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The Basics of Asphalt

by | May 23, 2017 | Asphalt Mix, Commercial, Paving, Residential | 0 comments

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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Pam Taylor
Pam Taylor
October 4, 2021.
My husband and I contracted with Top Job to asphalt the driveway at our cabin in Fish Haven, ID. Starting with Steve who gave us the estimate, to Teri, Sam and especially Kevin who headed the project was timely, professional, and exceptionally well done. They are an honest and reputable company. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone who is looking to asphalt. Pam
Tom Nelson
Tom Nelson
October 1, 2021.
Top Job Asphalt works extremely well to the satisfaction of each of their customers!
David Hansen
David Hansen
September 29, 2021.
Very pleased with the work performed.
Tony Nielson
Tony Nielson
September 29, 2021.
Top Job Staff and crew did an excellent job on our parking lot. The crack seal crew was on the job before daylight and did great work. Most impressive was the slurry seal crew. Kerry and his team did a wonderful job. worked around my tenants parking issues, worked between rain storms. Kerry would not apply slurry until he was 100 percent sure the parking lot was dry enough after the rain. refreshing to see someone care so much about his product, his job, and his crew. Rosalie was also right on top of scheduling and even made a site visit to make sure I was happy. Top Job went above and beyond my expectations and I would recommend them to anyone .. I will use this company again in the future. Thank you very much! Tony and Cole Nielson T.K.S. Development.
Dennis Simonson
Dennis Simonson
September 23, 2021.
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Christie Brown
Christie Brown
August 16, 2021.
We now have the PRETTIEST driveway approach and RV parking on the block! Nice job, TOP JOB ASPHALT!

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