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Asphalt Paving FAQs

Asphalt Paving FAQs
Milwaukee Area: 262.965.2121//Madison Area: 608.249.7931
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Your asphalt paving questions answered.

Q: Why should I choose asphalt pavement for my paving needs?

A: Historically, asphalt has proven to be an excellent paving material. Cost wise, asphalt provides excellent performance equal to other more expensive options.

Q: Why should I choose Wolf Paving to pave my driveway or parking lot?

A: Wolf Paving not only manufactures the product, but has been providing service since 1941. Our equipment is state of the art, plus we are staffed by experienced and well trained asphalt pavement crews. Paving is provided for highways, roads, streets, commercial properties, and even residential driveways.

Q: How long will a new asphalt driveway or parking lot last?

A: With a properly installed asphalt surface, using good product, customers can expect the asphalt surface to last 30 or more years. With proper maintenance, many projects can last 40 to 50 years.

Q: Do you offer a warranty on your work?

A: All our work is covered for 12 months.

Q: What is the typical procedure for installing a driveway or parking lot?

A: One crew prepares the base to make sure the sub-grade drains properly, plus is built to the required specifications to support the anticipated load bearing needs. A second crew arrives with the paving equipment and product. Asphalt is placed in one, two, or 3 layers, depending on the required specifications.

Q: What do I need to do when you come to do the paving?

A: We will need full access to the site with garage doors open. We contact Diggers Hotline before starting any project.

Q: Do I need to do anything after the paving is done?

A: Nothing specific is required. It is best to wait at least 24 hours before driving on the new surface. We often advise that you wait longer during hot weather. Following installation, be sure to follow a regular preventative maintenance plan, including sealcoating and crack filling, to keep your asphalt looking its best. 

Q: How long should I stay off the new asphalt?

A: Normally, 24-hours is all that is required to use your new asphalt surface. In very warm weather, we recommend staying off the fresh asphalt for 1 - 2 days, as the surface cools. 

Q: What will the asphalt look like when you are finished?

A: When your asphalt pavement is brand new the surface is very black. Sometimes, you may be able to notice roller marks and some areas where hand work was done may be more visible. After a short time of usage, however, the surface will blend together and have a very smooth appearance.

Q: What is an overlay and is it appropriate for my needs?

A: On some occasions, it is possible to apply a new layer of asphalt over an old layer. A qualified asphalt paving professional will need to inspect the site to make that determination. Unfortunately, overlays are often done on pavement surfaces that should be repaired or replaced entirely. At Wolf Paving, we will only overlay when we are sure that option the best choice for the integrity and durability of the surface.

Q: How do I maintain my asphalt to keep it looking good for years to come?

A: There are many things you can do to keep your asphalt paving looking great. Killing weeds along the edges, treating any oil or gas spills, filling any open cracks, and keeping the pavement sealed will greatly extend the life of any asphalt surface.

Q: What is the procedure for maintaining my asphalt?

A: It is best to have asphalt maintenance done professionally. Many do-it-yourself products are available, but are not up to the standards used by our team of asphalt paving professionals. There is also a skill level required to apply certain products. Applied incorrectly, any repair solution or sealing 'cure' can actually cause damage.

Q: Can you repair my existing driveway?

A: Asphalt is the easiest paving surface to repair. There are many repair options a Wolf Paving team member can discuss with you. For most repair services, it is best to consult a professional. 

Q: Can you perform asphalt repairs in the winter?

A: Some asphalt repair work can be completed in the winter months. Usually a temporary repair is done with a proper repair done in prime weather conditions.

Q: What should I do before you sealcoat my driveway or parking lot?

A: Leave the garage door open and remove any vehicles.

Q: Do you provide snow plowing, salting and ice control services?

A: Wolf Paving does provide winter services, but most of our services are on commercial sites or larger. With a 24-hour dispatch service in place and supervisors out on call, Wolf Paving responds quickly to winter service requests. Wolf Paving will deliver sand, salt, and various mixes of sand and salt wherever needed, and we are proud to sell in de-icer varieties in small amounts or bulk quantities.

Q: What’s the difference between permeable and porous asphalt?

A: Porous asphalt allows water to pass-through the asphalt to a specially prepared gravel base. Permeable pavement provides a method to reduce runoff over impervious surfaces that allows for the management and treatment of stormwater on-site while creating a usable area.

Q: How do you decide what type of asphalt should be used in my project?

A: Product type for each unique paving project is determined by one of our asphalt paving professionals. Inspection of the site will indicate the best match for the anticipated usage. On most Municipal and new Commercial sites, the specification for the product is provided by the architect or engineering firm. We then formulate the product to match the noted specifications.

Q: When and where should cold mix or hot mix asphalt be used?

A: Cold mix is used mostly in off-season situations, or where a quick fix is needed. Hot mix is used during prime season.

Q: What do you do with the old asphalt?

A: Old asphalt is returned to our yard at our recycle facility. At one time, old asphalt was used primarily to build temporary roadways in landfill sites. Now, all recycled asphalt and “crushed reclaim” is a valuable product. Used in various amounts and formulations, reclaimed asphalt is found in many of the asphalt mixes used by Wolf Paving. Municipal projects all require a percentage of recycled asphalt in the product. The addition of reclaimed asphalt to custom mixes has been found to improve asphalt mixes, extending longevity and enhancing performance.

Q: Do you take old asphalt shingles?

A: Yes we do at “Wolf Recycle”. Asphalt shingles are used in small percentages in various mixes. Again, many municipalities and commercial projects require the addition of recycled shingle in their mix.