Recycled asphalt is a product of old asphalt that is ground into gravel. This product has much of the original oils still in it. After installation, the heat from the sun releases the oils and binders to help melt the gravel into one uniform piece of pavement.
The paving process starts out the same. Proper grading and excavation is required to ensure adequate water run off.
At Pave-Core Paving Inc., we install the R.A.P. driveway with our automated paver. This process helps ensure that the material stays uniform and consistent. By using the paver and vibrator roller, the finished product is level and smoother than R.A.P. installed with just a tractor or dozer.
A R.A.P. driveway is a gravel drive. It is not going to be a hot-mix asphalt driveway, but in most cases it cost half the price, and a R.A.P. driveway is more stable than most other types of gravel. Snow plowing will not displace as much onto your lawn, which means less clean up in the spring. If in the future you would like to have your driveway paved with hot-mix, R.A.P. does work as a good base.
Hot mix asphalt is a paving material made of two basic components: aggregates (stone, gravel, and sand) and liquid asphalt (the petroleum-based binder or “glue”).
These are mixed at elevated temperatures to make the paving materials used to build roadways and driveways.