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Frequently asked questions
If you have questions about a project, please don’t hesitate to ask. Our team is happy to offer a free consultation to answer all your paving questions.
Why should I have my driveway / parking lot sealcoated?
- Acts as a moisture barrier to protect blacktop from damage caused by the freeze/thaw cycle.
- Protects asphalt from sun damage which creates raveling and cracking, allowing water penetration and damage.
- Resists gas and oils which can soften, weaken and destroy asphalt pavement.
- Adds value and beauty to your home and landscape with that new driveway look and feel.
- Saves money by protecting your investment. It is far more cost effective to maintain asphalt with sealcoating than it is to repave.
Should a newly paved lot be sealcoated right away?
No, it is recommended that a newly paved parking lot be left to cure for at least one year before the first asphalt sealcoat is applied.
What is included in the process of sealcoating?
- First, we prepare your driveway by cutting back grass edges and power blowing the surface clear of any dirt or debris.
- We then repair damages, filling large cracks with rubberized crack filler, and treating oil/gas/grease stains with a petroleum sealant.
- Once the surface is cleaned and repaired, we apply a coat of high quality custom sealer.
- After we have finished sealcoating, we block off the driveway and place a Premier Paving and Sealcoating sign.We recommend vehicles, people and pets stay off the surface for a full 24 hours.
What is cold patchwork?
Cold patchwork is for smaller problems; an example would be a small hole in the driveway. Cold patch is generally a temporary fix, but when done correctly it can last for a long time. Premier Paving and Sealcoating fills the problem area with a quality cold patch, tamps it down and follows with crack filler to bind the patch to the existing surface.
What is the difference between asphalt sealer and pavement resurfacing?
The seal coating process is a preventative parking lot maintenance process that is sprayed onto your lot in a liquid form after applying asphalt crack filler. Resurfacing is the actual process of applying a whole new layer of asphalt pavement over your old surface for a more complete parking lot repair.
Does the asphalt sealer fill in the pavement cracks?
No, sealer will not fill in a pavement crack completely. The recommended method to asphalt crack repair is to apply a hot, rubberized asphalt crack filler product into the crack itself. This is the only way to solve your problem as it will slow the formation of new cracks. Some lots, due to a lack of parking lot maintenance, have deteriorated beyond the point of asphalt crack repair as a beneficial alternative. In these cases, your parking lot will need patch work and/or resurfacing.
What sort of maintenance is required to prolong the life of my parking lot?
We recommend annual preventative maintenance, such as crack sealing when new cracks occur. Sealer should also be applied to your lot at least every two years. If you are interested in learning more, contact Brooks with Premier Paving and we can develop a customized plan that involves routine inspections and ongoing preventative maintenance.
How long should I wait before driving on a newly paved surface?
For a newly paved roadway, asphalt can be driven on as soon as the rolling is completed. However, for parking areas we recommend waiting 12 – 24 hours for the asphalt to cool completely.
Can you pave over concrete?
Yes, it is possible to pave over concrete; however, reflective cracking may occur as a result.
What are the major contributors to pavement deterioration?
The deterioration of your pavement surface may occur due to several reasons. A few reason include inadequate thickness of your pavement surface, weather, lack of maintenance, oil and gasoline spots from automobiles, or a weak and unstable sub-base.
Why should I choose asphalt paving over other methods?
Asphalt is a petroleum-based product used for driveways, roads, cart/walking paths and any project that requires a smooth surface for foot traffic or motorized vehicles. Asphalt is flexible and gives during the harsh weather conditions experienced in our area. It is easily and inexpensively maintained and is aesthetically pleasing.
When is the best time to perform patch work?
The best time to perform asphalt patchwork is during the spring and summer months to allow the asphalt to cure over the winter and be ready for asphalt sealer the following year.
What causes potholes to form?
Possible causes of potholes include asphalt that was too thin, base failure under heavy loads, or poor drainage that weakens the subgrade and base. Poor quality (segregation in the asphalt, poor compaction, or asphalt that was burnt or did not have enough oil mixed into it) may be a contributing factor.
What are the different kinds of patch repairs?
There are two main types of asphalt patch repairs procedures that will provide a suitable fix to most asphalt related issues — full-depth patching (peel and pave) and surface patching.
Full-depth patching involves the removal of the entire layer of pavement surface down to or including the subbase, depending on the condition of the stone base. New subbase is then installed, a tack coat is applied, and new asphalt pavement is backfilled into the patch area.
Surface patching is a more temporary fix and should only be considered for a surface that is in relatively good condition. This process does not involve the excavation of the existing surface or subbase. The asphalt is simply layered over the existing surface and feathered to match the in-place grade. In some cases, a rebate is milled into the surface, which eliminates the need to feather-edge the patch.
Why should I fill in the cracks that have developed in my parking lot with asphalt crack filler?
Asphalt crack sealing should be implemented for cracks in your parking lot that are at least a quarter inch thick. Cracks should be filled in with crack filler as soon as possible to prevent the further growth of that crack and also to prevent water from seeping under your asphalt surface into the subgrade.
Premier Paving and Sealcoating is an Authorized PMI (Property Management Institute) Vendor.
Premier Paving and Sealcoating serves the Central PA area including Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Huntington, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, Schuylkill and York Counties.