New Blacktop Driveways
The process of constructing an entirely new asphalt driveway surface begins with excavating the site to the proper grade and ensuring that the sub-grade is stable. Next, a stone base is installed to the required thickness. We then grade and compact the base and verify that driveway elevations are sufficient to ensure proper drainage of the site. Finally, we install and compact layers of hot asphalt mix, carefully rolling it to create a smooth, even finish. Once the driving paving portion of the job is done, we complete the project with line striping, traffic markings, and signage (if appropriate) all in conformance with local codes and American Disability Act standards.
Removal & Replacement
When an asphalt driveway has not been properly maintained, or if it has simply exceeded its life expectancy, the old asphalt may need to be removed and replaced. Once the old asphalt has been removed, we conduct a thorough inspection of the existing driveway base to determine whether additional steps may be needed to prepare the base before we install new asphalt driveway. Conditions which may not be discovered until the old asphalt is removed include mud, shallow utilities, excessive moisture, or an incorrectly installed sub-grade layer. Once deficiencies have been corrected, a stone base is installed, graded, and compacted. The new asphalt is then installed and compacted to finish the process and repair the driveway.
Sealcoating & Crack Filling
Sealcoating is the method of protecting your asphalt pavement by applying a thin coating of an asphalt sealer to the pavement surface. Generally, one coating of sealer is sufficient for most homes, families with many cars or a large amount of traffic on the driveway may require two coats. The actual application of sealer should not be put on too thick, or too often. Driveways that are sealed too heavily or too often will have a buildup of sealer that will lead to "spider cracking" in the sealer itself. The sealcoat by design is very hard; because of this hardness, it's not as flexible as the asphalt beneath it. As your driveway shifts over the years, fine cracks can develop in the sealer if it is too thick or heavy. This can make your driveway look worse, not better. The sealer is designed as a wear product, meaning it's meant to wear off before you reapply it. The goal is to wear the sealcoating, not the surface of your driveway.
Blacktop Repairs and Patching
When asphalt has begun to show signs of surface deterioration on the driveway, but the base is still intact, an asphalt overlay provides an extremely effective solution. Asphalt overlays can be approached in several different ways, depending on the condition of the asphalt and your specific needs and preferences for your driveway. We will be happy to explain to you in detail the various pros, cons, and costs associated with all of your driveway resurfacing options.