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The process of installing asphalt may seem simple, but it actually requires exact measurements, skill, and physical labor. Whether you want to understand what your contractor is doing or are thinking of doing your pavement yourself, read on to learn about the paving process.
Find a Contractor
Even if you want to do your pavement yourself, you should still look into asphalt paving contractors in your area to get an idea of what services are available and how much they cost. It might even be more cost effective to have someone do it for you, considering the cost of supplies and your time.
The first step in actually installing your pavement is the removal of the pavement you had before. This can be very labor intensive. If you're paving a previously unpaved surface, you'll have to clear away any debris and rocks to ensure a smooth surface.
After you've removed all debris you'll have to measure the grading of your surface. This isn't just about aesthetics. Your grading has to be just right to ensure that water can run off properly. If it doesn't, it can slowly ruin your asphalt.
Prepare the Base
You might be surprised to learn that you don't just pour asphalt directly onto the ground. To ensure proper drainage and grading, and to keep your asphalt in place, you need to have a perfect sub base. The stability, compaction, installation, and thickness all need to be perfect for long lasting asphalt. You'll have to begin by compacting the base soil with a twin drum roller. For clay based soil, you'll have to cover that in about 8 inches of crushed rock. If you had sandy soil, four inches might be sufficient.
Compact the Asphalt
After you let your base settle for about a week, you can lay on your asphalt to the appropriate thickness. After that you'll have to take that 3,000 pound compactor back out and compact the asphalt.
Treat the Edges
For proper water drainage, the edges of your asphalt should be cut at a 45 degree angle. You'll have to get out your protractor and measure to make sure it's just right.
Installing asphalt is labor intensive, costly, and messy. What looks like simple work actually requires precision and mathematical calculations. If this sounds like a lot to have on your plate, you should reach out to an asphalt paving contractor such as Bartelt Enterprises Inc. to learn more.Share