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Installing Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Like it or not, the world seems to be moving towards electric vehicles (EVs). Fossil fuels won’t last forever. Fossil fuels also often have to be imported from nations with massive reserves. All sorts of issues come up from this, from price gouging to oil tanker spills. Every nation can produce electricity, meaning electric vehicles are a good way of making countries more energy independent. Finally, fully electric vehicles don’t produce carbon dioxide during driving. A full switch to all electric vehicles will seriously decrease the world’s greenhouse gas output. 

One of the biggest challenges facing drivers who wish to switch to electric vehicles is range capability. There simply aren’t many electric charging stations in the US right now. Doing things like intercity or interstate travel become impossible if you can’t charge along the way. 

Many commercial property owners are now considering adding electric vehicle charging stations. It makes sense if you own an apartment, a garage, a parking lot, or a business. But what are the best ways to put in EV chargers? What should you keep in mind while you do so?

Planning 

How many do you need?

The ideal amount of electric charging stations is 1 for every 4 electric vehicles. That means we have a serious shortage, and will for the foreseeable future. Even if the amount of EV chargers being built starts to seriously increase, a shortage will remain for years to come. Either way, assess how many EV chargers you need. How many people in your apartment complex have electric vehicles? How many cars at any given time in your parking garage are electric? If you run a gas station, how often do you get electric vehicles driving or stopping by? For business owners, how many people who work at that business have electric vehicles? The way to figure out how many chargers you need will be different for every property. Of course, expect the number of people using electric vehicles to go up as time goes on.

Where should they go?

It’s usually a good idea for EV chargers to be visible when someone pulls into your parking garage, driveway, business, or gas station. That way, they know immediately where to go with their vehicle and they know they can charge its battery. If the charging outlets are somewhere harder to find, then you can put up some signage to let passers by, patrons, and workers know you have them.

Can you support them?

Make sure to check your building codes to ensure absolutely that you can supply enough electricity for EV charging stations. Not every building has the same power capacity.

You may be able to get some benefits

Certain communities offer tax credits for install EV charge stations. There are also insurance credits in some places that can be taken advantage of. Utility companies may even pay for the station all together if you participate in an EV demand response program. Find out what benefits your community – and the federal government – offer.

Choose a contractor for installation

Just about any licensed electrical contractor should be able to install your EV charging station for you. Regardless of who you choose, make sure to do a few things with the contractor you hire.

  • Do a site walk through.
  • Discuss how many EV charging stations you want to install. This determines your electrical demand.
  • Ask what the contractor knows about tax credits, insurance rebates, and other financial bonuses.
  • What other work might you need to do? Renovating, remodeling, etc.

Talking with your contractor about the above things will possibly alter your existing plan. It’s important, so make sure to go over the details. Information you get from the contractor may change where you will put your charging stations. Will you need to install electrical junctions? Pave more area for cars to sit while being charged? Will you need to install additional electric infrastructure in order to put more charging stations in later?

Finalize your plan

Compare your initial plan with the newly-revised plan you made with your contractor. Figure out what solutions are best and what your business/property is capable of. While finalizing the plan, be sure to contact any other contractors you need as well. If you need remodeling, try a construction contractor. If you need underground wiring worked on, then you may need to remove and repave existing paving. In that case, you might want to keep us in mind for your paving contractor needs. Finally, figure out what the total cost should be,. Try to calculate electric vehicle use (presently and predicted) to get a sense of how long it will take you to start turning a profit. 

Use the new plan to create a proposal. 

Get started!

Once the proposal is approved, it’s time to start construction. When all of the work is done, then the last thing you have to do is register your charging stations. 

Register your EV charging stations

Once you register them on a network, they will show up on maps for EV drivers. You can also do things like assign certain stations as public stations or to specific cars. Additionally, during registration with whatever company provides the charging station, you will decide on payment rates/methods.

Ready to start building for the future?

Electric vehicles will be the mainstream in the next decades. You should be ready for it. If you are ready to get some work done on your property, from installing EV chargers to any kinds of repairs, then Reliable Paving can help. We do full-depth asphalt repairs, concrete paving and repairs, seal coating, restriping, and of course, asphalt paving. Get your EV charging stations built and in working order, and make sure you have the extra spaces for the vehicles that need them. Contact us today for a free quote, and to find out all about our services and rates.

8 Technological Advances in Paving

Existing technologies that have and are radically changing the world of asphalt paving

Paving, like many construction-related industries, is awash in new developments. Many of the developments are future-oriented. They are often in-development, or newly contrived, or only exist on paper. What about the existing technologies that have made paving better, more cost-effective, and more efficient? As demands for paved roadways has gone up, paving contractors have innovated to meet those demands.

It’s all in the mix

In past years, asphalt was mined as small rocks out of the Earth. These small rocks make up the majority of asphalt pavement, and they are called aggregate. Aggregate is a mix of pebbles, rocks, and other small particles held together by a binder. The binder is usually a petroleum product that essentially glues everything together, making pavement one solid piece.

Previously, it was all made from new materials. This process is not the most efficient. It had to be collected, processed, and transported to where the new pavement would be laid. New advances in paving mix had made the whole process far more efficient.

Recycling

Before, simple vanilla pavement was used. Nowadays, the vast majority of pavement used on roads is recycled material. This solves several problems in one go. First, old roads don’t have to be discarded and go to waste. Second of all, the collection and re-pulverization of the pavement can be done closer to where the new pavement will be laid, saving transportation time and cost. Finally, it is much more environmentally friendly to recycle than to create new materials all the time.

Improved durability asphalt mix

Asphalt mix used to be a one-size fits all solution. Now, thanks to in-depth studies about pavement use, wear, and environmental factors, asphalt mix is specialized. Mixes are designed to withstand heavy equipment use, use by numerous vehicles, and environmental changes. Mixes such as Superpave provide excellent all-around performance in various situations. You can read more about Superpave and its benefits as well as how it’s made here.

Warm mix asphalt

Also known as WMA, warm mix asphalt has become one of the most popular types of mix. WMA lets the asphalt achieve viscosity at lower temperatures. This allows mixing and compaction without extremely high temperatures. It may seem minor, but it comes with a whole list of benefits. WMA improvements include:

  • Reduction in energy use.
  • Reduction in smoke created and exposed to workers, people nearby, and the environment.
  • Lower fuel usage.
  • The ability to pave in cooler weather.
  • Ability to perform deep patches for repairs.
  • The mix can be hauled longer and still retain its ability to be used.

Engineering improvements

Engineering is such an open term, it could refer to just about anything. The mix mentioned above is engineered right? Well, in this sense, we mean environmental and precision engineering improvements. 

Soil engineering

Nano-engineered materials have enabled soil to be more stable and provide better dust control. Geocells are a type of structure created by welding polyethylene which are filled with aggregate. These cells are a great way of confining soil and bearing loads. The bottom-most layer of a paved surface is called subgrade. Subgrade used to be made simply from compacted soil. It is one of the biggest problems when it comes to asphalt repairs. Damaged earth beneath the asphalt is nearly impossible to fix without tearing up the entire pavement. With geocells and better engineered subgrades, the ground beneath the asphalt can last longer. New additives are also used with are environmentally-friendly (biodegradable), safe, and quick to apply. They can be used as asphalt subgrade and in areas with unpaved roads to control dust.

Precision engineering

The materials used in paving vary in size greatly. The tiniest aggregates are measured in micrometers while huge support beams and pillars can be meters in length. The current industry trend is to use nanotechnology, microscopy, molecular dynamics, and atomic force to figure out how these interact. The goal is to find out how these materials interact on an atomic and molecular level so that they form stronger bonds and last longer.

Self-healing asphalts

One of the benefits of precision engineering in asphalt is the advent of self-healing pavement. This is an asphalt which uses micropolymers that form bonds withing the cracks that develop in paving. Small fibers will release sealants that then fill the cracks, re-bonding the broken asphalt.

Modern construction methods

New and high tech construction methods are making asphalt-laying more efficient, last longer, and better over all. 

Thermal imaging and mapping

This technology is the use of GPS and infrared to map out the temperatures of where asphalt is being laid. This helps them improve future asphalt laying by addressing bad temperature areas. In the future, they can figure out how to handle paving better and do so more efficiently. It also helps the paving contractors lay better asphalt as it is happening.

Intelligent compaction

Intelligent compaction is the use of vibrating rollers with a sensor system, feedback control, GPS, and a computer reporting system. Intelligent compaction technologies improve asphalt compaction in real time, and they help provide data for better analysis in the future. These devices are also capable of measuring the existing compaction on ground where asphalt will be laid. They can also measure compaction of asphalt to be repaired. It’s a major improvement. One of the biggest problems in the past was knowing the compaction levels of the places asphalt was to be set. This again provides real-time improvements in the process of laying and repairing asphalt for contractors.

Get the best paving you can

Reliable Paving has been in this business for over 35 years. We know the newest and most efficient ways to get roads, parking lots, and highways paved, and the tried and true methods. If you need asphalt laid, repaired, assessed for ADA compliance, seal coated, or repainted, we’ve certainly got you covered. Contact us today to get a free quote and find out what we can do for you.

Asphalt Manufacturing Trends To Watch In 2021 And Beyond

Trends in asphalt manufacturing and the asphalt paving industry.

2020 Has been a disruptive year, without doubt. There were numerous construction and building materials shortages that marked the early part of the year. On top of that, the general economic outlook was dismal. Businesses assumed that they would not do as well, and thus saved money rather than spending on new constructions.  The various industries that support businesses have taken hits correspondingly. But as things start to look up and we can see the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, industry is reviving. Some of the trends we see in the economy as a whole will be reflected in the asphalt and paving industry. Some of the recovery trends, however, will be unique to asphalt and the industries that use it.

According to an IBIS World Report, asphalt manufacturing has been on a general upward trend since 2016. Although the industry shrank a bit in 2020, it is predicted to grow in 2021, by about 2.1%. As the industry – like many others – recovers from the pandemic, we can assess the specifics of how it is improving, and why.

Growing demand

The key to business is to find a gap in the market and fill it. With asphalt, that’s pretty straightforward. People and businesses need pavement, waterproofing, and repairs on their existing asphalt paving. Our job in this industry is to make those things happen.

A Freedonia study predicts that asphalt demand in the US will rise 3% over 2021, to 27.6 million tons. Demand for street/highway pavement will be the leading cause of this increase. However, asphalt used in other facets, such as roofing, will grow below the market average rate. Partly this is due to slow recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Partly this is due to the extreme weather repairs that caused a spike in demand for roofing and other waterproofing asphalt in 2016.

The economic stimulus measures enacted by the current political administration in the US will also increase demand. About 2 trillion dollars has been earmarked specifically for infrastructure stimulus, which will no doubt involve repairs and construction of new roads, bridges, and other asphalt constructions.

Asphalt industry trends to look out for

As the industry picks up again after last year, there are certain trends that began during the pandemic that are here to stay. There are also trends that have just started, but are fast becoming mainstays of this industry.

Big data and a well-connected workforce

As the older generations retire and new members join, technology is more and more embraced. This has resulted in better use of data, remote technology, and automation. On top of the general trend towards technological innovation, the pandemic has made it necessary for many people to work remotely. A good deal of jobs will stay remote permanently. In the paving industry, it’s a bit harder, as actual manpower is required to build roads. Technology is nonetheless playing a bigger than ever role in the industry.

  • Thermal imaging is the use of IR (infrared) sensors to monitor pavement temperature. It provides real-time temperature information and saves data for later analysis.
  • 3D Paving control systems use satellites and imaging technology. These automated grade control systems control the slope of paving with little error margin. They are key in getting large projects completed on time and on budget.
  • Intelligent compaction uses data analysis to improve long-term pavement performance. This technology automates the compaction process, efficiently performing while avoiding over-compaction.

Needless to say, the paving industry is becoming more connected, high-tech, and automated.

Localized production and the circular economy

With millions of paved roads already existing in the US, creating totally new asphalt is less and less of a necessity. Almost anywhere that asphalt needs to be repaired or laid in this country, it can be done with recycled materials. Damaged asphalt is being dug up, pulverized, and mixed with binder again to be laid as new asphalt. This has been happening for decades in the US, but it growing ever more efficient and better at reducing resources. The benefits of this process are many.

  • Reduced carbon footprint. When new asphalt doesn’t have to be made, the whole supply chain of making new aggregate and transporting it is no longer needed.
  • Recycling unused pavement. Old, unused roads and parking lots can become new ones. Rather than building new and destroying the old, old infrastructure can simply be reused.
  • Higher levels of customization. Individuals and businesses can get exactly what they want as the paving contractor they hire makes asphalt according to what already exists in their neighborhood with recycled asphalt.

Predictive maintenance

As technology and asphalt data analysis improve, impending failure is easier to predict. When an asphalt paving contractor can look at data from thousands of parking lots across the country, it becomes much easier to predict future problems and how to solve them in-advance. Predictive maintenance results in several major benefits.

  • Lower costs. Performing smaller repairs well before they are necessary obviates big repairs that have to fix failures.
  • Fewer failures. When maintenance and analysis anticipates a problem, that problem gets stopped before it has the chance to cause a major fault. With fewer failures comes less down time. You won’t have to worry about blocking off part of your parking lot if a problem that would have caused a failure has already been solved.
  • Supply chain optimization. With better analysis and maintenance, replacement parts and materialized can be ordered on a scheduled timeline, rather than when they are needed. This means that suppliers will know in advance when they should have things ready for contractors to install. Wait times decrease and efficiency goes up.

Stay on top of your asphalt needs

If you have noticed your pavement degrading, whether its cracks, potholes, or worse, it’s time to get it repaired. While the nation moves into economic recovery mode, you are probably going to want people at your business, spending their stimulus checks. Well, they can’t do that if they can’t use your driveway or parking lot. Reliable Paving can perform any pavement-related service you need, on budget, and on time. Contact us today to get started.

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The Effects of COVID19 on Transport Infrastructure and Maintenance

As we round the corner and life starts to get back to normal, it’s important to stop and take a look at how COVID19 has changed things.

The year 2020 has seen an enormous amount of changes. From numerous plans being dashed to other unforeseen alterations due to social distancing, remote work, and safety, 2020 did not go as planned for just about anyone. The initial reaction of the US to COVID 19 was not particularly serious, with people mostly ignoring it until cases started to spike. Afterwards, local governments acted with lockdowns and businesses started implementing rules of all kinds. New rules and regulations saw everything from hiking trails in LA being shut down to only small amounts of people being allowed to congregate in places of business. Schools are still remote in many places, and restaurants do take out only…if they survived the initial pandemic panic. Needless to say, our businesses and the way they are constructed will show some marked differences from pre-pandemic life for a while.

What are these differences exactly? Which ones will stick around for a while as life gets back to normal? How will this affect you and/or your business? In broad strokes, we can expect the following:

  • Businesses constructed for less contact. More online activity, better spacing and separation of individuals for in-person activities.
  • Resiliency in business construction. Things will be built so that another pandemic, or a resurgence/mutation of COVID19 doesn’t disrupt things the way it did in the first part of 2020.

Of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors in the US, we will focus on transportation.

Wide open roads

With a huge drop in commuters thanks to remote work, 2020-2021 has seen the roads get a lot less busy. Essential workers, servers, construction workers, and others found that they often had the roads (almost) to themselves as they made their way to and from work. This has resulted in some new innovation.

Driverless cars and cars with high-functioning autopilot (like various Tesla Models) have seen a big upswing. With less people on the road, it’s safer and easier to try out this new technology. Additionally, having a robotic car is much safer for deliver, transporting people, and more than a human driver who could get sick/spread the virus.

Public transit

With the new requirement of social distancing, efficient public transport that relied on putting a lot of people in the same buses and metro cars has had to change up the game. Over 73% of public agencies responding to a Trapeze industry survey reported making moderate to significant changes. Many changes have been small, like offering free masks or hand sanitizer on buses. Some however, are industry-altering.

Less people on vehicles

Buses and metro cars often have half of their seats blocked, so that people can’t sit as close to one another. This is a huge change as it means they can pull in less revenue total – 50% maximum of what their potential was before. How this will effect public transport in the future remains to be seen. Especially since when most people have been vaccinated and COVID is no longer the dominating feature of going out, they will most likely open back up fully.

Cleaning procedures and cleaning frequency

Once something that was rarely considered, these are becoming a much bigger issue. Public transport and public areas like sidewalks, parks, trails, and more are finding that they have to work harder and faster to keep areas clean. Sanitizing surfaces, picking up debris, and making sure that standing water drains are now big issues. This sort of work can create jobs for more transit workers, as well as increase commute times and inconvenience many citizens.

Tracking

Nobody wants the government or corporations spying on them…unfortunately, that’s exactly one thing that has increased with COVID19’s spread. The government tracks people using phone apps, cameras, and more to follow disease spread vectors. Meanwhile, big tech has had an easy time of tracking people, as a population that can’t leave home buys and does more online. Tech companies probably won’t let up any time soon, but the government will end the tracking protocols once the pandemic is over…right? It’s hard to say certainly, but a generally good guess is that the government won’t give up power once it has it.

Expect more infrastructure with cameras, checks, and ways to keep track of the populace, where we go, and what we do moving into the future.

The construction and paving boom

We should expect construction and paving and asphalt to make a huge comeback this year. As restrictions are lifted and the economy opens up more, shovels will meet soil, and bridges still need to get built.

After a year that’s seen a lot of extreme winter weather, from heavy snowfall in the Midwest and East Coast, to severe cold in Texas, there is a lot of work to be done. Paving contractors will be out in force this spring and summer, working on roads damaged by the bad winter weather. Businesses will inject more money into the asphalt paving industry as they start up again on projects that were put off in 2020.

If you need paving work done, the sooner the better

As the economy swings up and contractors become more and more in-demand, it’s a prudent choice to schedule your work sooner rather than later. Fortunately, Reliable Paving is ready for you. Our team of over 200 and 35 years of experience means we are ready to hit the ground running on the great economic rebound of 2021. Don’t put off fixing your parking lot or driveway any longer. Get it done now so you can reap the business that will come your way when things finally start getting back to normal. Let us know today what we can help you with, and you can get started on your 2021 recovery as soon as possible.

Present and Future Developments in Asphalt Paving Materials

The US asphalt market has been on a steady incline and seems poised to be improving into the future. With a 3% annual improvement and nearly 28 million tons being used in 2021, with about 22 million tons for paving projects, asphalt’s future looks bright. Federal highway funding improvements and general construction market expansion are the main fuel for this. But what about the next decades? Sure, there will be more asphalt in use and in construction, but what materials will actually be used?

According to the trends and the market, we can expect some important changes to the asphalt market over the next several years. Most of the trends are in the direction of sustainability and the environment. Additionally, efficiency and quality material are some other big trends of the future. Let’s take a deep look into what and how the asphalt paving market will change in the coming years.

More recycling

Asphalt paving is already one of the top recycled products in use. This trend is definitely here to stay, and poised to increase. It’s already easy and often simpler to use recycled asphalt than to bring in new asphalt for a paving project, and the recycling process will only get more efficient as technology improves. What are some other materials that will make it into the asphalt recycling process?

Recycled plastic waste

Recycled plastic is finding its way into paving. Single use plastics like water bottles, bags, are pressurized into pellets that can then be used as part of the aggregate that forms the vast majority of the body of asphalt. Aggregate is the collection of small stones and crushed rocks that typically makes up 90% or more of asphalt. It is kept together by a petroleum-based binder, a sort of glue. This poses numerous benefits, as well as a few cautionary drawbacks.

Benefits of using plastic waste include:

  • Less plastic in landfills, rivers, and the ocean.
  • Cheaper than using traditional aggregate.
  • Recycling on-location saves time, money, and emissions by obviating the need to transport pavement.
  • It’s as durable or more than traditional pavement.

What about the cons of using recycled plastic waste?

The main con is that it poses the risk of introducing microplastics to the local environment. As the recycled plastic pavement degrades and is exposed to differing temperatures, the small pellets will break down and fall apart. This process sheds microplastics, which can damage local soil and water quality. As the plastic moves through the ecology, it winds up in farmed food, animals, and people.

Fortunately, by controlling the extreme heat exposed to the recycled material, the companies who use recycled plastic road can prevent the release of microplastics.

Self healing pavement

This porous material uses inductive heating to “heal” damage that it accrues through usage. The asphalt repairs its own cracks when it is heated meaning that a lot of maintenance and care is no longer needed. The mixture uses some steel wool in the bitumen that holds the aggregate together. This reduces cracks, potholes, and graveling (loose aggregate breaking free from the surface).

The green and sustainable movement

There are quite a few ways that asphalt is going green, which we will talk more about later. But the main way for any industry to become more sustainable is to simply use less. Remember the three Rs? Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The first one is to reduce, and that is the best way to benefit the environment, and save costs.

Buying an electric car might save in the long run on greenhouse emissions, but it’s nothing compared to not using a car at all. The same goes for industry, especially the paving industry.

Warm mix asphalt

As of now, most asphalt is either hot mix, or cold mix. Hot mix means that the asphalt must be mixed at high temperatures (surprise), and cold mix means it doesn’t have to be heated. But new technologies are allowing for warm mix asphalt. It uses a water and a chemical additive to create a mix that can be placed on roadways at lower temperatures.

Warm mix asphalt is similar to hot mix, but is uses temperatures between 212 and 275 degrees Fahrenheit. These temps require less energy and result in fewer emissions. Basically, warm mix asphalt is a way to pave like hot mix, but reducing the amount of energy and waste throughout the whole process.

Solar and geothermal paving

A lot of the roadways in the US see intense sunlight, especially in the high desert regions of the Southwest. Solar panels can be incorporated into the roadways in order to generate passive electricity from miles and miles of empty highway.

Geothermal technology can be added to the bottom layer of the paving in many places — including those without constant sunlight, to generate passive electricity as well.

Ultra smooth roads

Less gravelly, smoother roads are a benefit as well. The smooth roadways produce much less noise pollution and have less friction. This results in higher fuel-efficiency for the vehicles on them.

Efficiency, sustainability, and improvement

The road to improvement is paved by progress. The above mentioned technologies are already in-use in various places across the world, and they will no doubt see continued and expanded demand.

Here are some other technologies still in the works, but not used yet.

  • Bio-bitumen (binder) made from household waste, paper, textiles, and other organic material.
  • Bio-asphalt made from plant cells (lignin) as the bitumen. Lignin is a by-product of the paper industry, so this technology doubly reduces waste from one industry and reduces demand from paving.

Whatever new tech come our way, Reliable Paving will be on top of it. We are a team of paving contractors who keep on top of the newest trends, most efficient methods, and the best ways to render service to our customers. We aim to provide the best paving services available, while minimizing environmental impact and striving for utmost efficiency. Message us today to find out about our methods, and how we can sustainably work on your paving project.

The Asphalt Paving Market in 2021

The asphalt paving market has been surprisingly resilient during the tumultuous year of 2020. Despite a global pandemic putting a hamper on the world’s economy, the paving and asphalt market grew. It’s expected to be even larger in 2021. However, the damage done by the pandemic was big. Even with global economic growth predicted at 5.4% in 2021, it would still leave the economy a full 6.5% lower than the pre-COVID January 2020 projections. Of course, there is much uncertainty about any projections, as the majority of them base assumptions COVID responses. Lockdown, vaccine roll outs, and surging cases make predictions more uncertain than ever.

Fortunately, the asphalt and paving industry seems to be weathering this uncertainty better than most.

What do market trends say?

The demand for materials is expected to grow to 27.6 million tons in terms of asphalt used for paving products. This is a represents total demand for asphalt, used in roofing, paving, and various products, and it is up 3%. Growth has been spurred two large factors. Demand for asphalt in paving alone is expected to rise 3% as well, to about 22 million tons by the end of 2021.

A good federal highway budget

The US government is currently undergoing a massive infrastructure repair and maintenance drive. The American Society of Civil Engineers recently gave the US infrastructure a D+ rating. This means it is at or near failure. In order to improve it, money has been earmarked to be spent on infrastructure and transportation. The INVEST in America Act has seen a massive increase in federal spending on infrastructure. For the fiscal year of 2021, the bill includes $158.3 billion dollars of infrastructure spending. Of that money, $78.7 billion is marked for surface transportation programs, I.E. the highway system. Another $75 billion is for economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. This $75 billion is to be spent on housing and transportation infrastructure.

The pandemic and mortgage rates

2020 Gave home buyers at least one good thing — low mortgage rates. The average 30 year mortgage rate dropped from March to December. They aren’t predicted to stay low through 2021, but that means enough home buyers have made their purchases already, and some will take advantage before mortgage rates get too high again. For the asphalt and paving market, this is a boon. New home buyers need work done on their houses, this means roofing, driveway paving, and waterproofing. All are renovations well-suited by the use of asphalt.

Other 2021 predictions that will affect the market

What will happen with COVID-19?

The main story of 2020 has been the coronavirus pandemic. After jumping from animals to people in late 2019 in Wuhan China, the virus has made its way around the world. The virus is an extremely contagious bio-aerosol, meaning it is spread via water droplets, some small enough to be carried in the air. In order to halt its spread, people need to avoid congregating closely, touching the same things, sharing food and beverages and much more. Unlike the similarly-spread flu virus, COVID has a mortality rate ranging from 0.3% to over 6% depending on the health infrastructure of the country. Yemen has a death rate of 29%. Office spaces and other workplaces are some main points of adult congregation, so it has left millions unemployed or working remotely. Various countries have had to impose lockdowns and other strict rules to control its spread, with varying success. Some countries, like New Zealand, have celebrated beating the virus altogether. Meanwhile, countries like the UK. have had to use intermittent lockdowns once cases start surging. The virus has affected pretty the life of pretty much every single person on the planet.

Any predictions about market activities in 2021 are going to be heavily based on what happens with the coronavirus.

The vaccine roll-out

A vaccine is predicted to be readily available to every American at least by the late summer or early autumn of 2021. It is already available to front-line healthcare workers and those most at-risk. Obviously, if large-scale vaccinations are happening, then we can get back to life (mostly) as usual. A large portion of the population will continue to work remotely, which will shrink demand for future roads and transport infrastructure. Most people however, will get back to work. This will increase demand because businesses and people will be, well, back in business. Workers making money will also need roads, and infrastructure to return to their workplaces, further increasing demand. Businesses that have been shuttered since the pandemic began, like some restaurants, hotels, and gyms, will again have the clients and income to support renovations.

The biggest economic spurt of 2021 will no doubt be the final defeat of COVID-19 and a return to life as normal. Hopefully, we have learned a bit about caution on the way, like frequent hand washing and avoiding touching our faces, to avoid another economy-halting pandemic in our lifetimes.

Although market numbers are going up for construction and paving regardless of coronavirus, the big boom in the market expected in 2021 is going to come from beating this disease.

Meeting your 2021 paving needs

If you are preparing for your business to open back up and need some work done on your parking lot, sidewalks, or garage, Reliable Paving has got you covered. Our experienced team of over 200 paving contractors can handle a job of just about any size on time and on budget. Our services include paving, repairs and maintenance for concrete and asphalt, ADA compliance, striping, sealcoating, and more. As 2021 rolls on and the economy picks up, don’t put off the renovation your business needs. Contact us today, and we can get started on getting your business ready for when life gets back to normal.