Before embarking on a pavement installation, it's crucial to prepare the construction site so that the project can proceed smoothly. A big part of preparing a site for pavement installation is stabilizing the soil to increase the area's load-bearing capacity. This way, the subbase can hold the construction materials without caving in. Soil stabilization involves adding binders to the construction site in an effort to eliminate permeability. As such, the ground underneath your pavement is able to reinforce your construction rather than weaken it. Keep reading to discover three benefits of soil stabilization.
Strengthened the Pavement's Subbase
The main incentive for stabilizing soil pre-construction is strengthening the pavement's subbase. The binder that's added to the soil dries it up, ensuring no water will seep into the pavement's subbase during construction and weaken it. This is especially useful when construction is happening during inclement weather.
Drying up soil at the construction site also reduces the thickness of the soil, ensuring the subbase doesn't bulge post-construction. The contractors are able to apply concrete or asphalt directly on top of the soil without worrying that the pavement's foundation might get compromised.
Minimized Construction Waste
When preparing the construction site for concrete installation, pavement contractors begin by pulverizing the soil to ensure it properly mixes with the lime. The stabilization additive is repeatedly mixed with the soil until it's stronger than conventional granular pavement subbases.
This means that there will be no need to implement the traditional digging and dumping foundation preparation. As such, the pavement installation won't result in a significant amount of construction waste that you'll need to dispose of once the project is completed.
Lowered Construction Cost
Aside from minimizing construction waste, soil stabilization also lowers your construction cost. Since you won't have to buy aggregates for the subbase, you get to keep money in your pocket. What's more, you'll pay less for post-construction clean-up because it will take the garbage removal services fewer trips to clear out the leftover construction materials.
Straightforward Pavement Installation
Choosing to stabilize soil rather than adopting the conventional pre-construction site preparation method simplifies pavement installation. For starters, the contractors will complete fewer pre-construction steps, and the overall execution of the project will be less labor-intensive. What's more, your construction team won't have to wait for the imported subbase aggregate to arrive because the stabilized soil will be used in place of conventional aggregate.
If you're contemplating installing a commercial pavement, this is your cue to explore soil stabilization.