History of Asphalt

Asphalt is one of the most important building materials used in construction today, but its use dates back centuries. Asphalt, also known as bitumen, occurs naturally as a petroleum-based substance that can be found in asphalt lakes and rock asphalt. The oldest evidence of asphalt being used for road building was found to be in Babylon in 625 B.C., when it was combined with other materials to create a hard surface suitable for roads and pathways.

Since then, asphalt has been used extensively throughout history for various applications such as waterproofing ships and buildings, surfacing roads and walkways, and roofing shingles. In 1831, the first patent for an asphalt process was granted to Jean Joseph Montegeau by the French government. This process accelerated the development of asphalt and made it much easier to use in road building.

Today, asphalt is widely used for paving roads, highways, parking lots, driveways, and other surfaces. It’s durable and requires minimal maintenance—important qualities when dealing with high-traffic areas such as highways or commercial parking lots. Asphalt is also one of the most cost-effective pavement options available today and can last up to 25 years with proper installation and maintenance.

At Baughman Magic Seal we have over 20 years of experience in the asphalt industry and know what it takes to ensure your pavement lasts a long time. We specialize in both residential and commercial applications including asphalt driveways, parking lots, roads, walkways, and more. Contact us today for more information on how we can help you with your asphalt projects!