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Understanding the Different Asphalt Types

by | Apr 15, 2022 | Asphalt | 0 comments

Whether your project is small enough to complete yourself, or you’re planning to hire a paving contractor such as Top Job Asphalt, there are a number of asphalt materials you should know about prior to beginning any asphalt paving project. These materials include but are not limited to: cold, warm, and hot mix asphalt. Each of the following asphalt types has its own share of pros and cons.

Hot Mix Asphalt

Hot mix asphalt (HMA) is the designation given to asphalt mixtures that are heated and poured at temperatures between 275 and 350 degrees Fahrenheit. This type of asphalt is the most commonly used asphalt type in the United States. State transportation departments prefer hot asphalt due to its flexibility, weather resistance, and ability to repel water. Hot mix asphalt provides a more permanent fix for patching potholes. This type of mix can be used to pave interstates, highways, and roadways.

Warm Mix Asphalt

Warm mix asphalt (WMA) is heated and poured at temperatures between 200 and 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Warm mix asphalt can be processed using either a foaming technique or by including an additive. Several benefits result from using this asphalt type. First, less fuel is consumed, which results in increased energy savings and reduced production costs. Secondly, fewer fossil fuels are emitted, which is better for the environment and worker health. WMA, however, does not cool as fast as HMA. It can be used to pave roads, highways, and interstates during the day or at night.

Cold Mix Asphalt

Cold mix asphalt or blacktop mix as it is commonly referred to is specifically used for repairing potholes. It is produced by emulsifying the asphalt in water with a proprietary oil before mixing in aggregates. This process keeps the asphalt soft and helps to repel water. This asphalt type doesn’t require heat, any heavy rolling machines, or commercial applicators. It can be shoveled or poured directly into potholes with little to no preparation needed and tamped down using a hand tool. This makes it DIY-friendly.

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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.
Was really impressed with the professional preparation on the driveway surface prior to the application of sealant. FRIENDLY and easy to work with. Highly recommend. Compared prices before settling on Top Job, good value. Their communication between office, field and scheduler was exceptional.
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!

What Our Customers Are Saying

Very impressed with the quality of their work and the organization of the company. The project estimator was spot on as to when the bid would be received and the work was professional  from start to finish. I appreciated the opportunity for a walkthrough inspection after the crack filling was completed as I had some very large cracks in the asphalt. I give this company a ten out of ten (which I really do) and highly recommend them.

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