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Can I get asphalt in any other color than black?

All asphalt is black. When the aggregates (stone) are mixed together with hot asphalt cement, the result os a mass of black asphalt. As time passes, the asphalt oxidizes, the coating on the aggregates breaks down and the color of the aggregate starts to show through. This can lead to a 'grayish' color if the asphalt plant uses a light color aggregate.

 

When can I drive on my new drive?

Your new driveway can take more than 30 days to cure depending on temperature variations from day to night. Generally speaking, you should be able to drive on the surface after two to three days if you are careful.

 

My car left tire scuffmarks. Are they permanent?

Tire scuffmarks are caused when you turn your car's steering wheel while the car is stationary. If it is a hot day and the asphalt has not completely cured, the surface will get a blemish like grinding your heel into a soft substance. This will become less noticeable over time.

 

What can I do about poor drainage on my drive?

As a frame of reference, good drainage requires a minimum of 2% 'fall' for water to run off properly. In plain English this means that the grade (angle) of the driveway should have a ¼" decline for each foot of pavement… i.e. a 10 foot wide section of asphalt should decline 2 ½" to have the water run off properly. Many driveways do not have this amount of grade and water ponds accordingly. A good paving contractor should know how to properly grade your driveway.

 

Why can’t I pave my driveway in the winter?

When asphalt is mixed at the plant, it is heated to over 325° F. By the time it is put in a truck, shipped to the job site and installed on your project, it is still around 250°F. Air temperature and the temperature of the ground both play a significant role in how long the asphalt is 'workable' and can be properly compacted. This can range from several hours on a hot summer day to 10 minutes on a chilly fall morning.

 

What should I do to help prevent the edges of my driveway from cracking?

The edges of your driveway are one of the most vulnerable areas of the driveway. If you put a lot of weight on the edge , there is the possibility that the edge will crack or break off if it is not properly supported. We try to help the situation by creating a 'beveled edge' on the side of the drive with a 45° angle to defuse the pressure. You can help by installing seeded topsoil against the finished height of the asphalt once the job is completed.

 

Our car is leaking oil on the asphalt and it is causing it to deteriorate. Why is this happening?

Asphalt is a petroleum based product and oils, gasoline and brake fluids act like a solvent, causing the surface to soften and become more susceptible to damage.

 

I have grass growing in my new drive. How can this happen?

Properly compacted asphalt has 10% air voids in it. If a seed of grass gets into the mix and germinates - We have grass. The best thing to do is spray the area with a weed or grass killer.

 

My driveway has areas that are deteriorating. Should I wait a year or two and get the entire driveway resurfaced or address these specific areas now?

Much like the repair of rot in a piece of wood on your house exterior, it is significantly cheaper to repair deteriorated areas before they start to spread than to wait and rehabilitate the entire drive.

 

I am concerned about the aesthetics of patching my drive. Will it look OK?

This is one of the trickiest questions we get. And the answer is 'it depends'! Once we patch part of your drive, it will be a black area in the midst of your existing graying surface. If your driveway has been sealcoated previously, the new asphalt will also have a more porous texture. This does not bother some people, as they know that they are protecting the investment that they have in their driveway. Others see it as an eyesore and have the whole driveway resurfaced or sealcoated after the patching is completed.

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