Frequently Asked Questions About Paving
What is the difference between resurfacing and seal coating a driveway?
Without getting into too many specifics, resurfacing takes three inches off the top of your driveway and replaces it. Seal coating is like adding a layer of paint to a wall; it’ll extend the life of the driveway but it won’t address serious issues.
When can I drive on a new driveway?
No two driveways are the same, but you can usually drive on your new driveway after 3 days.
What can I do about improper drainage on my driveway?
Improper drainage can be recognized if you see water pooling in your driveway. To correct this issue, homeowners can grade their land or install drains to address this issue.
When should I sealcoat my new driveway?
Fresh asphalt needs time to cure, about 6 months to a year, to give you a rough estimate.
What causes asphalt to crack?
In Maryland, the ground freezes causing frost heave which will cause the ground to raise and lower. This fluctuation can cause asphalt to crack, which can lead to potholes and sinkholes as well. Unfortunately, no asphalt is immune to this phenomenon, so it will need to be repaired periodically.
When is the best time to pave my driveway?
Asphalt is best to work with around 70°F, so late Spring or early Summer are going to be the best times to make the call. However, it is possible to pave your driveway at other times throughout the year. Just give us a call and we can talk you through it.
How long will a driveway last?
20-25 years is a good life expectancy, but we have driveways which have lasted longer than 30 years and are still in great condition. This answer depends on many factors including the area surrounding the driveway (proper drainage, no trees), how well the homeowner maintains the driveway (seal coating), and how well the driveway is constructed (you get what you pay for).
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What Our Clients Say
Once again you have exceeded our expectations. The price was very reasonable (we did shop around) and professionalism was outstanding. Thanks for not trying to include add-on fees to make a higher profit and we are looking forward to working with you for many more years to come.
-M. Leo Storch Management
Mr Joseph was by far the most responsive of the three companies we contacted. He came to inspect or driveway on the date and time he promised, gave us a firm quote, and he and his crew arrived on the appointed day at the scheduled time. They edged and cleared the old surface, then laid the new asphalt with the edges tapered to align with our patio and sidewalk. When they were finished the new surface was truly beautiful (and functional).