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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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The Installation of Asphalt Ramps

Asphalt paving is often used to install built-up ramps. Ramps provide access to an inclined portion of a piece of property. Ramps are usually installed to support foot traffic. Ramps can also be used to support the use of wheelchairs and walkers.


One of the most critical steps associated with planning the addition of built-up ramps is to ensure that law ordinances are followed. The land where an asphalt ramp will be installed should be graded properly. A paving contractor will need to ensure that a ramp won't lead directly into traffic and that a new structure will have adequate support along the sides of it. Some ramp designs may require the installation of handrails.

A paving contractor can provide advice about a ramp installation, including a suitable width and length for the new structure. This information will be prepared after inspecting the property that you own. Any structures that are on your property and any other paved surfaces may influence the ramp design that a paving contractor selects. Ramps are often used as access points. A ramp may be used to bridge two sections of a piece of property together or to provide a viable entryway to a commercial or residential building.

Ramp Styles

A ramp can have a slight curve to its design or can be straight. The gradient of a ramp can vary, depending upon the topographical features that are located on a parcel of land. Ramps tend to have a main ramp section that is surrounded by sloped sides. Asphalt ramps are slowly built up. A contractor will clear the land and will prepare an outline where fresh asphalt will be poured. They will pour the asphalt in stages.

After each layer of asphalt dries, a contractor will inspect the progress of the ramp and may add a subsequent layer of asphalt. The thickness of a ramp will be decided during the planning phase of an asphalt project. If any bracing materials will be used to support a ramp, a contractor may install them while a project is underway.

A tamping process will be conducted after each layer of asphalt is poured. This will flatten the asphalt and keep it closely compacted. It will also prevent asphalt from chipping once it has dried. A contractor can add a sealant at the end of the project. The sealant will provide a waterproof barrier to the asphalt.

To learn more about asphalt ramps, contact an asphalt paving contractor in your area.