The installation of a new driveway or parking lot can be a substantial financial investment, so you should9A expect the best quality from your contractor. Utilizing proper new asphalt construction methods, a common driveway should last many years in Alberta . Some contractors take shortcuts, use lesser materials, and simply low-ball bids just to get the job. Properly installed asphalt and good quality products are a must; your pavement can either be an investment or an ongoing expense if not done correctly.

Step 1.

Base and Grading. The proper installation of the base of material beneath the asphalt provides the foundation for the overall structure. First, we evaluate the base, and then we use an appropriate amount of crushed processed stone as a base. This product, most often spread by a skid steer, is engineered specifically to be laid beneath asphalt, compacts very well, and is set at the proper pitch to allow for sufficient water drainage. With our specialized graders, we grade the base correctly which allows for correct paving to occur later. When necessary, we will use a laser level or transit to ensure the correct pitch so that water is channeled in the most appropriate direction. The base is then rolled with a vibratory roller to ensure compaction.

Step 2.

Laying of Asphalt. Once the surface is properly prepared, ProGrade Asphalt, LLC sends its fleet of dump trucks to the nearest asphalt mixing plant to purchase the freshly batched, hot pavement mix. Having the proper trucking capacity allows us to remain operative and productive, and minimizes material cooling and down time. In some cases, the asphalt is laid in two levels, or lifts for parking lots, and a single lift for driveways. ProGrade Asphalt, LLC uses state-of-the-art and well maintained paving equipment in order to provide the highest quality finish. Our paving equipment is frequently upgraded ensure the best possible service and pavement finish with little or no down time. Our equipment receives the highest level of continuous maintenance available. Having the best equipment is further assurance that your new driveway, parking lot, or roadway installed by ProGrade Asphalt, LLC will be the best it can be.

Step 3.

Compaction and Finish. A very important step in the paving of your driveway is the compacting process. Without proper compaction, the asphalt structure will not hold together and endure season after season. Upon the laying of the asphalt, as with the base material, the surface is rolled with a vibratory drum roller for a smooth, strong finish. Our edges are hand tamped to provide a 45° angle, providing the necessary strength to support vehicle weight.

Once the process is completed by ProGrade Asphalt, LLC your installed driveway or parking lot will be durable, attractive, and will improve your property’s value. Contact ProGrade Asphalt, LLC today for your free quote on new asphalt construction.