Asphalt is durable, but it’s not indestructible. Over time, it begins to break down, which makes things tough on your vehicles and lowers the value of your property.
That’s where an asphalt repair process known as grade and pave can help. Read on to learn whether this asphalt repair method is right for your property and to learn some of its benefits.
When is grading and paving an option?
Grading and paving is an option when enough stone has been applied to your driveway over time that it has become embedded deep into the soil.
This embedded stone is usually made up of a three-inch layer of ¾ quarry process stone, although sometimes other stone can do the trick.
The stone forms part of the base that’s needed to put in an asphalt driveway. But the asphalt can’t be paved over such a base, as these stones won’t make for a structurally-sound asphalt foundation. Once this stone is graded to become level, quarry dust is added, and you have the base for a solid, long-lasting asphalt driveway.
What are the benefits of grading and paving?
When water builds up on a gravel driveway during the cold weather months, it can freeze and make it difficult for vehicles to get traction, especially if your property is on a steep grade.
And during the spring and summer, the stones shift whenever cars drive over them. This eventually pushes the gravel out past the original boundary of your driveway.
As time goes by, potholes begin to form in gravel driveways. Much of the stone that’s pushed out beyond the boundaries is lost to the surrounding soil or pressed into the ground by the weight of vehicles driving over it.
The result of all this traffic is that every so often, you’ll need to apply new stone. The good news here is that over time, this stone becomes an ideal base for an asphalt driveway.
Paving a driveway – or a parking lot – where stone has been laid down long enough to become embedded into the soil due to continuous traffic is less costly than new construction, since fewer materials and labor are involved.
There are several benefits of having an asphalt driveway instead of a gravel one. Due to its rigid structure, asphalt will stay in place.
In addition, you can determine and control an asphalt grade, allowing water to move off the driveway. This improves traction and makes navigation less treacherous in winter.
Finally, asphalt is easier to plow or shovel. With a gravel driveway, you run the risk of throwing gravel all over your property or damaging your blade in a pothole.
Trust Beckage Sealcoating for grading and paving
Has your driveway seen better days? Turn to Beckage Sealcoating. Despite our name, we do more than just driveway sealcoating. Our grade and pave professionals can give your property a new life.