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What Everyone Ought To Know About Asphalt Paving (lafayette / orinda / moraga)

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Why am I publishing this information?
The asphalt industry is inundated with various contractors that will offer subpar services that fail to make the cut when it comes to satisfying results. In today's market, contractors will chase the sale for the sake of closing the deal without really paying attention to the customer's concerns. Misinformation is all too common, especially when a client is convinced with a subpar asphalt service that results in frustration and ultimately leads them back to the painstaking process of looking for an asphalt contractor that can fulfill their expectations. Therefore, here I will outline the common questions I am constantly asked so you can make a more informed decision in whichever asphalt service you choose to take action on.

What is the difference between re-paving and sealcoating my driveway?
Re-paving a driveway will address the structural flaws that are causing your asphalt to deteriorate. This can be due to a variety of reasons such as tree root interference, weather impact, base failure, and vehicle weight wear and tear. Re-paving consists of remove and replacing, overlaying, or installing a new layer of Hot Mix Asphalt, typically between 2-3 inches in depth. Sealcoating does not address structural flaws, instead it helps with lengthening the life of pre-existing asphalt. This is achieved adding protective layer on top of the existing asphalt surface which reduces the impact of sun oxidation, gas/oil spillage, and water seepage.

What is asphalt seal coat made out of?
The most common seal coat option on the market is an asphalt emulsion based seal coating (AE) made up of several small droplets of asphalt, the main ingredient that gives it protective qualities. Other ingredients include water and emulsifiers. These ingredients come together and are delivered via a wet application. The end result is a finished deep black surface, making the chosen surface look like new again.

Is there a way to only address severe problem areas and make my surface look aesthetically pleasing?
This is a common concern amongst clients who are aware of areas that need fixing but do not see justification in re-paving their entire surface. A patch & seal is a viable option. This comes in as a more affordable option that focuses addresses the main problem areas by marking, cutting, excavating, re-grading, and re-paving: A process which fixes structural failure due to time and environmental factors. Areas which exhibit minor failure/no failure will then be addressed through a process of crack filling (if needed) and seal coating. This final step will ensure the project scope has a consistent deep black finish while reducing the eyesore that comes with patchwork.


Why should I go with a complete remove and replace option?
Remove and Replace it the best way to ensure you eliminate all doubts when it come to asphalt maintenance. While patchwork is effective and can produce great long-lasting results it's still not as effective as a complete asphalt remove and replace. Deciding to go with this option removes the old asphalt surface entirely, bringing the proposed surface down to base where structural issues such as growing tree roots, failed base, and worn out pavement can be addressed. The main benefit of going with this option is receiving a completely new surface with the longest lifespan and durability as compared to other asphalt maintenance options.

When should I choose an asphalt overlay option?
Asphalt overlay is a great option when the existing asphalt is in relatively decent shape, meaning there are no obvious visible signs of pavement failure. Beware of contractors willing to sell you overlay work for your driveway just so they can make a quick buck. Asphalt Overlay is not an option that should be chosen if it is clear that the existing pavement has potholes, major cracks, alligatoring, and/or tree root failure. It's true, you will achieve the coveted clean new asphalt pavement look but it will come at the expense of failing to exercise proper due diligence. In 2-3 years time, the existing problems on the overlayed asphalt will reappear. This effect is called reflective cracking, as your new top layer will exhibit the same problems occurring down below.


If you would like a 100% obligation free assessment of your property please give me a call at (510) 501-2601

A&A Paving Co., Inc.

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