Milling and Paving

The Role of Milling

Milling is critical in maintaining proper drainage and alignment with adjacent structures, such as curbs and gutters. Milling is a preparatory process where a machine removes portions of the pavement to a specified depth. This procedure is vital for removing any surface imperfections and creating a uniform surface to which the new asphalt layer can adhere effectively. It also helps in maintaining the original pavement geometry and grades, a crucial aspect in paving projects.

How Milling Improves Paving

Milling is an essential preparatory step before asphalt paving that involves the removal of the top layer of an existing pavement. Milling prior to paving ensures that the new asphalt layer adheres properly to the existing surface, creating a stronger, more unified pavement structure. By removing damaged or deteriorated asphalt, milling helps to create a smooth, level foundation for the new overlay, enhancing the pavement’s durability and performance. Additionally, milling allows for the correction of surface irregularities, such as ruts and bumps, improving the safety and comfort of the roadway. It also facilitates the maintenance of proper drainage by adjusting the pavement’s elevation and slope, preventing water accumulation and the associated pavement damage. Moreover, milling can be targeted to specific areas that require repair, making it a cost-effective solution for extending the life of a pavement without the need for a complete reconstruction. Therefore, milling is an indispensable step in the asphalt paving process, ensuring the longevity, safety, and functionality of the paved surface.

Milling Equipment

Using a milling machine, the deteriorated asphalt is recycled by grinding it into small bits. This material is then graded and re-compacted for use as part of the base for the new pavement. This method is environmentally sound and is used whenever possible. Drainage and grade considerations help determine if this approach is a valid option. The milling machine uses a large steel drum with rows of metal cutting teeth to rip through the asphalt at a controlled depth. A great byproduct of this operation is the production of millings, or grindings, that can be reused in quite a few different ways.

What are Asphalt Millings (aka Grindings)?

Asphalt Millings, also known as asphalt grindings, are a byproduct from milling operations. Pavement is crushed back into the small aggregates of varying sizes along with the asphalt oil that was used to bind everything together in the first place. The asphalt oil is an added benefit to standard road base or gravel because it can still activate and bind in the heat of the summer months. Millings pack hard, resist rutting, stay together longer, and cut down on dust and mud. It is a very economical way to create gravel driveways, toy pads, private roadways, yards, and other otherwise dirt or gravel surfaces that you need to be a little more firmer and less muddy, but don’t want to spend the money on installing asphalt or concrete.

Asphalt Protectors, Inc. is your one stop shop for new paving construction. Our team of experts have extensive knowledge when it comes to completing the project from roads, parking lots, approaches, paths and more. We can assist you through all facets of the project from design right through to line striping. We are there to help you determine design and mix specification, or proper grade; we are there from beginning to end to ensure project success.

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