Asphalt pavement basically refers to any road that has been paved with asphalt. Asphalt cement is a collection of some heated material mixed at a Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) facility. Asphalt is one of the recycled products of construction in Europe. It is used in surfacing the pavements to make them sustainable, to extend the lifetime of the road and to make the surface smooth and safe for the vehicles.
About asphalt cement
Technically, asphalt is a mixture of binder, aggregates, and filler that is used for construction and maintenance of all kind of parking areas, roads and play and sport areas. The aggregates used here could be sand, crushed rock, slags or gravel. These aggregates are bonded into a cohesive mixture with the help of a common binder named bitumen. This asphalt cement is used above the formation level of the pavement in order to distribute the load of traffic before it reaches the formation level. This final product is then used for asphalt paving.
How is it applied?
Firstly, the contractors survey the property and ensure that everything is sound structurally and has sufficient draining capabilities. If needed, they even repair the surface and once it is ready, they start with the installation of the asphalt layer. The new asphalt cement is compressed with the help of a roller to make sure that the surface would be flat. To increase its longevity, the asphalt is cured and the final touch is given by adding paint and speed bumpers whenever required.
Choosing the right contractor
Whenever you choose any contractor for asphalt paving, it is very important that you have a clear understanding about the scope of work. The following checklist will help you in taking the right decision:
- Specifications – You have to ensure that the scope of work is adequate to meet the necessary paving or maintenance procedure that is required to complete the process. A resolution of the current issues is very important.
- Measurements – Comparing the measurement units of each proposal helps in evaluating the price quotes given by each contractor.
- Materials – Judging the material quality is equally important. A reputed contractor will always arrange the resources from reliable suppliers.
- Performance – Always set a probable date or time for the work proposed. Verify with the contractor how long he will take to finish the project. The project should be completed following the set standards.
- References – Always collect references from the contractor from his previous job locations. You need to practically visit the site and check the level of workmanship. Also, check online for any kind of reviews.
- Cost – Compare the price quotes received, it should be competitive. If the bid is too low it indicates that there might be some kind of compromise on the materials, specification or performance. Take a close look that all the associated costs are included in the proposal. If there are any other additional costs then it should be either discussed verbally or mentioned in the proposal in writing before starting off with the project.