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3 Tips About Asphalt Reconstruction

When considering asphalt construction, there are many important professional tips that will save you time and money. Some of these tips are simple, like using driveway sealer to add protection to your driveway or avoiding bad weather during construction. Let’s review some of the most important professional tips when reconstructing an asphalt driveway.

The Importance of Protection and Maintenance

Your driveway adds considerable curb appeal and safety to your home. From protecting your vehicle’s tires from debris to providing a safe place for your family and visitors to walk, it is important that you take all the maintenance steps necessary to lengthen the life of your driveway. This helps minimize the overall cost of full reconstruction. For example, using a driveway sealer on your driveway will add an extra layer of protection against cracking and potholes. While replacing an entire driveway is not always preventable, simple steps can add extra protection.

The Road to Smooth Pavement is Laid with a Quality Mat

Before starting work, be sure that you have a professional team help you. The paver should be operating correctly, properly prepared for construction. The paver speed will affect the smoothness of the pavement. Be sure that the crew focuses on the project, especially the mat thickness.

If the paver applies material at the wrong speed, your driveway could end up with ripples and irregular mat depth. This will result in major flaws in your material thickness. The right amount of material needs to be constant. Fortunately, there are automatic feed systems to help monitor the number of materials being laid across the width of the screed. Consistent paving yields the best results.

Consistent Temperature

Monitoring mat temperature is paramount to successful and smooth paving. Compaction needs to be accomplished with enough fluidity to remove excess air. The compactor operator is responsible for maintaining the right temperate during construction. A final step is having a consistent rolling pattern. This will affect the long-term use and stability of your driveway.

Contact your local paver to discuss ways that you can ensure a smooth driveway during asphalt reconstruction.

The Complete Process for Asphalt Pavement Installation

The Complete Process for Asphalt Pavement Installation

You’ve decided on asphalt for your new driveway, sidewalk or parking lot.  You’ve made the call to Epic Paving to schedule an installation.  Everything’s all set – but now what happens?  Just what’s actually involved in installing asphalt?  Here’s a step-by-step guide on what you can expect as your new asphalt is being laid down.

Demolition

The first thing that needs to be done is to remove the existing surface!  If it’s old asphalt, it can often be recycled, making it an environmentally friendly choice.  Otherwise, the asphalt, concrete or old interlocking pavers are torn up with heavy machinery.

Grading

Water drainage is key to ensuring a long-lasting asphalt surface.  With that in mind, your contractor will grade and slope the surface to ensure that water runs off properly, using motor graders to get the perfect slope.

Subbase

The subbase provides a stable support for your new asphalt, and protects it from dangerous freeze-and-thaw cycles in Toronto’s harsh winter weather.  This is installed after grading, with the contractor making sure that it’s properly compacted to provide years of durability.

Binder

The binder layer is coarser grade of asphalt, with larger stones.  This is added to increase the strength and durability of your new asphalt.  Without it, your asphalt top would likely crack or break under the constant pressure of cars and other heavy machinery.   The binder layer helps fight against breaking and cracking, keeping your asphalt strong for years to come.

Top Layer

Finally, the top layer is added.  This is the finer layer that provides a great aesthetic quality and ensures a smoother, more comfortable surface to your new asphalt installation.  It’s made up of smaller aggregate than the binder layer, as well as sand and oil.  It also produces that deep black color that gives new asphalt its trademark shiny finished surface.

Transitions

After the asphalt has been laid down, the transition from the new asphalt to preexisting driveways, roadways or parking lots need to be smoothed – otherwise, you get large, uncomfortable bumps.  It takes special attention to make sure the water run-off is appropriate in these areas; if not done properly, they can be common trouble points for water pooling.

Final Roll

When everything is laid down, from the subbase to the very top layer, it’s time for the final smoothing and compacting.  A roller truck is used to compact and smooth the surface, making sure that no bumps of aggregate or stone remain in your new surface.

When you trust Epic Paving with your asphalt installation, you can rest assured that you’re getting a surface that will provide years of durability and functionality.