Milling & Excavating
The practice of milling helps to make use of old and reusable asphalt on project sites while excavating extracts or removes existing materials from the ground to clear the land for easier building access. Both processes require heavy-duty machinery that should only ever be operated by licensed professionals with the skill to do so.
When old or deteriorating asphalt needs replacing, contractors will grind the old asphalt into a fine material that can easily be recycled for new building projects, also known as milling. Milling asphalt has been a common practice of ours in order to recycle existing materials and create more cost-effective paving solutions. Once the asphalt has been milled into a ground material, it can then be applied to foundations and surfaces to create a sturdy base for other materials to be laid on top of.
Excavation is much more than digging or moving dirt. It requires engineered techniques to even out the surface area, making it more acceptable to pavement or infrastructure. When a new structure needs building or paving, excavators will need to test the capacity of the soil and ground beneath the anticipated structure. This helps ensure that the ground is sturdy and not prone to sinking or shifting when operated on. Excavators will then begin to dig, remove, or extract dirt and boulders to make room for a leveled foundation.
The machinery used to mill and excavate is important to complete a quality project. The operation of large-scale machinery requires the skill and training of professional contractors as the machines can range from large pavement millers to bulldozers and compactors, trenchers, or dump trucks. Each holding a different function, pavement millers can only be used in the process of eliminating the upper layer of dysfunctional asphalt by grinding it into a course yet recyclable pebble-like substance; while the other machines play a larger role in the preparation of building projects and sites. If you’ve decided to have us take on of your milling or excavating projects, you won’t be burdened by the unsightly appearance or noise of our machinery. We always inform you when larger machines will be needed and will mark off the workspace area accordingly to avoid tampering with the machinery.
Excavation work is required as a pre-requisite to installing an asphalt driveway. However, if an area has not been properly excavated but has later been paved, this can lead to potential imperfections and premature damages in the structural integrity of the pavement, which can be seen through cracks or potholes, over time. With a surface that has been excavated beforehand, adding a milled-base layer between the foundation and the asphalt helps to increase the pavement's strength and stability. If your pavement has been laid on a surface that was properly excavated previously, you may only need to utilize milling services in the far future, when your asphalt is in need of refreshing and resurfacing.