Recycled Asphalt Driveways
Recycled asphalt driveways are often installed using automated pavers and may result in a gravel drive instead of a hot mix pavement, however, with much lower price.
In it's essence, recycled asphalt is a just a product of the old asphalt ground into gravel.
The recycled product has much of the original oils still in it and with summer heat the oils and binders are melted into the gravel to make one uniform piece of pavement.
Normally, recycled asphalt is applied cold and compacted and the summer heat softens liquid asphalt in the aggregate and compaction hardens the surface.
If the asphalt company recycles using an automated paver, the material usually stays more uniform and consistent than with manual recycling.
Usually, the product is finished and molded using the paver and vibrator roller, making it level and smoother.
A recycled asphalt product gravel driveway is more stable than most other types of gravel and if in the future you would like to have your driveway paved with hot-mix, the recycled product will act as a good base.
Many choose the recycled alternative in order to find a cheaper alternative to conventional hot mix and something more permanent and less dusty than gravel.
However, the surface will not be able to sustain the appearance under heavy use for many years and will start to show signs of wear and tear faster than a hot mix asphalt.
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