In general, asphalt is cheaper to install and repair, adapts to temperature changes more easily, and cures within hours. Concrete lasts longer and requires less maintenance but damage is more noticeable and repairs are costly.
There are many individuals or companies that go door-to-door offering quick asphalt services at deeply discounted rates. Unfortunately, most of these instances result in incomplete or sub-par asphalt work or, worse, a stolen deposit without any work completed. To protect yourself and ensure a quality asphalt job, keep the following in mind:
A regular maintenance program that includes crack sealing, seal coating, and asphalt repair (if needed) can more than double the life of your asphalt investment and contribute to aesthetic appeal. Furthermore, proper maintenance may protect business owners and HOA’s from liability for damages that could result from unmaintained lots, roads, or pathways.
Cracks should be sealed as soon as they begin to appear and on a yearly basis after that. This helps to prevent water from enlarging existing cracks, which may lead to pothole formation. In general, cracks will begin to form two to three years after installation depending on factors relating to weather, traffic, and maintenance.
Asphalt should be resealed every three to four years depending on the level of traffic. This will protect the surface from oil spills and damage resulting from intense sunlight and heat. As a cosmetic bonus, it will also give your asphalt a like-new appearance. Cracks should be sealed as soon as they begin to appear and on a yearly basis after that. This helps to prevent water from enlarging existing cracks, which may lead to pothole formation. In general, cracks will begin to form two to three years after installation depending on factors relating to weather, traffic, and maintenance.
New pavement should be allowed a minimum of four hours to cure before it is driven on. There are several factors such as asphalt depth and weather conditions that may influence this time frame so ask the foreman how long you should wait.
Every project is unique and requires custom preparation, installation, and finishing details. For this reason, it is best that we send one of our expert estimators to the job site so that we are better informed of your project’s specific requirements.
Typically, asphalt plants in Western Colorado are open from mid-March to late November when daily minimum temperatures are high enough to allow the pavement to cure properly. The minimum temperature ranges depending on the thickness of asphalt required for a project. While pavement cannot be installed over a wet base material, precipitation immediately following a project’s completion is acceptable.