Blacktop in another name of asphalt, that thick, black materials used for the construction of roads and driveways. Asphalt, also known as bitumen, is a naturally occurring thick, sticky substance that is derived from petroleum. It has been used for waterproofing and sealing purposes for centuries. In ancient times, it was called “pitch” and it was used for protecting ships and boats from water and even for use in the mummification process! Today, bitumen is used in roofing tar and as the binder of gravel and sand in what we commonly refer to as “asphalt.”
Customers considering an asphalt or blacktop driveway in Burnsville, MN will find that an asphalt driveway is a great choice. Not only do they look great but they offer superior traction, especially in poor weather. Asphalt can also be recycled and repurposed, making it a more environmentally friendly material than many would think. Asphalt also resists moisture and with proper maintenance and repair, a blacktop driveway can last for many years.
One of the most important considerations when building an asphalt driveway in Burnsville, MN is the subsoil. It is imperative that a proper subsoil exists and that the compaction and sterilization of the soil is performed so that the asphalt will last for years to come. Poor subsoil will result in driveway failure over time. Performing repairs of a driveway that has a poor foundation is an exercise in futility. The repairs will only have to be repeated at additional cost. A professional asphalt contractor will be able to evaluate the composition and foundation of the existing asphalt and determine if repair or replacement is the best option. Repairs should include the correction of the issues that are causing the driveway to fail. If correction is not possible or practical, then a new driveway may be necessary. Sometimes the replacement of the asphalt is the smartest and most economically sound decision to make.
Asphalt construction companies also perform maintenance of asphalt that can include resurfacing and asphalt sealing. This sealing process will help protect the asphalt, increase moisture resistance and keep the driveway looking great. Check with Asphalt Driveway Company Inc. for more information about driveway construction, repair, and maintenance in Minnesota.
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