Bulk Asphalt Material: Everything You Need to Know

Whether you’re repaving a parking lot or installing a brand new driveway, having access to bulk asphalt material can seriously come in handy. Because large quantities of the material are required for jobs of this magnitude, having the ability to make a bulk order will likely save you time and money and it will make your life a whole lot easier.

Determining much asphalt do you actually need for your project, where you can you find it in bulk and how can you have it delivered to your door can be difficult. Read on to learn everything you need to know about buying bulk asphalt material.

Why Order Asphalt in Bulk?

First things first: why would you need to order bulk quantities of asphalt to begin with and how could this type of bulk order work to your benefit? There are a number of advantages to picking up a bulk supply of asphalt materials.

You’ll find that in many instances, bulk quantities of asphalt are actually required in order to complete a project successfully, simply due to the sheer size and scope of the work to be done.

Knowing how much material you need up front and being able to order the correct bulk quantity can save you from wasting time on supplemental orders and can also help you to maximize your savings. Buying bulk asphalt materials is also smart because making a bulk order often ensures that you will be able to access the most affordable delivery services to your project area.

Types of Bulk Asphalt Material

In order to enjoy the highest degree of project success, you need to know the right type of asphalt material that you should be purchasing in bulk. In the majority of cases, contractors and homeowners find themselves in need of hot mix asphalt (HMA) for paving attractive, durable and long-lasting asphalt surfaces like parking lots, driveways, public roads, blacktops, recreational trails, etc.

While driveway mix is best suited for private residences, 1-4 MBAC is ideal for airport runways and 1-5 FABC is great for road systems. In addition to the different types of HMA that may be used for various paving projects, you might also find yourself in need of bulk quantities of recycled asphalt, otherwise known as “reclaimed asphalt pavement” (RAP). This aggregate material is great for a base or sub-base material or for general construction purposes.

Calculating Your Bulk Asphalt Needs

Like any other construction material, it’s extremely important that you take the time to carefully determine how much asphalt you’ll need for your project. Although lengthy and complicated formulas were required to perform calculations like these in the past, we’ve made things easier on you by offering free access to our online materials calculator.

With just three key pieces of information, you can quickly figure out exactly how many hot mix tons of asphalt your work will require. First, work with a partner to measure the length of your asphalt project’s coverage area in inches.

Next, carefully measure the width of the space in inches. The final piece of the puzzle is the overall thickness or depth of your asphalt in inches. Depending on the type of project you’re working to complete and the amount of traffic that you project will drive over the asphalt surface, you may need to adjust the thickness accordingly.

The thicker the asphalt pavement is, the more resilient and durable it will be. It is generally accepted that asphalt surfaces should have a minimum thickness of 4″, however, some contractors pave to a depth of as many as 8″. Once you have all of this information, simply enter it into your bulk asphalt material calculator to reveal how many tons of asphalt you’ll need to order.

The same process can be used for projects where you’re using reclaimed asphalt instead of HMA. The calculator will reveal the cubic tons and cubic yards of material required for project completion.

If you have any concerns or questions about the proper thickness for your project, we urge you to speak with a professional. You should also talk to an expert in the event that your paved surface will be round, curved or winding, as a separate set of calculations may need to be completed.

Asphalt Bulk Deliveries

Regardless of whether you’re interested in working with HMA or RAP, you’re likely going to need some help with moving your bulk asphalt materials from your supplier’s location to your job site.

Knowing where to turn for reliable and affordable bulk delivery services will make a big difference in the overall success of your project. For best results, we recommend looking for an asphalt manufacturer and supplier that is also willing and able to deliver your materials to your front door.

As industry experts, these companies will understand the importance of ensuring that hot mix asphalt is delivered at a very precise temperature and will also place emphasis on the safe and secure delivery of all of your bulk asphalt materials in a timely fashion. We also recommend asking your prospective bulk delivery service about their company’s safety training and track record to ensure that you won’t have to deal with any unnecessary challenges or obstacles throughout the process.

Finally, ask for proof of the delivery service’s license to operate in your area and for proof of its liability, worker’s compensation and auto insurance possibilities to protect yourself throughout the delivery and drop-off.

Where to Order Asphalt in Bulk in NJ

As the leading supplier of HMA and RAP in NJ and its neighboring areas, Braen Stone is ready to fulfill your bulk order of asphalt materials. We own and operate our own local plants in order to guarantee the highest degree of quality while maintaining the lowest and most competitive wholesale rates possible.

Our team of experts is happy to work with you to help you calculate your bulk asphalt material needs and to determine how much material you’ll require in order to get your job done. Our asphalt can be bulk delivered to areas throughout parts of NJ, NY, NYC and PA.

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Dirk is a Project Manager at Braen Stone. He's an expert on a variety of construction materials and prides himself on helping the company meet the needs of companies large and small.