If you have ever gone with a finished paved surface on your property for any amount of time, you will realize how dirty and dusty mud and dirt can be in respect to your yard and vehicles. A good pavement surface to your property can provide value and quality to your yard's use, and with good asphalt paving, you can keep your property upgrades within budget. Here are some tips to help you complete your yard's paving project successfully to get a long-lasting pavement and keep the environment into consideration.
Prepare a Good Foundation
For any new paving surface, you will need a good strong and stable foundation surface. Your asphalt professionals will likely prepare the foundation by compacting the existing soil in place with the help of added gravel to keep it from eroding away due to moisture. Compacting also removes any air pockets from the foundation to make sure it is solid.
Prevent Moisture Damage With Grading
In addition to a solid base for your asphalt layer, it is similarly important to make sure the surface of the pavement is sloped properly. Grading your new asphalt surface will allow moisture to naturally drain off the surface and keep water from pooling. The reason for this is because just like the sun's harsh UV rays, moisture, and rain are another main cause of damage to your pavement.
Look to install your pavement surface with a slight slope toward the end of your driveway where it can collect in a street gutter and runoff drain. If your driveway is long, you can also add in a central slope down the interior of the paved surface, which will promote rain and moisture to runoff onto either side of the driveway. Your paving professionals can calculate this construction of your paving to get the optimal drainage to prevent potholes and cracking damage.
Look For Recycled Pavement Materials
The materials that the paving company uses to combine and install your paving surface are made from a variety of materials. This includes an aggregate or gravel material along with hot tar emulsion to hold the mixture together. Sometimes extra additives are mixed in, such as Gilsonite, to help the pavement last longer and be more durable.
However, ask if your paving professional can or already uses recycled asphalt as the aggregate to keep it out of the landfill and also protect virgin materials from being used. This can also cut down on the cost of your new asphalt pavement but ensures you still get a durable material for your parking or driveway's surface.
For more tips, reach out to a local paving contractor.