Reclaimed Asphalt

Most Affordable way to Pave

We’ve all seen construction crews redoing city streets by tearing up chunks of asphalt and applying a fresh layer of asphalt.

With reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP), asphalt that has been milled from old roads, driveways, parking lots and construction sites is collected.

This trend is so popular that a growing number of homeowners are installing reclaimed asphalt driveways. Homeowners and contractors like working with these materials because they are reliable and affordable while also being beneficial to the environment.

To help you make an informed decision, here’s a quick breakdown of what recycled asphalt is and the pros and cons of a recycled asphalt driveways.

Recycled Asphalt Defined

Often referred to as recycled asphalt pavement (RAP), recycled asphalt is simply old asphalt that is then ground into an aggregate size. When it’s compacted, the material is able to harden and bind together. This makes it a great pick for use on driveways because it serves as a strong and cost-efficient base or sub-base material.

For best results, the material should be professionally spread after properly grading and excavating the driveway. Once the material has been uniformly applied, it’s best to wet the RAP down and compact it with a roller. The result is an attractive, sturdy and budget-friendly residential drive.

Final Thoughts

The final decision on whether or not to use reclaimed asphalt in your driveway is yours. This type of residential drive is typically ideal for those that like the idea of enjoying the benefits associated with both asphalt and gravel surfaces.

Due to the fact that the finished product is only semipermanent, homeowners who prefer a smooth and polished surface might benefit from talking to a supplier about paving their driveways with a hot mix asphalt that contains a percentage of recycled materials.

We take pride in our asphalt recycling processes and offer high quality materials to our customers. We’re happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Reclaimed Asphalt Pros

Many homeowners have fallen in love with their recycled asphalt driveways. Here are some of the many benefits that the material has to offer:

  • Affordable – One major advantage of using RAP for driveway construction is that it’s very low cost. Recycled asphalt requires far fewer raw resources than virgin asphalt. Considering the fact that asphalt contains a high volume of oil and that oil prices are volatile, this can make a huge difference. It’s production also requires less labor and fewer man hours, further reducing expenses to customers like yourself.
  • Environmentally Responsible – These days, all of us are trying to do our part to reduce, reuse and recycle. Asphalt is not a biodegradable material, and any waste that is thrown into landfills will remain there, taking up space forever. In addition, non-renewable resources must be used to generate virgin asphalt. It’s much more environmentally responsible to choose a material that minimizes waste by re-purposing old asphalt.
  • Excellent Bonding Qualities – Asphalt that has been recycled still has some tar in it. This means that, unlike other loose-fill driveway materials, recycled asphalt aggregate will bond together when wetted and compacted, allowing for a semipermanent driveway that remains in place and minimizes dust and dirt.

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