This is the most common paving choice. The finished product is a smooth, solid surface. It’s more flexible than concrete, and less prone to cracking. It’s also less likely to be damaged from rock salt and ice melt in the winter. It hardens quickly and can be resurfaced.
We make the asphalt by mixing stone, sand, and hot asphalt in a slurry. We heat it to 300°F where it liquefies. Then we pour the hot, black liquid and press it with a steel wheel roller. We must pour it right away because it sets within an hour.
Note: This form of paving produces an end result with uneven edges.
This is a less expensive alternative to asphalt. Unlike gravel, it offers a solid surface. It has a rough texture, so it’s perfect for wet or snowy climates. Tar-and-chip is known by a few other names, including macadam, seal chip, chip-and-seal, or liquid-asphalt-and-stone.
We make it by pouring hot, liquid asphalt over crushed gravel. Then we coat the top with loose, finishing stones and press them down with a compression roller. You can choose from a variety of finishing stones to give your project a different look.
Note: Tar and chip works well with snow blowers and shovels. Snow plows, on the other hand, may damage the surface.
This is another inexpensive alternative to asphalt and concrete. After the loose fill is compacted, the surface looks and feels similar to new asphalt. Also known as reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP). Other names include cold-mix recycling, hot-in-place recycling, cold-in-place recycling, and finally, full-depth reclamation.
Recycled asphalt is a combination of removed pavement materials which contain asphalt and other aggregates. Workers typically remove this material from reconstruction jobs, resurfacing jobs, or buried utilities. The material is then pulverized and repurposed for paving driveways and roadways.
Note: After exposure to the elements, recycled asphalt tends to turn slightly different colors. A multitude of materials make up the recycled aggregate. As each material ages, it turns a different color. The result is a kaleidoscope of soft tans, greys, and browns.
Like the asphalt in RAP, this concrete is recycled. It’s also a much cheaper alternative to asphalt, coming in at about half the price. It looks similar to crushed gravel, but it packs down more tightly. It’s permeable, and easy to install or remove.
The recycled material is an aggregate of concrete and other solid materials. Workers typically pull it up from resurfacing and reconstruction jobs. It’s then pulverized into gravel sized pieces which we use to pave driveways and roadways.
Note: The concrete is loose, so snow removal is difficult. If you use a plow or a snow blower, you’ll tear up the surface. If you live in snow country, we recommend recycled asphalt or tar-and-chip as an alternative.
This is also a less expensive alternative to asphalt. The end result is similar to “tar and chip,” but the surface is rougher. It’s also great for both wet and snowy climates.
We make it by pouring a slurry of hot, liquid asphalt and crushed stone on the ground. We then level the area using concrete rakes, and pack it using a steel wheel roller. You can choose from an assortment of finishing stones to match your property.
Note: It works well with snow blowers. Using a shovel can be a challenge because of the rough texture. Snow plows will definitely damage the surface.
If you want to extend the life of your road or driveway but avoid costly resurfacing, this is your best option. Crack filling is often confused with crack sealing. The differences lie in the shape and size of crack to be filled/sealed. We do both, so you needn’t worry.
We heat an emulsion of asphalt and squirt it deep into the cracked surface. As it dries, the sticky material hardens, but remains semi-elastic. If the crack changes shape, the emulsion grows to fit the new environment.
Note: Cracks in your asphalt allow water access to the underlying structure. Water will widen these gaps and may buckle the surface. Cracks grow rapidly during winter’s freeze and thaw cycle. To protect your asphalt, seal or fill the cracks.
This option is for those of you who’ve already paved your road or driveway. A sealcoating is a topcoat that prolongs the life and integrity of this paved surface. Water is the number one cause of damage to roadways. After a sealcoating application, water will roll off your surface as if it were a windshield.
It also seals against other chemicals and U.V. rays that degrade the crude oils in asphalt.
First we pour the sealcoating onto your pavement, then we smooth it out using asphalt squeegees. We must do this at least twice to cover the area properly. Afterward, we allow the surface to cure for twenty-four hours.
Note: If you haven’t properly sealed your drive, do so. It’ll add years to its life.
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