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How to Install Asphalt Paving

Step 1: Know Why You Want Asphalt Paving

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You may have been limping along for years with a cracked, crumbling driveway made of asphalt or concrete. Or you may just have a gravel or dirt driveway and want something clean and neat for those rainy days.

What is Hot-Mix Asphalt Paving?

Hot-mix asphalt is the real stuff; the stuff you want for a good, complete driveway that you won't have to replace for 20-30 years. It's similar to what you see road crews using on roads. It's an aggregate of stone and sand, along with a liquified slurry of asphalt. The asphalt is heated to over 300 degrees Fahrenheit to make it liquified. Asphalt contractors have to work with it fast before it solidifies.

Why Do You Want Hot-Mix Asphalt Paving?

  • It's more flexible than concrete and thus less prone to cracking.
  • Cheaper than concrete.
  • Less prone to damage by rock salt and ice melt.
  • Sets faster than concrete because it hardens by cooling rather than drying.

What is Hot-Mix Asphalt Paving Not?

It is not driveway sealant. It is not crack sealant. Both of these are fixes, not solutions.

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