Asphalt: Recreational & Industrial Uses

When many people consider the various ways that asphalt pavement is used, they think of streets, residential driveways and parking lots. However, asphalt is a popular choice for many other applications. Asphalt can be used to waterproof basements, deter erosion or waterproof the foundations of commercial and residential structures. Asphalt pavement is also widely used for a number of recreational and industrial applications.

Tennis Courts

Asphalt pavement makes an excellent surface for tennis courts due to its resiliency, low maintenance requirements and economical cost. Sweeping the court weekly and pressure washing it annually can be all that is required to keep the surface looking and playing its best. However, subsurface and surface drainage are extremely important to maintaining a crack-free surface. Since the underlying soil must be evaluated and the slope of the pavement precisely calculated to avoid interfering with how the surface plays, you should always work with a reputable contractor who understands the intricacies involved.

Bicycle Paths

Dedicated, smooth-surfaced paths can enhance the safety of bike riders whether they are adults or children. Asphalt is an ideal paving material for bicycle paths. Typically, bicycle paths need to be constructed with s slope of at least 2 percent and a minimum width of 96 inches.

Walkways and Sidewalks

Pedestrian pathways built with asphalt pavement can reduce the environmental impact, and since they can be contoured to blend into the surrounding grounds, they can be especially aesthetic. Furthermore, asphalt pathways are less likely to develop tripping hazards than concrete ones; concrete sidewalks often develop uplifted or sunken sections that can lead to falls.


Whether at a school or in a park, asphalt pavement can provide an attractive, even surface for play. Basketball courts, pavement for games such as hopscotch or areas around playground equipment are just some of the ways that asphalt is used in playgrounds. Sealcoating can help prolong the life of the playground’s asphalt pavement as well as ensure the pavement’s visual appeal.

Running Tracks

An increasing number of colleges and high schools are choosing to construct asphalt-rubber indoor and outdoor running tracks. Asphalt runways for the high jump, long jump and pole vault are also becoming more common.


Asphalt is often used to pave feedlots, cattle pens and silo platforms as well as for numerous other agricultural applications. Asphalt resists deterioration and does not leach harmful chemicals into the soil or water table.


Asphalt curbs are attractive, economical to install and easy to repair. They are often used to define the edges of the pavement, improve drainage or prevent vehicles from encroaching on an adjacent area.


Asphalt pavement can be used underneath track beds. The asphalt underlayment helps keep the subgrade dry, confine the ballast that is used to support the ties and rails, prevent pumping and distribute the load.

Golf Cart Paths

Cart paths at golf courses help protect the greens while facilitating travel by cart. However, golf cart paths are becoming increasingly common in many residential communities as well.

Hydraulic Structures

Asphalt does not deteriorate in or contaminate water, so it is often used to line retention ponds, fish hatcheries, dams and reservoirs. However, because such uses may require specialized techniques and equipment, you should always choose a reputable, experienced contractor.

Where to Learn More

Affordable Striping & Sealing is an asphalt maintenance contractor in Las Vegas and we can help you maintain your asphalt pavement so that it will have the longest possible life. Our services include sealcoating, asphalt crack repair, parking lot striping and pavement marking, traffic sign installation, road markings and bumper blocks. We deliver exceptional quality and extraordinary customer service throughout the Las Vegas area. For a free quote, call 702-222-9009 or submit the online form.


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