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Setting the Foundation for Success

Site preparation plays a pivotal role in ensuring the success and longevity of asphalt paving projects, and at Hawkins Asphalt Paving, we recognize its importance. Our comprehensive approach encompasses not only the installation of asphalt but also the critical aspect of site grading. Adequate site preparation, including precision grading, is essential to establish a stable foundation for the asphalt surface.

Types of Grading

Grading ensures proper water drainage, preventing issues like standing water and potential water damage that could compromise the integrity of the pavement over time. By offering grading services as part of our comprehensive asphalt solutions, we can create a well-leveled, properly sloped foundation, optimizing the conditions for asphalt adhesion and durability.

At Hawkins Asphalt Paving, we offer various types of grading services tailored to meet specific project requirements:
Regular Grading:
This involves adjusting the surface elevation to achieve a consistent slope or level surface. Regular grading is essential for creating a stable foundation for asphalt installation, ensuring proper water runoff and preventing pooling.
Fine Grading:
Fine grading is a more detailed and precise process, refining the surface to achieve a smoother finish. This type of grading is particularly important for projects where a high level of precision is required, such as parking lots or roadways.
Rough Grading:
In the initial stages of site preparation, rough grading involves shaping the land to a general slope or contour. This provides a basic foundation for subsequent grading processes, optimizing the overall drainage plan.
Subgrade Preparation:
Subgrade grading involves preparing the native soil beneath the asphalt surface. This may include compacting the soil to achieve the required density, ensuring a solid foundation that can bear the load of the asphalt pavement.
Slope Grading:
Slope grading is crucial for directing water away from structures and paved surfaces. By creating a controlled slope, this type of grading prevents water accumulation and protects against potential water damage.
Final Grading:
This is the last step in the grading process before asphalt installation. Final grading ensures that the surface is precisely shaped and contoured according to project specifications, providing an optimal foundation for the asphalt pavement.
By offering a range of grading services, Hawkins Asphalt Paving ensures that each project receives the attention and precision it deserves. Our experienced team understands the importance of selecting the right type of grading for the specific needs of a project, contributing to the overall success and longevity of the asphalt surface.


Why Is Grading So Important?

Grading is a critical component of site preparation that affects the success and longevity of construction projects, particularly in the context of asphalt paving. Here are several reasons why proper grading is so important?

Water Drainage Management

Proper grading ensures effective water drainage by establishing the correct slope and contours of the land. By directing water away from structures and paved surfaces, grading prevents issues such as standing water, erosion, and water damage. This is particularly important for asphalt surfaces, as standing water can compromise the structural integrity of the pavement over time.

Surface Stability

Grading creates a stable and level surface for construction projects. This stability is crucial for ensuring that the subsequent layers of materials, such as asphalt, adhere properly to the ground. A well-graded surface minimizes the risk of settling, shifting, or uneven surfaces, contributing to the overall durability of the project.

Preventing Soil Erosion

Grading helps control soil erosion by establishing proper contours that prevent soil from washing away during heavy rainfall. Erosion can undermine the stability of the construction site and compromise the effectiveness of the asphalt pavement. Proper grading acts as a preventive measure against erosion, protecting both the site and the longevity of the paved surface.

Optimizing Construction Materials

A well-graded site ensures optimal conditions for the placement and compaction of construction materials, such as the base layers beneath the asphalt. Properly graded surfaces provide a solid foundation that enhances the bonding and compaction of subsequent layers, contributing to the overall strength and durability of the asphalt pavement.

Enhancing Safety

Grading is essential for creating a safe environment by establishing appropriate slopes and contours. Properly graded surfaces reduce the risk of uneven terrain, which can lead to accidents, especially in areas with pedestrian or vehicular traffic. In the context of asphalt paving, a well-graded surface supports the creation of smooth and skid-resistant roadways and walkways.

Start Your Grading Project 

Grading is fundamental to the success of construction projects, and its importance cannot be overstated. For asphalt paving projects, grading sets the stage for a stable foundation, proper water drainage, and optimal material compaction, all of which are crucial factors in ensuring the longevity and performance of the asphalt surface. At Hawkins Asphalt Paving, we prioritize meticulous grading as an integral part of our comprehensive paving services, recognizing its role in delivering high-quality and enduring results.

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Hawkins Asphalt Paving is Middle Tennessee's choice for pavement, curbing, sealing, and more. Our areas of expertise include roadways, airports, interstates, parking lots, subdivisions, and other commercial and industrial projects. Our main office is located in Wartrace, TN, and we have asphalt plants in Shelbyville and Woodbury.

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