Frequently Asked Questions About Paving

Unless you work in the construction or paving industry, you may have many questions when it comes to paving. Most homeowners and business owners require some type of paving project on their property and often have questions about the process. Here are some common questions and answers about paving.

Which Lasts Longer, Concrete or Asphalt?

Both asphalt and concrete can last for decades, but concrete typically can last 5-15 years longer than asphalt with good maintenance.

Which Costs Less, Concrete or Asphalt?

Asphalt is less expensive than concrete, as much as half the cost, depending on the type of concrete.

Can You Lay Asphalt Over Concrete?

It could be done, but quality paving contractors guarantee their work and would not recommend paving asphalt over concrete. The base is a crucial element of asphalt paving and can impact the longevity and durability of the asphalt surface.

How Often Should You Sealcoat Asphalt Driveways?

Asphalt driveways should have a sealcoat applied a few months after it is installed, then every 2-3 years to maintain the surface.

Which Is Easier to Maintain, Concrete or Asphalt?

Asphalt does require sealcoating every few years to help prevent premature cracking and crumbling. Concrete does not require sealing, but if sealing is done about every five years, it can prolong the lifespan – repairs on concrete can be expensive. Both can be easily cleaned with pressure washing.

How Long Does Asphalt Need to Cure?

Asphalt typically takes 1-2 days to cure before it can be walked or driven on – depending on the temperature when it is installed.

If you have questions about paving your driveway, patio, parking lot or other surface, contact your local paving contractor for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
ACE Paving & Maintenance
3465 Francis Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 686-3758

Summer Maintenance for Asphalt

Does your business have an asphalt parking lot, or do you own an asphalt driveway at your home? Summer is the best time to do needed maintenance on asphalt to improve the look and function of your paved surface. The warmer temperatures are ideal for the various maintenance tasks and repairs your asphalt may need. Here are some of the asphalt maintenance chores that are best done during the summer months.

Sealcoating

If your asphalt is still in good shape, but is starting to look weathered, it may be time to sealcoat. Most asphalt surfaces should be sealcoated every 2-3 years to prevent cracking and excessive wear on the surface. This can help protect the base from water infiltration and extend the life of your asphalt surface, as well as making it look like new again.

Pothole Repairs

If there are crumbling spots on your driveway or parking lot, get them repaired during the warm days of summer. Pot holes will only grow if not filled and repaired; you can extend the lifespan of your asphalt and save money on resurfacing or repaving by repairing pot holes quickly.

Resurfacing or Repaving

For asphalt that is beyond spot repairs, resurfacing is often an option and should be done in warmer, dry weather. If the base for your paved surface is no longer viable, you may need a complete repaving, a task that is also best done during the warmer, drier months of summer.

If your asphalt needs maintenance, repair or replacement, check your weather forecast and look for a span of warm, dry weather. Then call your local asphalt paving company to come complete your needed summer maintenance to protect your investment in your parking lot or driveway.

Posted on behalf of:
ACE Paving & Maintenance
3465 Francis Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 686-3758

How to Add Curb Appeal by Repaving Your Driveway

Whether you just want your home to look its best or are considering putting it on the market, curb appeal is important. The first impression people get when they come to your home is “curb appeal” and it can be affected by many factors. If you have a driveway that is cracked, crumbling or patched, it can detract from the beauty of your home. Repaving your driveway can improve your curb appeal and add value to your home.

Asphalt Driveway Repaving

An old asphalt driveway may have pot holes, crumbling edges and other issues. Not only does this hurt curb appeal, it may no longer be a viable option for your driveway. Repaving can repair erosion under the surface and create a durable, beautiful driveway for your home.

If your asphalt driveway is still in good condition, but is cracking or having surface issues, resurfacing may be all that is needed to restore the beauty and durability of your driveway. Sealcoating can be used when the surface just needs protection, but it will make your driveway look like new again. This is perfect if you will be putting your home on the market soon and want an inexpensive option to improve the appearance of your driveway and home.

Concrete Driveway Repaving

Concrete driveways have fewer options to improve the appearance. Repairing can help the structure, but the cracks may still be visible. If you want your old concrete driveway to look new again, you can replace with new concrete or repave with asphalt.

Repaving your driveway can make a big difference in the curb appeal of your home, especially if your old driveway has cracks, holes or other issues. Talk to your local paving contractor to determine the best option for improving the structure and beauty of your driveway.

Posted on behalf of:
ACE Paving & Maintenance
3465 Francis Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 686-3758

3 Good Reasons To Fix Parking Lot Potholes

Weather, heavy use and old Father Time can all wreak havoc on pavement, leading to potholes in the surface. If you own a parking lot as part of your business, maintaining the pavement is part of your responsibility. If you are noticing even small cracks or holes in the surface of your parking lot, now is the time to get them fixed. Waiting too long to repair these holes can actually end up costing you more in the long run. Here are three good reasons to call your local paving company to get them fixed now: 

  1. Prevent further damage. Once the surface of your pavement has been compromised by a pothole, it is only going to get larger. Vehicles driving over these holes will damage the edges, making the hole deeper and wider. Save time and money by getting it fixed now.
     
  2. Vehicle damage. A pothole can cause damage to you and your customer’s vehicles. Tire, suspension and even body damage can happen due to driving over a pothole. Reduce your liability for vehicle damage by getting potholes repaired quickly.
     
  3. Prevent injuries. Whether you own a business or even a home, premise or property liability is a good reason to fix any holes in your pavement. In most cases, property owners are liable if someone is injured due to a hazard on their property, such as a pothole which can cause someone to fall. 

Spring is often the time when new potholes appear after colder winter weather. Inspect your parking lot today for any holes that need repair, then call your local paving company to get them fixed as soon as possible.

Posted on behalf of Sunshine Services Unlimited, Inc.