First of all, it’s not “tar.” Asphalt is a natural substance that has some amazing physical properties. It’s sticky (adhesive) and it’s elastic, able to stretch, bend and flex without breaking (cohesive). This material does an excellent job of waterproofing. At air temperatures, asphalt cement is a very, very thick liquid (highly viscous). When heated, it becomes thinner and easier to use. Asphalt has been used since before Roman times as a glue and for water proofing. In a few places in the world, it’s naturally occurring, such as in a lake on the island of Trinidad and in the LaBrea “tar pits” in downtown Los Angeles. Almost all of the asphalt used today for paving comes from petroleum crude oil. Liquid asphalt is the heaviest part of the crude—what’s left after all the volatile, light fractions are distilled off for products such as gasoline. In Europe and Canada it is commonly called bitumen.
Asphalt is supplied in several different grades. Generally, softer asphalts are used in colder temperatures, and harder asphalts in hotter climates. The US government sponsored a multi-million dollar research project (Strategic Highway Research Program, SHRP) in the 1990’s which developed new standards for asphalt binders called performance grade (PG) binders. For example, a PG 64-22 is meant for use where average surface (high) pavement temperatures in the sun reach 64°C (147°F) and lows reach -22°C (-8°F). Premium grades usually have polymers or other modifiers for use in heavy duty applications such as intersections on city streets or airports or in extreme climates.
At normal temperatures, asphalt is too stiff to mix with the aggregates. There are three ways to thin it enough to make it mixable—heat it, dilute it with a solvent (cutback) or emulsify it in water.
Asphalt is a cost-effective way to pave a long-lasting surface that can endure just about anything!
At One Stop Asphalt, we live up to our name by carrying out your entire project from start to finish. We’ll start with a consultation to make sure we understand your requirements perfectly. After we get a good grasp on your vision, we’ll provide you with our recommendations and a plan for the project.
Once you sign off on our plan, we’ll remove any old asphalt and set you up with brand new pavement. We rely on our 15 years of experience to make sure every project is appropriately planned and flawlessly executed. Our trained professionals go the extra mile to ensure their work is up to the highest standards.
We start by surveying the property. We’ll make sure everything is structurally sound and has adequate draining capabilities. If necessary, we’ll repair the surface to make everything level. Once the surface is ready, we’ll get it cleaned up and ready to move on with the installation.
We install the new pavement in a consistent layer to ensure a smooth finish. New asphalt is compressed by a roller to make sure everything stays perfectly flat. We cure the asphalt for longevity’s sake, and then we can put the finishing touches on by adding paint and speed bumps if needed.
As a family business, our reputation is everything to us. That’s why we take the time to understand the needs of every one of our clients. We don’t just treat every project the same, because different clients have unique requirements. We diagnose your situation, considering what happened to your old asphalt and what we can do to make your new pavement last as long as possible.
We carefully consider the condition of your property, and your intended use for the asphalt. We work with you to find ways to create a surface that will perform well, last a long time, and save you money during installation. The same team will manage your project all the way through, so you don’t have to worry about details getting lost along the way.
The testimonials from our clients will tell you everything you need to know about how well this approach works.
One Stop Asphalt is your number one source for asphalt paving in the Phoenix area. We make surfaces that look great and keep drivers and pedestrians safe. When you learn about us and our mission, you’ll understand why we go the extra mile for our clients.
We have a 15 year track record of exceptional customer service. We offer our clients a complete range of quality services without breaking the bank. We will beat anyone’s price, because we believe exceptional work should be available to everyone. Contact us today to learn more!
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3616 W Whitton Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85019