Asphalt paving is more cost effective than concrete…

…or pavers and has it’s own distinctive style.  It can look better than higher priced alternatives.  Well designed paving can become a feature of your property.  Designs can include curves and shapes.  Also plantings.  And concrete or paver edging.  All can dramatically enhance your final result.

Asphalt paving is more flexible than concrete…

…and is therefore less prone to cracking.  It is also more adaptable to unusual and difficult site shapes.  Paving absorbs stains far better than concrete.  Line marking and signage may also be required for carparks and public areas.

Asphaltic resin used today is of far superior quality to that of the past.  Old paving can be resurfaced to bring it back to life.  Repairs may also become necessary over time.  Damage can occur from drought, tree roots, flooding and excessive wear.  Damaged areas should be repaired promptly.  If not a minor repair can quickly become a major reconstruction.  This depends on traffic volume.

The word “Asphalt” originates from the Greek “Asphaltos” and “Asphalton”.  There have been variations through the ages in Latin, French and Middle English.  “Asphalt” is an abbreviation for the product we use in your paving called “Asphaltic Concrete”.  It is often mis-spelt “Ashphalt”.  Asphalt  is also called “Bitumen”, “Tar” and “Pitch”.

The true definition of “Asphalt” is a black, sticky resin.  It is usually a by-product of petroleum refining.  To produce “Asphaltic Concrete”, aggregate (sand, stone dust and small stones) is preheated in an agitating drum to 180 degrees celsius.  The aggregate is then poured into a “pugmill” where the similarly preheated asphalt resin is added and mixed while under high heat.  This concrete then leaves the plant and must be used within an hour or two.

For further information about asphalt please refer to this Wikipedia article.