Residential Asphalt Paving
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 steady sub-layers and less fatigue cracking. If you have any serious wear and tear on your paving, full depth patching may need to take place before repurposing.
Existing pavement must be thoroughly cleaned and free of debris for the resurfacing process. East Georgia uses a state-of-the-art drum roller, which is designed to elevate the asphalt into place. This method compacts the existing layers with minimal damage to the large parking lot areas or driveways in Savannah.
- The top layer of existing asphalt is grinded down.
- A new layer of asphalt (usually 1.5″ – 2″ thick) is installed right on top.
Below are the different types of asphalt so that you can make an informed choice for your new asphalt driveway.
Porous Asphalt Paving 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.
For homeowners, one of the best benefits of porous asphalt is using this material for their driveways. For example, if you live in an area that receives a lot of rainfall, installing a porous asphalt driveway can reduce some of the stress put on the sewer system during times of flooding.
While regular asphalt may not be ready to pave during the months when weather starts cooling off, there are still many advantages of asphalt over other paving materials. For example, unlike roads with concrete surfaces, it is easier to repair an asphalt surface and the road can even be resurfaced if the damage isn’t too extensive.
Warm-mix asphalt is a recycled form of the material that has been heated to lower temperatures during paving.
The Residential Asphalt Paving Process in 5 Steps
East Georgia Asphalt Paving preps the surface by removing any loose stones or rocks, sifting and raking the dirt. Saws are used to cut out and remove any old asphalt that needs to be replaced in Savannah. We also use a jack to break up any cracks.
Planning the Project
Planning the process of residential asphalt paving is an often overlooked step that, like any other areas of life, sets up a project for success.
Paving your driveway or parking lot is a big task for any homeowner, but the process and planning vary depending on where you live. A lot that is receiving an overlay must be assessed to determine if the old materials will stand up to the phase. Or a space that currently experiences drainage issues may require work both before and during paving to resolve these problems.
Excavation and Preparation
Residents who want to pave their driveways with asphalt may need to remove an old surface – concrete or decaying asphalt. They will also have to make sure there is a stable ground underneath the driveway so that it can be flattened out.
One of the most important aspects of laying a long lasting paving lot is to correctly grade and drain. Puddles and pools in which rainwater accumulates will cause hazards, such as slippery surfaces on low points, potentially icy conditions and can increase erosion if no drainage is present.
Laying a Sub Base
The base for the asphalt must provide a solid foundation in the face of wind and rain erosion as well as heavy use by cars. In a residential paving process, the sub base for the new asphalt driveway may be as simple as evenly cleared soil on top of gravel. Alternatively, any old broken up patches of 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. Then, you will apply binding material in order to adhere everything together securely.
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. It can be dangerous, but only our professionals should use this process.
The process of paving this kind of asphalt is often finished in less than an hour, and the contractor will lay down the hot mix then level and compact it to create a finished look.
You may be able to walk or drive on the surface again in a few days, but it may take weeks for it to fully harden. But thorough hardening will often take 30 days or more, during which you would need to be cautious about any use and avoid scuffs.
As you learn more about your asphalt project, think about what type of paving is best for your needs so that you can plan accordingly. Contact East Georgia Asphalt today to meet with a paving pro and learn how these steps will apply to your case.
Your driveway’s life will be shortened by the Pennsylvania freeze-thaw cycles, as well as by the weight of your vehicle. Cracks typically form across the surface due to damage. Carport breaks that are a quarter-inch or less can be effectively fixed so be proactive and contact us to fill those breaks before dampness saturates the base underneath the asphalt. Sealcoating your carport each a few years ought to be thought about, as it will expand the existence of your carport significantly.
Our residential maintenance services include:
- Asphalt Overlay
- Asphalt Milling
- Asphalt Sealcoating
- Edge Milling