Asphalt milling is an important process that consists of removing an existing pavement surface to ready it for fresh resurfacing or layer placement.
This is an important process because it provides the foundation for new layers of asphalt, and if not done properly, can leave behind fragments and other problems that will take away from the strength and appearance of the new layers.
Depending on the nature of your project, asphalt millings can offer some unique benefits over traditional gravel or asphalt, including lower cost and a simple installation procedure.
What Are Asphalt Millings?
When paved surfaces wear down and need to be redone, the first step to getting a new layer placed is the removal of the current asphalt overlay.
This is done by tearing up the old asphalt with a milling machine, ensuring a properly sized and level surface upon which the new layer will be placed. This process involves critical steps and requires a professional team with experience and the knowledge of best practices to complete this step for you in a timely and professional manner.
Asphalt milling is a simple yet vital process – and it requires the work of professionals. If not done up to standard, it becomes very difficult to complete the rest of the new asphalt paving project and can potentially leave it uneven, unsightly, and not very durable.
How is Asphalt Milling Performed?
Asphalt milling is performed with a milling machine. The machinery traverses the surface of the asphalt while the ‘teeth’ of the miller grind up the asphalt that is to be removed from the surface.
The millings are collected and trucked off-site and a clean-up crew follows behind using a box sweeper to collect any remaining asphalt.
This process is done slowly in order to make sure the base layer is not ruined for the new asphalt layer that is to be completed.
Asphalt milling procedures vary from removing just some of the previous asphalt to completely removing all of the current layers. This depends on the current condition of the layers and site that are to be worked on.
Why is Asphalt Milling Important?
When preparing to renew your asphalt surface, it is important that the base layer is prepped and ready to go prior to laying down the fresh layers. If the asphalt milling process is not done completely or if it leaves too much behind, then the next steps of the project will become much more difficult.
The new layers require an even and well-prepped surface to be worked on, and the better these steps are done, the easier and smoother the rest of the project will go.
Failure to adhere to these steps can cost you in the long run.
Ensure that you work with a professional asphalt milling service to completely remove the correct layers and ensure well-done preparation for placement of the new layers.
If you skip these steps or do not complete them correctly, it can cost you money and potentially require further renovations to the site over time.
If you are trying to save money and care about ensuring that the base layers of your new asphalt overlay are solid, you may want to consider AllPaving for your asphalt milling needs for your paved surfaces. By getting the asphalt milling done correctly and professionally, you’ll enjoy the combined benefits of a great surface layer to work with, as well as a smooth running project that you can be sure will last and look amazing for a long time.
If you are interested in exploring this important method for your next asphalt project, contact AllPaving today for more information.