How Do I Remove Asphalt?

With the proper care and maintenance, asphalt pavement can last many years. However, it won't last forever. If your asphalt is older than 20-30 years old, has structural damage, or shows other signs of wear and tear like collecting standing water, it may need to be removed and replaced.

How do you remove asphalt? JV Lucas Paving will walk you through each step of the process.

Your Asphalt Removal Guide

Evaluating Your Asphalt
The first step to removing your asphalt is to have the pavement evaluated. A professional evaluation can tell you if you need a partial or a full-depth removal by examining the health of your asphalt.

Asphalt, whether it's a road, a parking lot, or a personal driveway, has several layers. Partial removal takes off roughly the first 2", leaving the bottom layers intact. A full removal, however, strips the asphalt down to the sub-base.

Your asphalt professional can recommend the best option for you based on your budget and the quality of your asphalt.

Milling The Pavement
It may be tempting to just take a jackhammer to your cracking old driveway, but this can cause more problems than it solves. Pavement milling is the most effective way to remove asphalt. Asphalt removal can be a tricky process, making it extremely beneficial to have a professional company remove yours.

A milling machine will grind away the asphalt to the appropriate depth, collecting the old pavement so that it can be hauled away and recycled.

Recycling The Asphalt
Did you know that old asphalt can be recycled? In 2019, the use of reclaimed (recycled) asphalt kept 2.4 million metric tons of CO2 out of the air.

When your asphalt is milled, it is collected to be recycled so that it can be reused, a process that provides both environmental and economic benefits.

Checking The Base
After your asphalt is removed, the JV Lucas Paving team will check the base to ensure it's in good condition and that water will drain properly before replacing the asphalt. This evaluation is essential to ensure that your driveway will perform well after it is repaved.

Ready to begin your asphalt removal project? Request your free consultation from the JV Lucas Paving team. Get started now.