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

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.

ALL ABOUT ASPHALT - WHAT IS IT?

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THE PRODUCTS

Hairline cracks

There are different ways to lay asphalt depending on the weight and traffic that the area will have to sustain.

HOT MIX ASPHALT – is generally used in high traffic areas like airports, highways and huge sporting arena parking lots.   This type of asphalt is produced under high heat and is the most
durable type of surface.
WARM MIX ASPHALT –  is generally used in patching and repair work and low traffic area and offers a medium strength surface.  This type of mix is safer for the environment and does not require such high temperatures in manufacturing.

MASTIC ASPHALT – has far less bitumen and is usually used in tennis courts, play areas and roofing and walkways.

THE PROCESS
NEW ASPHALT CONSTRUCTION – Asphalt paving offers one of the most durable and sustainable hard wearing surfaces but all asphalt will need maintenance and proper care to keep it in tip top shape.  Fluctuating temperatures, heavy traffic, moisture levels will all affect the asphalt surface as well as oil, grease, transmission fluids and salt spills. Keeping your asphalt surface free from these fluids will help.  
It’s always advisable when laying new asphalt to sealcoat it right from the start.  
When small hairline cracks start to appear there are two types of crack filler that would help to seal up those fissures.   Cold liquid pour asphalt crack fill is very effective in sealing small cracks up to ½ inches in width.   However, hot pour crack fill is rubberized asphalt crack filler and can be used on cracks that are closer to 1 inch wide.  These products can keep cracks stable for approximately 3-4 years.
RESURFACING ASPHALT – Every few years it may be necessary to resurface your asphalt because of larger cracks and water collection in the uneven areas.   This process means layering a brand new surface on top of your existing driveway or parking lot.   It will add a depth of asphalt approximately 1-2 inches and will correct any structural problems.   Resurfacing your pavement, driveway or parking lot will extend the life of your asphalt and prevent potholes and deep cracks from forming.   It is a very cost effective method of getting your asphalt surface to looking brand new again.

ALL ABOUT ASPHALT - WHAT IS IT?

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If you need any further advise or have any questions please contact us at:

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
Estimator:
Duane Bradley – Cell Phone: 303-947-7484 or 719-646-2668
Email: duane@bradleyasphalt.com or duane@bradleyasphalt.us
We’re rated  A+ by Better Business Bureau; Bradley Asphalt Services –  Denver Asphalt.

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REPAIR THE ASPHALT PAVING CRACKS TO AVOID BIGGER PROBLEMS

Maintenance of your asphalt driveway or parking lot is at its best when the area is still in good to fair condition. Regular care of your asphalt paving will give you many more years of good, solid use than waiting for the major cracks to appear. Far more damage can occur under your asphalt if small cracks are not immediately dealt with. The greatest culprit is water seeping into the cracks and sitting under the asphalt which eventually destroys the underlying base of the asphalt. This is especially important in areas of the country where the temperatures drop drastically in winter, causing the cracks to grow wider and allowing more moisture into the subgrade. Once this damage has travelled it is far more costly to address these problems than taking care of the smaller cracks as they appear. Patching and resurfacing is easier when the asphalt is in fairly good condition than when it’s compromised.

A good asphalt company will usually repair hairline cracks with liquid asphalt, cutbacks and asphalt emulsion. The cracks will have to be very carefully air blasted, cleaned and sometimes cut out to prepare them for the sealant. Hot poured sealant is the preferred repair and should give you a further three to eight years life if done professionally.

Hairline cracks

Cracks that are 1/8 inches or less in width are too small to seal effectively. If hairline cracks have made a crocodile skin effect over a large area, then a surface slurry seal or sand seal should be professionally used. The particular surface seal must be fluid enough to flow into the all the hairline cracks.

REPAIR THE ASPHALT PAVING CRACKS TO AVOID BIGGER PROBLEMS

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Medium and large cracks

Cracks that are 1/8 inch or slightly larger will be cut out to a slightly larger clean cut, to make a smooth edge with no loose stones for the sealant to stick onto. Cracks that are larger than 3/4-inches wide should be filled with an asphalt emulsion slurry seal, a hot mix asphalt sand mix, or a hot-poured sealant.

REPAIR THE ASPHALT PAVING CRACKS TO AVOID BIGGER PROBLEMS

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Professional Procedures

There are many procedures that good companies will use such as routing or sawing, high-pressure air blasting, sandblasting, wire brushing, hot air blasting or high pressure water. If the cracks are deeper a specialised backer rod that is shrink resistant, non absorbent and non melting will be placed inside the large, clean crack. The size of the backer rod will be slightly larger than the crack to prevent movement and floating. Another important point that a good company will watch for is air bubbles in the sealant which will eventually weaken the repair. These are just a few examples of repair work that Bradley Asphalt takes on and is very successful with.

If you have any other questions we would be glad to help you. Call us and we can chat:

Denver Asphalt Co – Bradley Asphalt Services Inc.
https://bradleyasphalt.com/
4973 E Collinsville Pl
Highlands Ranch, CO 80130
Denver Office: 303-467-0631
Email: duane@bradleyasphalt.com or duane@bradleyasphalt.us
We’re rated A+ by Better Business Bureau; Bradley Asphalt Services – Denver Asphalt.

HOW SNOW CAN AFFECT YOUR ASPHALT DRIVEWAY

Living in the Front Range, Denver, Colorado with snow and freezing temperatures every winter means that you should always be ready to do some preparation maintenance on your asphalt paving and driveways in the fall. Thinking and preparing ahead of time to protect your asphalt driveway, paving and parking lots will help with minimum damage and repair in the spring.

Snow removal is very necessary but the machinery can cause damage to asphalt if not done correctly. The deicers and salt can also have some negative effects on the paving and the environment.

HOW SNOW CAN AFFECT YOUR ASPHALT DRIVEWAY

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Of course, one of the greatest advantages to asphalt paving is its natural drainage capabilities. Asphalt is porous and therefore large amounts of water and melting snow does naturally drain through the asphalt and into the subgrade and back to the earth. This process is a huge help to preventing runoff and flooding or pooling of water.

  • Snow ploughs should be set ½ inch above the asphalt to prevent damage. The city snow ploughs are usually correctly set for this purpose. If you have any uneven surfaces on your asphalt driveway or parking lot then these raised areas will have some damage in the spring that will need repairing.
  • Professional companies will usually use a polyurethane cutting edge on the blades of their plow to lessen the impact it will have on your asphalt driveway.
  • Place a cone or marker on the corners of your curb to help snow ploughs avoid damaging the curb or property edge of your asphalt.
  • The biggest culprit of winter weather on asphalt surfaces is the constant freeze-thaw cycle. When the temperature fluctuates it causes freezing and melting which contracts and retracts the asphalt surface. When water freezes inside minute cracks it can expand the cracks, causing large potholes and even larger cracks. If this damage is visible please contact Bradley Asphalt and we will come out and take a look.

Winter may cause problems to many areas of your home but with a little care, your asphalt driveway shouldn’t be one of them.

HOW SNOW CAN AFFECT YOUR ASPHALT DRIVEWAY

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Denver Office: 303-467-0631
Colorado Springs/Monument Office: 719-481-9411