Frequently Asked Questions About Asphalt Paving

Q: What is asphalt and how is it installed?
A: Asphalt is a petroleum based flexible pavement. For the best result, a professional paving contractor like Allied Paving & Sealing Inc, should complete the installation utilizing specialized equipment.

Q: What are the benefits of an asphalt driveway or parking lot?
A: Asphalt is a flexible pavement that flexes during the harsh weather conditions experienced in our area. An asphalt driveway or parking lot is aesthetically pleasing and maintained easily and inexpensively. To maintain your asphalt, you must sealcoat it every 2-3 years on average.

Q: How much will my asphalt project cost?
A: The cost of asphalt varies for every job. Asphalt is a product whose cost is based on the amount of labor and material required to complete the job. The majority of the variation in cost lies in the preparation of the existing surface and the size of the project.

Q: How long will my asphalt driveway or parking lot last?
A: Your asphalt driveway or parking lot should last approximately 20 years if properly installed over a well compacted stone base.

Q: How do I maintain my new asphalt surface?
A: Keep gasoline and oil from accumulating on your driveway. Preventative maintenance including crack filling should be completed on an as-needed basis.

Q: Do I have to be at home the day of the scheduled work?
A: You do not have to be home the day of scheduled work as long as the driveway is clear of all vehicles and any vehicles required over the next 48 hours should be removed from your garage.

Q: Do I need to do anything special the day of installation?
A: Yes, we will need access to your garage and an adequate water supply (a garden hose is fine).

Q: How long should I stay off a newly paved surface?
A: Most driveways or parking lots are blocked off for 3 to 4 days. Extreme care should be taken for at least one week (for example no sharp wheel turns). However, on warm days it is common during the first few years after installation for the tires from vehicle turns to leave minor tire marks, which is normal.

Q: Why are there brown roller marks on my asphalt after installation?
A: This is a common result of the compaction from the asphalt roller. This will completely disappear after the first application of asphalt sealer. Again, this is normal practice.

Q: Will you block my driveway/parking lot after services are completed?
A: Yes, we will block off your driveway/parking lot when the job is completed. We will inform you when to open it.