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The Basics of Asphalt

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Last Updated on July 15, 2024

You probably already know that asphalt is used in paving roads and parking lots.  Beyond that, the average person usually leaves any further knowledge to the experts or their asphalt paving contractors.  Today we wanted to teach you about some of the asphalt basics, so you can have a better understanding of it and what exactly your asphalt paving contractor is doing for you.

  • Asphalt is a sticky, black, and highly viscous liquid.  It’s thick and borders on being a solid itself.
  • In asphalt paving it’s used as the glue, or binder mixed with aggregate particles to create asphalt concrete.
  • Asphalt pavement is generally composed of 5% asphalt and 95% aggregates, like stone, sand, and gravel.
  • Because of it’s highly viscous (very thick liquid, almost solid) nature, asphalt must be heated so it can effectively mix with aggregates.
  • The layering of asphalt for asphalt paving generally looks something like this:

The Basics of Asphalt: Asphalt Layers

The Basics of Asphalt: Asphalt Layers

The Basic Benefits

  1. Asphalt pavement installations are usually the least expensive and very cost effective in the long run since they requires less maintenance.
  2. Asphalt itself is pliable, making it much more forgiving than concrete during freeze and thaw cycles.
  3. Asphalt paving projects take less time to to install and cure.
  4. Asphalt finishes are smooth and black, not only making them more pleasing to the eye, but help in melting snow and ice quicker, resulting in better winter time traction.

We want you to have access to as much information as possible and answer all of your questions.  You can learn more about asphalt paving costs here or if you’re interested in how to best maintain asphalt pavements click here.

 

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Mike Phillips
Mike Phillips
January 17, 2023.
Great company to work with. We contacted Top Job to repair a county road that we dug across for an irrigation line. They were very professional yet friendly. Our job was completed quickly. We recommend this company.
Sam Rowley
Sam Rowley
December 8, 2022.
I’m not sure how the service actually is, but some old guy in a Top Job Toyota was riding my butt today and flipped me off, or it was maybe an aggressive wave at the red light near the Logan library. Hope his day gets better. 12/8 at 230
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Kim Rappleye
December 7, 2022.
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Mark Malmstrom
Mark Malmstrom
November 22, 2022.
They were easy to get a hold of and showed up when they were scheduled. Good communication and good work.
David Bunnell
David Bunnell
November 4, 2022.
I appreciated the pleasant attitude when talking w/the estimator as well as the scheduler. The work crew did a great job! I highly recommend Top Job Asphalt!
Steven Jacobsen
Steven Jacobsen
October 30, 2022.
Top job Asphalt did an amazing job on my project very professional, I would definitely use them again when I have the need.
Chris Salvesen
Chris Salvesen
October 28, 2022.
Did a great job on the 3" overlay for my very old and deteriorated half circle driveway. Looks brand new. All the transitions to concrete are near perfectly matched when I wasn't sure they could do it. It's almost weird now not feeling the bump driving out of the garage or over our bridge.
Matt Welch
Matt Welch
October 27, 2022.
Top Job paved our asphalt driveways and we couldn't be happier. The service, quality and price were the best I could find and I looked everywhere! Great job guys! I'll be calling back when I start my next project.
Todd Wardrop
Todd Wardrop
October 26, 2022.
I'm so impressed!!😀 Top Job has done such excellent work on my neighbor's driveway ... I'm so jealous. It's absolutely beautiful, and I can't believe how smooth it turned out. It's just perfect. What a great company!

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