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The Paving Basics

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Written estimate provided at the time of the visit. Estimates can be scheduled for day or evening Monday – Thursday

Steve Bates (owner) worked for Lloyd Boyce for 12 years before he bought the business. Steve primarily focuses on commercial estimating. Residential estimates are done by our estimator John Davis, he has 35 years experience in the construction industry.

Estimates can be scheduled for day or evening Monday – Thursday.

Generally lead time is 6-8 weeks. ALL time frames are approximate. Customers will receive a call before we come out.

We generally prefer to have a look at the job and conditions instead of providing a square foot price. All estimates are free and this allows us a chance to meet with homeowner and explain pricing based on the needs of a specific job. We may dig test holes to ensure proper base.

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

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.

The sun will cause fading over time.

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

Generally between 12″-18″ 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.

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.
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).

Price variations can be caused by several different factors, such as:

  1. Site preparation.
  2. Ensuring adequate base is used and graded.
  3. Ensuring 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.

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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