15 Apr

How Asphalt Is Made

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 asphalt is still the way to go. There are a lot of good things about asphalt, and some of those benefits lie in how it is made. Here is how liquid asphalt is made for these purposes.

How Asphalt Is Made

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. Asphalt is actually a naturally occurring substance. But in this pure form, it cannot be used for paving.

Some asphalt is blended with other materials to make it more malleable at lower temperatures, especially if you are having asphalt laid during the cooler months. After the asphalt is laid, the cut component will evaporate as the asphalt cures.

Emulsification may be used to create an asphalt product as well. When asphalt will be mixed with aggregate, it is emulsified with water and an emulsification agent. This method is used when asphalt 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 asphalt 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.