Add A Touch of Class With Decorative Stamped Asphalt
Brick can be quite expensive to install and maintain. Stamped asphalt provides streets, driveways, patios and other structures with a durable, beautiful alternative that can enhance their decor. Stamped asphalt is created using a welded wire rope that is configured into a pattern and replicates the look of hand laid brick.
Disadvantages of Brick
- Moss and weed development
- Varying brick sizes can affect installation and use
- Does not work well with curves
- Erosion, shifting due to environmental conditions
Benefits of Asphalt
In contrast to brick, asphalt paving is:
- Far less costly than brick
- Inhibits weed and moss growth
- Resists erosion, cracks and shifting
- Has flexibility and is easier to repair
The above makes stamped asphalt a much more realistic and affordable pavement option.
Stamped Asphalt Processes
There are two typical stamped asphalt processes:
- Imprinting new asphalt. The warmed asphalt is stamped welded template of wire rope in a grid pattern configuration. The look will replicate hand laid brick.
- Re-heating existing asphalt. The asphalt is re-heated using a certain reciprocating heating system. Existing asphalt is heated, then a template is pressed into it and carefully removed. This process must be repeated until complete.
The final step is the application of a two-part epoxy coating to simulate the texture and color of brick, while protecting the pavement surface.
Safety and Environmental Considerations
Asphalt surfaces are constructed using a system that is environmentally friendly and recyclable. Because the material dries to a non-slippery finish, it is safer to use than many other materials.
There are many color options to choose from with stamped asphalt paving. Using colored asphalt can enhance the decor of any home, business, or public area. The distinction can draw attention, which is very useful for businesses, both for advertising and navigation. Colored stamped asphalt creates a distinctive and sharper looking pavement or structure.
The pigments are designed for fade resistance. While over time, there may be a slight gradual fade, the color may be quickly and easily rejuvenated at far less cost than replacement.
Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin regions deal with weather challenges such as extreme cold and heat. The stamped asphalt pattern is designed for flexibility. For example, dampness and moisture dries quickly, making for less ice formation and is also not affected by salt.
Because it has no trip points, there is less potential for snowplow damage. We also provides snow plowing, and have found that asphalt is the preferred surface. This is because it is evenly installed, unlike brick, which can shift during freezes, thaws and moisture penetration.
Contact Wolf Paving, to find out about how our asphalt paving contractors may assist with your commercial paving and residential paving needs.