Most people have heard the saying “if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck – then it is probably a duck!” More often than not, this saying holds true – this form of abductive reasoning is difficult to argue against. That is – unless you’re talking about pattern paving/stamped asphalt.
What is Pattern Paving / Stamped Asphalt?
Similar to pavers, pattern paving can be used for various streetscapes and traffic calming applications such as crosswalks, roundabouts and shoulders. Unlike pavers, the pattern paving concept allows regular asphalt to look like brick, stone or slate decorative pavers have been installed in its place. The process requires asphalt to be heated to high temperatures so that a template can be stamped into place. To achieve the desired finished look, a durable and slip resistant polymer modified coating is applied to add the desired color.
By using stamped asphalt instead of pavers, the following can be avoided:
- Weeds and ant hills will not form between the pavers
- Pavers won’t come loose, requiring replacement or creating tripping hazards
- Pavers won’t shift or sink due to freezing, thawing or vehicle movement, leaving the desired look intact and eliminating safety concerns
- Snow plows won’t knock pavers loose or cause any concern
Some of the additional benefits of stamped asphalt instead of pavers include:
- Ideal for shopping centers, residential communities or similar high-traffic areas that would benefit from reduced maintenance and a unique look for their brand
- More cost efficient than traditional pavers – reduced maintenance and a faster installation process
- ADA compliant
- Weather resistant and snow plow friendly
To learn more, contact us at 800-448-3636 or info@acfenv,com. If you’re interested in using this product and are in need of an installation crew, Landsaver (our specialty installation group) is highly experienced in pattern paving / stamped asphalt and has completed a variety of jobs up and down the east coast.
To learn more, check out the video below showcasing a job in Virginia that was installed by our Landsaver Specialty Installation team: