Save Money By Using Recycled Asphalt
Because the main ingredient in asphalt is oil, its price has increased dramatically in the last several years and it is predicted that the price of asphalt will continue to climb. This has led to an increased demand for recycled asphalt which is lower in price and widely available.
Recycling An Existing Asphalt Surface
Asphalt surfaces can last a lot longer than you would expect. You may think that your asphalt surface needs to be ripped up and new asphalt needs to be set down but your asphalt can last a lot longer. Here are some things you can do instead of ripping it up:
- Thoroughly clean the surface of your driveway using a blower, then a power washer. Allow the surface to dry fully before proceeding.
- Inspect the surface for any cracks and if you find them, use hot or cold-pour crack filler to fill them in.
- Shovel recycled asphalt evenly over the surface, and then use an asphalt rake to get the top smooth.
- Using a vibrating plate or hand tamper, cover the entire surface to create a compacted, even top.
- Let the asphalt dry in place for about a day, and then apply commercial-grade asphalt seal coat to the top to preserve your work.
Laying Down Recycled Asphalt as a New Asphalt Surface Area
Using recycled asphalt is a cost-saving alternative to using new asphalt, and many asphalt professionals are now offering it as an option. Here are two things you need to know before you buy.
- The biggest concern about recycled asphalt is whether or not it is as durable as new asphalt. Most experts and engineers are convinced that it can last as long as a decade or longer on residential driveways. But it hasn't been proven yet.
- Recycled asphalt driveways do have a downside. Because the recycled asphalt contains rubber, oil, and line paint, it does have a tendency to track into your home and vehicle more than virgin asphalt.
What Can You Do?
To prevent excessive tracking, recycled asphalt driveways should be sealed with a commercial grade asphalt sealcoat product.
To learn everything you need to know about asphalt maintenance, take the Free AKPRO 4-day email asphalt maintenance course offered by Asphalt Kingdom. You will learn how to prepare your driveway for sealcoat treatment. This includes tips on the proper techniques for sweeping, blowing, washing and more. You will learn what you need to do to fill those unsightly and potentially damaging cracks in your recycled asphalt. You will also be given detailed instructions on how to successfully seal your driveway and what products are the best to use.