FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When resurfacing a driveway or parking lot, must the area to be sealed be cleaned first?
Absolutely! All areas to be sealed must be cleaned from all dirt, vegetation and other foreign objects. We clean utilizing a power blower, sweeper, broom or if necessary, a high pressure washer. Once the asphalt is clean and free of all debris, we will apply a primer to all major oil spots to allow for proper bondage of sealer. (Some oil spots will not bond properly with the sealer)
Q: When can we drive on our new driveway?
We recommend that you wait a minimum of 12 hours before driving on a new driveway, allowing the asphalt to set up. The appropriate cure time for asphalt depends greatly on the temperature and weather conditions but in general, the cure time is 8 to 12 months.

As an added note, during the first 12 months, we suggest care and caution, try to avoid turning the wheels of your vehicle on new pavement, avoid parking in the exact same spot every day, and keep in mind that pointed items such as kick stands, car ramps, etc can cause depressions in the asphalt.

Sealcoating needs a minimum of 24-hour drying (curing) time after work is completed. Do not allow traffic on your lot before the end of the 24-hour drying period.
Q: Are there days when you cannot apply asphalt?
Yes - application must be made when ambient temperatures and pavement temperatures are above 50°F. Good drying conditions above 50°F are required during the subsequent 8 hours and no temperatures below 50°F should be anticipated for 48 hours.
Q: What are some of the causes of asphalt to deteriorate?
Raveling: Heat from direct sunlight and ultra-violet rays cause the liquid asphalt in pavement to oxidize and become brittle. The weight of vehicles causes the surface to crumble at the point of contact between the tires and the pavement. Water then washes away the dry, crumbled aggregate, diminishes pavement thickness, and reveals a rough, rocky appearance.

Cracking: Variations in temperature and expansive soils cause pavement to expand and contract. Cracking causes the pavement surface to divide into rectangular pieces. Longitudinal (expansion) cracks run parallel to the roadway or along curb lines. These can be kept in check through regular pavement maintenance. Transverse cracks (block cracking) run perpendicular to centerline and are a sign of age. These cracks indicate that the pavement has lost its flexibility and needs major reconstruction.

Alligatoring: When it rains, or when irrigation overflows the landscaping, water enters the cracks and over time slowly carries away the "fines" of the sub-grade. This causes unstable, unsupported pavement. The weight of vehicles combined with this moisture can cause the pavement to crack like pieces of a puzzle or alligator skin, which is referred to as "alligatoring" or "alligator cracking."

Pothole: Alligatoring will spread through the pavement like cancer, breaking the pavement into even smaller pieces and eventually forming potholes as the loose pieces are thrown off to the side. Just like a leaky roof left unrepaired, the costs increase rapidly at this stage. Immediate response is highly recommended.
Q: How long will a new asphalt driveway or parking lot last?
A properly designed and installed driveway will normally last about 25 years. Weather conditions, traffic levels and vehicle weights can influence the longevity of any paved surface. Proper maintenance will enable paved surfaces to last much longer and will help to avoid costly repairs.
Q: Do you offer a warranty?
Yes. We will provide a letter of warranty that will detail the warranty period based on the scope of work completed. Typically, we provide a 1 year warranty period on materials and workmanship for all new paving, repairs and sealcoating and a 2 year warranty period for permaflex paving.
Q: Do you charge for estimates?
Absolutely not! We never charge for estimates.
Q: Do you recommend I sealcoat my driveway?
We strongly recommend having your driveway seal coated. This small investment not only increases the longevity of the asphalt but helps to protect against the elements like rain, snow, ice and harmful UV rays. It also protects the asphalt from gas, oil, antifreeze and any other unexpected spills that could cause damage to your driveway.
Q: How often should I sealcoat my driveway.
We suggest a maintenance program that includes crack-filling and sealcoating every 2 years.

We aim to provide all our customers with complete services for concrete and asphalt repair or new construction. Call us at 770-427-4271 for a free consultation and estimate for all your paving and concrete needs. At the end of the day, we remember that your driveway, patio, or parking area is the most important outside feature of your home.

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