Best practices must be followed to a tee to prevent pavement failure. Typical signs of premature erosion are cracking and spreading with weeds growing imperviously through the cracks. Holes and chipping on the edges are another tell tale sign. With Knoxville Asphalt Paving Contractors on your side you never have to worry about pavement failure. Although we work swiftly, we perform our work with care and diligence. We follow best practices and utilize high tech equipment to our advantage. Rolling is essential to any good paving job. Too much and you risk stretching and cracking. Too little and your driveway is at risk of water erosion.
Paving a long driveway is easier than paving a short one. Our heavy duty equipment cannot reach most sections of a short driveway and the work must be done by hand. Hand paving requires more labor which drives up the cost. We are able to use machinery almost exclusively with long winding driveways. Some fly-by-night companies will convince you to add a crown to your driveway. Crowns result in uneven asphalt layers and will contribute toward water erosion because rain water will settle on either side. Our experienced asphalt contractors will install your driveway on an incline so that the water will run off into the landscape.
Last a Lifetime
Like a healthy tree, your driveway should out live you. Upon building a new home, plant a tree and have a beautifully leveled driveway installed. When you leave this earth you should be able to pass your property down to your children with both the tree and driveway in tact. One way to guarantee the long life of a driveway is to excavate the soil for proper water drainage. Road base made of recycled concrete or limestone should be laid prior to installing hot asphalt. The proper road base will stabilize the asphalt for years to come.
If it is within your budget, we highly recommend a 2-lift installation. Before making this decision, it’s imperative that you consider how your driveway will be utilized. Will you be transporting livestock? Is this for a driveway to a country club, retirement facility, drive through or emergency hospital wing? If you answered yes to either of those questions, a 2-lift installation will behoove you. This process simply refers to the amount of layers installed. ‘Thick skin’ can make you impervious to naysayers but a driveway with more layers will render it impervious to heavy tonnage and inclement weather conditions.
The Ultimate Battle
Laying asphalt is like a fight against nature. We are fighting weeds and grass that want to sprout through it. We’re combatting moisture from precipitation and sprinklers. And above all, we are in a constant battle with gravity to prevent your driveway from settling, cracking and breaking. Every step we take and every layer is designed to win the war against nature. We select the best road base available to prevent shifting. Then we use an herbicide to prevent weed growth and finally we install at least two layers of asphalt to prevent pavement failure. Hire Knoxville Asphalt Paving Contractors, the company that will go to war for you and your driveway.