Asphalt is a substance that we contractors work with every day, and it is a black petroleum-based material that may be a viscous liquid or a solid. It is a hydrocarbon-based compound with sulfur, oxygen, and nitrogen components that form its chemical structure. In our industry, asphalt works magnificently on the surface of roads as dust furnishing or as granules that harden the highway or pavement they are part of.
Physical properties of asphalt
We wouldn't be so dependent on asphalt if it didn't have all the right ingredients that make up an excellent construction material. Since time immemorial, asphalt has been isolated by engineers as having specific distinguishing chemical and physical properties. The ones we'll highlight are the following:
Hot Mix Asphalt Pavement.
At our company, we have resolved to define the terms of our work as plainly as we can for the client. There's a brand of asphalt that's commonly used for construction and achieves maximum strength when cemented. This is the hot mix of asphalt cement, a great feat of modern engineering and science. By all definitions, asphalt pavement is a path or a road paved with asphalt. Hot mix asphalt is a synthesized compound that combines sand, gravel and a majority of stones that's held together by asphalt cement. The name ‘hot' is due to the process of heating the mixture to liquefy it into a product that is malleable under the action of a vibrating roller. At the construction site, the dumping trucks are left with the task of mixing the material and dumping it on the ground. The next step is using the rollers to compact the mixture into a flat surface. The site is kept off-limits until a favorable process of drying and cooling has taken place.
The contributions of hot mix asphalt to road paving are synonymous to the invention of the wheel. It is the only item you should consider for a well-designed driveway or road that is durable and has a shelf life of up to 30 years with proper care. What's incredible about hot-mix asphalt is that you can always add layer upon layer to your older driveway or road and maintain it in this simple fashion.
Opting for an asphalt driveway
Whenever you consider an asphalt driveway for your home, some questions pop into your mind. Whether it is the most attractive choice according to your taste or whether it has more advantages than other options. Whether it would need maintenance or what option would best suit an asphalt driveway, to begin with. The catalog we provide on our website and newsletters answer most of these questions, but we'll go right ahead and explore these haunting questions.
Driveways work well with asphalt as their main ingredient due to its flexibility under the bitter weather cycles. And just as winter ends, its surface absorbs heat faster helping you clear your front lawn of snow more quickly.
Our contractors take only one working day to install a perfect asphalt driveway. It might sometimes take longer than that depending on the amount of sub-grade preparation needed for your driveway. After all, not all soil is as good as the other, and this may be a slight disturbance to the standard procedure.
Be assured that your schedule will be adhered to as asphalt only takes up to 24 hours to completely dry. You may drive after this, albeit very carefully as it still may be damaged by sharp objects or sheer forces.
Excellent contractors such as ourselves perform estimates on the soil-forming your driveway to ensure a good base is formed. With proper installation, these driveways can be maintained after every 3 years or whenever repaving or patching is necessary. Honestly, most driveways will age with time and will require these twitches eventually. Whenever that happens, we will be available to give your driveway a proper facelift.