Replacing Blacktop Driveway

Old 06-24-15, 04:09 PM
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Replacing Blacktop Driveway

I have a blacktop driveway that was topped twice in 45 years. I would like to remove and replace it. What is the proper way that this is done. I see some remove the old and pave it the same day or the next. Should some type of stone be put down first? Are there different types of asphalt materials? What is the proper steps to get a good job?
Old 06-25-15, 03:37 AM
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Not my area of expertise but I would think the prep needed would depend a lot on what you have for a base once the old asphalt is ripped up. Has the old asphalt stayed relatively flat? I'd get several estimates and see what they say.
Old 07-03-15, 07:01 PM
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i just had my 30 yr old driveway done. they took out the asphalt on day one (half day). so long as there's no clay under the base they can put down a layer of concrete dust (i forget what they called it but it compacts firmly) and roll it out well. if the soil is not already compacted underneath (clay) then they must bring in gravel to firm it up... more $$$, then they put asphalt over it and roll it out. i just needed the dust, so they did that part in just over a half day, and I have a fairly big drive. a good contractor will answer your concerns... ask about sloping and drainage issues.
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rip it out & truck it to the plant where its usually ground up then used in rap ( recycled asphalt products ),,, don't worry, even nysdot uses rap in virgin mix,,, then the contractor will/should check for soft spots in the base,,, if he finds any, he should replace it w/good granular base material ( nysdot item #4),,, grade it, compact it, then pave a base course followed by a wearing ( top ) course - assuming that's what you bought

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