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Asphalt Services By Rose Paving
Asphalt is a sustainable building material primarily used in the construction of roads, parking lots and paved surfaces. We at Rose Paving utilize this remarkably robust solution to build and maintain the strongest paved structures in North America.
What is Asphalt?
Asphalt is a building material composed of aggregates (coarse-to-medium-grained particulate material, i.e. crushed rocks, sand, gravel, etc,) and a sticky, black, highly viscous petroleum liquid known as bitumen used in the construction and maintenance of:
- Parking lots
- Railway tracks
- Airport runways
- Bicycle lanes
- Athletic tracks
How is Asphalt Made?
Asphalt is made by combining coarse and medium grained aggregate material with a black, petroleum binding agent that holds the pavement together. The asphalt concrete mixture is then applied in different layers:
- Base Layer – Consists of unbound and bituminous-bound materials laid over the sub base, which provides a stable surface to support new pavement.
- Binder and Surface Layer – Consists of large aggregate mixed with oil to increase the strength and durability of the pavement structure.
- Top Layer – Consists of a fine layer of small aggregate asphalt to provide a smooth ride and complete the jet-black aesthetic of the pavement surface.
Types of Asphalt
There are five types of asphalt categorized by the type of aggregate, which also determines the structure and strength of the pavement surface.
- Hot Asphalt – A permanent paving and patching solution that is manufactured and applied at temperatures between 270° F and 325° F to maintain pliability before the asphalt cools and becomes unworkable.
- MC Cold Mix/Colt Patch – A temporary application of asphalt laid at colder temperatures to slow the curing process, and best applied in low-traffic areas.
- Warm Mix Asphalt – A permanent paving and patching solution that is manufactured and applied at temperatures between between 30° F and 120° F, enabling a longer paving season, and a longer distance between the materials plant and the job site.
- Porous Mix Asphalt – Often used in parking lots, driveways, playgrounds, and sidewalks, porous mix asphalt solutions allow water to drain through its surface, into the underlying stone recharge bed, where it slowly infiltrates into the soil. Porous mix asphalt solutions offer greater functionality to improve safety, manage stormwater, and eliminate the need to deal with water puddles.
- Dense Grade Asphalt – Used for general purposes and suitable for all pavement layers, dense-grade asphalt is a well-graded hot asphalt mix that provides prolonged durability against punishing weather and traffic conditions.
Facts About Asphalt
Asphalt is affordable, easily manufactured and readily available. It’s also the sustainable choice for any business looking to build, maintain or improve paved surfaces like parking lots and commercial driveways.
The asphalt industry is, in fact, the country’s most diligent recycler, recycling asphalt pavements at a rate of greater than 99 percent. That’s an impressive statistic considering the near constant rate at which asphalt pavement is manufactured and installed every year in North America.
What’s more, the use of asphalt pavement is shown to provide the best return on investment of any paving material according to the asphalt paving alliance. When maintenance is required, Rose Paving asphalt services can extend the life of any asphalt pavement structure indefinitely.
Commercial Applications of Asphalt and Asphalt Maintenance
Though asphalt is primarily utilized in the paving of roads and parking lots, it has multiple use applications that are often overlooked, including:
- Transportation (e.g. roads, railway beds or airport runways, taxiways, etc.)
- Recreation (playgrounds, bicycle paths, running tracks, tennis courts, etc.)
- Agriculture (barn floors, greenhouse floors, etc.)
- Industrial (ports, landfill caps, work sites, etc.)
- Building construction (flooring, etc.)
Concrete Parking Lot Vs. Asphalt Parking Lot
Though concrete parking lots maintain a longer lifespan than asphalt parking lots, they are generally more expensive, less sustainable, and take longer to install and cure. What’s more, when compared to concrete, asphalt parking lots are proven to reduce road noise, and last indefinitely with regular maintenance.
How Do You Maintain Asphalt?
The best thing you can do to maximize the life of your asphalt surfaces, is to develop a pavement management plan that includes routine inspections and ongoing preventative maintenance, like:
How To Repair Asphalt?
The first and best step you can take to repair your damaged asphalt surfaces is to call Rose Paving for a consultation. We’ll work with you to establish an asphalt repair plan that meets your needs, then get to work removing and/or replacing the deteriorated and damaged asphalt that plague your commercial structures. Contact us here to get started.