Driveway Repair Questions
Every driveway is different and unique to its environment. If it possible to save your existing driveway, we will. In many instances we can repair problem areas and treat the whole surface giving it a fresh new look. This can save time and money. However, if the driveway is beyond repair or the repairs are going to approach the cost of a new driveway, we will advise you accordingly and provide you with some options. Call us for a free estimate.
Yes. Many times we are able to blend in new areas with existing driveways. We can change widths, add parking areas, install cobble or metal edging etc. This allows you to save money and still have a new driveway look for your home. Let us help you design a new and interesting driveway and increase the curb appeal and value of your home.
On new construction, driveways sized around 2,500 s.f. have comparable prices. If the driveway is larger than 2,500 s.f. chip seal is often more cost effective. Conversely, if the driveway is less than 2,500 s.f. often blacktop is less expensive. Both methods are similar in durability and made from liquid asphalt and stone, and both require a proper base. However, chip seal adds a natural look and elegance that blacktop doesn’t have. View our gallery
to see how a driveway can blend with your landscaping and beautify your home.
Chip Seal driveways complement landscapes beautifully and give the beauty of “gravel”, with the stabilization of blacktop. And, if the driveway is large, it may be more cost effective than a traditional blacktop. Call
or request a quote
today and let us show you what we can do.
Yes, we do this often. For example, we can pave a section in front of your garage and install chip seal over the rest of the driveway. This allows for a “practical” area (car washing in bare feet, basketball sidewalk chalk…etc.) and a driveway that beautifies your home.
Yes. However, plowing should be done with a little bit of caution. It is helpful if shoes can be left on the snowplow. Most plow services are familiar with the proper care of a stone driveway and we are happy to provide a care sheet as a reminder. The surplus stone may move around slightly, but the stone imbedded in the liquid asphalt will be secure. Salt will not hurt the driveway.
Though bleeding can occur, it’s very rare. We take every precaution when installing products to assure the right amount and type of liquid asphalt is used. On occasion bleeding has been caused by a separate issue; underground irrigation malfunction. Many times we are the contractor called to “fix” other contractors mistakes or “bleed” issues.
Liquid asphalt used on driveways is very flexible. It expands and contracts with the seasons. Any asphalt type driveway will be soft on a very hot day or brittle on a very cold one. For this reason, some care should be used on very hot days.
From time to time the surplus stone should be broomed around to make sure it is uniform. Try and keep cars moving while turning the wheels. Try to avoid spilling things like paint, paint thinner and gasoline on your driveway.
Absolutely not! The liquid asphalt we use needs to be heated to over 300 degrees in order for it to be handled and applied. Once the material is sprayed it does not migrate.
Yes! Asphalt is the number one recycled product. We recycle and use recycled products as often as possible such as processed gravel and recycled gravel. Every bit of reclaimed asphalt can be reused in new blacktop, cold mix asphalt and driveway base.