The Right Way
Paving a new asphalt driveway or replacing an existing one involves several key steps to ensure durability and quality.
- Planning and Design:
- Assessment and Measurements: Assess the area for the driveway, considering the size, shape, and gradient.
- Drainage Plan: Ensure proper drainage to prevent water accumulation, which can damage the asphalt.
- Permits and Regulations: Check local building codes and obtain necessary permits.
- Foundation Preparation:
- Removal of Old Material: If replacing an existing driveway, remove the old asphalt or other materials.
- Grading and Sloping: Grade the driveway area to ensure proper drainage.
- Compacting the Base: Compact the soil and lay a sub-base material (like gravel) for stability and drainage. This layer should be compacted and leveled.
- Laying Asphalt:
- Choice of Asphalt: Select the appropriate mix of asphalt for your climate and usage.
- Thickness: Typically, residential driveways are paved with 2 to 3 inches of asphalt. We recommend two lifts (layers) of 2 inches each. Compressed it becomes 3 inches.
- Application: Hot asphalt is laid over the prepared base. It’s crucial to work quickly as asphalt cools and sets rapidly.
- Rolling: After laying the asphalt, it’s compacted with a roller to ensure a smooth, flat surface.
- Attention to Edges: The edges of the asphalt should be compacted properly to prevent crumbling.
- Curing Time: Allow the asphalt to cure. This process can take several days.
- Regular Inspection: Regularly check for cracks or damage.
- Prompt Repairs: Address any issues promptly to prevent further deterioration.
- Re-Sealcoating: Reapply sealcoat every few years to maintain the integrity of the asphalt.
- Safety and Quality Control:
- Safety Measures: Ensure safety for workers and pedestrians during the paving process.
- Quality Checks: Perform regular quality checks during each stage of the process.
This will definitely help your driveway stay stronger and last a lot longer.