We make caring for your asphalt and concrete investment simple & hassle free
You want to make the most of your paving investment. We’ll help make sure you do. With proper maintenance and as needed, the right kind of repairs, we’ll help extend the life of your surface.
Whether you’re a residential or commercial client, you can count on our expertise to know just what’s needed to keep your surfaces in top shape. Our maintenance and repair services include: Sealcoating, Crack and Joint Repair, Pothole Patching.
Extend the Life of Your Investment
Protecting your investment is easier than you think. Here are some easy things you can do:
Keep traffic off your new asphalt for 24 hours or even longer in hotter temperatures. Even after the asphalt has cured, don’t expect it to be as hard as concrete. It will remain pliable for 8 – 12 months until the liquid asphalt has totally cured.
Watering Your Asphalt
Your new asphalt will soften as temperatures rise throughout the day. Use a hose to water your new driveway or parking lot to cure and harden it.
Over the first 8 – 12 months, try not to park cars in the same spot every time. Avoid turning the steering wheel while your car is not moving, which can create “power steering marks”. Instead, turn the wheel slowly and gradually. As the pavement cures, this “scuffing” will subside.
Support the Edge
The edges are the most vulnerable to cracking and breaking. That’s why it’s helpful to backfill up to the side of the pavement with topsoil to support the edge. This will also enhance the appearance and allow for easier maintenance.
Bicycles and Motorcycles
Bicycle and motorcycle kick stands, if placed on the asphalt while the weather is hot, will sink into the asphalt leaving a hole or a mark. To prevent this, place a board between the asphalt and the kick stand.
Gasoline and Motor Oil
Gas, motor oil, transmission fluid and power steering fluid will penetrate asphalt. The damaged surface should be repaired as soon as possible. You can repair small areas with “cold patch asphalt”, available from a hardware / home improvement store. Professionals should repair large areas.
Asphalt should be seal coated every 2 – 4 years depending on the amount of traffic on the surface. Don’t sealcoat new asphalt during the first 12 months because it can cause asphalt to soften and prevent it from curing. Sealing asphalt will enhance the appearance and preserve the life of your asphalt, as well as protect your blacktop from oil, gas and other harmful fluids. Unsealed asphalt may dry out and become rough, reducing its useful life.
It’s Only Natural
Asphalt has a varied textured surface because it contains different sizes of stone and sand. It’s natural for areas that have been raked and worked by hand to appear a little rougher than areas paved by a machine. Don’t be concerned. When the ground expands and contracts, it’s natural for random cracking of the pavement to occur. The cracks should be sealed promptly to prevent water from penetrating the asphalt and causing further deterioration.