Frequently Asked Questions
PAVE CO FAQs
1What is asphalt used for?
Asphalt is used in construction to pave roads, private access areas, parking lots, recreation areas, highways, motorways, laneways, and sporting areas.
2How long does paving last?
Asphalt paving has the potential to last 25 to 30 years depending on the climate of its surrounding area, traffic, and continued maintenance of its surface.
3How much does asphalt cost?
Asphalt is priced per square foot, with costs fluctuating based on factors like consistency, thickness, the possibility for obstructions, permit requirements, shape, and whether you require grading services.
4Is asphalt eco-friendly?
Asphalt can save energy throughout the construction process. Also, it is recyclable and can be used more frequently. Due to asphalt’s porous nature, it scored high in LEED ratings.
5Are ice-melting products safe on asphalt?
Yes! Asphalt is highly durable and flexible and can survive the use of ice-melting products. However, asphalt must be properly sealed. If not, asphalt surfaces may deteriorate quicker when using products like rock salt for melting ice.
6What are the benefits of asphalt vs concrete?
Asphalt is less expensive to install when compared to concrete - with asphalt costing nearly half the price per square foot in comparison to concrete. Although asphalt may require some maintenance and repairs over its lifespan, asphalt repairs are more straightforward. When managing repairs, new asphalt integrates seamlessly with old asphalt. Asphalt is extremely versatile and flexible. Even under extreme wear-and-tear including severe weather conditions and use, asphalt will not crumble or damage as easily as concrete. Also, asphalt can be melted down and repurposed, whereas concrete becomes virtually immovable and prone to damage that is more difficult to replace once it has hardened.
7Why is my new asphalt driveway surface cracking?
In the instance that your brand new asphalt surface is showing wear-and-tear almost immediately, this may be the result of poor installation, lack of sealing, or other underlying issues. However, general cracking in asphalt that occurs over time is quite normal. Asphalt surfaces are designed to cover large surface areas. As ground levels naturally move, asphalt surfaces also move to permit “give.” Over time, this may cause cracking in different areas. Luckily, asphalt is a seamless product that can be repaved to repair minor cracks and divots.
8Is drainage planning important before asphalt installation?
Having a drainage plan in place before asphalt construction is very important! We consider it essential. Without a proper drainage system in place, you can cause severe flooding or other damages to your construction zone and surrounding area that may incur unnecessary costs.
9Is grading important before paving?
Exterior driveways, roadways, recreation spaces, motorways, and parking lots all vary in size and structure. As a result, grading is important! Grading helps determine the stability of your area and drainage capabilities. This helps avoid long-term damage or unnecessary repairs associated with flooding when accounted for in advance.
10What types of asphalt are used in commercial paving?
For commercial construction asphalt paving, there are three main asphalt mixtures used rolled asphalt, mastic asphalt, and compressed rock asphalt. Each fulfills the requirements of different commercial uses. Rolled Asphalt - Also known as hot rolled asphalt (HRA) is used for road work and roofing. It is comprised of different aggregate minerals including filler, bitumen, and sand to bind everything together. The result is a smooth, long-lasting, and flexible surface for entrance and exit points. Mastic Asphalt - This is known as one of the strongest and impermeable products due to being nearly entirely comprised of crushed limestone. It is applied using a hand float rather than a roller resulting in an effortlessly smooth finish. It can be used for a variety of applications including repaving, repairs, installation, and so much more. Compressed Rock Asphalt - This type of asphalt comprises of repurposed and recycled asphalt that has been reduced and reheated for use; therefore, so named “compressed rock asphalt.” It can be used for many diverse surface areas throughout your exterior commercial space.