Paving Questions:

Q: Can I resurface or do I need to remove and replace my driveway?
A: If the pavement is in excess of 15-20 years, generally speaking, you will need to rip out and replace the driveway because the asphalt has oxidized (dried out). In some cases where the pavement has been shaded or does not receive direct sunlight it can be resurfaced. Each piece of pavement should be evaluated by a professional.

Q: How long does the paving process take to install a new driveway?
A: An average driveway would be done in one day.

Q: What is the difference between binder and top asphalt?
A: The size of the aggregate of stone. The larger the stone, the stronger the pavement.

Q: How long does a driveway last?
A: A two course installation (2” of binder and 1” of top asphalt) generally lasts between 25 & 30 years. A one course driveway (2 ½” of top asphalt) will last approximately 18-20 years.

Q: When is the best time of year to have my driveway paved?
A: Between May and November

Q: Will a permit be required for the work I am having done?
A: Depending on the town you reside in will determine if you need a permit. You can check with our office or call your local Town Hall.

Q: Why does my pavement need to be sealcoated?
A: When asphalt dries out it begins to crack. Unsealed pavement is susceptible to gas & oil spills which liquefy the asphalt oils in the pavement. Sealer slows down the oxidation and also keeps the pavement looking nice.

Q: When is the best time of year to have my pavement sealcoated?
A: Between June and September

Q: Why would my pavement need to be crack filled?
A: After a certain period of time, asphalt begins to crack. Crack filling will further prevent any water intrusion and minimize further damage to the pavement. Once crack filling is completed, it is suggested that you then sealcoat the pavement.

Q: Why are the edges of my pavement cracking?
A: Unless pavement is curbed (retained) there is nothing to stop the edges from breaking off because asphalt is a pliable product and the moisture/rain eventually washes away the stone dust along the edge of the pavement.


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