Asphalt FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
What is sealcoating?
Sealcoating is a layer of coal tar emulsion applied to the asphalt pavement. This layer helps to protect against weathering and ultraviolet oxidation while providing a uniform black appearance on the parking lot.
What is resurfacing?
Resurfacing is the process of installing a new layer of asphalt on an existing pavement surface. This layer is typically 1.5" to 2" thick. Other terms asphalt resurfacing is know as are: asphalt overlay, pavement overlay.
My asphalt is cracking can this be repaired?
Yes of course! We have all the proper equipment and skill technicians to quickly and economically fill these cracks and prevent further damage. The sooner these asphalt cracks can be repaired the better.
Does asphalt come in other colors besides black?
Generally asphalt is applied black. There are additives that can be mixed in the asphalt to shade for additional colors and styles.
I see roller marks on my asphalt parking lot, will these go away?
These will fade in time, usually after a few months they will begin to become less noticeable. Compaction rollers are a critical aspect of producing a long lasting quality pavement. A 90% compaction level is ideal.
Will leaking oil from vehicles cause damage to my asphalt?
Oil, gasoline, and brake fluids act like a solvent and can cause the asphalt to soften and break down the binder.
There are plants / grass growing in the middle of my asphalt, how is this possible?
Plant or grass seeds that make it below the asphalt surface before paving can sprout up in the parking lot. Higher compacted asphalt levels will tend not to get as many vegetative growths. If grass does appear the best way is to use chemical sprays to kill the plants.
Small sections of my parking lot are deteriorating, can these be repaired by patching?
It is best advised to take care of any deteriorating spots as quickly as possible in the life-cycle of the pavement. The sooner problem areas can be addressed the more money you can save in the long run.
Will I notice the patch repairs?
With our infrared asphalt repair process our patches are installed as seamlessly as possible. Typically, the biggest difference you will notice is the difference in color. The newer asphalt will be black and the existing pavement is usually a few shades lighter or a grayish color. Sealcoating a parking lot after various asphalt patch repairs will help to blend in the repaired spots.
How often should I sealcoat?
Asphalt sealcoating should be applied every one to three years. This can depend on the amount of traffic the parking lot receives.
What are the benefits of asphalt?
The four main advantages of asphalt paving are that its economical to install and maintain, its durable, its safe and reliable, and it is highly recyclable.
Can an asphalt surface be installed over concrete?
Yes! If you want to switch your parking lot from concrete to asphalt we can pave right over the existing concrete. There are a few things to consider before making the switch such as the stability of the concrete and the layout of the expansion joints in the concrete.
Does current oil prices impact asphalt prices?
Yes, this is because asphalt prices are linked to crude oil prices. When the market drops or rises in the oil industry so does the asphalt cost.