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What does paving work consist of?

Paving work encompasses all of the procedures related to laying, repairing and replacing asphalt, installing paving stones, performing excavation and grading work and constructing concrete dwarf walls.

Do you have potholes in your driveway? Is the asphalt parking lot at your business cracked and faded? If so, you’re definitely in need of paving work! At one time or another, the residential, commercial and industrial sectors will all require the services of a paving professional.

But where do you begin? What steps should be followed? Here’s a little incursion into the wide world of asphalt for novices wishing to learn more!

What does paving work consist of?

Depending on your needs, you have different options available to you. Here are a few of them:

Asphalt laying

To ensure a solid, uniform foundation, the ground is excavated and covered with crushed stone before the asphalt is laid. Depending on the characteristics of the soil, it may also be necessary to install a membrane. The main goal is to maximize the durability of the pavement.

Excavation (digging)

Excavation work consists of digging out the site of a new building, as well as the trenches that will hold the connections to the public utilities. Grading, snow removal and the installation of drainage are other examples of jobs that may require excavation work.

Paving stone installation

The installation of pavers is also preceded by excavation work. To improve drainage, felt geotextile (a synthetic membrane) is installed on the excavated surface, followed by a layer of gravel. Strongly recommended in the case of soil with high clay content, this geotextile membrane prevents the gravel from mixing with the clay.

Dwarf wall construction

Dwarf walls may constitute a decorative element, delineate a planted area or serve as a border for your land. They’re ideal for creating flower beds, steps, columns, etc. Depending on the type of soil and the intended purpose of the dwarf wall, excavation work may be necessary.

Concrete border construction

Combined with a bed of gravel to prevent cracking, concrete borders can be incorporated in your landscaping to address a number of different needs. For example, they can delineate your driveway or your yard or they can be used to create walkways.

What steps are involved?

First of all, paving work should always be done during warm weather. Furthermore, if your residence was built recently, it’s better to wait until the soil is well-compacted (at least one year) before paving your driveway.

Other factors to take into consideration to optimize the durability of your pavement:

The quality of the materials is paramount. You must also thoroughly inspect the condition of the foundation before initiating the work.

  • The foundation must be uniform, as the addition of sand or stone may be necessary in order to reinforce the pavement. When it comes to pavement, uniformity guarantees durability.
  • Next, the materials that have been put in place need to be levelled and compacted. A border can be installed if necessary.
  • Finally, the pavement is laid and compacted.

What is resurfacing?

Asphalt resurfacing involves adding hot asphalt to the surface of an existing asphalt driveway. An economical, practical way of reconditioning worn asphalt, resurfacing enables you to avoid the need for new excavation work. It can also extend the useful life of your pavement for another 10 years or more!

If you’re thinking about having paving work done, it’s essential to choose the right contractor. As members of the Provincial Home Builders’ Association of Québec (APCHQ) and the Quebec Building Authority (RBQ), Pavages Asphaltech has all the required licenses and permits to do the job. So don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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