You don’t need a professional eye to see when new asphalt has been poured. The rich, luscious color is unmistakable, and the newly painted lines generally look amazing. That type of workmanship does not come by accident. So don’t expect to Google cheap asphalt repair and get professional grade results. Today we wanted to share a few tips that improve the quality of pavement. It begins with a knowledgeable crew and ends with a gorgeous finish.
- The Crew: You can’t just hire some random person off the street and expect them to be able to run paving equipment like a pro. Every member of our crew has been trained to perform their job with precision whether it involves maintenance on the machinery or applying the sealcoat after asphalt has been compacted.
- Proper Maintenance: We use heavy machinery in our line of work. Our equipment has to be properly maintained before it can aid us in pouring and maintaining asphalt for our clients.
- High Quality Materials: We buy materials from trusted suppliers, not the cheapest we can find. We believe that high quality materials make a big difference whether you’re building a house or paving a road.
- Respecting the Layers: Paving a parking lot doesn’t mean that you dump a bunch of asphalt onto an area and smooth it out. Every properly-built road, driveway, and parking lot is built up from layers. These layers include the subsoil, aggregate base, asphalt base layer, asphalt intermediate layer, asphalt wearing surface, and the sealcoat. Each layer must be properly prepared before the next layer is added. Think of it like building a multi-tier cake without cracks or holes.
- Consistency: The speed at which the asphalt is laid out makes a difference in the finished product. A paver that speeds up and slows down will have waves in their pavement. Most pavers include a speed limiter, cruise control of sorts, to prevent high and low spots.
- Compacting the Asphalt: The asphalt must be able to handle the stress put on it by regular vehicles and very large trucks as well. Roadways take a bit less damage than parking lots because heavy trucks are almost always in motion on the road. Parking lots must be able to withstand idling trucks and wheels turning under several tons of pressure. This is why many loading docks and other areas where large trucks park or turn must be repaired more often due to damage.
- Precise Rolling Pattern: Rolling the asphalt smooth must be done before it has had time to cool beyond a certain temperature. The person driving the roller must also be aware of their forward and stopping motions because stops can cause bumps and depressions in the pavement.
These are just a few of the things that we keep in mind with every paving job. And now you know some of the details that go into creating that amazing new parking lot.