THE STRONGEST ASPHALT DRIVEWAY OPTION

A NEW HOT MIX ASPHALT DRIVEWAY

INTERESTING FACTS ON ASPHALT

When it comes to deciding which are your best options for a new home driveway, we recommend going with a Full Depth Asphalt Driveway.   Full Depth Asphalt will provide the homeowner with the best combination of strength, flexibility and durability, especially in climates that have fluctuating temperatures throughout the year.  
Starting with a good topsoil is paramount to the building of a solid asphalt driveway.  In near perfect soil conditions a 4 inch thickness may be adequate but a 5-6 inch aggregate will provide a stronger, solid driveway for heavier loads.    If we find that the subgrade quality is unstable we may recommend as much as 6 inches of crushed aggregate be laid and thoroughly compacted first.  In some soil cases, 6-8 inches of compacted aggregate or gravel will be used for the base.

"We recommend full-depth asphalt for driveways," says Kent Hansen, former NAPA Director of Engineering. "We calculate that asphalt can replace aggregate on a ratio of 1:3 in thickness. ie. 1 inch of asphalt pavement is equivalent to 3 inches of aggregate base."

Benefits of Hot Mix Asphalt
There is no comparison when it comes to durability and sustainability of hot mix asphalt against concrete for a colder climate:

  1. Asphalt is flexible and gives with initial settlements
  2. Asphalt withstands extreme temperature changes
  3. Asphalt is strong and very durable
  4. Asphalt is good looking and adds value to any property
  5. Asphalt gives a smooth, safe surface
  6. Asphalt is unaffected by salt

In conclusion, a Hot Mix Asphalt Driveway will give you many years of good, worry free use.
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INTERESTING FACTS ON ASPHALT

INTERESTING FACTS ON ASPHALT

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Why do we call asphalt “pitch”? And where is the largest asphalt lake in the world?

The Pitch Lake is the largest natural deposit of asphalt in the world, estimated to contain 10 million tons. It is located in La Brea in southwest Trinidad, within the Siparia Regional Corporation. The lake covers about 100 acres and is reported to be 250 feet deep
The Pitch Lake has fascinated Western explorers and scientists, as well as attracting tourists, since its re-discovery by Sir Walter Raleigh in his expedition there in 1595. (The native Indians knew about it and showed it to him.) Raleigh himself found immediate use for the asphalt to caulk his ship. He referred to the pitch as "most excellent… It melteth not with the sun as the pitch of Norway". Since its re-discovery, there have been numerous research investigations into the use and chemical composition of this material. There have been countless theories, postulations, and conclusions as to the size, source, and origin of the asphalt.
In 1887, Amzi Barber, an American businessman known as "The Asphalt King", secured a 42-year monopoly concession from the British Government for the Pitch Lake for his company, Barber Asphalt Paving Co. It was from this source that many of the first asphalt roads of New York City, Washington D.C., and other Eastern U.S. cities were paved.
It was the natives, the Amerindians, that showed Sir Walter Raleigh where the lake was. They were the ones who named the black substance piche, which over time became to be known as pitch. The natives had their own story about the origin of the lake. The story goes that the indigenous people were celebrating a victory over a rival tribe when they got carried away in their celebration. They proceeded to cook and eat the sacred hummingbird which they believed possessed the souls of their ancestors. According to legend their winged God punished them by opening the earth and conjuring the pitch lake to swallow the entire village, and the lake became a permanent stain and a reminder of their sins. The local villages believe this legend due to the many Amerindian artifacts and a cranium that have been discovered, preserved, in the pitch.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitch_Lake

So there you have it!   Today asphalt is widely used in road surfacing, pavements, sports facilities, driveways and many other uses.   We, at Bradley Asphalt are proud to use this versatile, natural, durable and recyclable product.

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ASPHALT THICKNESS AND STRENGTH

The world now relies heavily on automobiles for personal transportation and trucking for commercial delivery and movement of goods from one place to another. With this in mind, we have a responsibility to produce asphalt surfaces that are safe, strong, comfortable and durable for long term use. Most office structures, shopping centers and sports facilities now offer major asphalt parking structures to attract more customers and offer an appealing, smoother, convenient access to their facilities. As a result of this growth, asphalt products are constantly evolving and improving the quality of their engineering.
The thickness of an asphalt surface is determined by the quantity and quality of the subgrade materials. Asphalt surfaces are typically built up by a layered system of various materials and each layer contributes to the overall strength and function of the structure. Most parking lots and pavements in Denver are built on a smooth foundation of native subgrade soils with a
dense, graded aggregate forming the working platform for the asphalt paving materials to be laid. When the placement and compaction of the soil and aggregate layers, two or more layers of asphalt are added to complete the asphalt surface. These two layers usually consist of an asphalt base layer and an asphalt surface layer.

ASPHALT THICKNESS AND STRENGTH

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Another important factor to be taken into account is good surface drainage and good subgrade drainage. Laying the rock so that the water can leach out and not gather in low areas, causing puddles and eventually potholes.

ASPHALT THICKNESS AND STRENGTH

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Designing and building pavement systems requires a thorough understanding of the soils, rocks and drainage that will go into the foundation of the asphalt pavement. If all these factors are correctly taken into account, you will have a strong, durable, good looking asphalt surface that will last for many years.

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THIN LIFT ASPHALT OVERLAYS

We don’t ever take asphalt paving for granted. We walk on it, park on it, land our planes on it, play sport on it and seal our roofing with it. Life is easier with a good asphalt surface!
The black sticky and highly viscous liquid also known as bitumen in many countries, is sourced in two ways – either from refining petroleum or natural deposits in the earth. Aggregates made up of sand, stone and gravel are mixed with bitumen which holds it all together.

Thin lift asphalt overlay is a good option to repair and restore an asphalt paving and road surface that is not too damaged and just needs a facelift. Thin lift asphalt can be offered in different types to meet different specifications and can be good solution to correct certain surface deficiencies.

They can be good at sealing existing pavements, roads and interstates from external moisture and can restore a good skid resistance to an already too smooth surface of road. Thin lift asphalt tends to have a tighter finish and more appealing appearance due to the smaller aggregate used. This design holds several benefits for road users such as reducing wet weather spray, reducing nighttime glare and reducing the potential for hydroplaning. Some types of thin lift asphalt are designed for rainwater runoff to drain through the asphalt, onto the lower aggregate and will drain away excess water.

THIN LIFT ASPHALT OVERLAYS

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To get an exact shelf life of these various thin lift asphalts depends largely on the initial damage to the existing surface. If the surface has extensive damage and cracking to the asphalt paving or road surface, the thin lift asphalt could perhaps extend the life of your asphalt by a year or two. This solution won’t help with structural damage but may help to give you a year to replace or resurface the whole area. On the other hand, if the surface is in need of a quick facelift then sealing with the thin lift asphalt could offer you up to 15 years of life. One thing to take into account when you have a very uneven, potholed and cracked surface – a thin lift asphalt will probably restore the surface by about 50% smoothness.
If the existing pavement or road is not 100 percent structurally sound, it’s still possible to lay a thin lift asphalt overlay if it can be brought to a structurally sound condition by localized repairs first.

If you are interested in this type of overlay, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information. We would be happy to advise you!

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Denver Asphalt Co – Bradley Asphalt Services Inc.

4973 E Collinsville Pl
Highlands Ranch, CO 80130
Denver Office: 303-467-0631
Colorado Springs/Monument Office:  719-481-9411
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Duane Bradley – Cell Phone: 303-947-7484 or 719-646-2668
Email: duane@bradleyasphalt.com or duane@bradleyasphalt.us
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