How is Asphalt Made?

Asphalt is a durable paving material that offers natural weather resistance, chemical resistance and a smooth surface after grading. Asphalt is commonly used to pave roads, runways, parking lots, sidewalks and trails. Learn more about how asphalt cement is made and how The Paving Lady can help you maintain it.

What Is Asphalt Cement?

Modern asphalt cement is made with various aggregates, including gravel, sand and rocks. Asphalt also utilizes binders like petroleum to help keep the mixture together. Once asphalt is combined, it appears dark and thick.

Asphalt manufacturing involves utilizing crude oil distillation, which pipes crude oil into a heat exchanger to produce the petroleum binder used in cement. The distilled oil is blended with other substances at a low temperature to create asphalt used for paving. These substances might include aggregates like gravel or sand depending on the ideal mixture for the application at hand.

Asphalt cement is made using either a hot or cold mix. Hot mixes are heated up to around 300 degrees Fahrenheit, creating a malleable mixture ideal for paving. Hot asphalt mixtures are heated in drum mixers and transported to the work site to be laid. As hot asphalt cools, it creates a level, durable concrete surface for vehicles and walkers.

Cold asphalt mixtures don’t require heat. Instead, some additives help keep the mixture soft and water-resistant. Cold mixtures are often used to patch broken segments or fill potholes.

Asphalt cement is ideal for paving since it’s low-maintenance and durable, allowing it to withstand harsh environments and regular wear. Still, some maintenance is necessary to keep your asphalt cement in good condition. You may also need repairs to replace blemishes or potholes to keep your asphalt cement looking uniform and professional over time.

Read all about the Asphalt Manufacturing process here.

Your Expert in Asphalt Paving and Maintenance in South Florida

The Paving Lady specializes in asphalt paving, utilizing high-quality asphalt to ensure your property has a clean look with durability you can rely on. Our asphalt installations meet specific industry standards for long-lasting results. Whether you want to lay new pavement or need a repair, our team can help you restore your asphalt pavement at your home or business.

We offer a wide range of asphalt repair services:

  • Asphalt patching
  • Milling
  • Crack patching
  • Removal and replacement
  • Maintenance and seal coating

We can restore your asphalt with a black finish, and our seal coating services can help protect and preserve the surface so it maintains its professional appearance.

Contact The Paving Lady for Your Asphalt Paving and Maintenance Needs

If you need asphalt paving and maintenance services in South Florida, The Paving Lady is here to help. We’re leaders in asphalt paving, and our team of experts can help with all your paving and repair needs. We also offer additional services, such as seal coating, line stripping and asphalt milling. We have over 30 years of experience providing quality services to our customers. Contact us today to learn more about our asphalt paving and repair services or request a quote!

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