There’s just something about an asphalt driveway. Maybe it’s the way it looks, or the way your tires seem to effortlessly glide over the smooth surface. If the installation was completed correctly, that is. If you are new to, yet interested in, the world of asphalt driveways, you may be wondering what surfaces asphalt can be installed over. Such as gravel or dirt. Luckily the experts here at Epic Paving are here to guide you.
So first thing’s first – can you lay asphalt over dirt?
Well…yes and no. If the dirt in question is loose, the asphalt won’t settle or do its job correctly. The overall integrity of the structure will also suffer. In order for an asphalt driveway to be as durable as possible, the soil base under the driveway has to be compacted so it’s stable and able to support what is above it. It’s also important the soil be able to drain well so moisture doesn’t cause the asphalt above it to shift.
How else can you ensure a strong surface?
Grading and proper runoff are the most important factors that contribute to a job well done. Pooling water will inevitably cause cracking and degradation to your asphalt surface. This is why hiring a contractor with knowledgeable engineers is so important to asphalt installation. When you’re choosing an asphalt contractor, always ask for references and understand how they plan to handle the paving process.
What else should I consider if I decide to do the job myself?
While we always recommend hiring a professional, it is possible to lay asphalt yourself. Though most homeowners do not possess the heavy equipment required. Familiarize yourself with proper mixing, thickness levels, and bear in mind that you should lay the asphalt on a hot, dry day. Lastly, be sure to check for any permitting requirements that may be needed to pave a driveway.
Are you ready to dive into the world of asphalt? We are here to help! If you have any questions or service needs, contact our qualified team of professionals today at 416-701-1881 or email@example.com.