When asphalt is mixed at the plant, it is super heated to in excess of 325° F. By the time it is put in a truck, shipped to the job site and installed on your project, it should still be a minimum of 250° to allow it to be properly compacted. Ambient air temperature and [...]
We explain our customers that good drainage requires a minimum of 2% 'fall' for water to run off properly. What this means is that the grade (angle) of the driveway should have a ¼" decline for each foot of pavement. For example, a 10 foot wide section of asphalt should decline 2 ½" to have [...]
Red Clay Industries produces long lasting jobs, because we understand one critical aspect of producing a long lasting. This aspect is the achievement of the proper compaction of our client's surfaces. The most ideal compaction is 90%. Sometimes the rollers leave 'streaks' or marks on the drive and we explain to our clients that these [...]
First you need to understand what asphalt is made of. Asphalt consists of roughly 95% aggregates of different variations and about 5% black asphalt cement. The appearance and characteristics of the mixes will vary. It is normal to expect a variation in the surface texture of the asphalt between loads and in different areas of [...]
Tire scuffmarks are caused when you turn your car's steering wheel while the car is stationary. If it is a hot day and the asphalt has not completely cured, the surface will get a blemish like grinding your heel into a soft substance. Over time, most of this will become less noticeable.
It all depends on temperature variations from night to day. Your new asphalt surface can take more than 30 days to cure. In general, however, you should be able to drive on the surface after two to three days after we have completed the job, but you have to be careful.
All asphalt is black. When stone is mixed together with hot asphalt cement, the mass of material becomes black. Over time, as the asphalt oxidizes, the coating on the aggregates breaks down and the color of the aggregate starts to show through.
Resurfacing is a structural repair that will extend the useful life of your asphalt surface. It involves patching and resurfacing of the entire surface with a new overlay of 1 ½" to 3" of hot bituminous asphalt. Sealcoating is not a structural repair. Think of like painting your house. The sealcoat protects and extends the [...]
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