Common asphalt maintenance questions asked by our customers. We have placed them for your convenience. If you don’t see your question or need a better explanation please contact us we are more than happy to speak with you over the phone.
Frequently Asked Questions
Asphalt pavements are made up of stone (aggregate) fine stone or sand, and asphalt cement. The asphalt cement is what gives the pavement it’s black appearance and is the “glue” that holds everything together. Have you noticed that new asphalt is jet black but soon begins to fade and in a year or two has turned gray? The effects of the sun and rain/snow oxidizing the asphalt cement in the pavement, over time it becomes brittle and has less resistance to the loads placed on it. Asphalt is a petroleum product so any other petroleum derivatives that contact it will dissolve into the asphalt, weakening or dissolving the asphalt’s “glue like” properties. A good quality seal coating will protect the asphalt pavement from all these damaging factors while providing the curb appeal of a new-looking black appearance. It’s often overlooked while sealing asphalt not only seals the harmful elements out but also seals the beneficial properties of the asphalt cement in.
With no brick or stone to edge the driveway, the grass will grow over the edge of the driveway; therefore the excess seal coat from the brush may get onto your lawn. However, because our top grade seal coat is an Eco-friendly emulsion, it will not cause any harm to your lawn. A simple mowing will get rid of it.
We pay special attention to the edges of your driveway, especially around your garage and stone walls, by seal coating them by hand. These areas of focus often require a thicker coat of sealer, causing them to appear darker in color and take longer to dry. Over time, as the edges dry, the appearance will become uniform.
To eliminate oil stains from your driveway, we apply an oil spot primer which is brushed onto the stain, preventing it from eating through the new layer of seal coat. Unfortunately, not all stains can be completely removed but this primer usually eliminates normal oil stains.
We recommend a wait time of a minimum of 24 to 48 hours depending on the weather conditions and the amount of shade that covers your driveway.
Nothing will happen. The leaves eventually dry, crumble up and blow away.
We recommend every 2 years or sooner depending on the weather and the amount of traffic.
We strive to make your driveway look its best; however, the crack repair service is not intended to make these cracks disappear. The service is intended to provide a watertight seal between the foundation of your driveway and the weather. After we apply the crack repair, the repair itself may settle: this in no way affects the watertight seal. The repair may also be visible under the seal coat. Many different factors, such as driveway texture, previous seal coats, time of day, and the angle at which the repair is viewed at, have an impact on the crack repair’s final appearance. “Alligator” and “Spider” cracked areas will eventually need repair because it is difficult to fill all cracks. In this situation we will brush the area which will help prolong the time before it needs to be repaired.
This all depends, a properly constructed and maintained asphalt driveway will last 20 to 30 years. “Properly constructed” is a big factor here. Too often a driveway is the last thing on the list when constructing a new home. All to often if there have been overruns in construction costs the driveway will “pay the price”. As contractors it’s not unusual to hear a home builder say “we only have $XXX left for paving the drive. What can you do for that much?” Of course that amount is usually less than what is actually needed to do a proper job. Many times premature structural failures in driveways are caused by this scenario or in older homes perhaps the previous owner was only concerned about low price, not high quality, if they had the drive replaced. Unfortunately it’s often impossible to tell how well the driveway was constructed after the fact. One tip would be if a new home driveway was not guaranteed against any structural defects for at least 2 years, or if there are areas that look rough or that hold water. The second part of this is “properly maintained”. If asphalt pavements didn’t need maintenance your city street department would be out of a job as would thousands of pavement maintenance contractors. As we get to answers to some more common questions proper maintenance will become self-explanatory.
This is because the seal coat takes time to fully cure, tire marks sometimes appear 1 to 2 weeks after the seal coat is applied, especially during humid summer months. After the seal coat cures, the tire marks will disappear.
Be careful. One way to prevent stains is to seal coat the pavement in the first place, but depending on the type of stain the cure can be more damaging than the illness. Be careful to read the label of any “driveway cleaning” product. Many contain solvents. ANY solvent will damage the asphalt pavement and should be avoided, even if the product says it’s for driveways. Often for oily stains the best approach is a biodegradable cleaner (like Simple Green or similar), if those are not readily available plain dish washing soap will do. Mix a soapy water solution, apply to the stain and let stand for a few minutes, then get a good scrub brush and apply a liberal amount of “elbow grease” and rinse thoroughly. Take note if the scrub brush begins to loosen stones in the asphalt. If this happens, stop and rinse. That is an indication that whatever stained the drive has already weakened the asphalt and you could cause more damage trying to remove it. Contractors have a variety of products made for priming stains before applying seal coating, however these may not be available to home owners and depending on the type of stain, seal coating may not adhere to the stained areas. This is a situation where you might want to do a test area if you were sealing yourself to see if the sealer would adhere (apply according to directions, wait 2-3 days, then scuff at the sealer with your shoe or a stiff brush. If it loosens from the stain you may need professional help.
Yes, absolutely. We place “Caution Tape” across the entrance of your driveway.