Taking on an asphalt project in any form can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t need to be. If you’re thinking that you might be needing some repair or maintenance done on your asphalt surface, you probably do. Oftentimes the problems that are clearly visible to the untrained eye (i.e., those who aren’t trained in asphalt inspection) indicate much bigger issues that need to be addressed. Don’t let this scare you because we’re here to help!
Step 1: Noticing the Problem
Some issues (like potholes or large cracks) make their existence known pretty easily; other issues might take a little detective work on your part. It’s a good idea to walk your property every so often to check for problem spots, taking pictures of the same spot, from the same angle, as you do your monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly inspections as your schedule permits. Through the photos, you can track things like the amount of raveling (when the asphalt breaks down and leaves gritty gravel-like chunks), the length/width/depth of cracks, the fading of any striping or painted numbers/symbols, the appearance of any reflective cracking, the growth of potholes, and any other notable changes. The quantity and severity of the issues, and the amount of space affected will determine what kind of repair or maintenance is needed.
Step 2: Understanding the Greater Impact
Unfortunately, asphalt surface defects or problems aren’t always the only issues. Cracks allow water to seep in and wash away the subgrade, creating a prime environment for potholes to form. Raveling exposes the subgrade to the elements and will continue to deteriorate. By catching these issues early on, you can help prevent more serious damage by doing things like sealing cracks and applying seal coat to protect the asphalt. By stepping in early to nip these little issues in the bud, you may be able to prevent or prolong the need for major repairs.
Step 3: Deciding When to Call
After you’ve discovered your asphalt issues and have decided to address them, you’ll want to speak with a professional who can help you come up with a personalized solution. Depending on the size and nature of the issues, the fixes could be as simple as a patch, overlay, or crack seal, or as complex as a full removal and replacement. No matter what the problems or solutions, we can make the planning and execution headache-free for you.
Step 4: What to Expect
When you call or email us your request for a Proposal, we’ll gather the basic information about what your concerns are regarding your asphalt and where you’re located. We will then assign you to one of our experienced Project Managers who will communicate with you to learn what’s important to you (e.g., areas of concern, timeline, budget, access requirements, etc.). They will walk through the property with you to look at your problem areas and may even point out things that you haven’t noticed. We’ll provide a detailed scope of work and ensure our Proposals are apples-to-apples with our competitors’ so you can make the best decision for your project.
Step 5: Choosing Your Contractor
We understand that oftentimes you will need to gather multiple quotes to appease a Board of Directors, a scrupulous building owner, or the HOA. When choosing your paving contractor, you’ll want to make sure that they are licensed, insured, and bonded (like we are) to protect yourself and your investment. You’ll want to make sure they own their own equipment (like we do) to ensure that you won’t have to wait on—and pay for—expensive equipment rentals. You’ll want to make sure they’re financially stable (like we are) and can afford the carrying cost of premium petroleum products. You’ll want a company with dedicated crews (like we do) to make sure your work is done correctly and quickly. And you’ll want someone who has been in business long enough (like we have) to understand the industry and the best way to care for their customers throughout the years.
While we can’t choose your contractor for you or tell you when it’s time to make a decision, we can (and will!) be here for you when you’re ready to make that step.