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Asphalt Paving and Colors

Red AsphaltAsphalt Paving is mainly seen on suburban streets, highways, car parks, driveways, and bike trails. Asphalt is a durable, weather resistant material and is used mainly on roads, car parks, and path ways. It is also a cost effective material, and can be fixed quite easily if damaged. Keep in mind that poor maintenance and heavy traffic will require the Asphalt to be removed and replaced. This is a simple process which involves the affected area to be removed, and the asphalt recycled to be reused again.

Asphalt Paving is generally found to be black and grey in color. However, several colors can be used to change the appearance of plain old boring, black and grey. Even your existing Asphalt paved driveway can be rejuvenated with many types of patterns and colors.

Color Options

Like stamped concrete, Asphalt Paving can be produced in any type of color. Asphalt is primarily made up of bitumen, sand, and rocks. This mixture usually produces a dark color. So there are 2 different types of machines that can be used to add color.

Here is a list of some color suggestions for Asphalt Paving:

  • Chocolate Brown
  • Smokey Grey
  • Brown Brick
  • Pale Terracotta
  • Slate Green
  • Pure White
  • Red Rose
  • Sandy Sand

Color Selection

Asphalt Paving can be used around your home. The costs involved are not anything like using brick pavers or stamped concrete. So, when selecting a color, for your driveway or sidewalk, remember that it is the most focal point when entering your property, so chooses a color that will compliment:

1. The color of your home.

2. The surrounding gardens.

3. The type of surroundings you live in.

4. Any existing colored walkways, example carport etc.

Color Maintenance

Asphalt Pavement colors can wear out quite rapidly. The wearing out is usually caused by heavy foot traffic, poor maintenance, heavy road traffic, and bicycles. This is where high maintenance may be required. Maintaining the colored area is not a costly exercise and can be done quite simply. It consists of the worn out colored area being removed and then being replaced with hot mix asphalt and the color desired.

Checkout ADR Paver latest work using red asphalt color. That's right, we also asphalt using the color of your needs.

Improve Curb Appeal, Sell Your Home Fast with Asphalt Driveway Repair

There is no better way to set your home apart from the competition than with curb appeal and a fresh, inviting asphalt driveway. More often than not, choosing whether to invest repair dollars into the home you are selling comes down to dollars and sense; what fits within your budget and makes sense from a seller’s perspective.

Consider three driveway improvement options: sealcoating, asphalt overlay and repaving, and understand the dollars and sense for each.

Understanding Sealcoating

Sealcoating is a protective layer made from either refined coal tar or asphalt, that protects pavement from UV rays, oil and chemical spills, oxidation, water penetration, and actually accelerates the rate of melting snow and ice. Sealcoating begins with weeding driveway cracks and using powerful vacuum-cleaning equipment to remove tiny debris from these breaks in the pavement. Once small cracks are filled, sealcoating is applied to the entire surface.

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8 Steps to Follow for Asphalt Driveway Installation, Repair & Maintenance

If you have an asphalt driveway you know you have a great surface that is going to last you 15-20 years. If you are thinking about an asphalt driveway, keep reading.  To help you understand the full benefits of an asphalt driveway installation, we have put together 8 steps to follow on asphalt driveway installation, repair and maintenance.

New Driveway Installation

Step 1: Grade And Water Run Off Evaluation

Your experienced asphalt contractor will be sure to examine the installation site and determine the pitch and slope for appropriate water runoff. Water is the one of five enemies of asphalt pavement, and should be considered before any installation begins.

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How Cement Is Made

Portland cement is the basic ingredient of concrete. Concrete is formed when portland cement creates a paste with water that binds with sand and rock to harden.

Cement is manufactured through a closely controlled chemical combination of calcium, silicon, aluminum, iron and other ingredients. 

Common materials used to manufacture cement include limestone, shells, and chalk or marl combined with shale, clay, slate, blast furnace slag, silica sand, and iron ore. These ingredients, when heated at high temperatures form a rock-like substance that is ground into the fine powder that we commonly think of as cement.

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How asphalt works

ADR PaverAsphalt is one of those things, like water and eletricity, that no American could live without. Most American roads (96%) are paved in asphalt, meaning that our commutes and our shopping trips depend on the stuff. Everything we buy at the store comes in via truck on those same roads, so without asphalt there would be nothing to buy. Millions of tons of asphalt are made and laid every year in the U.S. Yet we tend take asphalt completely for granted. Let's take a look at how this essential material works.

An asphalt road starts with crude oil pumped out of the ground. The crude oil ends up at an oil refinery and there it gets boiled. The refinery takes the crude oil vapor and captures it at different temperatures to separate the molecules in the oil into groups. There are very short, lightweight molecules like propane and butane with 3 or 4 carbons in the carbon chain. Gasoline molecules typically have 10 carbons. Motor oil has 20 to 50 carbon atoms. The very longest chains - typically 150 carbon atoms - are asphalt. These are the heaviest molecules in crude oil; The sludge at the bottom of the barrel.

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