Understanding Paving Problems

When we started working on finishing our house, I realized we weren't going to be able to take care of the paving on our own. Instead of trying to haul in concrete and hope for the best, I hired a professional paving contractor to come out and help. They were incredible to work with. They listened carefully to our requests, and then they started laying the concrete and leveling the surface. Within a few hours, we had a driveway and front sidewalk that looked incredible. This blog is all about the benefits of working with paving contractors, and understanding the problems you might come up against if you do things on your own.

2 Asphalt Paving Options To Consider For Your New Driveway


When considering your options to pave a driveway on your property, there are several paving options you can choose from. Depending on your budget and the look you want for your driveway, asphalt paving materials provide some affordable and durable options. Here are two options you can consider for your new asphalt-paved driveway.

Recycled Asphalt

A less expensive option for paving your driveway is by using reclaimed asphalt or grated asphalt materials. This type of paving material is grated or ground up asphalt that has been reclaimed from a paving surface. Often it has been crushed and processed to make it a uniform consistency, which makes it easier to spread and compact onto your new paving area. One homeowner was able to pave several hundred feet of driveway with three truckloads of grated asphalt for only $50 total. This investment allowed them to spread and grade it onto their driveway site and compact it in place for an asphalt gravel surface to provide access to their property for them and their vehicles.

The benefits of using a recycled asphalt is that it reuses old materials, which helps the environment as it prevents the materials from going into the landfill, and also prevents having to use virgin tar emulsion, gravel, and sand to create a new mixture. Once you have the recycled asphalt poured onto your driveway's site, you will need to spread it over the surface in a layer several inches thick to provide a solid base for your vehicles. You can use a grater attachment on a Bobcat or similar compact loader to complete this. Then, use a compactor roller or a compacting machine to press it together to create a solid surface. You can rent a compactor machine or roller at most equipment rental businesses.

This type of surface helps control weed growth through its surface, as most recycled or grated asphalt contains sand and emulsion that creates a solid surface that blocks out sunlight to any potential weeds. Then, weeds cannot grow through it as they could through a gravel surface, as gravel contains more nooks and crannies for the weeds to penetrate.

New Asphalt

When you have the budget for a new asphalt surface, you can hire a professional paving company to prepare the site and pour the new black asphalt layer to create your driveway. This type of surface will provide a more smooth and attractive looking surface that can last up to 35 years.

Asphalt warms in the sunlight to help it bind together, and it remains flexible to prevent cracking from excess pressure on its surface. In comparison to concrete, which is a rigid surface that can crack and become damaged under high amounts of pressure, asphalt can be a more durable paving material. Then, in the winter, the dark color of asphalt will absorb heat from the sun to help snow and ice melt from its surface more quickly.

First, they will prepare the soil to be compacted and level, then pour a layer of crushed gravel, which they compact together to create a stronger layer. As the crushed gravel is compressed together, the edges of the rocks grip one another to form an interlocking base foundation. The asphalt company will check the condition of the soil in your driveway's site to determine how much gravel layer needs to be installed. Depending on the drainage conditions in your soil, they may need anywhere from four to eight inches of crushed, compacted gravel: four inches for well-draining soils and eight inches for poorly-draining soils.

Once the gravel has been prepared, the paving company will pour and compact a two to three inch-layer of hot mix asphalt over the gravel. Because they have prepared the base foundation properly, the layer of fine aggregate gravel will remain durable over the life of the asphalt. For more information, visit websites like http://www.harrispavingindustries.com.


9 August 2017