Different Types of Hot Asphalt Paving
Like everything else in this world, there are hundreds of options when it comes to anything, including asphalt.
Let’s take something complicated and simplify it.
Here are the four most commonly used types of asphalt when it comes to residential asphalt, from most to least durable:
But… What’s The Difference?
The REAL question is – what differentiates strong from weak asphalt?
The answer to that question is simple, but first, you need to know the Three Components of Asphalt:
Follow this rule of thumb: The MORE gravel content, the STRONGER the asphalt.
You may ask “Which type of asphalt has the most gravel.. and how much gravel is a sufficient amount?”
Let’s dig (no pun intended) into the four most common types of asphalt paving as stated above, and analyze the components of each type.
Different Compositions of Asphalt Paving
Long-term lifespan and heavy vehicles, costs less long-term in repairs. Good for investment property, personal home, and commercial projects.
Rocky-like texture and appeal.
Medium-term lifespan and medium-sized vehicles.
Might crack from heavy vehicles.
Could crack from small vehicles and requires lots of maintenance.
Purely cosmetic, lowest cost of installation.
Very fragile, highest costs on repairs and maintenance.