The Antiquity of Road Rollers

Ever been on route driving to your destination and daydream on how our roads (which we acquired for vehicle traveling) are constructed ? Do you envision how uniquely our roads have changed since the early 1800’s? Asphalt rollers have made an enormous impact on the way we travel today. Not only did the roads, side walks and pathways change, but also the machine invented to create our daily use of pave ways, have changed over the decades.From a horse drawn road roller to “Steam Rollers” to now “Asphalt roller”.

Large road-roller paving a road. Road construction in progress

Asphalt rollers are construction vehicles used to condense asphalt (concrete gravel soil or any substance used for paving) . These vehicles are needed to help reconstruct pave ways for us to navigate while walking, driving, biking etc. Asphalt roller machinery compresses the surface being rolled, until the mass material has reached a smooth density. Some countries still call them “steam rollers”.

In the 1800s horses were attached to the front of a roller which helped the way workers created roadways. This was the first creation of what we now know as “Asphalt Rollers”. Shortly after, horses were replaced by the invention of automobiles which changed the name to “Steam Roller”. Steam rollers were constructed with steady running engines creating smoother pathways. During the 2000’s technology influenced the invention of “Steam Rollers” and was recreated with an ignition power. Asphalt rollers were invented and then recreated.

Different eras had their own version of rollers but all with the same purpose which increased more steady and accurate work with a more convenient way to level. Since the horse drawn roller was invented, there has been a massive change to how they are used. Now, we have several option Rollers for the kind of material there is to level . Some other rollers are single drum roller, tandem rollers and pneumatic tyred rollers all with a specific job.

– [ ] A Single Drum Roller is heavier and has a giant circular wheel in the front. This roller is easier for creating sidewalks or driveways .

– [ ] Tandem rollers are very much known for their vibratory. That special feature is the key to better consolidate the material.

– [ ] Pneumatic Tyred are used to manage asphalt for more density and stiffness.

Asphalt Rollers hold a very important part in our day to day lifestyle. That street you drive on to work, the side walk your kids use their bike on and the high way you take, are all thanks to a machine invented in the 1800’s and recreated with time for better life style quality .