Indiana and in parts of Kentucky.

Is JH Rudolph asphalt top quality?

J.H. Rudolph & Co., Inc. is committed to providing quality asphalt paving products that adhere to the highest testing standards in today’s asphalt industry. All of our plants are INDOT Certified Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) Producers with fully equipped labs staffed with Certified Quality Control Technicians. All of our customers, big and small, receive the same high-quality asphalt mixes which are tested on a regular basis, regardless of the size and scope of the project. We provide only the best HMA materials available today.