What is Asphalt?
Asphalt is a commonly known material, however, few people actually know what it is. Asphalt is an aggregate of mostly gravel, sand, ground-up rocks, or stag, combined with a binder and filler. The binder is used to make the mixture cohesive so it can be used for projects such as roadways, construction, runways, railroad tracks, bicycle lanes, parking lots, driveways, and much more. The three main kinds of asphalt are Hot Asphalt, MC Cold Mix, and UPM, but the most commonly used type is Hot Asphalt. What is amazing about asphalt is that is made of almost 100% recycled and natural materials, making it sustainable and eco-friendly. Not only is it good for our planet, but it is also effective for your pocketbook. Asphalt is one of the cheapest, long-lasting paving materials out there, and we are here to make sure we give you an affordable price.
Types of Asphalt
When someone thinks of Asphalt, this is most likely what they imagine. This is the kind of asphalt you see driving by a construction zone on a roadway. Hot Asphalt, as assumed, is best to work with when the temperature of the asphalt is very high. This type of asphalt is a permanent solution to a problem, however, it must be used very quickly once purchased. Once the Hot Asphalt begins to cool down, it becomes harder to work with, and eventually impossible to mold.
MC Cold Mix
This is cold asphalt, mainly used for patchwork. Because this asphalt is cold, it takes a long time to cure and is best used in areas with little to no traffic. This type of asphalt should only be used as a temporary fix.
UPM Cold Mix
UPM is another type of cold asphalt, however, unlike the prior form of asphalt, UPM can be used as a permanent solution to any problem. This type of asphalt is designed to operate in any weather conditions, fixing both wet and dry potholes. This versatile solution allows you to make repairs in almost any situation. Once the asphalt has been properly compacted, it is ready to be treaded on immediately.
Each of these three Asphalt Solutions offers good solutions to varying problems that you might have in your business or home. By knowing the differences between each type of asphalt, you will be able to make a well-informed decision on what is best for your specific need. Give us a call for a free quote today!