The pavement has the job to bear the weight of the vehicular and pedestrian loads. The thickness, type and width of the pavement will depend on the function of the area that is paved. When constructing a pavement road, there are many things to consider, one of them is the material that’s going to be used. In this article, we will tell you more about the common materials that Boca Raton paving companies used for pavements.
The asphalt cement is mixed with bituminous materials that make up the whole asphalt mixture. The aggregate is being heated with hot cement at 275 degree Fahrenheit. The asphalt is placed over the base course of the pavement, so it serves as a wearing surface. After the asphalt is laid, it is allowed to cool.
It usually lasts for more than 20 years, depending on the temperature chances and weight it bears. One of the best benefits you get from an asphalt pavement is that the used asphalt mixture can be recycled. Most of the roads now is made of asphalt because it easily traps dust and improves the road visibility.
The concrete material is consists of cement (a binding material) and mixed with aggregate, sand and water. Once it is cured, it becomes hard as stone. To reinforce its strength, glass fibers or steel rods are used. You can achieve whatever shape you want by putting the concrete mixture in forms. The maintenance is less costly than other materials. The material won’t break from traffic loads and freezing as long as the industry standard is followed, at least 8000 pounds per square inch so it achieves the right strength.
This material has been used for many years, starting form many thousand years ago. Since the colonial area, brick is used for sidewalks, pathways and even as a foundation. The reason why brick is a popular pavement material even before is because it’s easy to use, produce, mixed with other materials and available in different colors and shapes.
The texture of brick material also varies too. It can range from very rough finishes to highly finished smooth glaze. If it’s properly installed, it is durable and stable. It’s also resistant to weather because of its porosity. There are different types of bricks, there are those made for outdoor use and also for indoor use only.
Stone is another durable material for pavement. The stone used for natural paving is graded based on its porosity, hardness and abrasion resistance. It’s available in different smoothness levels and in cut or uncut form. Common cut stones are Belgium blocks, cobblestones, granite, slate and marble. Common uncut stones are river stone and broken quarry rock.
Tiles are also used for pavements, and often graded based on its resistance to weather. It is available in different colors, shapes and finishes. Tiles are available in glazed and unglazed form. If the space is small or limited, small size tiles are easy to work with. If used in pavements, the tile is laid the way the stone and brick are laid.