The Importance of Removing Concrete Before Laying Asphalt

The Importance of Removing Concrete Before Laying Asphalt

While you can start laying asphalt directly on top of concrete, it’s always better to remove the underlying concrete first.

One of the most common queries we receive at Tristate Paving is what to do about replacing a driveway, parking lot, or stretch of pavement where the concrete is still in place and intact. As many homeowners and businesses are making the switch to asphalt, thanks to its smooth installation process and better longevity, it’s an especially relevant question. While you can start laying asphalt directly on top of concrete, it’s always better to remove the underlying concrete first.

The Right Foundation

The main reason why it is essential to remove concrete before laying asphalt is to ensure an even and stable foundation. Just like you wouldn’t want to build a home on top of an uneven patch of land, you don’t want to waste time laying asphalt on an uneven concrete surface. Many concrete surfaces are installed without worrying about whether the land is level or stable, so the concrete will shift and sink over time. Without removing the concrete and correcting the foundation layer, your asphalt surface will be doomed to fail.

Ensure Great Longevity

When you skip the preparation and begin laying asphalt directly over concrete, you will not enjoy the significant benefits of asphalt. When placed on top of concrete, asphalt is known for instability and cracking. In many cases, repairs need to be performed at least once or twice a year. In cases where the underlying concrete was in very poor condition, and the foundation was not properly prepared, the entire surface could crack.

Start from the Bottom

Starting from the bottom up by removing concrete first is the best way to ensure longevity and excellent results from your asphalt laying. Protect the investment you are making in new asphalt by first completing all of the suggested preparation steps.

Asphalt and Parking Lot Repair from Tristate Paving

At Tristate Paving, we treat every job like it is our own, so we guarantee that you are going to love the end result. We have over three generations of experience in our family-owned business, so you will get excellent customer service, a beautiful finished product, and a very affordable cost. We offer everything from asphalt paving, to concrete work, to hardscaping for your commercial or residential property. If you want a free quote or to see what we can do for you, give us a call at (610) 563-9456 (West Chester), (610) 932-3566 (Oxford), Delaware (302) 757-4100, or visit us online. For more tips and tricks, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

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