Winter is not the right time to think about having a paving job done on your property in Appleton, WI. But, now that Spring is approaching, you should begin to plan for your paving project. Before you contact a paving company and start asking about prices and service, there are some things that you should keep in mind.
This blog post by Quality Asphalt shares several ways to prepare for your paving project in Spring.
Learn about Asphalt Paving
One of the most preferred and durable options for paving material is Asphalt. The asphalt installation process typically goes through the following six steps to give you a shiny blacktop.
Step 1: Clean the area to be paved
First, the surface to be paved should be cleaned and graded. This will remove any debris or obstructions on the surface that might prevent a good bond between the asphalt pavement and the underlying material.
Step 2: Sloping
Assess the base surface to form the required slope, which will allow water to drain out from the pavement. You have to reshape the original surface to create the draining slope most of the time.
Step 3: Spraying the surface with asphalt binder
Apply a thin layer of asphalt binder liquid to form a strong bond between the base surface and the new surface application. It can be quickly done with the help of an asphalt distributor.
Step 4: Preparation of asphalt mix
A preferred ratio of the aggregate compound is slowly mixed with liquid asphalt inside heated tanks which keep rotating to form the paving material. This hot asphalt mix is kept hot in containers until applied to the pavement area. Once cooled, it cannot be compacted.
Step 5: Applying the asphalt mix on the surface
The hot paving material is then applied over the sprayed area with a shovel or paver. The crew spreads it evenly and works quickly to get good compaction before the material cools down.
Step 6: The final roll
The layer of asphalt mix is then well compacted with the help of a suitable weight of rollers selected according to the thickness of the newly paved asphalt surface. Then the pavement should be left to cure for at least 24 hours.
Now that the driveway is paved, it’s essential to keep it in good condition. This includes keeping vehicles off the pavement until it is completely solidified and avoiding parking on the driveway for an extended period. In addition, a sealant should be applied every two years to prolong the life of the asphalt.
Now that you know the process of pavement installation, it’s time to get started on your project in Appleton, WI! You can also consult the paving experts at Quality Asphalt and get your Free Quote. Happy paving!