Frequently Asked Paving Questions
1. How can I get a bid for a potential residential or commercial property project?
Unlike other paving companies who will give quotes over the phone, we pride ourselves in providing free on-site consultations. By assessing the worksite in person, we examine the true needs of the client, price the sustainable raw materials and administer an appropriate bid. The bid will reflect the paving industry’s non-competitive, fixed cost of asphalt, combined with the cost of quality labor. Our tightly written specifications will outline the asphalt area needs, insuring that the job is completed correctly the first time, which will inevitably sustain the asphalt and the environment.
Potential clients can visit our contact page and fill out the contact form. We will make all efforts to respond within one business day. If you do not receive a confirmation call or have any questions, please call our sales department at (781) 828-4316 and ask for the sales coordinator.
2. What should I look for in a paving company?
When it comes to asphalt installations and repair, there are no universal standards or specifications. Asphalt management is left largely to the integrity and knowledge of you contractor. Because there are many shortcuts that paving companies may take, it is important to understand the ins and outs of asphalt and hold your contractor accountable.
3. What are the causes of asphalt erosion?
In New England, asphalt erosion is mainly caused by Mother Nature. Our variable climate presents substantial challenges to your property. The constantly changing weather conditions and unsuitable landscaping techniques immensely damage asphalt, which increases the need for avoidable repairs. Improper landscape irrigation can cause run-off water to erode your asphalt. It is important to understand the causes of asphalt erosion so we can help you prevent it and maintain your property.
4. What should we do about our parking lot cracking?
Pavement cracking in New England is inevitable. Departments of Transportation spend billions of dollars studying, chasing, filling, and sealing cracks trying to find the ultimate prevention. The fact is, the freeze and thaw of Winter causes excessive ground movement. Asphalt is a flexible pavement, but cannot stretch enough to compensate for the heaving. The most cost effective maintenance item you can do for your pavement is to seal the cracks to keep moisture from destroying the stone base below the surface.
5. How can we fix deteriorated areas on our blacktop parking lot?
Most deteriorated areas require complete removal of the surface to repair the stone base. In extreme cases, we must completely remove and restore the stone base to properly support the new asphalt surface. We refer to this as “re-base”.
6. What is the most inexpensive method to make our blacktop look good again?
The most inexpensive way to get a new looking surface is to have professionals apply tar emulsion or asphalt emulsion seal coat material. Correct products, quantity of sand or additives, or number of coats is dependent upon the current condition of your pavement. Our professionals will visually inspect and recommend the best solution for your pavement.
7. What is the procedure to widen and create a new blacktop area?
Grass, vegetation, and topsoil are not suitable base to be under asphalt surfaces. All organic material must be removed to solid clay subbase dirt. The dirt should be compacted, and a minimum of 6-8” of Type #304 stone base installed. We recommend a minimum of 1 ½” of 402 intermediate asphalt and 1 ½” of 404 surface layer asphalt over new pavement areas. Uses for vehicles heavier than automobiles require thicker specifications.