Asphalt is a popular pavement choice throughout the world. The National Asphalt Pavement Association reports that there are about 3,500 asphalt production sites throughout the country, and they produce about 350 million metric tons of asphalt per year. Even more impressive is the fact that almost 100% of reclaimed asphalt is reused, making it a wise choice in terms of sustainability. Before you start your asphalt project, be aware of these eight common mistakes so you can avoid any hassles during your project:
- Not planning adequately: when it comes to planning out your project, make sure your measurements are exact. Too much or too little asphalt can ruin the entire project. You also want to know how asphalt behaves so you’re prepared when the pouring starts. Verify your measurements and do a little research to make sure you’re ready for this undertaking.
- Rushed work: To prevent cracking or uneven pavement, take your time with asphalt. It’s not worth it to rush just to get the job done.
- Not considering the slope/grade: the grade of the pavement needs to be considered so the asphalt can be laid in a way that ensures minimal water accumulation. Water is not asphalt’s best friend, but proper drainage is. Keep water from pooling and destroying your asphalt by accounting for slope and angles.
- Not guiding the material: Inexperienced companies or novice DIYers often struggle with controlling the consistency of pouring asphalt. If asphalt is laid out inconsistently, the pavement can dry with lines or waves throughout it. This is a very common problem but can be avoided with an experienced professional.
- Improper Compaction: Asphalt’s compaction is a leading factor in its longevity and durability. There are several factors that go into proper compaction, and its important for the volume to be reduced so that the air-void content is below 5%.
- Not sealing your asphalt: Sealing asphalt provides a protective barrier from the elements. If your pavement isn’t properly sealed, it will degrade faster and is more likely to form cracks and potholes.
- Cutting corners to save money: Like most home projects, cutting corners in an attempt to cut costs never ends up the cheaper option in the end. You’ll end up with higher maintenance costs and repair needs, and the look of the asphalt will not meet your expectations.
- Picking an inexperienced contractor: If you choose to lay asphalt yourself, make sure you have done your research and know exactly what to do from the planning stage to the final sealing process and all the way to the maintenance needs. Asphalt may be extremely durable, but that’s only if it’s done right.
With over 94% of America’s roads surfaced with asphalt, you know it’s a good choice for durability and functionality. You only want to trust your asphalt job to a highly experienced company like Go Pave Utah. No matter how big or small your project is, we can help, and you’ll never see us make the eight mistakes mentioned above.