Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of some of the more frequently asked questions we receive. If you do not see your question listed here, please fell free to call or email us.
Our season for seal coating typically begins in late March and continues through early November. Generally, the temperature should be above 50 degrees Fahrenheit and rising. In addition, there cannot be a chance of heavy rain after seal coating asphalt.
We use one of the industry preferred solutions by SealMaster called Polymer Modified MasterSeal (PMM) – details here http://www.sealmaster.net/PMM.
We recommend that you allow the seal coat to dry for at least 24 hours, prior to walking or driving onto it. Weather conditions greatly affect the curing (drying) time.
A residential asphalt driveway can generally last 15-20 years, if properly maintained.
How do I know whether I require the complete removal and replacement of my driveway vs. resurfacing it?
If 60% or more of the driveway is cracked, or when there are drainage problems, then it is more cost effective to remove it entirely and replace it, as opposed to resurfacing it or patching areas.
Resurfacing/Overlay is when a 2 1/2 inch thick (2 1/2 inches compacted to 2 inches) layer of asphalt is placed on top of the existing asphalt. This does not fix cracks or drainage problems on the existing surface. While this is a less expensive option, your driveway remains prone to reflective cracking (breaks or cracks in the underlying surface) and drainage issues.
The standard thickness for a residential, asphalt driveway is 2 1/2 inches compacted to 2 inches.
We recommend that you remain off of your newly paved, or resurfaced asphalt driveway for at least 48 hours.
We recommend that a seal coating (a water based surface treatment) be applied 6-9 months following driveway installation, then every 2-3 years thereafter. Crack filling should be done as needed.
Absolutely! Asphalt is 100% recyclable. We dispose of these materials at nearby recycling centers.