FAQs About Asphalt Driveway Paving

FAQs About Asphalt Driveway Paving Grand Rapids, MI

Depending on your circumstances, it may be time for asphalt driveway paving. A new driveway can add a lot of curb appeal to your home. It'll also be easier on your car if you're not driving over deep potholes every day.

As an asphalt contractor, we understand that paving a new driveway is an investment. That's why we're always more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get about asphalt driveway paving.

What are the Benefits of Asphalt?

There are many different benefits of using asphalt to pave your driveway. Asphalt is very durable and will last many years through high volume traffic.

When done right, an asphalt driveway may last between 25 and 30 years. Although this depends on how much maintenance the driveway receives. For example, your driveway will last longer if it's sealcoated every 3 to 5 years.

Asphalt is more cost efficient than concrete and is less expensive to repair. We can easily resurface asphalt as long as the foundation is in good condition.

When Should I Replace My Asphalt Driveway?

We can only replace your driveway when the weather permits. This means that the weather conditions must be dry and the temperature above 50 degrees.

The hot-mix asphalt that we use has to remain hot when it arrives at the job site. Otherwise, it won't compact and perform well.

How Long Does it Take to Pave a New Driveway?

The timing will depend on the condition of the base, the weather, and your schedule. In general, we can finish a residential driveway in one day or less. But it would depend on the weather conditions and the size of the area we're paving.

How Long Do Asphalt Driveways Last?

Your asphalt driveway should last between 20 and 35 years with proper maintenance. Factors that will affect the lifespan include weather, drainage, and usage.

Remember to schedule preventive maintenance to keep your driveway in good condition.

Should I Sealcoat My Driveway?

Yes, we recommend sealcoating your driveway every 3 to 5 years. Sealcoating helps protect asphalt from UV rays, precipitation, and automobile fluids. It also gives your driveway a rich, black color so it looks brand new.

How Long After Paving Can I Drive and Park on My New Driveway?

There should not be any foot or vehicle traffic on your driveway for 24 to 48 hours.

How Do I Maintain My Asphalt Driveway?

We recommend sealcoating your driveway every 3 to 5 years. This will protect your driveway from UV rays, precipitation, and automobile fluids.

It's also a good idea to fix small cracks and potholes right away before they have the chance to deepen. Otherwise, water may be able to infiltrate the driveway's foundation.

Once this happens, the foundation may fail and start to crumble. Alligator cracking is often a sign that the driveway is beyond repair.

If you notice any damage to your asphalt driveway, please don't hesitate to call us. We'll be able to repair any damage so your driveway lasts as long as possible.

Request an Estimate from A-1 Asphalt Inc.

A-1 Asphalt Inc. was founded in 1988. Today, we offer one of the most comprehensive asphalt maintenance programs in Greater Grand Rapids.

To request a free estimate for asphalt driveway paving, please call us at (800) 871-4401. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.

This blog post has been updated.