FAQ

  • DO YOU PROVIDE FREE ESTIMATES? Yes. When you contact Heritage Asphalt Paving, we'll promptly arrange for a free estimate with our owner Robert that suits your schedule and you'll never experience a hard sell. Robert will visit your site, assess your needs, help you understand your options, answer every question you may have in terms you'll easily understand, and provide a detailed estimate, free of charge!

 

  • HOW LONG WILL MY NEW ASPHALT LAST? Properly installed and maintained residential driveways should last from 15-30 years. The actual time will depend on many factors, including subsoil conditions, use, drainage, preventative maintenance, and more.

  • HOW SOON CAN I USE MY NEW DRIVEWAY? Asphalt needs time to harden and cure. You can usually drive into your garage after a few days. Depending on weather, you can park on it after 7-14 days. Even when cured, asphalt can sometimes soften in extremely hot weather and harden as temperatures fall. See our page on Driveway Care & Maintenance for more information.

  • DO I NEED TO SEALCOAT MY ASPHALT DRIVEWAY? Properly applied sealcoating can maintain the beauty of your driveway and help protect it from the sun's rays. Driveways should be sealed 1 year after install and every 2-3 years thereafter.

  • WILL THERE BE ANY HIDDEN COSTS NOT ON THE ESTIMATE? A reputable company, like Heritage Asphalt Paving, will provide a very accurate estimate for your project. You should expect the estimate to be correct and should not expect any major changes in the total cost. We are extremely careful to include all factors in our original estimate. If conditions are discovered after work begins, or if you make changes after the pricing estimate is made, some adjustments may be needed, but we always discuss these with you immediately. In most cases, our initial estimate will be what you will pay for your driveway or parking lot. We don't like surprises any more than you do.

  • DO I NEED A NEW SUB-BASE UNDER MY DRIVEWAY? If the current base is contaminated or of poor quality, then it may need to be completely dug out and replaced. If the existing base is strong, it can be used as a part of the new sub-base. The ultimate goal is to make sure a solid compacted base is created before the asphalt is laid over the top.

  • WHAT HAPPENS TO MY EXISTING DRIVEWAY? To remove your existing asphalt or concrete driveway, we'll use a skid loader to remove the driveway and put the debris in dump trucks. Sometimes an excavator is needed to get started on a concrete driveway. The old material is hauled to a recycling center, where it is processed for further use.

  • CAN I SIMPLY PUT A NEW LAYER OF ASPHALT OVER THE OLD ONE? In a small percentage of situations, installing what is called a "resurfacing" or an "overlay" over your existing asphalt can be done. Keep in mind though that anywhere there are cracks or the asphalt is broken, the cracks will reappear through the new layer. This is called reflective cracking. In most cases, fresh, new paving is highly recommended.

  • HOW WILL THE DRIVEWAY LOOK WHEN ITS FINISHED? After paving, your driveway will be smooth and very dark in color. Some variations in its appearance and texture are normal. As time goes by, your driveway will become lighter in color and texture changes will occur.​​

  • HOW LONG SHOULD I STAY OFF MY NEW ASPHALT? Normally, 24-hours is all that is required to use your new asphalt surface. We recommend staying off the fresh asphalt for 2-3 days, as the surface cools and cures, especially in very warm weather.

  • MY CAR LEFT TIRE SCUFF MARKS, ARE THEY PERMANENT? Tire scuffmarks are caused when you turn your car's steering wheel while your car is parked. If it is a hot day and the asphalt has not completely cured, the surface will get a blemish, like grinding your heel into a soft substance. Over time, most of this will become less noticeable.

  • WHAT SHOULD I DO TO HELP PREVENT THE EDGES OF MY DRIVEWAY FROM CRACKING? The edges or 'shoulders' of your driveway are one of the most vulnerable areas of the asphalt. If you put a lot of weight on the edge (driving your car or lawn mower right on or by the edge), there is the possibility that the edge will crack or break off if it is not properly supported. You can help by installing seeded topsoil against the finished height of the asphalt once the job is completed.

  • WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF USING ASPHALT VS CONCRETE FOR MY DRIVEWAY? Color aside, we believe that this is primarily a question of personal taste, but there are two primary differences:

    • Asphalt is a flexible surface that has the ability to flex with use and slight movements of the base. Concrete relies on its own internal strength to absorb loads and bridge weaknesses in the sub-base.

    • Concrete costs significantly more than an asphalt surface of comparable strength.

    • Learn more about the differences of Asphalt VS Concrete on our Why Asphalt? page!

 

  • CAN I PAVE A LAYER OF ASPHALT OVER MY OLD CONCRETE DRIVEWAY? Yes. This can be done if the concrete has not deteriorated too much, but we do not recommend it. Concrete is a stiff, unforgiving solid that is prone to cracking and breaking. Concrete has expansion joints and when the concrete 'moves', reflective cracking in the asphalt above is likely to occur as a result.

  • WHAT SORT OF MAINTENANCE IS REQUIRED TO PROLONG THE LIFE OF MY DRIVEWAY OR PARKING LOT? It is recommended that an asphalt driveway or parking lot be maintained regularly to prevent the surface from deteriorating, to slow the formation of stress cracks, and also to maintain the aesthetics of your property. We recommend annual preventative maintenance such as Crack Sealing when new cracks occur. A Sealcoat should be applied every two years depending on the traffic and wear that you see. Corrective maintenance is necessary when excessive cracking occurs or other failed areas develop. This maintenance includes pothole filling & localized patching, resurface / overlay, or a complete removal and replacement.

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