The following are some frequently asked questions from homeowners about maintaining their asphalt driveway. As a homeowner most folks understand that maintenance is of utmost importance. But when is the right time? And how do you go about the maintaining and repairing asphalt?…

Types of Asphalt / Blacktop Cracking

When it comes to old, worn asphalt driveways and parking lots, commercial real estate owners, property managers, and even owners of single-family homes struggle with the same questions… Do we repave or seal-coat after making repairs to cracks, potholes and depressions? What is the most cost-effective and durable solution? In the asphalt industry, alligator cracking refers to a surface damaged in such a way that the cracks form a pattern that looks like reptile scales, most notably those on an alligator or crocodile’s back. The pattern usually begins with longitudinal cracks, which are then connected by transverse cracks. When you see this cracking on your driveway you need to start thinking about new asphalt. Unfortunately,alligator cracking is one of the more serious problems that an asphalt surface can develop. If you were to fill over a patch of alligator cracks you would turn the area into continuous sheet of crack filling rubber. In warmer weather when a vehicle ran over that the tires would adhere to this large areas of crack filler and pull the pavement out of the driveway.In some cases, the best and most cost-effective choice is to replace the entire surface. This way the sub-base can be installed appropriately to ensure alligator cracking does not occur again. A new asphalt surface will often provide 20+ years of durability, meaning you won’t have to worry about your driveway or parking lot for a long time!

Why You Need a Professional and Don’t Want Seal-coat On Your Own…

Depending on whether or not you are a homeowner or business owner, you are likely looking at a finite space of pavement that seems doable to re-pave on your own. Like any home improvement or property upkeep project, the temptation to repave things on your own is strong. That being said, asphalt makes things a bit more complicated. Because of the composition of the material, as well as its safety standards that go into handling it, there are a number of things to consider. Paving companies custom mix their sealers with the appropriate additives while sometimes store brands sit on a store shelf for an extended period of time. As the professional has no control over the chemical makeup of the material used they will not be able to guarantee against a reaction between the sealers and an adhesion issues that may result. If a homeowner or business has a sealer that never fully cures and remains tacky this is a major issue. A professional can come in and seal over the top in hopes that there are no issues and most of the time there is not an issue but they will usually not guaranteed against a reaction.

How to Pick The Best Asphalt / Blacktop Contractor… 

Over time, every asphalt driveway develops cracks and pits. Call for an estimate to a reputable contractor stating that you have a weathered driveway and want to know the best, cost effective course of action. A weathered asphalt drive could basically be left alone until budget allows for a new driveway. Maybe crack filling to protect it from the effects of freeze/thaw would be satisfactory. Of course if cosmetics are a high priority this would not be an option. The single biggest tip is to never have a person/company travelling through the neighborhood offering to work on your driveway because they have extra material and will give you a great price. Do your homework and check out the contractor ahead of time so you don’t get diluted seal-coat or substandard paving material.

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