Asphalt Paving 101: Six Essential Steps for Successful Installation

From Start to Finish: A Step-by-Step Guide to Asphalt Paving

Asphalt paving is the process of laying down asphalt, a durable and cost-effective material commonly used in road construction and driveways, on a prepared surface.

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Here are the steps involved in asphalt paving:

  1. Planning and Preparation: The first step in asphalt paving is to plan the project and prepare the site. This involves determining the scope of the project, identifying any potential issues or obstacles, and preparing the surface to be paved. The surface should be graded, compacted, and free of any debris or loose materials.
  1. Base Course: Once the surface has been prepared, a base course is laid down. This typically consists of a layer of aggregate, such as crushed stone, that is compacted to create a stable foundation for the asphalt.
  1. Binder Course: For commercial/industrial jobs, or projects that have heavy equipment and machinery traffic, we apply this type of base course. After the base course is in place, a binder course of asphalt is laid down. This layer typically consists of a thicker mix of asphalt that is designed to provide additional strength and stability to the pavement.
  1. Surface Course: The final layer of asphalt, known as the surface course, is then applied. This layer is typically 2″ thick after compaction. The surface course provides a smooth, durable surface to withstand heavy traffic and weather conditions.
  1. Compaction: Once the asphalt has been applied, it must be compacted to ensure that it is properly bonded to the surface and has a smooth, even finish. This is typically done using a heavy roller or compactor. Skilled drivers are able to remove the roller marks; something we do very well.
  1. Finishing: After the asphalt has been compacted, any necessary finishing touches are applied. Job cleanup is important as well as good communication with the homeowner. If you need in-depth information about the cleanup, visit our article here.

Skilled drivers are able to remove the roller marks; something we do very well.

Overall, asphalt paving is a complex process that requires careful planning, preparation, and execution to ensure a high-quality and long-lasting surface.

To ensure a great final product consider hiring an experienced paving contractor. If your home or site is located within 50 miles of Harrisonburg, Virginia, consider hiring Edwards Paving for your next project. We have been a paving contractor since 1964, and we bring the experience necessary to ensure your next paving project is a success. Visit our contact page or call us at (540) 249-4241.

About the author

Megan Edwards is the Granddaughter of Wesley Edwards, founder of Edward's paving Contractor.