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What Is the Process for Installing a New Asphalt Driveway?


Envision this: you're standing in front of your home, gazing at the transformation from an old, tired-looking concrete driveway to a sleek, smooth, new asphalt driveway.


There's a small sense of thrill as the last piece of broken concrete gets cleared away. There's the anticipation of creating an empty canvas for something new, something better.


The expectations are high. You're eagerly looking forward to the sleek, modern aesthetic that's about to grace your property.


We're now about to break down the fascinating process that turns that anticipation into reality. Read on to learn the process.



Step 1: Site Preparation

It was way back in 1915 when the first asphalt roads were built in Canada. Fast forward a hundred years or so and the process has advanced a lot since then.

It begins with thorough preparation of the site for asphalt driveway installation. Think of this as the pre-show work done before a grand performance; it needs to be impeccable.


Contractors remove any existing surfaces, be it grass, gravel, or an old weary driveway. But just clearing the area isn't enough. They further level the ground for uniformity, making sure every nook and cranny is even and smooth.



Step 2: Base Layer Placement

Next in our asphalt driveway installation process is the creation of a firm foundation: the installation of the base layer. This isn't just any layer; it's the pillar that holds the entire driveway together.


Made up of crushed stone, the base layer is like the secret ingredient in a recipe, ensuring that your driveway can handle the weight of vehicles without crumbling.



Step 3: Bind the Base

With the base firmly in place, we bind it all together with a layer of binder. The binder is an oil-based asphalt layer that's tough as nails. It doesn't just hold the base together; it forms a strong barrier that's prepared to withstand some of the harshest weather conditions.


Rain, snow, and scorching summer heat are all things that the binder layer takes it all in stride. It provides a reliable and durable layer of protection. Plus, this may be even more true if it's Canadian-sourced.



Step 4: Installing the Asphalt

Here's the crowning moment: the installation of the asphalt. Like the final coat of paint on a masterpiece, this is the layer that brings it all together.


Hot mix asphalt is poured and spread evenly across the binder layer. Then, heavy rollers come into play, compacting the asphalt until it's smooth and flat. This is the layer that greets your tires every day, offering a smooth and comfortable ride, akin to rolling out the red carpet for your car.


Plus, just to mention before we finish up, if you require commercial installations like parking lot construction, you can expect the process to be very similar, but just on a larger scale.



Your New Asphalt Driveway Journey Awaits

There you have it! With this newfound knowledge, you're ready to navigate the world of asphalt driveway installation like a pro. The process might seem intricate, but with the right preparation and a skilled contractor, you'll be on the smooth road to a new asphalt driveway in no time.


We are Alvi Paving Ltd, and we've been serving the Ottawa-Carleton region for over five decades. We are known for delivering top-notch services for all types of asphalt and paving projects, whether they are for residential or commercial clients.


If you're looking to replace an old driveway or parking lot, get in touch with our friendly team today to discuss your specific needs.

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