Paving Dilemmas – The List
1. How Long Will New Pavement Last?
Asphalt pavement can have a life of several decades if it is installed correctly and maintained properly. The actual life depends on the type of use that the pavement gets and the quality of the maintenance. On average, a new road or parking lot will last between 25 and 30 years if it is maintained well. Without proper maintenance, expect its life to be about half as long.
2. How Long Before Traffic Can Resume?
The time of year, type of work and scope of the project are the key factors in determining how long an area must remain closed to traffic. Under normal conditions, expect the area to be closed until the following morning if you are having sealcoating applied. If you are having an overlay applied or are reconstructing your pavement, traffic can often be allowed in 24 to 36 hours.
3. What Type of Work Is Possible During the Winter?
Asphalt paving in Houston can be performed during the winter months. However, for most work, the temperature needs to be above 50 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the process. If the weather cooperates, it may be possible to apply sealcoating or asphalt pavement, and crack filling is typically possible as well.
4. What Is an Appropriate Maintenance Plan?
You should consult a reputable contractor to devise a preventive maintenance program tailored to your property. Three services should be included: crack filling, sealcoating and removal of automotive fluids. How often you need these services depends on the use your pavement receives. For example, if you have a busy parking lot, you should probably have sealcoating applied every two years and the other services performed twice per year.
5. Why Do Estimates Vary by Contractor?
The most common reason for estimates that vary is that contractors are not quoting the same scope of work or using the same quality of materials. Make sure that you are not comparing apples to oranges. If one or two quotes are excessively low, this could indicate that the contractor is uninsured, lacks the necessary equipment or is unscrupulous.
6. Is an Overlay Possible if Pavement Is Cracked?
Whether an overlay is possible will depend on the size, number and type of cracks. Cracks will need to be repaired before the overlay is installed. The pavement’s foundation should be in good shape as well. Most of the time, if more than about one-third of your pavement has severe cracks or potholes, you are better off to rebuild your pavement rather than attempt an overlay.
7. Why Is Sealcoating Essential?
Sealcoating improves the appearance of your asphalt pavement, but its real benefit lies in the protection it provides. Sealants block the UV rays that cause asphalt pavement to deteriorate prematurely. They also slow the penetration of automotive fluids and provide an extra layer of protection against water damage.
8. Why Worry About Water?
The real problem with water is what it can do to the foundation supporting your pavement. Paving in Houston needs a solid foundation to remain resilient under load. If water gets under the pavement, it can erode and destabilize the foundation. This results in alligator cracking, potholes and large cracks.
9. Are Oil Stains Just Cosmetic?
Although it is true that oil and other automotive fluids can leave ugly stains, they can also damage your asphalt pavement. Automotive fluids and asphalt are all petroleum-based distillates that existed for millions of years in their combined state. When they encounter each other, they try to revert to their previous state. In the process, the asphalt can be destroyed.
10. Why Does the Contractor Need to Visit My Site Before Providing a Firm Quote?
If the only considerations were the square footage and the location of the job, it would be simple to provide a firm quote over the telephone. However, there are many details about every project that can only be discovered by inspecting the property.
LDC Paving is a full-service asphalt paving contractor serving the greater Houston area and its surrounding areas. We are a paving contractor that specialize in the maintenance, repair and marking of parking lots for municipalities, shopping centers, apartment complexes, hotels, subdivisions and restaurants. We are committed to customer satisfaction, superior workmanship and reasonable rates. Whether you need an asphalt overlay, concrete, parking lot striping, crack repair, bollard posts, traffic signs, speed bumps or sealcoating, you can count on LDC Paving. If you would like to request a free quote, submit the online form or call (832) 640-7296.
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