Step 1: After you hire Atlas Asphalt to complete your new driveway replacement project, the first phase is to excavate the old driveway. This means removing the asphalt and any unsuitable base if encountered before replacing asphalt. After we excavate any material, if the driveway needs any base, we will add RCA base to support the new asphalt driveway. It is important to note that in some cases it may be stronger to leave the existing driveway base, as it is unlikely to settle any more, and may increase the durability of the new asphalt. Our excavation crews will be able to assess your project and recommend an appropriate method of replacing your driveway.
Step 2: After Atlas Asphalt excavates your old driveway, our masons will install any new driveway aprons, concrete sidewalks, driveway borders, stoops, walkways, patios, and more. This is the right time to incorporate any custom masonry elements you may like. There are endless possibilities with the Nicolock or Cambridge Paving Stone offerings, and we'd be happy to show you some samples and suggest creative ideas that will improve your driveway's curb-appeal. There are many asphalt paving contractors on Long Island, but Atlas Asphalt will treat your project with the utmost care and attention to detail.
Step 3: Sometimes, it is more effective for Step 3 and Step 4 to be combined. Maximizing compaction before the paving process will lead to a more durable asphalt driveway. Regrading the RCA base after masonry is an important aspect of the driveway replacement process. We adjust the pitch of the asphalt base before paving, and this allows us to calculate the optimal direction of water flow for drainage.
Step 4: The final step of driveway replacement is the paving. When we install asphalt, we can rake the asphalt by hand or use a paver machine. Both methods work well - and ultimately the most important factor to the quality of the driveway is compaction. Our paving crews will compact the driveway three times - once before we install any asphalt, again while we are installing the asphalt with a vibratory hand compactor, and a third time when the driveway is installed and the paving project is complete.
It is important to note that Atlas Asphalt recommends a minimum two weeks of cure time before you can drive on the new asphalt. Thank you for considering Atlas Asphalt Long Island for your new driveway project! We know there are many blacktop driveway contractors on Long Island, but we would love to work with you on your project!
If you'd prefer to repair a driveway instead of replacing it, there are many options. In some cases, it is cheaper and easier to repair asphalt than it is to replace pavement. Call us today for a free assessment to see which option is the right one for your asphalt paving or driveway project.