There are many advantages to paving with asphalt instead of concrete or other construction materials. Technically asphalt is a sub category of concrete, however they do differ greatly. Concrete is considered anything that uses aggregate material and a binding material. Asphalt is made up of aggregate material, such as small rocks, silica, and asphalt cement, which is bound using bitumen. Bitumen is the material that becomes liquid when heated, which is why asphalt may seem to soften under the hot sun. Bitumen is also what allows asphalt to be so flexible and adaptable. Unlike concrete, which can crack and break up under pressure from the elements, asphalt can flex and adapt which can greatly decrease the risk of cracking. This also means that asphalt is much lower maintenance than concrete. With concrete you have to patch up or fill the cracks, and completely repaving a concrete area can be necessary quite frequently depending on the weather and amount of traffic it receives. Because asphalt is a more flexible material it requires less maintenance due to fewer issues involving cracking or breaking.
If you are considering using asphalt to pave your driveway or commercial space, it is important to find a contractor who you trust. Many asphalt paving contractors require that you hire a different contractor to grade the area before paving can occur. Luckily there are companies such as Holland Hurst that provide both paving and grading services. Holland Hurst has been proving asphalt paving and grading services in Colorado for nearly twenty five years. They offer both grading and paving services so that you only have to deal with one contractor from start to finish, instead of hiring two separate companies. Holland Hurst is locally owned and operated and prides itself on excellent customer service and comprehensive paving services. A company that started out with two guys, a tractor, and a dump truck, has now expanded to serve areas all over the state of Colorado. From the time that their company was started Holland Hurst has paved more than one thousand parking lots, driveways, playgrounds, and fire stations, among other things. They employ a team of experiences professionals to help make your asphalt paving and grading needs as easy and stress free as possible.
When paving an area using asphalt the experts at Holland Hurst know that the integrity of the structure is improved by the thickness of the pavement. They recommend that a residential structure should be paved with about three inches of asphalt to ensure the durability and lifespan of the structure. Anything less than three inches of asphalt can compromise the lifespan of the structure and lead to maintenance issues. The thickness requirement can change if you are planning to pave asphalt over an existing asphalt structure. In addition to proving paving and grading services, Holland Hurst also offers maintenance services, such as overlay, to help improve the lifespan of your paved area. If you live in Colorado and are in need of asphalt paving and/or grading services, call Holland Hurst today for an estimate!