Asphalt is a mixture of asphalt cements and well graded aggregate. It is then loaded into a paving machine which lays consistent mat of asphalt the desired thickness. Hardrives uses a state-of-the-art paver for this operation. We can pave swathes anywhere from 8’ to 18’ wide in a single pass. Two, three and four inches are typical mat thicknesses for new projects. Hardrives possesses both the technology and the know how to perform virtually any paving need that may arise.
Asphalt is the most commonly used material today for parking lots, driveways and roads. There are many good reasons for this.
To begin with, a new piece of asphalt is visually appealing. Nothing looks better than a smooth jet black mat of asphalt. Add to this the fact that it can be easily painted and that paint adheres well to asphalt, and the finished product looks even better.
Holds Up Well In Unpredictable Climates
Secondly, asphalt is more forgiving than concrete. Because of its composition, asphalt tends to stretch and bend, rather than cracking. This is especially important in a climate such as ours, where drastic changes in temperature, as well as extremely low temperatures, put added stress on any material.
Faster and More Economical than Concrete for Some Projects
Asphalt is also faster to install than concrete and is therefore more economical. In today’s economy, it’s wise to save money wherever you can.
Lastly, asphalt can be more easily maintained. With concrete, once it’s in, there’s really very little that can be done to prevent deterioration or repair it once it occurs. With a good maintenance program, asphalt can be maintained almost indefinitely and will continue to look good year after year.