Asphalt pavements are widely used for roads, parking lots, industrial surfaces, recreational surfaces, and walking trails. Asphalt pavements are made by combining rocks and sand to a particular recipe and then adding asphalt cement as the black sticky glue that holds the pavement together.
The combination of rocks and sand is very important to the structure and strength of the pavement. The recipe needs to allow for the pavement to be densely compacted and provide enough strength to resist heavy traffic loads.
Asphalt cement is a dark heavy mixture of hydrocarbons, also called bitumen, that is extracted as a byproduct of gasoline production (crude oil distillation). Asphalt cement is a durable material resistant to harsh chemicals and extreme weather. Different grades of asphalt cement are used to increase the performance of asphalt pavements, so be sure to ask Bituminous Roadways about your options
Asphalt cement is solid (or very, very viscous) at room temperature, but when heated, asphalt turns to a liquid. Therefore, the rocks and sand and asphalt cement have to be heated to about 300°F before being mixed together in a large rotating drum mixer. The asphalt pavement mixture is quickly transported to the project location and is placed at the proper thickness and slope using an asphalt paver before it has time to cool. Lastly, as the pavement cools, several compaction rollers are used to densify the asphalt pavement.
Asphalt pavements are ideal for paving roads, parking lots, airport runways, walking trails, tennis courts or any other small or large-scale projects where a smooth flat surface is required.
What are the benefits of asphalt pavements?
Safe. Asphalt surfaces are perfect for driving on because they provide a safe, smooth, and quiet surface for vehicles traveling at higher speeds. Asphalt can also reduce splashing and spraying from tires during precipitation, reducing collisions on the highway.
Low-cost. When compared to other types of hard surfaces, asphalt is far more cost effective. It lasts longer and requires less maintenance. Smoother roads also reduce the wear and tear on vehicles. Therefore, they save vehicle owners money on maintenance.
Eco-friendly. Asphalt is a recyclable product. In the United States, the asphalt industry recycles almost 100 million tons of asphalt pavement annually for reuse in other areas. This saves taxpayers nearly $2 billion per year in road costs.
Durability. Asphalt pavements can be designed for low, medium or high-volume traffic. With routine maintenance, asphalt can last 15-20 years.
Flexibility. Asphalt can be used for a wide range of projects. In addition to roads, parking lots, and trails, it's also used for roofing material, ramps, bicycle paths, and even on bridges.
Bituminous Roadways, Inc. can help you with your next project
When deciding to launch your project, Bituminous Roadways can help you every step of the way from layout design to finishing and detailing the asphalt surface. With more than 700 years of combined field experience, we have the training and skill necessary to perform all jobs, large and small.
If you are looking for asphalt installation, repair, or surface replacement, contact Bituminous Roadways. We provide a wide range of services and products for industrial and commercial business owners in the Twin Cities Metro area. Call us today at 651-686-7001 for a free estimate and consultation.