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What is Asphalt Made of and Why Do the Quality of the Materials Matter So Much?

Asphalt is a sustainable paving solution made from a mixture of aggregates, binder, and filler. Aggregates are processed mineral materials such as crushed rock, sand, gravel, slags, or various recycled materials. Binder is used to unite the aggregates together to form a cohesive mixture. Bitumen is most often used as the binder.

Asphalt pavement consists of multiple layers which includes unbound and bituminous-bound materials acting as the base for the asphalt concrete poured on top.

The Diverse Types of Asphalt Created to Best Suit a Project’s Needs

There are 3 major types of asphalt mixes: hot, warm, and cold. These different kinds can be manufactured to create even further distinct mixtures as well to best meet the needs of a project’s end goal.

Meeting the needs of a high traffic road or a parking lot enduring tough weather conditions would require their own specific asphalt mixture solution. Asphalt must be able to be both stiff and resistant to distortion, as well as flexible and strong enough to resist cracking. The stiffness and resistance to distortion allows the asphalt to be able to handle applied pressure from motor vehicles; the flexural strength prevents damage occurring from contrasting pressures exerted on the asphalt.

The Importance of Quality in Asphalt

The quality of your paving solution matters. Quality directly impacts how long and how well your asphalt surfacing will hold up against the weather elements and repeated use over time. Great asphalt contractors are always keeping up with the latest advances in technology and maintain high quality control measures. This improves safety, efficiency, and value.

In order to create the highest quality asphalt, total quality management starts from the moment aggregate materials are collected and processed. All aggregated materials used in asphalt paving solutions must be durable and angular to resist early wearing. Different sized aggregates must be used to create the optimal surface and all aggregates must be tested against various, rigorous standards to ensure quality.

 

Michigan Paving & Materials Produces All Our Own Asphalt for Longer Lasting Asphalt Surfaces

Operating in the Michigan area since 1959, Michigan Paving & Materials takes quality seriously. We produce all our own asphalt to ensure your business or organization receives the highest quality paving solutions on the market. We are confident in our services. To learn more about our quality measures and paving solutions, feel free to reach out to our team today, we even offer free consultations!

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