Recycled Asphalt Paving
The best way to save money and reduce your environmental footprint is to choose recycled asphalt pavement for your next paving project.
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Recycled Asphalt Paving (RAP) provides a significant cost savings from a traditional asphalt driveway. Alberta Road Services offers this environmentally responsible choice of reclaimed asphalt pavement.
Choosing recycled asphalt pavement for your next residential or commercial paving project is the best way to help save money and reduce your environmental footprint.
What is Recycled Asphalt Paving?
When a street or driveway is getting ready to repaved, the asphalt pavement is torn up before a new layer of asphalt is laid down. This recycled asphalt material is collected from old driveways, construction sites, parking lots and then brought to an asphalt recycling plant where it is made into material that will be laid down at your location by Alberta Road Services.
At the recycling plant, the asphalt pavement material that is collected from old roads and other locations is ground into an aggregate size at the plant. It is then compacted at your location.
How Do I Upgrade My Asphalt Driveway?
Upgrading to a hard, black asphalt finish using recycled asphalt is a simple process that ensures that residential homeowners can have their new reclaimed asphalt driveway installed without seriously effecting their daily routine.
Installing recycled asphalt typically involves grading and compacting your existing gravel driveway before we start work on the new driveway. Once this is done we then return to your location to deliver, place and compact the recycled asphalt placed on top.
The next step that we take is to compact the recycled asphalt material. It will then harden and bind together to make a strong and cost efficient base.
Our professional and friendly paving team then completes the recycled asphalt paving job by applying an asphalt sealer coat to glue the surface together to make it look and feel like rough pavement for a fraction of the cost of regular pavement. We then wet the surface and compact the recycled asphalt with a roller.
This is a popular option with many property owners in locations such as Okotoks, De Winton, Priddis, Aldersyde, Indus, Langdon, Chestermere, Black Diamond and more areas outside of Calgary, Alberta for their rural residential driveways.
Alberta Road Services always makes sure the water drains off properly eliminating puddles where water can gather and break down the surface.
What are the Advantages of a Recycled Asphalt Pavement Driveway?
Some of the benefits are:
- Affordable – Unlike a traditional asphalt driveway, a recycled asphalt driveway is low cost. Using recycled material keeps the cost down as well as the lower number of hours to install, which reduces your final bill. And with that savings you can do other home improvement projects.
- Environmentally Responsible – Using recycled material sourced from old driveways, construction sites and parking lots to pave your driveway is an excellent way to help reduce your impact on the environment. Instead of old asphalt ending up in a local landfill, it is recycled into your new driveway. Choosing recycled asphalt for your next paving project also means less materials will be used than when using non-recycled new asphalt.
- Water Percolation – Recycled asphalt driveways deal with snow and water well, as the material percolates well avoiding flooding and pooling of melting snow and rain.
- Looks Great – When you look at a recycled asphalt driveway, the unique appearance always turns heads. The rural Alberta properties we have installed recycled asphalt look amazing and seem like a cross between a traditional asphalt driveway and gravel surface.
- Bonds Well – When an recycled asphalt driveway is installed, it is wetted and compacted, which eliminates mud in Winter and dust in Summer.
What are the Disadvantages Of a Recycled Asphalt Pavement Driveway?
Some of the disadvantages are:
- Discolouration – Any material that is exposed to the sun and has traffic will see the effects of UV rays and recycled asphalt paving is no different. Also since this material is recycled and not brand new, the colouration may be slightly lighter than other paving material.
- Some maintenance – Recycled asphalt paving does need re-oiling every 5 years or so, depending on it’s use. But if you do this maintenance, your new driveway will last a long time.
How long does a recycled asphalt driveway take to complete?
A recycled asphalt driveway can usually be done in one or two days. The oil seal coat at the end dries within 24 hrs.
Is Recycled Asphalt Pavement Right For My Property?
If your rural property on the outskirts of Calgary needs a new driveway, RV pad or parking, then have a look at all of the options on the market. The look is not for everyone but for those that choose this environmentally friendly and cost effective reclaimed asphalt paving, are very satisfied with the look and benefits of both a gravel and paved driveway.
If you want that smooth polished look that is a traditional asphalt driveway, then a recycled asphalt driveway may not be for you. But there are still options to use a mixture of new hot asphalt and recycled material that may have the look you are looking for.
Our customers love the look and finish of our recycled asphalt driveways.
We have just had our recycled asphalt driveway completed, along with an RV parking pad. I cannot say enough about Alberta Road Services. The entire crew was professional, respectful, kind to my children, and so easy to communicate and work with. We contacted three different companies for quotes for this job, and we are so incredibly happy with our final decision. The results have far exceeded our expectations, and I’m still a little in awe of how my home looks now. They did such a thorough job, I’m so impressed. And the kids can’t wait to finally ride their bikes on a smooth surface. Thank you, again!! ~ Stephanie Lou on our Facebook Page