How Asphalt Is Made
Many homeowners and commercial property owners have asphalt driveways or parking lots. If you are looking to renew your driveway or parking area, you may be wondering if this is still the way to go. There are a lot of good things about it, and some of those benefits lie in how it is made. Here is how liquid asphalt is made for these purposes.
First, it is important to understand that asphalt is made from petroleum products. The crude oil or petroleum is distilled to separate it into several byproducts, one of which is asphalt. It is actually a naturally occurring substance. But in this pure form, it cannot be used for paving.
Some is blended with other materials to make it more malleable at lower temperatures, especially if you are having it laid during the cooler months. After it is laid, the cut component will evaporate as it cures.
Emulsification may be used to create an asphalt product as well. When it will be mixed with aggregate, it is emulsified with water and an emulsification agent. This method is used when it will be pumped through spray-on applications. These are uncommon for driveways and parking lots.
The type of asphalt used for paving also depends on what you are paving. If you are going to be pouring a brand new driveway or parking lot, you will want to go with a basic paving. However, if you are going to be only coating your parking lot or driveway to renew it, you may be able to use a cheaper application method.
If you are interested in renewing your parking lot or driveway or if you need a new one installed, contact us today for more information.