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.


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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!

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


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