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Always be aware of

  • Unprofessional door-to-door soliciting - no matter how good it sounds

  • Promises of more than 3" of blacktop

  • Vague or verbal proposals

  • Price quotes that are 20-30% lower than others. Remember - You get what you pay for.

How wide should the driveway be?
  
10-12 ft. is the standard width for the ease of auto maneuvering.

What type of base is used?
 
A mixture of stone and sand commonly referred to as Item #4 stone or shale. The thickest should be from 2 - 8" thick. This will depend on various factors including the soil conditions. The quote "Paving is only as good as the base beneath it" cannot be emphasized enough. After applying the base, it should be compacted with a minimum of a 10-ton roller to prevent the asphalt from sinking.

How much asphalt is needed?
  
Depending on the job, no more than 3" should be applied.

How long before you can drive on the surface?
  
You may walk on it the same day. Water will not harm it, but gas, oil, and related products will. It is drivable in 2 days.

Why does the asphalt crack at the entrance?
  
The blacktop is raked thin to bond with the edge of the road. If it is properly saw cut, this will allow for the correct thickness and keep it from cracking.

What can I do to prolong the surface?
  
It should be seal coated one year later then every 2-3 years thereafter. Even though it looks good, seal coating every year will only cause buildup, which leads to spider cracking of the entire surface.

   Beware of heavy trucks, sharp objects like bicycle and trailer stands, car jacks, and ladders. Auto tires will also leave scuffmarks on new surfaces, and require soft steering. Driveway edgings are continually susceptible to cracking if they are driven over. Keeping the topsoil level to the pavement can help this.


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