Is Asphalt a good choice?
Asphalt pavement is known for its durability and resilience. Most local county and state departments prefer asphalt surfaces over most other pavement products because of it durability, reliability, and the ability to properly maintain the pavement surface. When asphalt is properly installed it can provide a quality pavement surface for 20+ years. Asphalt is the most popular product for paving driveways, parking lots, private roads, shopping centers, commercial lots, walkways pathways, and sports courts. When its time to pave or re-pave your driving surface asphalt is one of the most recycled products on the planet, nearly 80% of all asphalt is recycled and either rolled back into new hot asphalt at the plants or used for a quality base product under your new asphalt surface.
Asphalt is made up of aggregate, sand, liquid petroleum and sometimes other additves like fibers or recycled tires. Flexabilty is one of the quality strengths of asphalt paving. The ability of the product to retract and expand in all weather conditions that our Idaho climate can produce. Asphalt pavement is also a very good surface for shedding water if properly installed, and gives a rich black surface for ice and snow melt in the cold sunny days.
Why prep work is so important?
Before the asphalt pavement is installed, there is many steps of preparation that occurs. In fact, unless the asphalt is being laid over existing asphalt, it is the preparation of the ground surface beneath the asphalt that is the most important factor in the life of a long lasting asphalt pavement surface. Proper clearing, excavation, ground compaction and base materials require a great deal of planning. Base materials should be compacted stone, road base, and/or an asphalt based material such as recyled asphalt. The life of the paved surface is greatly reduced if not for proper base prep, installation practices and water drainage.
There are many reasons why properly installed asphalt can provide a quality pavement surface. Contact our paving experts at Legacy Pavement Services today at 208-982-0717. We service Ada & Canyon Counties