To lay a solid foundation for pavement, it all starts with a good base. In general, construction projects need the soil to be tested and approved before starting a job, but the fact that paving companies do this too might not be as well-know. In the Midwest, this is especially important due to the varied soil combinations of clay, sand, and silt. While great for agriculture, this mix of soil types isn’t always for pavement—so it’s important to know what we are working with when installing the asphalt.
The soil can affect the state of the pavement in these ways:
– Shrink/growth due to temperature
Depending on the grain size and composition of the soil, our experts can tell how the pavement will most likely lay and settle on the base of ground. This affects its longevity and durability—especially if it will see a lot of high traffic. Plus, the test can also determine how the asphalt will respond to moisture and temperature fluctuations, which is especially important considering our four-season Midwestern weather.
Our paving experts know where to start after they’ve tested the soil, so they can construct the best pavement possible for our clients. Depending on durability needs, we can mix special, custom asphalts, which are more durable. To get the best result for your budget and needs, call our expert pavers to begin your asphalt project today.