Grading & Resurfacing
Grading and resurfacing practices help to create even surfaces that are adequately prepared for new foundation layers. Before any paving material is applied, whether it’s asphalt or gravel, the foundation should always be leveled to ensure that the foundation is secure and sturdy enough to support heavier weights, such as vehicle traffic and structural pressure.
For new and anticipated infrastructure, grading and resurfacing go hand-in-hand and are often needed to balance a new building’s foundation or when existing pavement has declined in function. A sturdy and level foundation allows for flooring materials to be placed evenly on the ground’s base and can provide sustainable support for the rest of the building. Having a strong foundation that is not prone to shifting or cracking, ensures a longer-lasting structure with many years of adequate use. If a foundation has not been properly leveled and resurfaced, then premature wear and tear may become more prominent on the foundation.
To better even out your property’s lawn or exterior, grading may be required to enhance the appearance of the lawn and landscape. If the ground has not been graded, this can be cause for unstable and uneven growth due to lack of exposure to sunlight or sufficient resources. To promote a healthy landscape that’s ready for decor, grading can help your grass and plants to achieve equal amounts of water and sun exposure.
Asphalt, as a whole, typically only has a shelf life of about a decade with regular use. Beyond that, you may begin to notice that your asphalt has shrunk or become damaged due to environmental causes and weight pressure. If, and when, this does occur, resurfacing is the best option to keep your driveway safe from further deterioration. Deteriorating driveways not only risk potential harm to the pavement itself but can be hazardous for vehicle and foot traffic. In order to resurface your driveway, we must first remove the existing asphalt that is damaged and we usually do this with our milling machinery. We then clean the base underneath after it’s been milled and apply a new, even layer of hot asphalt.
With the same process required to resurface driveways, resurfacing asphalt roads and highways is a time-consuming and delicate job, considering the large-scale technique and attention to detail it requires. With the use of our large machinery and chemical mixtures, it is crucial that the area needing work is free from traffic and debris. For larger projects, we'll request that detours are set in place to avoid potential vehicle traffic from obstructing the area while we work. This also ensures the safety of drivers and pedestrians in the area, since we operate with industrial-grade chemicals and mixtures that could be harmful to someone interfering with our construction site. The newly-installed asphalt will also need several months to completely dry and cure, but it can be used again within a matter of days by cars and pedestrians.