What is Blacktop?
Blacktop is just name for asphalt concrete. It’s called that because of the color of asphalt, which is crushed stones mixed with a material called “asphalt” or “bitumen.”
Asphalt Paving is used for surfaces that will have a good amount of Vehicle Traffic.
Asphalt is mixed in a drum to hold the temperature of 250 degrees minimum. Once it’s done mixing, we pour that into our paving machine and get to putting it down! The mix in asphalt typically has a higher ratio of coarse stone which adds strength to the material, allowing it to have a great deal of vehicle traffic to pass on it without much trouble.
But Blacktop Paving is used for surfaces that will have more Foot Traffic.
Blacktop consists of a different ratio of bitumen and crushed stone. For blacktop, there is a higher percentage of natural crushed stone added to the mix. The mix is also heated to a slightly higher 300 degrees typically. The finer particles of crushed stone give a more sparkling finish to the blacktop, and give you a surface with more plasticity and thus more durability over time for light foot traffic.
You Don’t Want Blacktop Where you Need Asphalt and Vice Versa.
Blacktop is great for applications like playgrounds, pavilions and outdoor spaces where you’re not going to have a lot of vehicle traffic. If you park your car on blacktop and let it sit long enough, it could start to sink! That’s because the finely ground stone in the mix doesn’t offer much in terms of strength against the pressure of the car.
But if you’ve ever fallen on asphalt versus on blacktop you can tell a difference. Blacktop has a little give to it which makes it a more ideal substance for walking paths, biking paths, and so forth.
When You Need a Complete Paving Solution, you need to think about Goodmanson Construction.
Goodmanson Construction is the premier asphalt paving service for commercial and industrial applications in the Twin Cities. Why?
- Total Accountability: One point of contact through your whole project. We do concrete, asphalt and excavation so we can take care of most projects from start to finish ourselves. No wrangling subcontractors when we get it all done in house!
- Results Oriented: the right way to do something is the way that gets you the best possible end product you want. Nothing else will do. From start to finish, our customers’ needs and schedules come first.
- The Latest Technology, the Best Craftsmen: We get the latest technology and train our workers to be the very best in the business because when we take a job, we get it done faster and with better results than anyone else. We won’t be outworked or outdone.