What to Know About Installing an Asphalt Driveway

What to Know About Installing an Asphalt Driveway

by | Dec 30, 2021 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Installing an asphalt driveway is a process best carried out by skilled professionals that understand the importance of every step of the process. As a detail-oriented element that requires insight into the construction of these layers, our skilled experts can ideally advise you on the best approaches and the most suitable ways to get your site looking beautiful. Read on to find out about the steps involved in laying down these durable surfaces.

Demolition and Removal

The first step in the installation process is to remove the existing surface of the road or parking space to start fresh. Whether asphalt, concrete or paving, it needs to be correctly removed for the new layer to set correctly. Demolition and removal are completed using heavy machinery, including small bobcats and forklifts, and sometimes even requiring front loaders and large dump trucks. Debris is then removed and recycled where possible. We recycle the old materials like concrete, turning deteriorating waste into strong, usable new materials.

Grading and Sloping

When putting in a new layer, the levelling and grading of the base and top layer are integral to the successful work as well as the successful use of the space. When you can ensure that the slope is controlled and maintained, you can ensure that the paved area will hold up to its daily uses. With the right tools and machines, you can ensure that the resulting base is flat and stable enough to hold the pour that will come on top.

Prepare The Sub Base

The sub-base is arguably the most important element when considering the strength of the overall result. The sub base provides a stable surface to support new pavement and will dictate the longevity of the overall structure. This element needs to be carefully designed by skilled eyes, whether conditioned to fight erosion or moisture buildup. The sub-base is also a frost barrier to help reduce winter damage due to freezing and thawing. Base thickness, base stability, and compaction are essential steps in building long-lasting solutions during the installation.

Binder And Surface Course  

Once the sub base is laid and any soft areas are identified and repaired, it is time to add the binder. The binder layer is a large aggregate mixed with oil, making it very strong and durable. The binder layer can be thought of as the strength of any new asphalt surface. Once the binder is set, the new surface can be added.

Installing an asphalt driveway is an investment in your property, allowing you to have a clean and professional space that is unavailable day after day. Whether driveway or parking spot, you need to get the best results. Contact our professionals to find out more about these solutions.