The pavement will be very black. Hence, the nickname “blacktop.” You may notice roller marks, and some areas will show where handwork was done. However, after a short period of usage, the surface will begin to blend together creating a smoother appearance.
Both permeable and porous asphalt help manage runoff and control pollutants. They do this by allowing rain water/snow melt to penetrate into the ground where it belongs. Permeable pavement is excellent for walkways, patios, sidewalks, and low traffic driveways. Porous pavement is more suited for parking lots and low vehicle weight roads.
Old asphalt is 100% recycled. By doing so, we create new base materials as well as new asphalt. By adding various amounts and formulations of old or “reclaimed” asphalt, we can improve our asphalt mixes, enhance asphalt performance, extend longevity, and help the environment.
Hot Mix Asphalt is heated between 300-350 degrees Fahrenheit and is the most commonly used form of asphalt for interstates, roads, and highways. It’s flexible, repels water easily, and is weather resistant.
WMA is a newer technology that is less expensive to make and can be shipped longer distances. It’s manufactured around 200-250 degrees Fahrenheit and uses less fossil fuels in the process. Warm Mix Asphalt is more flexible in its use because it can be used over a greater time period during the year. It can
Cold mix asphalt is generally used in the off-season for quick fixes like potholes and repairing cracks over an inch wide. It doesn’t need heat to work. B & S Contracting uses UPM because 90% of potholes repaired by UPM never need re-patching.
For residential projects, an engineer will inspect the site to determine the best match for your project. An architect or engineering firm will usually provide the specifications for municipal and commercial projects.
There are many DIY asphalt maintenance kits on the market. However, they do not contain the same professional quality materials used by asphalt paving professionals. It also requires skill to apply certain products. If the materials are incorrectly applied, the repair solution can actually cause damage. Use those kits at your own risk. We recommend
An overlay is simply a thinner layer of asphalt that’s applied over your existing asphalt driveway, parking lot, etc. It’s a quick solution that restores the ability to handle traffic and inclement weather. If your asphalt surface is showing mild signs of wear, an overlay may be the right solution for you! To find out