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Paving: The Basics

Q: How long will it take to get an estimate?

A: Estimate appointments are scheduled sometimes for the same day (depending on availability) or within a few days of the call. Estimates are scheduled Monday-Thursday evening. After Steve visits for the estimate he will leave a written quote with you.


Q: Who does the quoting, what is their experience?

A: Steve Bates (owner, Lloyd Boyce Paving Inc.) does ALL quoting himself. Steve worked for 12 years in paving when Lloyd Boyce owned the company, and now has 7 years' experience as the new owner.


Q: When are quotes done ..."because I work during the day or evening"?

A: Most quotes are done in the evening after the dinner hour. However, arrangements can be made for day time quotes if it is more convenient for you.


Q: If going ahead with paving, when will it be completed?

A: Generally, we are scheduled 4-6 weeks in advance. Unfortunately, we usually can't provide an exact date due to inclement weather, which can put us behind schedule. Clients will receive a call the day before you are scheduled to let you know we are coming.


Q: Can I get a square foot price?

A: Steve generally prefers to have a look at the job and conditions instead of providing a square foot price. All estimates are free and this allows Steve a chance to meet with homeowner and explain pricing based on the needs of a specific job.


Q: Why is my paved driveway "stoney"?

A: Stones are used in the asphalt mix to strengthen the driveway to keep it durable.

 

Q: Do I need to seal my paved driveway?

A: We do NOT recommend sealing or spraying a paved driveway because driveway sealers shrink, pulling the top of the asphalt apart causing cracks. Asphalt has a heat rating and when the driveway is always sealed the sun keeps it much hotter through the summer, this dries out the asphalt earlier in its life making it brittle.


Q: Why isn't my driveway really black anymore?

A: The sun will cause fading over time.


Q: When is the best time to pave?

A: Newly built homes with fresh gravel should wait 12 months before paving because the fill around the house needs to settle.


Q: Cracks have started in spots; does this mean I have to repave the whole thing?

A: We recommend having it looked at first. If cracks are confined to a single area, a patch may be the best and least expensive option. If the driveway has been sealed repeatedly or is really old and is in poor condition, repaving might be the only option.


Q: How much gravel is required for a base on an asphalt driveway?

A: Generally between 12"-14" of gravel base is used because of the harsh climate during the winter months. Freezing and thawing can occur multiple times over the course of a single winter season, this is why an adequate base is required.

 

Q: Why does frost damage my driveway?

A: When asphalt pavement is new, it's more flexible, that is one of the reasons why it is used in cold weather climates. Over time, the asphalt becomes brittle due to the cold, when freezing and thawing occurs multiple times throughout the course of many winters this allows water to penetrate into the base causing cracking in the asphalt.


Q: How do you base your pricing?

A: Price is based on the specific job depending on what it needs, how much time is needed to prep and complete the job, what type of equipment is required, and how much material is needed (such as gravel base and asphalt).


Q: Why is there such a variation in pricing depending on the company?

A: Price variations can be caused by several different factors, such as: 1) Site preparation, 2) ensuring adequate base is used and graded, and 3) that adequate, evenly applied asphalt is laid. For example: asphalt thickness might be 2.5 - 3 inches around the edges but only 1/2 an inch in the center. This makes the driveway appear to be the proper thickness to withstand harsh climate changes.


Q: What is the standard thickness of an asphalt driveway?

A: Thickness varies depending on the usage (light cars or heavy trucks). The residential standard for us is laying 3" compacted to 2 1/2".


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