Tips to Install a Durable Asphalt Driveway

What Asphalt Products to Use in Order to Create a Driveway Which Will Impress Your Guests and Neighbors

If you want to replace or install a durable driveway, you will definitely need to consider hiring a professional building contractor who has experience in working with asphalt products. Today is your lucky day, as Bryers Paving, of Amarillo, TX, will tell you a bit more about all the ingredients and techniques you need to be aware of, if you intend to make a high-quality, long-lasting asphalt driveway. This will help you make a better choice when choosing the contractor to do the job and will also make you feel more involved in the process, knowing the driveway building basics.

If you want to install a long lasting driveway, there are a few things to consider:

1. Provide enough slope in order to make is easy for the water to drain off and away from the driveway. If water pools on the surface of your driveway, it can seep underneath to weaken the soil or even cause frost heaving. Coarse materials are perfect for draining water from under the driveway.

2. Make sure that the thickness and composition of the underlying granular base is right.

3. The mechanical compaction of the base, sub base and asphalt is of major importance when you want to build a long-lasting driveway. For optimal results the base should sit for about a week so that natural settling can augment the mechanical compaction.

asphalt productsOf course, before considering the type of asphalt products to purchase, you must hire a contractor to tear out your old driveway, if you have one, of course. Then he must determine if the soil base is adequate and ready to be covered with the material, you have chosen. If not, a sub base may have to be built.

Types of asphalt products you can choose between

There are two main options for asphalt around the country. They differ mainly in the size of the aggregate used.

– mix with finer aggregate for a smoother surface (1/2 “ or smaller)

– mix with Coarser aggregate for a rougher but stronger finish (3/4 “ or smaller)

Coarser mixes are also recommended for driveways that get heavier traffic of commercial vehicles, while domestic driveways are often built from a finer mix. Both options have about the same price, so when making your choice you have to basically consider your priorities but not the affordability of the material itself.

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