Choose a Reputable Asphalt Paving Contractor
The Installation of asphalt surfacing requires heavy equipment and specialized training, so the first tip is to select a knowledgeable contractor. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, such as:
- Do they have expertise in this specific type of project?
- Can they provide references?
- Are they bonded and insured?
Secondly, it is important to ensure proper site preparation. Discuss project requirements (size, steepness, stairs, ramps, etc.) with your contractor. He will need to prepare the site by ensuring the existing surfaces are all structurally sound, clean, and level. It is possible for new asphalt to be overlaid atop existing blacktop. But depending on its current condition, it may require removal. Remove vegetation from the project area, excavate, and compact the soil. When the site is ready, a gravel or asphalt base will be added. Last, the liquid paving will be poured.
Let it Cure
The third tip is simple – let the surface cool and cure properly. Nothing should touch it during this time. Your contractor will guide you, but usually, 1-2 days are needed.
Seal It In
Properly sealcoating the surface is critical – it protects the asphalt and helps avoid cracks and potholes. Here’s more information:
Sealcoats also need to cure for 24-48 hours after application.
We hope you find these four keys to a successful asphalt project helpful! Getting the right contractor, preparing the site, properly curing, and properly sealcoating will give you lasting functionality.
Considering asphalt paving? Contact Hill Country Sealcoat for a quote today!