Guarantee Stability And Protect Your Investment - Tips For Preparing For Asphalt Paving
Whether you're looking to spruce up your home by pouring a new asphalt driveway or trying to serve your customers better by pouring an asphalt parking lot, major asphalt projects can add significant value to your real estate. However, if you don't take the proper steps to prepare for such a project, you may find yourself frustrated by a surface that doesn't live up to your expectations.
Below, you'll find a guide to some steps you should take to prepare for your asphalt installation. Following these suggestions should help guarantee a stable, durable surface that will support your traffic needs for many years to come.
Perhaps the biggest enemy of asphalt stability is loose soil underneath the surface being affected by water, settling, and other natural phenomena. Even when sealed, asphalt is a naturally porous surface, and if the supporting layer of ground beneath the asphalt is improperly stabilized, then the surface you have poured will have a difficult time remaining stable and whole.
Make sure that you've properly compacted the dirt below your asphalt before the new surface is poured and left to harden. Your asphalt contractor should be able to assist you with finding the right level of compaction that will balance stability with ground health, guaranteeing that you don't adversely affect any surrounding plant life.
A surface that appears to be naturally flat is likely actually marked with subtle elevation changes that can make pouring asphalt a real challenge. An uneven, shifting surface is unlikely to be able to fully support an asphalt lot, and allowing your asphalt to be poured on top of such a surface could lead to cracking as early as during drying.
Having your proposed lot area professionally graded and leveled will guarantee that you're not suffering from the ill effects of uneven elevation later in your ownership of your space. This will also provide you with the opportunity to add dirt and raise the surface if you so desire, which can be a useful tool in diverting water and other contaminants.
Constant pressure from water can, over time, lead to the particulate matter which composes asphalt breaking down and beginning to crumble. While professional sealants will combat these effects to a degree, an ounce of prevention is always worth a pound of cure. Make sure that you've installed sufficient drainage surrounding your asphalt lot, as doing so will remove a major irritant to your surface and go a long way toward guaranteeing its stability.
For more information, contact Armour Pavement Inc. or a similar company.