Asphalt Driveway Redo

Project by Mark posted 08-06-2011 03:08 AM 7123 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had recently done some Belgian block & paver apron work on a somewhat damaged asphalt driveway in the hopes of avoiding the need to repave completely. Unfortunately, the effort to avoid replacing the asphalt failed – I had to repave anyway.

While I knew this was a big job, I didn’t realize just how much craftsmanship was involved.

There are a few photos here, but lots more (along with many design details) on my website at http://www.all-about-the-house.com/paving-an-asphalt-driveway/ which gives a much more elaborate view of the project. (If you’re considering something like this, I really think the more you know in advance the better!)

Turns out that grading had been a problem for years – undermining the asphalt. Also, my gravel base wasn’t quite up-to-par and needed to be fortified. Furthermore, I had inadvertently planted a tree with surface roots too close to the driveway. (A terrible mistake on my part.) And then, just to kill it completely – I had a big backyard renovation project underway, causing lots of heavy trucks to drive over the asphalt: last nail in the coffin!

So… This is why I tried to save things with the paver aprons and Belgian block borders – to replace the crumpling asphalt edges. That failed. Now, everything is new.

And nobody is allowed to use my driveway. For a little while, anyway… ;-)

-- Mark, Jersey Shore, http://www.all-about-the-house.com

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posted 08-06-2011 05:56 AM

did you do the asphalt work yourself? A freshly paved asphalt driveway is a beautiful thing!

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posted 08-06-2011 06:06 AM

I take on what I can – but NOT this!! There was a crew of three with lots of heavy machinery and specialized hand tools doing this… and they were really talented, I have to say. Meticulous.

This had to be applied heavy and REALLY hot. Was a truly impressive effort overall, from the planning to the very time-constrained execution. (As the asphalt hardens, you lose the ability to shape it. It’s very much a race against the clock.)

And I agree – it really is beautiful when new! Thanks, Manitario…

-- Mark, Jersey Shore, http://www.all-about-the-house.com

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posted 08-14-2011 02:39 AM

I have a list of renos I’m willing to do myself, and others that I’m willing to pay someone else to do…asphalting would definitely be on my “pay someone else” list!

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posted 08-24-2017 08:26 AM

This is very good for the people who are using this road now this is smooth and new without any potholes. The road contractors must add the good material for the long life of the road. Because if they don’t use good college paper writing service reviews material that would damage after some time and would cause of vehicle damage and accidents as well.

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