Top 5 Commonly Asked Asphalt Questions

At Ital Paving we are proud to offer the highest level of customer service and quality workmanship for all of your residential, commercial and industrial project needs. When it comes to asphalt pavement, our crew of experienced professionals know their stuff. To help answer some of your asphalt questions, we have complied a list of the top 5 most commonly asked questions to better help you make informed decisions before getting started on your next project.

1. When Should I Sealcoat My Asphalt Driveway?
It is widely recommended by industry professionals that driveways have a sealcoat application done every 1-2 years. Just as we apply sunscreen to our skin to eliminate the harmful effects of UV rays, sealcoating with a liquid layer over a paved surface also protects the asphalt surface from damage caused by UV rays and harsh weather.

2. How Long Does an Asphalt Driveway Last?
An asphalt driveway that is properly installed by an experienced professional asphalt company should generally last between 10 – 15 years. The key to extending the lifespan and durability of your asphalt surface is to perform regular preventative maintenance to keep your surface looking great.

3. What Causes Asphalt Deterioration and How Do I Prevent It?
There are a few key enemies of asphalt pavement. Surface water is the key cause of asphalt failure, which is why it is important that water management is the first consideration in the installation process. A base for asphalt is the first step to building a great asphalt surface, and must be addressed before the project begins. Our experienced professional team will assess and address any concerns with you prior to the project taking place. In addition, proper sealcoating applications can help protect your asphalt surface from sunlight and vehicle fluids that can also cause damage.

4. How Do You Find the Best Asphalt Contractor for Your Project?
Whether you are looking for a contractor for a residential, commercial or rural paving project, there are a few key things you should consider. Ask questions and make sure the contractors you are speaking to understand your project scope and your unique needs. Do your research and make sure the contractor’s reputation satisfies you, recent projects are up to par, and most importantly all, if their city/municipal licences, company insurance and clearance certificates are valid.

5. What Is the Best Way to Repair Potholes?
Potholes are caused by the expansion and contraction of water after it has entered the ground under the pavement. They seem to pop out of nowhere every spring season and wreak havoc on cars, cyclists and pedestrians. The pothole repair process involves 4 important steps: clean, heat, add the new custom aggregate mix, and cool. Cold patch, although a quick solution, is not recommended, as it will not stay in place like hot asphalt and will cost you more in time and material than having your trouble spot properly fixed using hot asphalt.

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