In life, things are never as simple as they seem. There are always a bunch of tiny moving parts working in the background that bring together the final result. Whether that result is an outcome or a tangible product. Like an asphalt driveway. In this article we will go over all the intricacies that come into play when building a new driveway! Because there’s always more happening “under the surface.”
Planning Ahead Is A Must
Whether you’re replacing an old driveway or laying a new one, planning ahead is non-negotiable. Replacement driveways must account for the old material, which needs to be broken up and removed. And new driveways must be planned according to their specific layout and location.
Grading Must Be Determined
Grading is the surface your driveway rests it’s head on to sleep at night. This is a necessary part of new driveway construction that ensures proper water draining and prevents future collapse. In order to determine grading, a hose may be run over the existing surface. From there the contractor will observe which way the water naturally runs and accumulates. This lets him or her know which area must be leveled prior to laying the asphalt.
You Can’t Build Without A Base
Some water permeation is expected. That is why base soil is laid and compacted over the ground where the driveway will sit. Underneath the soil will be jagged and coarse rocks to assist with drainage.
Size Does Matter
Asphalt comes in different sized aggregates. Larger aggregates tend to be used on commercial jobs as they are stronger and can withstand heavier use. However, larger aggregates can still be used for residential projects if you wish.
As you can see, laying a driveway is not as simple as choosing a spot, mixing some rocks, and smashing it down. A keen eye with an attention to little details, such as forming 45 degree angles at every edge, is necessary for a beautiful and professional asphalt job. Looking for more 411 on all things paving? Check out our blog or contact our qualified team of professionals today at 416-701-1881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.