Asphalt overlays are an ecologically friendly and simple way to obtain a sleek appearance without having to completely re-purpose the foundation that you plan on using.
Asphalt overlays simply use a 1-3 inches layer over the top of the existing foundation, making it a much easier and cost-effective approach.
Some asphalt surfaces with severe damage like rutting, potholes, large cracks, and expansions will need to be milled before an overlay is able to be applied.
Asphalt Overlay Steps
The first step is assessing the asphalt. You can use the technique of asphalt overlay on all surfaces as all of them are not suitable for it. When the asphalt surface has a lot of damage like big potholes, ruts on the surface, or root damage you need to rip off the asphalt totally as suggested by almost every asphalt company. Even any surface that is not able to drain water properly is also needed to be ripped off totally. Thus, at first the asphalt surface has to be assessed.
The next step is asphalt milling where the top layer of the asphalt surface is removed. The surface level is also need to be maintained and hence the old layer where necessary must be removed or set at the right position. In such situation generally a asphalt milling machine is used that grinds down to 1″ to 3″ that depends upon the wear on the surface of the asphalt.
Finally when the base is tacked, repaired and ready for overlay the last step is the pave the surface. Depending upon the thickness of the surface where the asphalt is applied you have to set the amount of asphalt overlay.