Asphalt is a great material to use for paving because it is relatively cost effective and does a good job of holding up to the elements and functioning under heavy traffic. Asphalt is a substance that is made of aggregate, air and liquid cement, that is then heated and mixed together to create a heavy, viscous liquid. This liquid is then poured over your surface to set and dry. Asphalt can be pushed in to place and leveled and makes an excellent driveway material.
How We Pave
Paving is a multi step process that can be difficult to do on your own. For this reason, we always recommend using professionals, like us. When we pave, the first step is to either, remove your old driveway material or, if you don’t have a driveway currently, excavate out the exact place where your driveway will be poured. We then create a barrier around the area, which is used to help the asphalt set in to place correctly. Next, we mix up the asphalt solution and then begin to pour it in to the mold. Once the asphalt has been poured, we push and level it out, so that it is one, continues, flat surface which we let set and dry.
When to Pave
Paving can be done at almost any time of the year. The biggest issue that we will face in laying your asphalt driveway is moisture in the earth underneath it. For this reason, we highly advise to not have an asphalt driveway poured when we are in a rainy season. If rain soaks in to the ground, underneath your asphalt, it can cause the soil to expand and contract. This is not good while your asphalt is attempting to set and dry. This can cause unleveled settling and can lead to cracks forming, which we do not want.
Why Use Professionals
While you could mix and pour your own asphalt, if you so desired, it is not advised for you to do so. Asphalt, because it needs to be heated, can be extremely dangerous to work with. Beyond that, prepping your driveway space, especially if you need old driveway material removed, can be time consuming and a lot of work. Beyond that, we have experience working with different spaces, of all kinds, and, because of this, can assure you that we can give you a level driveway. There are also other things to consider, like if your driveway slopes, and this can be very difficult to do if you don’t have the know how.
Benefits of Paving
The benefits of paving are numerous. Using asphalt for a driveway helps to distribute your vehicles’ weights so that the ground beneath them doesn’t erode. Asphalt also does a great job of resisting water, so that no puddles or mud will form on the surface. Asphalt is also very good at resisting oil spills and other, normal car discharge. Plus, asphalt just gives a really nice, finished look to your driveway area.