New, additions or replacements
Paving: The Process 1) Existing Asphalt Driveways
- Exiting asphalt is removed and hauled away to a recycling facility. Due to our concern for the environment and the costs of material today this asphalt is reprocessed and is used as a process gravel as fill for construction work.
- We then regrade the driveway walking with the existing base. We will add up to 6” of new gravel if needed. Many residential driveways will not require much new base due to good compaction. However, others may require more ex-caution and move process gravel because of poor compaction, drainage issues due to usually high content soils. Our people are well versed if these issues arise..
- Compaction is the next process using a 3/5-ton vibratory roller. Plate compactions are used in small areas.
- We like to let the driveway settle after we have stripped and graded the driveway. We recommend 4 to 6 weeks before we pave. This will allow us to make any corrections (dips, drainage etc.) before the final process, which is paving. Many people ask if they will be able to drive on the newly graded driveway. Immediately after this will also allow for more compaction.
We will regrade the driveway and add any additional process gravel if needed. At this point we re-compact the driveway. We hand rake and edge the sides, spray point string lines for crisp straight lines and leave a little stone on each side for support of the new asphalt. We will then pave with 2’R” of compacted asphalt. After paving the driveway it is taped off to ensure no one drives on the new asphalt. We recommend 17 days of no vehicles on the new surface. Walking on the new driveways the next day is fine but heavy objects are not recommended.