Process of Replacing an Asphalt Driveway
Replacing your worn, pothole-ridden asphalt driveway can seem daunting. Not to worry, with the right materials and preparation, you can easily replace your driveway with a shiny, black, and beautiful pavement. Here are the steps to replace your asphalt driveway.
Before demolishing the existing driveway, it’s crucial to evaluate it to identify the issues, such as poor drainage. This will enable you to avoid making mistakes when installing the new pavement. You also need to determine whether to make changes to the current design and layout.
Obtain a permit
A permit is required to construct a new driveway or modify an existing driveway in the Lehigh Valley. The township permit ensures that your asphalt driveway conforms to requirements and standards.
The next step is to remove the existing driveway. It involves using machinery, such as an excavator, to grind up the old driveway, collect the debris, and haul it away. Old asphalt can be recycled to make new pavement, making the environment cleaner and safer.
Grading and sloping
Grading and sloping are crucial to a durable driveway. They make your driveway level and ensure that water directs properly away from the home, driveway, or road. Without proper grading and sloping, water can damage your foundation and the driveway and cause other damage.
Another crucial step is sub-base preparation. The sub-base should be stable, compact, and firm enough to support the driveway to withstand foot and vehicular traffic and extreme temperatures. How thick and compact the subbase should be depend on your project.
Adding the binder
The next step is the addition of an asphalt binder, which is a large aggregate mixed with oil. It ensures your new driveway is sturdy and strong enough to withstand pressure and weather conditions.
Installation of the asphalt
Installation of new asphalt, which consists of smaller aggregate, sand, and oil, follows. The hot asphalt is spread evenly over the surface and compacted with a roller for a smooth, shiny, attractive finish. It is then allowed to cure for days or weeks, depending on several factors. It’s important to allow the driveway to cure before use.
After curing, the new driveway can be stripped and opened for use. Grasses and other softscape can also be planted around the driveway for aesthetic purposes.
Asphalt driveway replacement can’t get any better
Asphalt replacement may seem overwhelming, but with the steps above, you can create a beautiful, long-lasting surface that enhances your home's curb appeal. At Hicks Paving, we understand how important a well-installed driveway is to your home and will work with you to ensure that your new driveway meets your unique needs. Request an estimate today.