As asphalt progresses through its lifecycle, its appearance begins to diminish and you may see hairline cracks starting to appear, deepen, and spread across the surface. Without maintenance water may be able to enter throughout those cracks, resulting in holes (and eventually potholes), which undermines the stability and durability of the asphalt surface. In cases like this, the most effective way to repair the area is by removing the asphalt and then replacing it. Which is where we come in.

There are a variety of steps to the process, the cost of this type of work will be totally dependent on the amount of work required when it comes to grading and substrate. There may be other factors to consider in the cost, too.

Full Driveway Removal

You may find that a simply removal and repair of small areas of your surface aren’t sufficient, and if your surface is too damaged for other options, it may come to a full driveway removal.

The process:

  • If necessary, some seams will be jackhammered, or saw cut.
  • We will then excavate the area and haul away the material.
  • The area will then be re-graded to ensure proper drainage if required, and re-compacted.
  • The edges will then be thoroughly cleaned to ensure the tack coat is able to bond the new asphalt to the existing paved areas.
  • Now it’s time for us to lay the new mix, which will be rolled and then compacted.
  • The new edges will then be shouldered with existing rock or soil.

A New Driveway

If you don’t have asphalt to be removed and you’re just looking for a new asphalt driveway or paved surface then you’re in luck. We are happy to handle those projects, too. The procedure for a new driveway looks a bit like this:

  • The existing area with be excavated and graded to ensure that the soil and road base has proper drainage.
  • Before the new asphalt is laid the ground will be rolled and compacted to ensure the surface is even.
  • Additionally, the area will be sterilized to prevent grass and weeds from growing.
  • The mix will then be installed. Asphalt is generally around four inches thick and is then rolled and compacted to around 3 inches thick on average.
  • The new driveway will match existing elevations of paved areas as required.
  • The new asphalt will then be edged using existing rock or soil.

However, there are some exceptions to this process, depending on your land. If your existing driveway has loose rocks or gravel this would require it to be hauled away. Additionally, if there are existing weeds or tall grass, the area requires sterilization a week before the work can be done. If there is unstable soil, whether it is clay or just soft, then the area may require over excavation, soil hauling, and additional road base materials being brought in to roll and compact before a driveway can be paved.

Regardless of whether you are looking to remove asphalt to replace it, or you’re getting started from scratch, we can help. If you’re in need of asphalt assistance, give us a call to discuss your project and arrange an estimate.