Let’s dive in!
Recycled Asphalt is perfect in certain cases and not in others. Consider these questions to see if it’s right for you.
Is this a new driveway? If so... yes! But you’ll have to build a base for it first. Without a base the dirt and clay underneath may mix with it creating a muddy mess.
Is the driveway low, holding water, or damaged? If gravel is the existing surface, addressing those issues first would make for a better final product.
When we’re on jobs, we plan to address issues first so the top layer of recycled has longevity. If the driveway is old asphalt it’s probably okay to pave recycled over it in most cases if done right.
Let’s talk finance. Do you want concrete or hot mix and have the cash to spend? If you can afford it, concrete and hot mix are solid long-lasting surfaces.
If you don’t want to pony up there extra cash then yes, recycled asphalt is way cheaper, less dusty than gravel, and far smoother than a worn driveway. It’s also nice when a country drive is paved nicely whereas the cost of other topcoats would be too expensive to do anything.
In other words, it is better to do recycled asphalt than let a driveway degrade to the point that you have to spend oodles more dealing with it later.
Aesthetics are important. We do a lot of rural residential and commercial where recycled asphalt fits the look and feel of the property perfectly.
In some cases though, it’s got the wrong vibe. A Tuscan-style wedding venue could use that red decomposed granite and look picturesque for example. Concrete and hot mix sometimes look too fancy or urban.
Recycled asphalt has a relaxed feel, without the plumes of dust trailing behind vehicles over gravel.
So, does the country vibe appeal to you in any way? It’s a civilized upgrade to gravel, sitting somewhere under hot mix and concrete in terms of fanciness.
So there ya have it.
It’s best to have us, or another paving company make a recommendation, but there is some good news either way.
If you pave recycled asphalt it will add to the overall amount of material on your driveway which is almost always a good thing.
And whatever you do, just don’t put recycled over clay or dirt and you’ll be moving in the right direction.
Free Recycled Asphalt Paving estimates available in North Texas by us (click on button below).
Outside our work area? consult local paving guys and ask if they do recycled asphalt in your area.
Chances are you’ll love it!
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