The Importance of Laser-Controlled Asphalt Paving

Written by Bill Narozanick / Published in News, Running Tracks

While the focus of installing a running track or tennis court is often on the style and look of the surface, the asphalt pavement placed just below it is one of the most crucial elements of the process. To achieve the most effective pavement, the contractor you hire should use laser-controlled asphalt paving technology. American Athletic Track and Turf explains how critical laser-controlled asphalt paving, which we utilize for projects, helps to ensure sport surfaces deliver quality performance, safety, and longevity.

Vital to Your Surface’s Performance

Besides being among the most important pieces of sport surface installation, asphalt paving is also the most challenging because the measurements are so precise. However, when it is done with laser-controlled technology, the process allows a crew to work with even a low-quality grading job and achieve the highest level of results in all three paving criteria, including:


For the sport surface to be safe, durable, and adequate for performance, it must be level. This smoothness is achieved by creating a uniform thickness across the entire surface. Due to normal human error, deviations often occur in the initial installation. Most contractors make space for minor deviations, but if they pile up or become too large, you are left with uneven amounts of asphalt and synthetic track surface.

Laser-controlled asphalt paving delivers consistently high-quality results to greatly reduce these deviations and provide superior smoothness. It creates uniformity for the track surface that will be laid on top so that athletes stay safe and perform well.


Planarity refers to the combination of smoothness and the slope of the plane the pavement is filling. It makes asphalt paving more challenging because slope requirements are so strict. The slope design is always reduced from the stipulated measurements so that it does not exceed the maximum, making it even more challenging for crews to get an exact slope size.

Understanding how to make use of laser-controlled paving technology allows skilled crews to attain these tough design slopes. Through this technology, measurements that human beings are unable to account for are possible for an installation crew to accomplish.


Density is a measurement of how compact you can make the pavement profile with minimal or no air voids. A greater density and fewer air pockets mean less moisture is absorbed and your entire sport surface system lasts longer. Pavement density is also important because if it is not distributed evenly, the sport surface will not be consistent across the track. Some areas will be harder and some softer, and these differences can greatly impact an athlete’s performance.

The best way to achieve tight and even compaction is through uniform layers, most of which are formed with laser-controlled asphalt paving. Since smoothness is also related to the pavement’s uniformity, a proper density will similarly increase the safety and performance standards of the sport surface.

Laser-Controlled Asphalt Paving with American Athletic

Without laser-controlled asphalt paving, even an adept crew will struggle to fulfill the criteria needed for a long-lasting sport surface. To ensure athletes are safe at practices and events, choose American Athletic, which uses laser-controlled technology for the best possible results. Contact us for more information today about our services in New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, southern Massachusetts, and eastern Pennsylvania.

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