As you are searching for a paving contractor and considering the type of paving job you want done, it is helpful to understand the process of blacktop paving. Having a better understanding of this process will make you a more educated consumer and feel more confident as you make choices regarding your construction project.
The paving process involves three parts: removal of the current blacktop, sub-base preparation, and blacktop installation.
- Removal. Old blacktop is broken up and removed from the site.
- Sub-base preparation. Sometimes the base beneath the asphalt is still in good condition and can be reused. This helps cut down on the overall cost of blacktop paving. Your contractor will be able to tell you if it is salvageable once the blacktop is removed. If the base layer is questionable, it is better to err on the side of caution. A faulty base layer will affect the top layer of asphalt and make it weak and prone to damage. Your blacktop paving will last longer and need fewer repairs if the base layer is in good condition. To prepare the base layer, it will need to be graded and pitched to ensure proper water drainage, and then compacted to prepare for the blacktop paving on top of it.
- Asphalt installation. Hot pavement mix will be laid over the prepared base layer and then compacted with a vibratory drum roller. The pavement mixes come in varying grades, and you’ll want to check with your contractor to see what type of grade is best suited for your job. Compaction is important to ensure that the material will hold together and not degrade from the elements and force.
We are happy to answer all of your questions regarding blacktop paving to help you feel confident that we are the right fit for your job.