Accurate Asphalt Paving - Paving 101

Paving 101



  • For majority of jobs we excavate to an average depth of 12″ using a backhoe and on occasion a 120 excavator
  • Crushed asphalt, T-base, or processed gravel will be brought in at an average thickness of 10 – 12″
  • Gravel is then rough graded and compacted
  • Final grading is completed with our paver and compacted twice with our roller

*Excavation depths and gravel thickness can vary slightly depending on grades and soil conditions.


3″ Thick Base & Top

  • Base coat has aggregate no larger than 3/4″ and is installed at 1 1/2″ thick
  • Top coat has aggregate no larger than 3/8″ and is installed 1 1/2″ thick
    • Has a smooth finished look

2″ Thick 3/4″ Modified Top (Single Course)

  • Technically a base coat
  • No aggregate larger than 3/4″
  • More sand than normal base coat for a smoother finish
  • We recommend adding a top coat within 5 years

1 1/2″ Resurface Top Coat

  • No Aggregate larger than 3/8″
  • 1/2″ used for leveler coat
    • Fills in any dips and levels humps in existing driveway
  • 1″ layer added over driveway

1/2″ Top Coat

  • This mix is used primarily in parking lots or heavily traveled areas
  • No aggregate larger than 1/2″
  • Thickness is job specific

*These are the most common asphalt mixes we use