The Machine Shed Restaurant

Asphalt Paving Services Performed

A.A.T. Infra-Red, Inc. put their experience into every job they do and the job for the local Machine Shed Restaurant in Rockford Illinois was no different.. From the initial bid to final clean-up and inspection, we gave the Machine Shed our finest service and materials. There are many freelance asphalt paving crews in the Tri-State area who could have probably done the job cheaper, but our belief lies in doing the job right at a competitive price. Our asphalt work and experience used on the Machine Shed Restaurant job will, no doubt, stand the test of time – as all of our jobs have since 1999. We performed the following types of work during the performance of our job for the Machine Shed Restaurant in Rockford, Illinois:

Asphalt Installation (We would like to thank Belrock, Inc. of Rockford for working with us to install an exceptionally great asphalt paving surface during the construction phase of the Machine Shed Restaurant job).

An asphalt overlay is the process of installing a new layer of asphalt over an existing asphalt pavement surface. A liquid emulsion is sprayed onto the surface prior to installing the new layer of asphalt. Installations are ideal when the surface has become heavily cracked but the base of the pavement remains stable. The new layer is installed after appropriate repairs have been made to the old pavement such as crack filling and skin patching. Care must be taken to ensure the grade of the overlay permits drainage so as to prevent water from being trapped on the new surface. All manholes, valves and other ground fixtures are raised to the new grade. Where necessary, grinding of the existing surface and removal of tree roots is done to ensure proper grade.

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Remove and Replace Existing Pavement

Remove Pavement: Remove the existing pavement and haul away the excess debris. Install base stone as needed, adjust and set final grade and compact the base.

Install Pavement: Hot mix asphalt was installed at a depth specified by the requirements of the Machine Shed Restaurant. depending on the project requirements. The parking lot at the restaurant used approximately 4″ (up to 6″) 6″ depending on the requirements of the specific area and the expected application of the area. The final grade was adjusted and the pavement then compacted.

Why did we use hot asphalt on the Machine Shed Restaurant job?

Asphalt was less expensive at nearly half the cost of concrete
Asphalt is more durable; less subject to freeze/thaw cycles
Asphalt has a smooth consistent surface
Asphalt helps melt snow and ice in winter months
Asphalt is made of many recyclable materials, making it more earth friendly


Brick Pavers Installed (We would like to thank Image Pros of Rockford for working with us to install beautiful and functional brick paver surface during the construction phase of the Machine Shed Restaurant job).

The look of distinction that brick pavers, stonescapes and outdoor structures add to a property is undeniable. Brick pavers create a sense of permanence and elegant refinement to any property. When designed with vision and flair, hardscapes such as brick ppavers create sturdy and effective functionality while aesthetically expanding the architecture of your property into the outdoor environment

We begin each design with a vision of transformation, and we finish it knowing it is a permanent record of our skill and our creativity. We do not aspire to a trademark “look”, because a true design reflects the tastes and style of each client.

• Designing Hardscape Elements
• Repairing or Replacing Retaining Walls
• Designing Outdoor Living Spaces
• Developing Low-Maintenance Hardscapes
• Designing and Building new Hardscapes
• Designing and Building Paver Patios
• Designing and Building Paver Driveways
• Designing and Building Paver Sidewalks
• Designing and Building Fire Pits
• Designing and Building Seat Walls
• Designing and Building Stone Walkways
• Designing and Building Stone Waterfalls
• Designing and Building Stone Ponds

Hardscapes that are designed by our craftsman are always an expression of our excellence. Our hardscape craftsmen use equipment, materials and processes that stand up to Illinois’ and Wisconsin’s severe freezing and thawing cycles. Each hardscape is a unique design, using color, texture and dimension to bring one-of-a-kind elegance to the finished project.

The Machine Shed Restaurant History

In 1978 the Machine Shed Restaurant opened their first restaurant on the outskirts of Davenport, IA. They had just 100 seats and they were all still pretty young and green, but they started with a powerful commitment. That was a five-word constitution: “Dedicated to the American Farmer.” That dedication meant that they worked hard to have a restaurant that wasn’t just ‘farm themed’ but would be something that farmers could be proud of.

■ AAT Infrared, Inc.
■ Office: (815) 966-0164
■ Fax: (815) 962-5708
■ Address: 2929 N. Main St.
■ City/State: Rockford, IL 61103