Advantages of Full Depth Reclamation

July 29, 2020 10:33 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Asphalt pavement sees a lot of wear and tear over the years, whether from vehicles, pedestrians, the elements or heavy equipment. While asphalt is extremely durable, it won’t last forever. Eventually, you’ll need to replace your parking lot, large driveway or road—and when you do, you can use full depth pavement reclamation in Washington. This process saves natural resources and money by recycling your existing pavement and making it brand-new once more.

What is full depth pavement reclamation?

You might have heard this process referred to as “asphalt pulverization,” but it’s the same thing—the top layers of asphalt are removed, leaving behind the stone or gravel base. Then the top layers are pulverized, blended with the existing stone base and laid back over the gravel base to create “new” pavement. This process is usually best for wide roads, large parking lots and big sport courts.

This is different from full depth asphalt replacement, which removes everything (including the stone base) and hauls the asphalt off-site to recycle for another project. Replacement projects get new asphalt as well as a stone base, so the entire project is completely redone from the bottom up. Less of the total material is recycled (dirt and stone are rarely recycled like asphalt can be) and since it requires a lot of hauling, the materials and labor costs tend to be more than reclamation.

How full depth reclamation can improve your project

Wondering whether full depth reclamation is right for your project? Here are some benefits you could enjoy:

  • Conserves resources: Living in 2020, we all know how important it is to be kind to the environment—especially when dealing with petroleum-based products. The less that has to be manufactured, the better off the environment is. Recycling your asphalt on-site, including the stone and gravel base, means you’ll not only preserve the asphalt and stone, but you’ll also cut down on fossil fuel usage for hauling.
  • Kind to your budget: Depending on the size of your project, full depth pavement reclamation can save you up to 50 percent. That’s often enough to entice a property owner in and of itself. Since reclamation doesn’t require as much hauling, labor or off-site processing, the fees and costs are much lower than a replacement project.
  • Efficient and fast: Reclamation uses on-site machinery to rip up and process the asphalt, crushing the large pieces so they can be reprocessed and reused. That means that your paving contractor won’t have to waste time going back and forth, hauling away old materials and bringing in new ones. In turn, you won’t have to pay or wait for a larger team of workers to get the job done. Most large projects that would take over a week to fully replace can be completed with reclamation in just a few days.

If you’re on a budget and a tight schedule, it makes sense to opt for full depth asphalt pavement in Washington. Call Jimini Paving to discuss your project and get a quote—we’re Washington’s asphalt experts for both residential and commercial clients!

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