Asphalt was first used in this country just after the Civil War. Today, it is the paving surface for approximately 94% of our paved roads and highways. Asphalt also remains a popular surface for parking lots, driveways, walking trails and bike paths.
.New Asphalt Driveway
Our commercial clients list is extensive some of customers include:
We always give free estimates and evaluations to help you decide which application is best for your needs.
The strongest part of any pavement is the foundation. We excavate and remove broken and loose asphalt .Then we remove any inadequate sub material as necessary such as grass,soft soil and loom .We replace that with the proper amount of gravel usually 4" to 6" base material to provide a strong foundation for the new pavement to be built on . After fine grading we compact and roll. We strive to pitch all water away from foundations and off the new pavement
* Binder coat - This is a 1.5" layer of coarse asphalt and will require a finish coat at a later date, usually no longer than a couple of years. Otherwise the asphalt and stone can loosen and begin to unravel allowing water to get under the pavement which can cause frost heaves and cavities in the sub-base. This application is recommended for properties that are still under construction or new pavement construction where asphalt has not been placed before.
* Resurfacing / Overlays -This application consists of shimming out any low areas then repaving the entire area with a new asphalt overlay.The thickness can vary from a 1" inch minimum to a 2" inch maximum. This application is recommended for qualifying pavements that are still in fairly good shape.
* 3" inch one coat -This is a single course mix design specifically to be applied as three inches in one coat .This is a common residential application.This build is cost effective and efficient for most residential driveways.
3" inch two coat - This is 1.5" inches of binder with a 1.5" finish coat. This is a premium build for heavy traffic driveways and commercial parking lots.
There are several different applications for paving that are available.
What You Receive with Hot Mix Asphalt?
You'll recognize several benefits with asphalt pavements, compared to other, more costly options.
It is strong and durable.
It is engineered to withstand freezing and thawing.
No need to worry about salting your driveway in winter. Asphalt is unaffected by salt.
Unlike other, more rigid materials, such as concrete, asphalt pavements are designed to flex and "give" with slight settlements or frost heave.
Asphalt lends itself readily to the types of service that are usual in residential areas. If a utility line must pass under your driveway, repairs are performed more easily and quickly than with alternative materials, such as concrete. The same is true if undue ground settlement should occur naturally.
Just What is Asphalt Pavement?
It's an engineered mixture of aggregate, or stones and sand, with liquid asphalt cement (a petroleum product). Varying sizes of aggregates are heated, then mixed, in exact proportions, with asphalt cement that has been liquefied at about 300°F. While the mixture is still hot, it is delivered to your driveway and paved on top of a base or subgrade that has already been prepared. Very soon after paving, the mixture cools and hardens and you can drive on it right away.