Information on Asphalt Paving or Resurfacing
Description & General Steps:
Resurfacing or Overlay are both terms used when new asphalt is added on top of an existing asphalt driveway. After removing any broken, damaged or weak areas from the original driveway we add an average of 2-3 inches of new asphalt onto the surface. The new asphalt is then compacted with a power roller.
When the original or existing asphalt driveway is removed or excavated, we haul it away, then grade and compact the rock base with crushed limestone rock. Finally, approximately 3 inches of new asphalt is compacted with a power roller.
Appearance of Asphalt:
A new asphalt driveway may appear smother in some areas than in others because of the makeup of the blacktop. Blacktop contains a mixture of stone, sand, liquid asphalt and other ingredients which accounts for the varied texture of the surface. Moreover, blacktop areas that have been raked and spread with hand tools may appear different in texture from those spread by machine.
Avoid gasoline, oil, anti-freeze, power steering and transmission fluid spills and leaks. These will dilute the liquid asphalt in your blacktop. Any hole left by these spills should be filled with cold patch. Any cracks that may have developed over winter due to the contraction and expansion of the ground should be filled with crack filler.
Preserving New Asphalt with a Seal Coating:
To preserve your asphalt paving, it is advisable to seal coat it after it has been paved. Sealing too soon, however, may cause damage to your new drive. The best time to seal is 3-12 months after it has been paved and every 2-3 years thereafter. Please see our New Asphalt Tips page for more detailed information.
If you have more questions please feel free to call us at 314-567-0800 or visit our frequently asked questions (FAQ's) page.