Asphalt is a combination of asphalt/bitumen and crushed stone, sand, and gravel. It is used to make an asphalt concrete that is rolled out to form roads, parking lots, lanes, and driveways. A typical residential driveway has, on top of a prepared and compacted base, 2 to 2.5” of asphalt; this thickness is optimized for automobiles based on use and cost. Large vehicles should not use the typical driveway as damage will result. A residential driveway is not designed to withstand a heavy load.
If you want a new driveway that will last for years to come, rely on Bytown Paving for asphalt paving in Ottawa.
Our crews understand the full process of providing you with a long-lasting driveway. Our first step is to prepare a proper and compacted base; this is critical to supporting the asphalt. The asphalt is laid and compressed with a power roller. It is then cooled with water to help hardening.
Curing a new driveway takes time; it should not be used for at least 2 to 3 days after it has been laid. The hot asphalt needs to cool and set. If the weather is very warm, then hosing down the driveway will help with the process. It takes approximately 6 to 12 months to fully cure a new driveway. After a minimum of 6 months, a sealer should be added on top of the asphalt. This will increase the longevity of the driveway. A sealer should then be applied every 2 to 3 years thereafter.
If your current driveway is crumbling apart and filled with cracks, you need the help of a company that can provide you with expert asphalt paving. Bytown Paving offers asphalt resurfacing as well as new driveway surfacing. Utilizing a tried-and-true technique, we ensure our driveways are durable and long-lasting.
An asphalt driveway will definitely add that finished look to your home. Our friendly and professional crew is ready to help you get started on your asphalt paving project in Ottawa. Give us a call for a free estimate.