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From Rundown to Remarkable: The Six-Step Process for Installing a Beautiful New Asphalt Driveway!"


Are you thinking about getting a brand-new asphalt driveway but have no idea where to start?



Don't you worry, because here at Hardrives LLC asphalt paving in Prescott Valley, AZ has got all of the info you need.


Here's a fun and easy-to-understand breakdown of the process that goes into tearing out your old driveway and installing a fresh, smooth, and durable asphalt one.


Step 1: Planning and Preparation

Before we can start tearing out your old driveway, we need to make sure we have everything planned and prepared. Our team will measure the area where the new driveway will be installed and mark it out.



Step 2: Excavation

Now it's time to say goodbye to your old driveway. We'll use heavy equipment like a backhoe or excavator to remove the existing surface. Depending on the soil conditions, we may need to dig down at least 8 inches deep to make sure we have a solid foundation for your new driveway.


Step 3: Grading and Compaction

With the old driveway out of the way, it's time to prepare the site for the new one. Our team will grade and compact the soil to make sure we have a solid base for your new driveway. This helps to prevent any future sinking or cracking. We'll also make sure that the driveway slopes away from your home or any other structures to prevent water from pooling on the surface.



Step 4: Installation of Base and Binder Layers

Now that the site is prepped, it's time to start laying down the asphalt. First, we'll put down a binder layer of asphalt. This provides a strong foundation for the top layer and makes your driveway more durable. We'll use a paving machine to put down the binder layer in two or more passes.




Step 5: Installation of Top Layer

With the binder layer in place, it's time for the top layer. This is the layer that you'll see and drive on every day. It's typically about 1.5 to 2 inches thick and provides a smooth, even surface for your car. We'll put down the top layer using a paving machine or by hand.


Step 6: Finishing

Once the top layer is down, it's time to put the finishing touches on your new driveway. We'll use an edging machine or hand tools to finish the edges and make sure they look neat and tidy. Then, we'll clean up any remaining debris and let your driveway cure for a few days before you start driving on it.


And that's it!




With these six simple steps, you can have a brand-new, smooth, and durable asphalt driveway. If you're interested in getting a new driveway or have any questions about the process, feel free to reach out to us here in Prescott Valley, AZ. We have been paving driveways, roads, and parking lots for many, many years and we're always happy to help.


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