Driveway Resurfacing for Lititz, PA (Lancaster County Areas)
Driveway resurfacing is the process of covering existing blacktop with 1 1/2-2″ of new asphalt paving. Before driveway resurfacing our asphalt contractors check for any areas that need to be repaired. If an area is broken or heavily cracked it needs to be removed and replaced with base material. In some cases fabric is placed on top of cracks to stop the cracks from reflecting through the new asphalt pavement.
In some situations the most cost effective option may be to cover an entire parking lot with fabric. This application is often used when an asphalt paving surface is still solid, but has extensive alligator cracking.
The Milling Phase
When preparing a jobsite for driveway resurfacing, another step we take is milling. A milling machine is used to grind up blacktop. We mill notches in the existing asphalt paving to ensure smooth transitions on a driveway resurfacing project.
Milling can also be used to remove asphalt paving in areas that must be lowered for proper drainage (i.e. garage floors, walks and curbs). Another application is to scuff the surface of the existing asphalt. We do this when a surface has been sealed or when the surface is steep. Scuffing the surface helps the new layer of asphalt bond to the existing surface. This ensures the correct application of driveway resurfacing.
We take the time to remove all of the grass and sediment covering the edges of the existing blacktop. Once the milling and edging is complete, we sweep and blow off the existing blacktop for the cleanest surface possible.
The Tack Coat Phase
Tack coat is then applied to help the two surfaces bond together. Applying tack coat is an essential process of driveway resurfacing that cannot be skipped. If the existing pavement has irregularities, a leveling course will be applied. A leveling course ensures that the final coat of asphalt will be uniform in profile, thickness, and compaction.