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What Makes a Good Asphalt Driveway?

Handicap Parking SpacesCarefully choosing the right asphalt contractor is the foremost decision involved in insuring that you are guaranteed an asphalt driveway that will not only look good but also stand the test of time and perform as intended during its lifetime. The professional, experienced asphalt contractor you choose should have the knowledge, equipment and properly trained personnel necessary to efficiently construct your asphalt driveway. Before hiring a contractor to construct your asphalt driveway, ask for references and customer testimonials. Once you have located the right contractor, you can expect him to handle the following parts of your new asphalt driveway.

What Makes a Good Asphalt Driveway? – Site Preparation

A thorough evaluation of the site where the asphalt driveway will be constructed is essential before any physical labor is performed. Once the exact location is determined, the soil must be evaluated to make sure that it is of an adequate quality and condition to support the driveway and all traffic that it will serve. The contractor will make any amendments needed to the soil, compact it accordingly and apply the proper subgrade. He will also make sure that the subgrade has proper drainage to ensure the integrity of the asphalt pavement.

What Makes a Good Asphalt Driveway? – Materials

Choosing the correct materials for the asphalt driveway will determine the overall quality and longevity of the finished product. There are many different products that go into the construction of an asphalt driveway. Only a thoroughly trained, experienced, contractor should be trusted to know the correct products for your particular driveway. The right contractor will know what products are necessary for your site based on soil type, intended use, environment and other issues and conditions that make your site unique.

What Makes a Good Asphalt Driveway? – Construction

The proper steps must be taken to construct an asphalt driveway correctly. There should be no skimping on workmanship or shortcuts taken. Soil analysis should reveal what steps are required to prepare the foundation; amendments may be needed if the soil contains either too much sand or too much clay. Intended use should inform the contractor as to what size and thickness of subgrade to use. All drainage needs should be addressed from preparing the soil and subgrade to laying the asphalt and applying the sealcoat. A properly constructed asphalt driveway should last for several decades, but a poorly built driveway can fail within just a few years.

What Makes a Good Asphalt Driveway? – Maintenance

As your asphalt driveway ages, it will require periodic asphalt maintenance. The important thing to remember is to catch any potential issue in its early stages so that it can be repaired as easily and economically as possible. Postponing crack repairs can allow water penetration to occur, which can cause damage to the supporting foundation and lead to early deterioration of the pavement. You should also have sealcoating applied periodically; sealcoating helps prevent damage from UV rays and automotive fluids. In addition, sealcoating brings back the dark color that your driveway had when it was new.

For Quality Work

Driveway Sealing Call Frank delivers exceptional driveway and commercial sealcoating work at competitive rates. We have been helping customers with their pavement-related needs since 1998. Our services include asphalt paving, driveway and commercial sealcoating, crack repairs, infrared pothole repairs, parking lot striping and concrete maintenance, repair and installation. For a free quote, call us at (203) 378-0080 or toll-free at 1-800-DRIVEWAY; if you prefer, you can use our online quote request form.

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