Your driveway is the first thing people see when they arrive at your home; it creates a first impression about the upkeep and condition of your home before they even step through the front door. It also can add to the value of your home, making it a good investment for the long-term equity of your property. But what type of asphalt mix is right for your driveway?
The Different Types of Asphalt Mixes
As asphalt is a mixture of aggregate stones and sand and liquid asphalt cement, there are several different types of mixtures that you can choose from. Some mixtures have smoother surfaces; others have a higher content of asphalt cement, and still others can be colored and imprinted to give you a better aesthetic appeal. One specific asphalt mix is porous asphalt, which allows water to drain through your pavement into a subgrade reservoir. There are a wide variety of options to choose from when you opt for an asphalt surface for your driveway.
Different Temperatures of Asphalt Mixes
While we offer many blends with different thicknesses, granularity, and stress tolerances, the big choice in asphalt mixing comes down to how hot it is when it’s laid down.
- Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA): Also known as your standard asphalt, this mix is heated between 280 to 325 degrees F before it is laid down. HMA can typically only be laid in warmer months, as cold winter temperatures can cause the base to cool too quickly.
- Warm Mix Asphalt (WMA): Warm asphalt mixes are a newer form, and a compromise between hot and cold. They can withstand installation in cooler temperatures, while also using less petroleum products than hot mix. High fives for less stress on the environment and worker health!
- Cold Mix Asphalt (CMA): The asphalt is a blend of oils and additives that makes it possible for the asphalt mix to be stored and laid down cold. While methods for CMA mixing are improving, the results are generally not as strong as hot mixed asphalt. CMA is usually deployed for patchwork, potholes, or for lesser-used surfaces.
No matter which mix, thickness, or temperature you choose, asphalt should definitely be towards the top of your list for your new driveway. Speak with one of our installation professionals, and we’ll help you pick the surface that is best for you. Contact us today at 416-701-1881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.