Milling and Paving: It’s a Fine Art

Milling and paving a roadway
Milling and paving a roadway

Milling and paving is a service that is often overlooked when it comes to repairing asphalt. With milling, you can take the old asphalt and reuse it. Mix it with new asphalt and the bond between the layers will be strengthened.

Milling and Paving: When Is It Necessary?

Some have a hard time deciding when milling and paving is needed or a simple sealcoat will do. Milling and paving is necessary under the following conditions: severely damaged asphalt, to maintain/correct elevation, and to improve road or pavement conditions. First, remove the top layer of worn asphalt. This is achieved through “milling”. The machine grinds and chews up the asphalt. Next, as mentioned before, take the old asphalt and mix it with the new material. Begin the process of repairing. 

Milling and Paving: The Nitty Gritty

The fine details of milling and paving are explained here.

Micro-milling is providing an innovative way for contractors to rehabilitate asphalt pavements…Micro-milling uses a drum with more teeth and a tighter lacing pattern to create a smoother surface than the traditional milling process.

Milling and paving machines have been around for three decades. The concept of milling came about because many streets were getting higher and higher on the curb lines, making drainage a serious issue. Today’s machines are increasingly robust and require an experienced operator with special training at the helm.

Milling and Paving Wrap Up

When choosing a contractor, obtain multiple estimates. Go with a contractor that you feel comfortable with and has experience. Milling and paving isn’t just limited to roads. Parking lots and airport runways are others areas that may need to be milled. 

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