Asphalt Driveway

Asphalt is a similar substance to Tarmacadam the main difference being it is a much higher grade and used heavily by the government to pave roads and motorways. It can also be used to pave your driveway or for car parks or any other area that is to be trafficked by vehicles.

With a severe winter as often is the case in the UK, two issues come to mind, ease of snow removal and susceptibility to cracking from frost and extreme cold weather. Both concrete and asphalt paving rate well in the first case, while the extreme flexibility of asphalt paving allows it to outperform concrete on the on the second case. It is also important that, when the aforementioned damage occurs, asphalt paving can be relayered (reducing repair expenses), while concrete cannot.

Over a long period of time, asphalt paving needs to be resealed, so maintenance costs must be considered. For any questions or to find out about maintenenance costs, simply email info@pavingdriveway.co.uk.

To ensure total peace of mind, ensure that you only deal with Asphalt Paving professionals who are fully equipped with an extensive range of equipment to undertake all types of work from hand to machine laid, including commercial, industrial and domestic. Whatever your needs, we can provide the complete paving package.

Asphalt Driveway

Agricultural Use of Asphalt Paving

Asphalt Paved Driveway

Asphalt Used to Pave a Driveway

What is Asphalt?

Asphalt is a thick brownish or black substance made from the same crude oil which produces kerosene, gasoline and vinyl. It is extracted from the bottom of the barrel after all other petroleum-based products have been refined or processed. Asphalt is usually at least 80% carbon, which explains its deep black color. Another ingredient also found in the tar-like substance is sulphur, as well as some trace minerals. Asphalt is primarily used as a durable surface for roads, airport runways, playgrounds and parking lots.

Once extracted, the tar from the crude oil is usually mixed with sand or gravel, often called aggregate to form the finished product we call asphalt. The black tar creates a strong adhesive bonding with the aggregate, which makes it extremely durable. When used in road construction, asphalt is usually poured over a bed of heavier aggregate in a heated state, then pressed into place by an extremely heavy steam roller. Once the fresh asphalt cools to ambient temperature, it becomes sturdy enough for vehicle trafficking. Asphalt may harden even more over the years, but it still retains enough flexibility to accommodate natural variations in the ground.

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