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How much time do you think you spend on pavement each day? You have to count all the time you're driving — unless you're driving on dirt roads. You also have to count the time you spend walking across parking lots. Pavement is really important. That much is clear. Since pavement is so important, we thought we would start a blog to write a little more about pavement and pavement contractors. They deserve mention, too. They have a hard job and one that requires quite a lot of skill. We'll explain some of the skill behind pavement work on this blog, and we'll also dive into other related topics.



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Whether you have a large or small home in a rural or urban area, you are going to want a good pavement installed on your property to improve its use and value. But when you consider installing an asphalt surface, be sure you choose the right install process and pavement features that are going to provide you with a durable and long-lasting surface that looks great as well. Here are some recommendations to help you when installing a new asphalt driveway or parking area.

Install the Right Surface

The type of pavement that you choose to install is going to provide your property with years of use, so be sure you choose the right installation with the materials to give you a solid surface. There are several different types of asphalt pavement you can choose to install, from a fine aggregate mixture to a mixture of asphalt made of larger gravel aggregate. 

The large aggregate in the asphalt mixture will provide a more durable surface with a rugged appearance, which is appropriate if you are going to need a heavy-duty pavement. This type of surface is good for parking a tractor-trailer rig at your home, such as if you work as a long-haul trucker and need a place to park it on your home time or you plan to park a large RV or other heavy trailer. However, if you want a smooth surface for a traditional residential driveway that is going to accommodate passenger vehicles and small cars, you can go with an aggregate made of smaller stones to give the surface a uniform appearance.

The pavement's thickness in your asphalt installation should also be a few inches thick. This should be layered over the prepared soil that has been tested for good drainage and compacted in place or layered over a compacted aggregate base layer. Both of these bases will perform well to drain out excess moisture and rainfall so your pavement is protected.

Consider the Weather

The process in which you install your pavement is important, but also the weather in which you install the asphalt makes a big difference in the outcome of your pavement. It is best to install your asphalt when the weather is warm and dry so moisture does not interact with the asphalt's cooling and sealing process. Moisture, such as rain and snow, will cause the asphalt to cool too quickly, resulting in cracks and premature damage occurring to the pavement. So, when the ground is warm, your pavement is going to cool and cure over the next few hours and days instead of too quickly.

Reach out to a paving professional to get started.