At Renaissance Asphalt Services, we’re proud to serve as your asphalt paving specialists. Whether you’re in need of a small paved lot or a huge commercial lot, our team will offer everything from the initial paving process to asphalt sealing, striping and several other related services.

Asphalt paving is a popular process due to its affordable cost and sustainability – asphalt materials are recyclable and long-lasting. What are some potential parts of the asphalt paving process that play a role in this sustainability and minimal environmental impact? Let’s go over a few industry terms for you to understand.

Milling

We mentioned the recyclability of asphalt, and milling is a process that takes advantage of this quality. During the milling process, existing asphalt is removed and picked up to a specific depth, usually in coordination with cracks or other damage – the broken asphalt will then be sent back to a plant to be re-crushed, then used for the production of new asphalt.

In other cases, existing asphalt surfaces might need a very minor trim, such as when pavement has drainage issues or a small patch needs to be removed. In these situations, milling is often used to handle this small repair and recycle the removed asphalt.

Pulverization

In certain situations, asphalt paving jobs may dictate the use of what’s known as a pulverizing process. This is one where existing asphalt is ground up finely by a machine, then mixed in with the base foundation in the paving area. In most cases, pulverization equipment can perform this job within a single pass – the upper layer of asphalt will be broken up, but fully mixed in with lower gravel during the exact same process.

One major benefit of pulverization: Cost limitation. Rather than paying a bunch of money to haul out old asphalt, this material instead remains in the same place and contributes to the strength of your foundation before you re-pave the area.

Stabilization

Finally, we’ll often want to specifically treat your soil below the asphalt so it can support the weight of new paving – and the stabilizing process is how this is done. Stabilization involves lowering base flexibility in the area to be paved, in turn limiting the cracking risk and lowering the asphalt thickness you need for a strong surface. If you’ve had any foundation or base issues with asphalt in nearby areas in the past, we strongly recommend stabilization before new paving to ensure these issues don’t take place again. In certain situations where the base is already very strong, however, stabilization won’t be needed – our pros can inform you when this is the case.

For more on the sustainability areas we attend to when preparing your asphalt paving process, or to learn about any of our asphalt paving or asphalt repair services, speak to the staff at Renaissance Asphalt Services today.