Asphalt is a really great paving material because of its cost effectiveness, general durability, weight distribution properties and the ability to hold up well under nearly any weather condition. Asphalt is a substance that is made from liquid cement base, mixed with air and aggregate. This combination is then heated and mixed together to combine it all in to a heavy, thick liquid. The liquid is then poured over your surface where it is left to dry and set up to harden. Asphalt is a forgiving material that makes an excellent paving substance.
The asphalt paving process is relatively the same as any other type of paving process. The difference being that, because asphalt has to be heated, it needs to be poured quickly after it is mixed up. If asphalt material started to harden before it’s leveled out, it can create issues. In this process, we level out the area that the asphalt will be poured; making sure it’s properly graded. We then create a barrier round the area that will direct the asphalt where to go. Next we mix up the asphalt solution, heat it, and then pour it in to place; letting it set to dry.
When To Pave
Paving can be done pretty much any time of year, but the thing that we need to watch out for is the posture present in the soil that the asphalt is being poured on top. Any moisture in the earth, will be pulled out when asphalt is laid down and this can cause massive damage to the asphalt. If the soil is damp, the water can cause the soil to expand and contract; which can cause your asphalt to push up and crack. For this reason, the best time to pave with asphalt is during the dry months, or whenever the earth is dry.
While asphalt is a great substance for paving, due to its extreme durability, it isn’t impervious to damage; either from contact weight on top of it, or from water in the soil below. When cracks start to form in the asphalt, they nee to be patched quickly, so that they do not spread out any further. In this process, we will mix a small batch of hot asphalt and fill the cracks that are forming. If the asphalt top layer is becoming overwhelmingly damaged, we may need to resurface it completely.
Benefits of Asphalt
Asphalt is a great material for paving because it does an incredibly good job at resisting nearly everything. Asphalt distribute weight very well and, because of that, it holds up for long periods of time. Asphalt also does an amazing job at revisiting water and oil spills from vehicles. Asphalt helps to drain water away from the surface, so that puddles don’t form. New asphalt also has a beautiful, finished looked to it. Beyond all of that, asphalt is incredibly cost effective. For this reason, large spaces can be paved with asphalt for very little money.