For your convenience, here are answers to some of the most common questions we get from customers. Still need more information, feel free to fill out the Contact form or give us a call. We’ll be happy to help.
QUESTION: What time of year can I have a new driveway installed or my existing driveway sealcoated?
ANSWER: The asphalt paving and sealcoating season isn’t a long one, and the exact length each year is determined by Mother Nature. In a good year, it can begin in March and end in November. In a not-so-good year, it can be delayed until April and end as early as October. Generally speaking, you can’t pave and sealcoat in freezing temperatures, so if you wake up and find frost on the ground or there’s a good chance for frost, it’s too cold to have it done. When in doubt, contact us. And remember that unlike asphalt, millings, a cheaper alternative to asphalt, can be laid any time of year.
QUESTION: How much does a new paved driveway cost?
ANSWER: The cost of a new paved driveway is determined by square footage, but that’s not all, so the cost can vary quite a bit. Other factors that go into the cost of your new driveway include what you currently have that needs removed, what the existing sub-base is like if you have one at all, and what sort of drainage issues your property is faced with because of the contours of the land or the soil type your driveway is being built on.
According to Angie’s List, most homeowners pay between $4,500 and $6,000 for a new paved driveway. But again, the actual cost one homeowner pays over another can vary widely depending on what they need. If you’re wondering how much a new paved driveway will cost you, simply fill out the Contact form and we’ll get you scheduled for a free on-site consultation and no-obligation quote.
QUESTION: How soon should I sealcoat my new driveway?
ANSWER: A new driveway should be allowed to fully cure before you seal it. That means you should allow at least 3 months before you seal your new driveway. Depending on the time of year your driveway is installed, you may have to wait for temperatures to warm up. Waiting 6 to 9 months is not uncommon here in the northeast part of the country. If you seal your new driveway before the hydrocarbon oils in the asphalt have completely evaporated, your driveway will always be susceptible to scuff marks from vehicle tires.
QUESTION: Will my new driveway crack?
Unfortunately, it isn’t a question of if but when. As the ground beneath your driveway settles and moves, the asphalt moves, too. If too much pressure is put on it, cracks are the result. Unlike a concrete driveway that has control joints that try to keep the inevitable cracks hidden from view, an asphalt driveway has no control joints, thus the cracking is going to occur where you can clearly see it. But not only is an asphalt driveway cheaper than a concrete driveway to install, it’s also much cheaper to fix. Repairing and sealcoating are part of the ongoing maintenance of an asphalt driveway. By repairing and sealing the cracks, then sealcoating, your driveway can be restored to a new appearance.
QUESTION: How much does sealcoating cost?
ANSWER: The cost of sealcoating is determined by the square footage of your driveway, the quality of the sealer, and the sealcoating application used — spray on or brush on. Like most everything in life, if you get an offer to sealcoat your driveway that seems too good to be true, it almost always is. It means an inferior or completely useless material is being used to sealcoat your driveway, and that’s money completely wasted. A good sealer acts as a barrier that prevents water, ice, car fluids, the sun, salt and other chemicals from staining and eating away at the surface of the driveway. A bad sealer turns your driveway black for a short period of time and does little to nothing to protect your driveway, extend its life, and keep it looking new.
According to Angie’s List, the average homeowner paid $385 in 2013 to have their driveway professionally sealcoated. But like installing new asphalt, the cost can vary greatly, so it’s best to fill out the Contact form, get your free on-site consultation and no-obligation quote scheduled, and know for sure how much it will cost rather than guesstimate.
QUESTION: How often should I sealcoat my driveway?
ANSWER: Every two years.
QUESTION: Will a new or sealcoated driveway increase the value of my home?
ANSWER: Yes and no.
When it comes to installing a new asphalt driveway or making it look new by repairing and sealcoating, you’ll absolutely increase your home’s value. Like nearly all home additions and renovations, however, you aren’t going to see a 1 for 1 return on your investment. And you certainly aren’t going to see a 2 for 1 return like you see on home makeover “reality” shows that aren’t really based on reality at all.
It’s less a question of increasing your home’s value as it is preventing the value from being decreased. Next to the outward appearance of your home, your driveway is the first impression you make on visitors and prospective buyers. An unpaved or broken driveway is unattractive, thus making your home less visually appealing and more difficult to sell. If you’re looking to sell your home, a new driveway or sealcoated driveway is one of the quickest ways to skyrocket your home’s curb appeal. And if you’re not selling any time soon, a new driveway is one of the best ways to make your home appear cleaner and more valuable, and you’ll love the feel of pulling your car onto your smooth driveway. Finally, whether you install a new driveway or have an existing one you want to not have to replace for as long as possible, sealcoating will give you a new appearance and extend the life of what you have, saving you money in both the short and the longterm, which is as good as making more money.
QUESTION: As a business owner, why should I spend money on my parking lot?
ANSWER: If you’re a salesman, you know that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Well, your parking lot is what usually makes the first impression on visitors who come into your physical location. In a sense, it’s a salesman that greets your visitors before they enter your front door. A new-looking or well-maintained parking lot with crisp lines marking out the parking areas instills confidence in a visitor that you’re professionals who take pride in who you are and what you do. And again, if you’re a salesman you know that the confidence a customer has in you is worth far more than even the price you’re able to give them.