A driveway paved with asphalt can last for a long time. It can last even longer if it was installed by Raymond Wolk Paving. R Wolk Paving is an industry leader in asphalt driveway installation and not only does Raymond Wolk Paving like to leave its customers with a quality product it also takes every chance it can to spread knowledge about asphalt paving, driveway installation and paving equipment.
In its latest installment of paving education, R Wolk Paving is here to walk through the steps of installing an asphalt driveway.
Once you’ve hired a paving contractor you can trust like Raymond Wolk Paving, R Wolk Paving will follow this process to create your beautiful, durable asphalt driveway.
Remove Current Driveway Surface: Removing your current driveway surface could include breaking up existing concrete or asphalt and collecting and removing pieces of loose gravel. Your contractor will have to make sure the surface is completely clear before moving any further into his paving project. The contractor will also have to clean the surface to make sure there are no grease or oil stains.
Grade Driveway Slope: Next, Raymond Wolk Paving will grade your driveway slope to ensure proper drainage and prevent a collapsed of heaved driveway. By grading the driveway, water during rain storms will run off to the side or bottom of your asphalt driveway, away from your house, instead of settling and creating floods.
Compact Base Soil and Cover: Then R Wolk Paving will use some of its high-quality equipment to compact the base soil before covering the surface with crushed rock. The type of crushed rock used during this step is important when it comes to achieving proper drainage. The composition of the rock your contractor lays should be coarse and jagged. Some refer to this kind of crush rocked as “road-base mix.” The amount of crushed rock that needs to be laid is determined by the composition of the base soil of your driveway.
Wait for Settling: Different contractors will allow varying degrees of time for the base soil compact to settle, but the longer they wait the stronger and more naturally settled the base gets. Allowing up to a week can yield optimal results.
Lay Asphalt and Compact: Finally it’s time for the final step, which is to lay the asphalt you’ve picked out for your driveway and compact it with a heavy roller.