Have you ever noticed that some asphalt paving looks great for years, while some deteriorates quickly? What causes asphalt installations to behave so differently?
The answer lies in the proper preparation, laying, and care of asphalt. Here are four keys to ensuring your asphalt paving project looks great and lasts.
Choose a Reputable Contractor
Asphalt requires heavy equipment and specialized training, so the fist key is to select a knowledgeable contractor. Ask probing questions, such as:
- Do they have expertise in this specific type of project?
- Can they provide references?
- Are they insured?
Prepare the Site
The second key is to ensure proper site preparation. Discuss project requirements (size, steepness, stairs, ramps, etc.) with the contractor. Ask about any steps that you need to take.
The contractor will also need to prepare the site. If already paved, it’s possible the asphalt can be laid over, but it may need to be removed. Vegetation will need to be stripped, the area excavated, and the soil compacted. When the site is ready, a gravel or asphalt base will be added. Last, the hot liquid paving will be poured.
Let it Be
The third key is simple – let the surface cool and cure properly. Nothing should touch it during this time. Your contractor will guide you, but usually 1-2 days are needed.
Seal It In
Properly sealcoating the surface is critical – it protects the asphalt and helps avoid cracks and potholes. Here’s more information:
Sealcoats also need to cure for 24-48 hours after application.
We hope you find these four keys to a successful asphalt project helpful! Getting the right contractor, preparing the site, properly curing, and properly sealcoating will give you lasting functionality.Considering asphalt paving? Contact Wolf Paving for a quote today!