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 doesn’t fix any issues.
When can I drive on a new driveway?
No two driveways are the same, but a good rule of thumb is you can 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 for better water drainage or install drains or curbs.
When should I seal coat my new driveway?
When the parts of your asphalt that hold it together oxidize, they become brittle and will start to crack. Seal coating helps to prevent this and it is best to perform this maintenance once every two or three years.
What causes asphalt to crack?
In Maryland, the ground freezes causing frost heave which will cause the ground to raise and lower up to 2 inches. This fluctuation can cause asphalt to crack; it’s unavoidable. The best defense is a thicker asphalt, but even then, the forces of nature can be too strong to resist.
When is the best time to pave my driveway?
Summer is the best time of year to pave a driveway in Maryland because temperatures allow the asphalt to remain workable for a longer period of time. As it gets colder, the asphalt cools off faster making it less workable.
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).