Northern Virginia Asphalt Paving FAQ

Questions about Asphault paving and sealing, both residential and commercial paving

1. How do I know if my driveway needs to be removed and replaced or if it can be resurfaced with asphalt?

We recommend removing old asphalt if approximately 1/3 – ½ of the driveway is exhibiting cracking, depressions, or unraveling or if the driveway is 20 years old or older.

2.How long does it take to pave a residential driveway?

Generally, a standard driveway will take less than a day (depending on the size) if it is prepared and paved at the same time.

3.How many days do we have to wait before driving/parking on new asphalt?

We recommend not parking or driving on a new asphalt surface for 2 days. New asphalt can be driven or parked on if necessary, however, with brand new asphalt there is a tacky finish which will exhibit shadows if used before it has a day or two to cure.

4.Will the asphalt be even with the garage and sidewalk if it is resurfaced and new asphalt is added to the existing driveway?

A reputable asphalt paving company will mill out transition areas where the new asphalt is going to be rolled up against a garage floor, sidewalk, wall or other masonry surface. Milling down 2” and 3’ from the concrete or other surface will allow the asphalt to be installed evenly with the other surfaces.

I am having sidewalk work done as well as driveway paving. Which one should be done first?

We suggest paving the driveway first. The asphalt will transition evenly into the garage floor. This will determine the level of asphalt coming off of the house structure. If the sidewalk is located close to the garage, the elevation has already been determined. It would be too difficult to transition the driveway if the sidewalk elevation was high.

5.What should I ask for from a paving contractor to assure myself that I am contracting with a reputable company?

a. A contractor will have a business license allowing them to operate in the State/County where the job is located.

b. The counties have consumer protection agencies that can be contacted who will assure you that the contractor you are considering has a good reputation and does not have unanswered complaints or black marks in their file.

c. The Better Business Bureau also keeps track of issues phoned in by disenfranchised customers and will advise you of the responsiveness of a contractor to your concerns.

d. References should be available to aid your decision in choosing the right company.

6.Is seal coating recommended for a new driveway and, if so, how long should I wait after the paving to have this done?

We recommend sealcoating in the first to second year after paving. The sealer will fill in the crevices and protect the driveway from the winter freeze/thaw cycle.

7.What is the standard warranty period for a new asphalt driveway?

A one year warranty on new asphalt is standard in the construction

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