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What Type of Asphalt Should You Use for Your Project?

by Bessie Beck

If you have a significant paving project ahead, you may have decided to use asphalt for your preferred material as you feel that this is going to be the best solution for the long-term. However, did you know that there are a number of different types of asphalt and that you may need to choose carefully based on cost factors and the amount of traffic that you expect?

Standard Approach

The most commonly known type of asphalt is "perpetual pavement." This has a number of different layers and is designed to last as long as possible. The layer on the bottom has a certain amount of flexibility to avoid the development of cracks while the top layer is specially formulated to avoid indentations or the development of ruts. In an area with heavy and constant traffic, maintenance can be performed quite easily and cost-effectively without extensive excavation.

Special Conditions

In areas where the underlying soil is a factor, you may need to consider a mixed type of asphalt. Mixed asphalt can handle not just the soil but also the prevailing weather and still maintain its integrity. On occasion, the local government may require this approach if you are building in an area of ecological sensitivity.

Flood Mitigation

If you don't have any restrictions like this and are simply building a car park, then you may need to use porous asphalt. This is designed to avoid issues following a heavy rainstorm as water can permeate through to the stone bed built between the asphalt and the soil underneath. You will need to employ a specific approach and ensure that the stone bed is built to such a depth that it can deal with the worst kind of storm effectively.

Noise Reducing

If you are building a road and expect constant, high-speed traffic in close proximity to a residential area, then you may have to install a quiet pavement instead. This type of asphalt is frequently made using a stone matrix or other approach and can help to cut down the amount of noise generated by heavy vehicles when in use.

Eco-Friendly

You may be particularly concerned with the size of your carbon footprint and want to reduce the impact of your work as much as possible. In this case, consider using warm-mix asphalt, which is much easier to deliver and to work with. It can be produced using fewer resources as the working temperature can be significantly reduced, both at the origin and at the work site.

Making Your Choice

Talk with your material supplier to see which type of asphalt is most appropriate for you.

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