In many parts of the country, paved asphalt and block paved driveways are a
common sight; but how does the paving process work? Moreover, what exactly is
“pavement”? In this post, we will explore this material, as well as how it is used to
build a strong and reliable parking and driving surface.
Paving an asphalt driveway the Process
Before laying down any asphalt, pavers will dig out the area and put down a good
amount of gravel at the base. The thickness of this base is usually between 2-8
inches, leveled properly to allow for drainage once the asphalt is paved. The asphalt
is a vicious petroleum substance that is mixed with aggregate, which includes sand,
crushed stone, gravel, and other particulate matter. This mixture forms what is
known as asphalt cement.
The aggregate/asphalt mixture is usually loaded into a dump truck and fed into a
machine that lays it onto the gravel base. For limited applications, such as
patching, the material can be loaded into a prepared area with a shovel. The
surface is leveled with a special rake and can be rolled to make it smooth.
Paved asphalt is a robust and durable choice for your home’s driveway. The surface
is less susceptible to cracking and wear compared to other surfaces, prevents
erosion of soil, and holds up well to the elements. Moreover, asphalt driveway
paving adds a lot to the appearance of your property. Therefore, if you desire both
style and durability for your property, then an asphalt is an excellent choice.