Frequently Asked Paving Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions we receive about our services. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us.

How long can I expect my new asphalt driveway or parking lot to last?

A number of factors affect the longevity of an asphalt surface, such as the frequency and type of traffic, the sturdiness of the base, maintenance and climate. Asphalt pavement that has been properly installed with a durable sealcoating and that receives routine maintenance can last up to 20 years.

What causes an asphalt pavement to deteriorate?

The primary reasons asphalt pavements fails are improper installation with a weak base, lack of maintenance, an insufficient thickness of asphalt, and gasoline and oil deposits from vehicles.

What should be done to prolong the life of my driveway or parking lot?

Other than proper installation, maintenance is the key to ensuring your asphalt surface lasts a long time. Yearly preventative maintenance should be conducted, such as filling in cracks as soon as they appear. It is also important to reapply a sealer to the pavement every few years. If you have pavement that has structural issues, corrective maintenance, such as patching potholes or resurfacing the pavement with new asphalt, should be done.

Is there a difference between pavement resurfacing and adding an asphalt sealer?

Yes. Resurfacing is the application of a new layer of asphalt on existing pavement. The adding of a seal coating is a preventative procedure that is done after any cracks have been filled.

When is the best time to have my asphalt parking lot or driveway sealed?

The best time to seal your asphalt pavement is when the temperature is at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit.