What is the right type of material for your pavement? Hot mix asphalt? Perpetual? Porous?
Although you’re probably going to rely on professionals to help you answer this question, understanding the various types of asphalt is a definite benefit. When it comes down to hiring a professional, you’ll find it much easier to communicate your needs and help the contractor understand what you need for your parking lot, road, or driveway.
1 – Porous Asphalt
Porous asphalt is typically used to pave parking lots. The reason lies in its ability to allow water to drain through its surface. Despite its high price, this unique asphalt type can save you thousands in the long-run, especially if you live in an area where rainy weather is frequent. Not only that, but if your property is in danger of flooding, you can install stone beds underneath this asphalt to help water settle to the ground.
2 – Hot Mix Asphalt
Characterized by its neat, finished look, hot mix asphalt is very durable. It’s also ideal for anyone looking to winter-proof their pavement thanks to the mixes absence of moisture. For anyone living in a region with cold, freezing winter, this is a great choice that is both durable, inexpensive, and low-maintenance.
3 – Warm Mix Asphalt
Warm mix asphalt is essentially the same as above, only easier on the environment. On top of that, the temperature requirement is lower than hot mix types.
4 – Perpetual Pavement
Perpetual pavement is the result of combining various kinds of asphalt to increase the lifespan of the final product. It’s designed so that the bottom layer has a high level of flexibility to avoid cracks, the middle is moderately durable, and the top layer is typically a hot mix to ensure resistance to ruts.
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Our team of contractors has a wealth of experience installing all kinds of pavement using everything from hot mix asphalt to perpetual pavement. Contact us today for more information or an estimate on your project!