How thick should you lay asphalt?

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To ensure a long-lasting asphalt pavement, it is important to lay it down correctly in the first place. This means using the proper asphalt mix and laying it down at the correct thickness. The problem is that different companies lay down different levels of thickness. This can confuse customers who are unsure how much needs to be laid down to achieve their desired result. So how thick should you lay asphalt? Here is a comprehensive guide so you can be well on your way to getting the best pavement possible!

How thin can you lay asphalt?

If you want to achieve a satisfactory result, then it is recommended that you lay a large quantity of asphalt down. That said, not everyone has the budget to lay down a thick layer of high-quality asphalt mix. 2 inches of asphalt is the acceptable minimum if you must cut corners. 

It is important to note that even though the thickness of your asphalt can vary, what cannot be adjusted is the granular base aggregate that is placed underneath the asphalt. 6 – 8 inches of it is required for every driveway. This is not up for debate. 

On top of this, every driveway should contain a layer of drainage soil at the bottom of everything. This gives the water a place to go, which prevents deterioration. 

Is 2 inches of asphalt enough for a driveway?

While 2 inches of asphalt is enough to get by, it will also cause a few problems. For example, the asphalt will not handle as much weight since the layer is so thin. This can be frustrating if you own a large vehicle, such as a truck. Not only will it damage the driveway, but there can also be damage to your cars.

Overall, the thinner your driveway is, the lower the quality will be. If you do not want to deal with cracks and constant repairs, you should bite the bullet and invest in a thicker driveway. Although it may seem expensive from the outset, it will save you money in the long run since it will require less maintenance. 

How thick should asphalt be after compaction?

Once it has been laid down and compacted, your asphalt pavement is recommended to have a thickness of 4 inches. This may seem like overkill, but its benefits speak for themselves. The increased durability and the higher weight capacity will do wonders for driveways and parking lots. Nearly every vehicle can safely drive across your pavement, and you will not have to worry about carrying capacity. 

Investing in a thick layer of asphalt will let it flourish for the entirety of its lifespan. If you want to drive on a smooth and durable surface for years to come, contact a professional today!

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