So, you’re making plans for a new driveway or considering a revamp of your existing one? These kinds of projects don’t come up every day, which is why you should do some prior research into the styles of materials available in the market. Our recommendation is hot mixed asphalt!

A driveway needs to withstand the weight and movement of vehicles whilst providing a direct and smooth transition between the road and where the vehicle is stored. In addition to its function, you want your driveway to be easy to maintain and appealing to look at. If you can tick all three of these boxes, then it should significantly improve the value of your property.

The common materials to use are concrete, bricks/pavers, gravel, grass, bitumen and asphalt. Each has a varying degree of functionality, durability and visual appeal. However, the best all-round solution to use is hot mixed asphalt, and we’ll explain why.


What is Hot Mixed Asphalt

Asphalt is one of the most-used road, driveway and carpark products in Australia. There are numerous reasons why it’s so popular. For starters, it is excellent value for money compared to other solutions in residential and commercial projects. It also offers superior resilience to natural variables like water, weeds and ants.

When compared to other solutions such as paving materials (bricks/pavers etc.), asphalt has a more flexible composition to cope with corners, curves and tight gaps around kerbs. It’s important to minimise gaps where water and other unwanted debris could seep in, as this could cause movement and thus damage to the surface.

For additional benefits, we recommend hot mix asphalt over traditional ‘cold’ asphalt.

This material is a combination of aggregate (sand and gravel) and bitumen binder which can be blended at a high temperature to form hot mix asphalt. Mixing asphalt at temperatures exceeding 150 degrees Celsius will boost its viscosity and flexibility which creates a number of advantages as you’ll find out soon enough.


Hot vs Cold Asphalt

If you’ve ever driven past a team of road-workers pouring fresh asphalt and noticed steam billowing off the finished product, that’s the result of a hot mix asphalt solution.

Hot mix asphalt is prepared at high temperatures at a specialised facility before being transported for a fast-dry application on site. This makes it perfect for large-scale uses like driveways, roads and car parks.

Cold mix asphalt is asphalt minus the heating aspect, who would’ve thought? It’s cheaper to use as it requires less steps to apply. Excluding the heating steps, however, minimises its effectiveness for large-scale use, rather, it’s useful for small-scale repairs such as potholes, patches or cracks. This is because cold mix asphalt can be purchased in single bags, the perfect size for these smaller applications. In most cases, cold mix asphalt is utilised as a temporary solution to the above issues before a long-lasting repair can be achieved using hot mix asphalt.

hot-mix asphalt being laid

Advantages of Hot Mixed Asphalt

So then, what’s all this fuss about hot mix asphalt for?

As mentioned, asphalt (whether cold or hot) is more versatile and flexible than other driveway solutions, however hot mix takes these benefits to another degree.

Where cold mix is used, the solution will deteriorate and break-down quicker when exposed to external factors such as weather and excessive use. Whereas hot mix asphalt is durable, and weather resistant, ensuring its longevity.

Hot mix is stronger than other driveway materials and is easier to maintain. Pavers, concrete or any other solution requires repairs and general maintenance more often. These alternate materials are prone to cracks and unwanted movement due to water, roots or heavy use. On the rare occasion that your hot mix asphalt driveway needs a touch up, the solution is far easier due to its granular nature.

Hot mix asphalt’s malleability helps it to shrink or expand in response to varying temperatures without it cracking or breaking down. This is extremely useful given the temperatures we experience in Perth.


Who’s the go-to for Asphalt Driveways?

Over the past three decades, NK Asphalt has become one of Perth’s leading asphalt laying companies. Our wealth of experience, high quality finished product and attention to detail will ensure your project is managed to perfection.

On top of the outstanding final product, we provide a free measure and quote to get you underway without a delay.

So provided your project is at least 150m2 in surface area and located in the Perth or surrounding areas – then you can leave the rest to us, NK Asphalt.

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