BUILDING QUALITY BLACKTOP DRIVEWAYS

As the D.I.Y. movement swept the nation, many were tempted to try and seal or
pave their own driveways. While this is doable, it is not at all practical and should
not be attempted. Sealing and paving are much more difficult than painting or
other home improvement projects, as well as much more expensive.
It is rarely worth it to pave or seal your own driveway, as few have the know-how
or experience to accurately and properly pave and seal their driveways, which may
help them cut off block paving costs in case they have a block paved driveway.
Anyone seeking to seal or pave their blacktop should place their trust in the hands
of seasoned professionals who can finish the project for the best possible value. Our
London Paving Company provides the best service and pricing for anyone looking
to improve their home’s driveway.
The blacktop process seems to be much simpler than it actually is. How difficult can
pouring some asphalt in a line actually be? While amateurs may be able to create a
passably stable and straight driveway, they often cannot master the complicated
process as they lack the experience and daily practice.
Paving a Blacktop Driveway Well is a Difficult Task
The most important part of the blacktop driveway paving process is the mixing
stage. Made with a combination of sand, crushed rock bits and asphalt slurry, the
mixture must be heated to over 300 degrees to liquefy it. Contractors know how to
safely and quickly turn the raw materials into a desirably smooth driveway. First
timers and those trying to ‘DIY’ can suffer painful injury or misappropriate
proportions, leaving them in a less than desirable situation.
The next part of the blacktop driveway paving process is the ‘laying’ stage. If there
was an existing driveway, an experienced contractor will completely remove and
clear the area of the old tarmac and smooth out the surface underneath. Then,
they will leave plastic or wooden edging to ensure a straight line. The ‘laying’ or
‘pouring’ stage also is instrumental as it is when the tarmac is physically set into an
area.
A common mistake that self-contractors make is that they do not pour the asphalt
thick or thin enough. If the asphalt is too thin it becomes susceptible to cracking
and damage from rock salt and ice melt. However, if it is too thick then it will not
dry evenly or quickly, and it will dimple.
After the initial pouring, to create an even thickness, a good contractor will
manually spread the asphalt they’ve laid using either a specially designed tool or
large metal squeegee. Spreading by hand ensures that the blacktop driveway will
stay relatively straight, and that it will be of the utmost quality. Many trying to
pave their own driveway will forget or skip this step; however it is necessary in
guaranteeing strength and a longer life-span to any driveway.
Finally, the tarmac must sit untouched while it dries. A good contractor will not
only rope off the space, they will use the heat and humidity index coupled with the
depth of the blacktop driveway to diagnose how long the driveway must sit for.
This ability is often developed over years of practice, something that most would
not be able to spontaneously discern.
The Driveway Company contractors, are seasoned professionals with years of
experience laying blacktop driveways. This guarantees that every project is poured
and finished to the utmost standards, leaving clients with the top of the line in
tarmac quality. You shouldn’t leave your driveway up to chance by trying to do it
yourself.
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