Residential Asphalt Paving
The Residential Asphalt Paving Process in 5 Steps
Our paving professionals pay careful attention to each step to make sure that our customers are 100% satisified with the final product.
Planning the Project
The planning step of driveway paving is an often overlooked step but one that sets up a project for success.
A driveway receiving an overlay must be assessed to determine if the old materials will stand up to the resurfacing. Pavement that currently experiences drainage issues may require work both before and during paving to resolve these problems.
The process of paving a driveway or parking lot is a big task for any homeowner, but our team is here to make it as painless as possible.
Excavation and Preparation
Residents who want to pave their driveways with asphalt may need to remove the current surface – old concrete or existing asphalt. Our contractors will also make sure there is a stable base underneath the driveway that will hold up to the new paving.
Correctly grading and draining is one of the most important aspects of laying a long-lasting asphalt surface. Pooling water can infiltrate your pavement and cause erosion. Our crew will ensure your driveway is properly graded to avoid these issues.
Laying a Sub Base
The base for the asphalt must provide a solid foundation to withstand extreme weather, wear & tear, and heavy usage. To prevent channeling on your new driveway, the sub base will be made of a material that will help spread the load evenly. Sometimes, broken up patches from your old asphalt can be used to support overlying sections.
We may also do an additional test called a ‘proof roll’ to see how well the sub base is working and what areas need to be fixed.
Pouring the Asphalt
Asphalt is a mixture of tar and sandstone that is heated in order for it to be pliable enough to work with.
The contractor will lay down the hot mix asphalt and then level and compact it to create the finished, smooth surface.
The surface is usually hard enough to walk on in about a day, but it may take weeks for it to fully harden & cure. Our contractors will advise you of what to be cautious of to avoid divots and scuffs.
Residential Asphalt Resurfacing
Asphalt resurfacing, or asphalt overlay, is a cost-effective way to restore your pavement to the condition it once was. Resurfacing is best for driveways with sturdy sub-layers and little-to-no fatigue cracking.
Existing pavement must be thoroughly cleaned and free of debris for the resurfacing process. Then fresh asphalt or tar & chip is poured and a drum roller compacts the layers.
- The top layer of existing asphalt is ground down.
- A new layer of asphalt (usually 1.5″ – 2″ thick) is installed right on top.
Below are the different types of asphalt that can be utilized for your new asphalt driveway.
Porous asphalt pavement is great for the environment because it helps direct storm water into the water table instead of putting it to waste through traditional sewer systems
Regular asphalt may not be able to be poured during cool winter months, but it is a fantastic durable option that is easier to repair than concrete and can also be resurfaced
Warm-mix asphalt has the benefits of being able to be poured even when outdoor temperatures drop and it consumes less energy because it is not heated to such a high temp as regular asphalt