Understanding Asphalt & Driveway Paving
Most asphalt is created using a complex combination of hydrocarbon/tar based binders with aggregates such as crushed stone of various sizes and sand. When it is made at the asphalt plant the "mix" is combined in a large hopper and heated to more than 300 degrees. This extremely hot mix is transported by truck to your job site and must be paved in a timely manner, rolled and then allowed to cool and set before it is ready for use.
After asphalt is installed it very slowly begins to lose the essential oils and hydrocarbon binders that hold the aggregate together. While this is a slow process, over time it can usually lead to brittle asphalt, a dulling and gray surface area, as well as cracks and other possible asphalt problems. In addition to this loss of essential oils and therefore flexibility, there are sunlight/UVA rays, gas/oil drips, snow plowing, weathering and the constant weight of vehicles degrading the integrity of the asphalt. No asphalt lasts forever but through proper care and maintenance you can be assured you will get the most out of your driveway or parking lot!
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Are you a private company?
Asphalt Repair Solutions Inc. is a privately held company, providing services since 2013.
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept all major credit cards, checks, cash, or any combination of the three.
Do you provide free estimates?
We always offer free estimates on all jobs; there is no job too big or too small.
What is Asphalt and why should I consider it for my project?
Asphalt is a petroleum based product used for driveways, parking lots, roads, cart or walking paths, and any project that requires a smooth surface cars, trucks, and foot traffic. Asphalt is flexible and "gives" during the harsh weather conditions experienced here in Washington. It is easily and inexpensively maintained and is aesthetically pleasing.
How much will my asphalt project cost?
Asphalt prices vary with many variables depending on size, depth, and the amount of base preparation needed for the project. We are proud to offer free estimates on any size job! Just give us a call.
How long will Asphalt last?
Generally speaking, asphalt pavement should last at least 20 years with minimal maintenance. Pavement life can be affected by weather conditions, amount and type of traffic, maintenance, and base conditions.
What maintenance do I need to maintain my asphalt?
For asphalt parking lots and driveways, we usually recommend sealing new asphalt within the first year and crack filling annually to prevent moisture from reaching the base material. We also recommend seal coat every two to three years for maintenance and eye appeal.
How long do I stay off my new Asphalt Pavement?
Your' new roadway is viable right after it has been rolled. However; for parking areas such as parking lots and driveways we recommend not having any parked vehicles for 24 hours.
I just paved a new driveway or parking. Should I seal it?
We recommend that newly paved asphalt is sealed after 6 months. It is appropriate to seal after paving because the sealer will fill in any areas that remain porous, and will establish the beginning of a regular maintenance cycle. Unfortunately, most people are reactionary, rather than preventative with regard to asphalt maintenance and wait to seal until after damage has already occurred.
Why should I seal?
The proper application of a quality pavement sealer by Asphalt Repair Solutions will extend the service life and reduce maintenance costs of asphalt pavements. Sealing protects pavements from the destructive effects of water, sunlight, oxidation, gasoline, motor oils and many other chemical and solvents. In addition, it provides a distinctive new-looking surface that is easy to clean. By properly sealing your pavement, you can significantly slow down the aging process, and at a fraction of the cost of re-paving.
What weather requirements are there to complete an asphalt sealing project?
The typical season for asphalt sealing in Connecticut runs from late April through mid November. High temperatures for the day are preferred to be above 50 degrees and it cannot rain.
How long does it take for sealer to dry?
Drying times can vary quite widely based on a few factors (in decreasing order of importance). (1) Air temperature (2) Direct sunlight (3) Asphalt temperature (4) Wind. The sealer is a water-based product and, just like paint, will dry when all the water evaporates out. Sealer applied in direct sunlight on a 90-degree day can dry almost instantly. Sealer applied in the shade when temperatures are less than 60 degrees can take a few hours to dry. Under most circumstances, if applied in the morning, sealer will take 2-4 hours to dry.
How often should asphalt be sealed?
A typical, application will last roughly 2-3 years. Much depends on the customer preference regarding how fresh they want it to look. Factors that will affect how quickly the sealer wears are traffic volume, the "elements" and the original asphalt condition. Well-maintained asphalt that is sealed frequently will hold the seal longer.
What type of prep work is required prior to sealing?
To ensure the best coverage, the asphalt surface must be clean of dirt, oil spots, moss, and any other debris prior to sealing. Surfaces will be cleaned with wire brooms and with a device called a Power broom, which is similar to a weed eater with circulating bristle heads. Once the necessary debris is dislodged from the asphalt surface it will be blown clean with high-powered backpack blowers and/or Billy Goat parking lot cleaning equipment. A pressure washer may be used on rare occasion when moss is particularly heavy or when tree sap is present. (Additional Cost Will Apply) Pressure washing must be done in advance of the seal coating process to allow time for the water to dry
How is the asphalt sealer applied?
All non-grass edges and any hard-to-reach areas will be applied by hand using specialized brushes and then smoothened to achieve a desirable appearance. The remainder of the surface area will be applied with a combination of spray and/or squeegee application. Any imperfections in the "wet" appearance of the sealer, such as brush strokes will be scarcely noticeable once it has dried.
What is the water dilution ratio of asphalt sealer? Why is this important?
Asphalt sealer is a water-based product that must be diluted before it is to be applied properly. The material is diluted to no more than 30% water. We ensure each batch of sealer is properly diluted to ensure a quality finished product for the customer. Please ask our Project Manager if you would like to see the specifications associated with your job. If the product is too heavily diluted, it will not provide a quality, long-lasting seal. Putting water on your pavement will not protect it.
How much does it cost?
Factors that will affect our prices are: units (i.e. square feet, lineal feet, etc.), condition of the asphalt, how much prep work may be required, and obstacles that will affect work flow, such as carports, curb stops, etc. When seal coating, asphalt in relatively good condition does not require nearly as much material and can be completed at a much lower cost, while older, "thirstier" asphalt, can require much more material.
I've heard that my pavement shouldn't be sealed. Does the pavement need to "breathe?"
For the same reason wood is painted, asphalt should be sealed. Without protection, the elements of rain, sun and snow will penetrate, oxidize and deteriorate asphalt. When your pavement is new, it is flexible. That is one of the reasons asphalt is used in cold weather climates — it has the ability to flex when the ground freezes. Over time, an unprotected surface becomes more brittle due to the harmful effects of nature, and when it has lost its flexibility, it cracks. Once cracking begins, water can penetrate to the sub-base, leading to wider deterioration of the pavement surface. Water penetration is the number one reason for pavement failure.
Is their sand in the sealer?
Yes, due to our climate we add approximately 5 pounds of silica sand to each gallon of Tarconite Sealer.