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What Is Reclaimed Asphalt Paving?

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Going green is more than just a trend; it’s an important focus on being more conscious of choices that affect the environment and leaving the world better for the next generation. While you may associate such an attitude with certain people and industries, it’s just as alive in the asphalt business as anywhere else. Producing and using reclaimed asphalt paving is just one example of how All County Construction is doing our part in practicing environmental responsibility.

Why Reclaim Asphalt?

Asphalt may not seem like something that’s recyclable, but it actually makes the top of the list in recycled products in North America. Reusing asphalt paving from removal projects, excavations, and excess orders not only keeps tons of the material out of landfills but also eliminates the need to quarry rock, refine and deliver oil, and produce greenhouse gas emissions for the creation of new asphalt. The environment benefits from this prevention of wasted asphalt paving and precious resources.

The recycled material is also known to last longer than its new counterpart, meaning that production of replacement asphalt, whether new or used, doesn’t need to occur as often. The icing on the cake is that reclaiming asphalt saves cities, businesses, and taxpayers billions of dollars.

What Is the Quality of Reclaimed Asphalt Paving?

If you worry that processing used asphalt diminishes its quality, you can rest assured that it maintains a high level of performance. Of course, the exact composite of each mixture will vary due to the different traits of the source material, such as how many times it had been resurfaced, hold old it is, and where it came from. However quality-control tests ensure the product will be suitable for a specific project, so recycled asphalt can replace virgin asphalt in nearly every case.

How Is Asphalt Paving Reclaimed?

The exact process depends on how the asphalt will be used, but generally, it requires milling a few inches or fully removing existing pavement. The material is then added to a new mix, usually as an aggregate substitute. Sometimes the process occurs at a plant, whereas other times it happens at the construction site.

During our milling and paving projects, we recycle the millings (old blacktop) and add them as aggregate to the new hot asphalt mix. Once we’re finished with a project, we make sure to leave the site clean and free of old rubble. If you’re ready to contribute to the billions saved each year in taxpayer money by reusing reclaimed asphalt paving to its fullest extent, then contact All County Construction to discuss your pavement project.

 

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Considering a New Driveway? Here’s What to Expect

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If your home’s current driveway is looking a bit worse for wear, it’s a good idea to look into getting a new one.

Not only is this idea for general appearances, but an upgrade could be a great way to improve the overall value of your home if you plan on putting it on the market in the near future.

Here at All County Construction, we’d like to offer a few professional considerations as to what to expect. Read More

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How to Choose Between Asphalt and Concrete Driveways in Rochester, NY

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You have a few choices when it comes to driveway materials. While there are people with strong preferences for asphalt over concrete, in most cases it is more a matter of personal choice. To understand which material will suit your needs and your tastes best, it helps to know the features of both and to compare and contrast them a bit. Before you call asphalt contractors in your area, consider the facts about both asphalt and concrete driveways in Rochester, NY. Read More

What to Expect After you Get your Dream Driveway

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Residential Driveway Sealing Rochester NY

You’ll hear a lot of different opinions when it comes to properly maintaining your driveway. “Don’t drive on it,” “Drive on it as often as possible – it’ll help flatten the surface,” “Get it sealed every year,” “Don’t seal it for the next ten years,” “Don’t get it wet,” etc.

Frustrated yet?

Your friends mean well. And if you just recently got it paved, you’re probably tempted to listen to ALL the advice you get. But be careful – some tips that sound like good advice can actually damage your pavement. Read More

Webster, NY; Residential Driveway Sealing

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Are you tired of the splits, cracks, potholes, and broken sections of pavement on your driveway? The tri-county area of Rochester, New York sees harsh winters that seriously damage asphalt driveways. Once the rainwater of autumn sinks into the cracks of your driveway, the frigid temperatures of winter come and freeze that rainwater. The ice swells and breaks open the bond of asphalt, which creates those deep crevices every year.

Enough Already! It’s time for Residential Driveway Sealing

But enough is enough. It’s time to get your driveway newly paved. We’ll explain the process with you so that you can know what to expect once the paving process begins.

1. Analyze your Driveway

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Residential Driveway Sealing

We’ll first take a look at your driveway and see if we can resurface areas instead of completely replace it. If you do need replacement, we remove the driveway that’s already there. We’ll use a backhoe to scrape away the old pavement to make way for the new. If you still live in the gravel driveway days, we’ll collect all loose stones to make the foundation smooth. Our twin drum roller firmly compacts the soil.

If it’s a complete dig out project, we install drain ditches to direct rainwater. We run water over the work area to see where it flows and then fill those places with soil to prevent heaving or collapsing. The levelling process is called grading.

2. Lay the Base

We lay 8″ of stony, jagged rocks. Sand requires fewer inches of base than clay. This layer of rocks should be left alone for a full week in order for it to settle. Rain actually helps it settle in.

3. Seal the Driveway

We install the binder over the stone. Once that’s compacted with the 2,000-10,000 lb. roller, we seal the edges and inspect the final product.

Each paving job differs from one another. But our promise for durable residential driveway sealing remains the same.