What Are the Three Essentials for Asphalt Paving Installation?
There are numerous steps in a typical asphalt paving job that involve engineering, planning, scheduling, preparation, and execution. Three factors, however, are essential if the work is to be of superior quality.
1. Asphalt must be placed over a level, stable foundation. When a new pavement is being constructed, it is necessary to ensure that the foundation on which the pavement will rest is suitable. This may involve amending the soil, compacting it, or installing a gravel or rock subbase. When paving is needed to perform a repair, the typical procedure is to remove the damaged pavement so that the foundation can be repaired or strengthened.
2. Asphalt must be compacted thoroughly to remove air voids so that the material is made stronger and denser. Improperly compacted asphalt will have a much shorter life, and it will require costlier and more frequent repairs.
3. Asphalt must be applied before it has a chance to cool excessively. If the temperature of the asphalt is not hot enough, adequate compaction may be impossible, and the appearance of the pavement may be lumpy or otherwise unattractive. This means that contractors must ensure that asphalt deliveries are timed just right, and they must have sufficient staff and equipment at the site to perform the work efficiently.
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Asphalt is weather resistant and different thicknesses of the material can be applied depending on whether it will be used by pedestrians or vehicles. It can also be repaired easily and cost-effectively when damage does occur.
Properly installed asphalt is graded to ensure proper drainage and it offers enough traction to prevent users from slipping.
Asphalt is highly-recyclable and it can be used over and over again. In fact, it is the most widely recycled material in the US.
Asphalt paving can be driven on the day it is installed, which minimizes disruption to the users.
A fresh layer of asphalt looks attractive and professional, and it retains this look over time with proper maintenance.
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