A Consumer's Guide to Asphalt Paving

Asphalt is a blind product. This means that you can only see the surface, and not the base or thickness, which are much more important. You won’t be able to see any problems that may develop in the future until after your check is cashed; and by then, it is too late.

Why you should use DAMICO PAVING & SEALCOATING to install your drive or parking lot.

Asphalt installed properly will last for decades. Asphalt installed incorrectly may only last a few months. This is a specialized process and we are experts at what we do!

Every year we install hundreds of new driveways. Unfortunately, a few of them are new driveways that are replacing inferior drives installed by other companies. Ask to see their work.

Below are “must ask” questions of any asphalt contractor:

How many workers will be on site when the asphalt is being installed?

Asphalt has to be installed and compacted while it is very hot. We feel this takes a minimum of six to eight workers on site while the asphalt is installed. DAMICO PAVING & SEALCOATING always has six to ten workers on site during asphalt installation. If the asphalt cools before proper compaction, it will look rough and crack in a short amount of time.

Can you have a copy of their Certificate of Insurance including worker’s Compensation Insurance in the event that someone is injured on your property?

This is important for your protection.

Is their equipment up to date?

All of our equipment is State-of-the-Art.

Do they return calls promptly? Will they adjust their schedule to accommodate yours?

With DAMICO PAVING & SEALCOATING, You will receive an owner or partner’s personal phone number. We can always be reached before the job and after the work is completed.

An asphalt driveway or parking lot is composed of the following layers:

Sub Base: This is the ground that is compacted prior to installation of the original stone base.

Base: A minimum of 6-8” of stone, compacted before asphalt paving.

Binder Asphalt: This large stones mixed with oil and sand that is used on all parking lots and some driveways that will have heavy vehicles parked on them. It is very strong and provides a very sturdy base prior to putting on the surface asphalt.

Surface Asphalt: This is smaller stones combined with oil and sand. It is heated to 325° and becomes flexible to work with and then hardens as it cools. Paving is the process of installing the above materials into finished asphalt.

There are many different grades and qualities of stone and asphalt. DAMICO PAVING & SEALCOATING uses only the best products available for a beautiful, top quality driveway. Below are definitions of terms relating to asphalt paving.

Resurfacing/Overlay: is putting a new layer of asphalt over an existing layer.

Tac Coat Primer: This is the glue used to adhere the new asphalt to the existing asphalt.

Petromat: This is the material that must be used in resurfacing. It covers over existing asphalt cracks. If petromat is not used, existing cracks in the asphalt will come back through in a very short amount of time. This is known as reflective cracking.

Saw Cutting Butt Joints: This must be done on every resurface job. This keeps all areas level where the new asphalt meets other surfaces such as: Garage floors, sidewalks, curbs and especially the street when no curb is present. If this procedure is not taken there will be tripping hazards and the asphalt will crumble at the street. Many companies do not take this extra step for a perfect finished look.

Buyer Beware: Never overlay any driveway that is severely cracked or wavy. The new layer will follow the old asphalt cracks and waves in a very short period of time. Unfortunately, every year we replace brand new driveways that less reputable contractors have resurfaced and will never return once your check has been cashed.

We install hundreds of driveways each year. Most of our paving jobs come via word of mouth and referrals from happy customers. We insure that you will have a positive experience from your initial call through the completion of your project.


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