Why should I choose John’s Asphalt to pave my driveway or parking lot?
John’s Asphalt has been providing service since 1969. Our equipment is state of the art and we are staffed with highly experienced and well-trained asphalt pavement crews. Every job has an owner present to oversee work. We provide asphalt and paving services for highways, roads, streets, commercial properties and residential driveways.
What do I need to do when you come to do paving?
We will need full access to the site with garage doors open, and all vehicles removed.
Can I get asphalt in gray or any color other than black?
Essentially all asphalt is black. When the aggregates (stone) are mixed together with hot asphalt cement, the mass of material becomes black. Over time, as the asphalt oxidizes, the coating on the aggregates breaks down and the color of the aggregate starts to show through. This can lead to a 'grayish' color if the asphalt plant uses a light color aggregate.
When can I drive on my new drive?
Generally, you should be able to drive on the surface after two or three days, if you are careful (see tire scuff marks below). Extreme summer heat may increase your wait time, up to 5 days. Keep in mind your new asphalt surface can take more than 30 days to completely cure, depending on temperature variations from night to day.
Do I need to do anything after the paving is done?
Nothing specific is required. It is best to wait at least two or three days before driving on the new surface. It is advised to wait longer during hot weather months. Following installation, be sure to keep up regular preventative maintenance, including sealcoating and crack filling, to keep your asphalt looking pristine.
How do I maintain my asphalt to keep it looking new for years to come?
There are a number of things you can do to keep your asphalt paving looking great. Killing weeds along edges, treating any oil or gas spills, filling open cracks and keeping the pavement sealed will greatly extend the life of any asphalt surface.
What will the asphalt look like when you are finished?
When your asphalt pavement is brand new, the surface is dark black. In certain areas, you may notice roller marks or see spots where handwork was done. After a short time of usage, the surface will blend together and the asphalt pavement will have a very smooth appearance.
How long will a new asphalt driveway or parking lot last?
With a properly installed asphalt surface, you can expect the asphalt to last up to 30 years. With proper maintenance, some projects can last even longer. No two parking lots or driveways are the same, and the rate at which asphalt deteriorates depends on multiple factors, including original design, construction, traffic loads and geographic location. Without proper maintenance, a parking lot can deteriorate in as little as 5 – 7 years.
My car left tire scuffmarks. Are they permanent?
Tire scuffmarks are caused when you turn your car's steering wheel while the car is stationary. If it is a hot day and the asphalt has not completely cured, the surface will get a blemish, similar to grinding your heel into a soft substance. Over time, this will become barely noticeable.
Why does asphalt appear to have different textures in different areas?
Asphalt is comprised of roughly 95% varying sized aggregates and 5% black asphalt cement. While the mixes we use are all state approved, the appearance and characteristics of the mixes from any of the asphalt plants will vary. It is natural to expect a variation in the surface texture of the asphalt between loads and in different areas of a paved surface.
Why do I see roller marks on my surface?
A critical aspect of producing a long lasting job is the achievement of the proper compaction of your surface. 90% compaction is ideal. Sometimes the rollers leave ‘streaks’ or marks on the drive. These are temporary and will become less noticeable over several months.
What can I do about poor drainage on my drive?
Good drainage requires a minimum of 2% 'fall' for water to run off properly - this means that the grade (angle) of the driveway should have a ¼" decline for each foot of pavement, i.e. a 10 foot wide section of asphalt should decline 2 ½" to have the water run off properly. Many driveways do not have this amount of grade and water ponds accordingly. There are a variety of solutions to this including drains, swales and curbs. Talk with us about alternatives to improve drainage for your new driveway.
How does inclement weather affect scheduled paving operations?
Paving operations are weather dependent. If it is just morning mist or very light rain we will likely work through it. If it is raining heavily or snowing we will reschedule the project for a dry day. Asphalt can be applied providing temperatures and ground conditions are adequate.
Why can’t you pave my driveway during the colder winter months?
When asphalt is mixed at the plant, it is super heated to in excess of 325° F. By the time it is put in a truck, shipped to the job site and installed on your project, it should still be a minimum of 250 degrees to allow it to be properly compacted. Ambient air temperature and the temperature of the ground both play a significant role in how long the asphalt is 'workable' and can be properly compacted. This can range from several hours on a hot summer day to 10 minutes on a chilly fall morning. Asphalt is not available during cold winter months.
Can you perform asphalt repairs in the winter?
Some emergency asphalt repair work can be completed in winter months. Usually a temporary repair is done with a proper repair to follow in prime weather conditions.
What should I do to help prevent the edges of my driveway from cracking?
The edges or 'shoulders' of your drive are one of the most vulnerable areas of the drive. If you put a lot of weight on the edge, i.e. driving your car or lawn mower right to the edge, there is the possibility that the edge will crack or break off if it is not properly supported. We create a 'beveled edge' on the side of the drive with a 45 degree angle to defuse pressure. Installing seeded topsoil against the finished height of the asphalt once the job is complete will also relieve added stress on your drive.
I have grass growing in my new driveway. Why is this happening?
Properly compacted asphalt has 10% air voids in it. If a seed of grass gets into the mix and germinates, grass will grow. The best thing to do is spray the area with a weed and grass killer concentrate to eliminate the grass..
I am concerned about the aesthetics of patching my drive. Will it look OK?
It depends on the driveway. Once we patch part of your drive, it will look like a black area(s) within your existing graying surface. If your driveway has been sealcoated previously, the new asphalt will also have a more porous texture. This does not bother some people, as they know that they are protecting the investment that they have in their driveway. Others see it as an eyesore and have the whole driveway resurfaced or sealcoated after the patching is complete. It is entirely up to you.
What are the benefits of line striping my parking lot?
One of the most important factors is safety. When lines do not exist in your parking lot or are faded, there is no structure or guidance for your customers to know where to park. You will find visitors parking in places that block intersection(s), access to sidewalks and business entrances.
All of these things can result in vehicles needing to be towed, fire department issues, door dings, fender benders and even accidents. These types of accidents almost always result in naming you and your company as the responsible party. Having your parking lot lines, curbs, handicap and directional arrows painted can save you a great deal of time and money.
Fresh line striping also increases curb appeal. First impressions are important to positively affect customers from the time they enter your establishment all the way until they leave. Having a well-marked lot will definitely enhance your business and/or storefront.
How can I easily improve the look of my parking lot?
There are several factors to consider, including the overall condition of your lot. If your lot is nearing the end of its useful life, you may need to consider a complete resurfacing. If your lot is relatively new with few surface defects, there are some very inexpensive options available to greatly increase the lifespan and attractiveness of your pavement.
Pavement Markings & Signage Services
If pavement markings and parking lot stall lines on your lot are beginning to dull and lose their crisp look, you may consider brightening up your parking lot by repainting parking lot stripes and other appropriate markings. This service is fairly inexpensive and can greatly increase your lots overall safety by providing clearly visible directives to both vehicles and pedestrians.
You can also add new signage for vehicles and pedestrians. By ensuring all exits, entrances and pedestrian walkways are clearly marked; you reduce the risk of accidents, and your legal liability, should one occur.
Both of these options will also keep your parking lot looking its best, adding curb appeal to your property and drawing new customers. Every business knows first impressions count, and it is important.
Asphalt Maintenance and Repair Services
If your parking lot is beginning to show signs of stress or the sealant is beginning to wear off, it may be time to re-seal your parking lot or perform minor asphalt repairs. Sealcoating is relatively inexpensive and should be performed every 3-5 years depending on traffic and pavement condition.
When properly applied, an asphalt sealant can greatly extend the life of your pavement, even double it. It will also restore the “like new” surface your parking lot had when it was originally installed. This can have a great impact on your business and attract new customers looking for the services you offer.
Other services offered to help improve the look of your parking lot include pothole repair and crack repair. These are more serious in nature because they can become a liability should anyone be injured on your lot.