Learn How Recycled Asphalt Can Save You Money

May 21, 2020 9:52 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Are you preparing to repave an asphalt surface at your home or commercial property? You may consider using recycled asphalt rather than new materials. There are a variety of benefits that come along with doing so, including reducing your carbon footprint, but perhaps the most intriguing benefit for property owners is that using recycled asphalt can save you a good deal of money.

Here’s a quick overview of what you should know about recycled asphalt in Washington.

You can recycle existing surfaces

Asphalt can last a lot longer than you might think just by looking at the condition of your pavement. Rather than completely repaving, you have several options to restore and recycle your existing asphalt to get the most out of its lifespan.

Here are the steps you can take to recycle your existing surface:

  • Clean off the surface of the asphalt with a broom or blower and a power washer, then allow it to fully dry before you proceed with inspecting it for cracks and holes.
  • Use a hot- or cold-pour crack filler to fill in any cracks or holes you see on the surface of your asphalt, thereby extending its lifespan.
  • Shovel some recycled asphalt over the top of the surface, and use a special asphalt rake to get the new asphalt smooth.
  • Use a hand tamper or vibrating plate to compact the surface. Make sure you cover every area evenly.
  • Allow the asphalt to dry (for at least a day, perhaps more depending on weather conditions) and then apply a commercial sealcoat as soon as possible to preserve the new pavement.

Recycled asphalt for new pavement

Recycled asphalt in Washington isn’t limited in its use for refreshing existing asphalt surfaces. You can also use recycled asphalt as a cheaper alternative to new asphalt—something more and more contractors are doing these days, as recycled asphalt has grown in its quality levels as technology has improved.

The most common concern about recycled asphalt is its durability. But to most experts, this isn’t that big of a concern. They say recycled asphalt should be able to last a decade or more for use in residential driveways. While this hypothesis is yet to be proven, the fact that so many industry experts are moving to recycled asphalt would indicate durability is not that significant of a concern.

Before using recycled asphalt, though, you should consider the primary drawback of doing so. Because these recycled materials feature more oil, rubber and line paint, it is more likely to track into your home or vehicle. To prevent this tracking, you should make sure you give it a good, thorough sealing as soon as it has fully cured and it is safe to do so.

Interested in learning more about recycled asphalt paving in Washington and the benefits of using recycled asphalt as a material? We encourage you to contact Jimini Paving with any questions you have for us about the various services we provide. We look forward to working with you.

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