Q: What is the difference between Binder and Topcoat?
A: Binder (also know as basecoat) and Topcoat are types of asphalt paving material, made from hot asphalt cement and aggregate. Depending on the specified use the percentages and sizes of aggregate vary. Typically a “Binder” Course contains mostly 3/4” aggregate, and is applied fist at 2-3" thickness. “Finish” or “Top” coat contains mainly 3/8” Aggregate for a smoother finish and is applied over the binder at approx 1" thickness.
Q: How soon can I drive on my new driveway?
A: We generally recommend that you wait 48 hours before driving on a new driveway; however the duration does vary depending on the time of year, how much sunlight your driveway is exposed to, as well as other factors.
Q: How long does a new driveway take to cure?
A: In order for driveway to fully harden the Asphalt Cement needs to cure. This typically takes about a year. During the first year your new driveway may be come soft or tender on very warm days. This is normal. Care should be used on these days. For example don’t turn the steering wheel of a car without the car moving, also be aware that a jack stand, or even a bicycle kickstand could make an impression.
Q: Why do some parts of my driveway have a slightly different texture?
A: Most driveways are paved by a paving machine. However due to the size of the paver certain areas such as in front of garages, walkways or along walls are spread and raked by hand. These areas may have a slightly different texture as a result of hand tools. This is normal and as the driveway ages, these areas will become less noticeable.
Q. Why should I seal coat my driveway?
A. Seal coating helps prolong the lifespan of a driveway by preventing water penetration as well as helping prevent against damage from oil or gasoline spills. We understand that your driveway is a very pricey investment and you want to take care of that investment. Think of seal coating as an insurance plan for your driveway which leads to the following question.
Q. How often should I sealcoat my driveway?
A. We recommend you sealcoat your driveway a year after it is put in. It takes a driveway one year to fully cure and we believe it is around this time that the oil start to seep out of your driveway causing it to dry out and is more susceptible to cracking at this point. A sealer will seal everything in keeping your driveway air and water tight. After it is sealed the first time we recommend sealing it every three to five years. Once your driveway starts to show a lot of gray it is time to give us a call.
Q: Once my driveway is sealed, when can I drive on it?
A: We recommend you try to restrain from driving on it for 24-48 hours after the job is complete. Again we know that this may be an inconvenience for most people so we do use an additive in our sealer which speeds up the drying time and also reduces power steering marks.
Q: Why do some driveways wear out faster than others
A.There are many factors that contribute to how fast the sealer will wear out on your driveway. The first is the age of your driveway. If you have a driveway and are just looking to get a few more years out of it before you repave it, the sealer will wear out a lot faster than a newer driveway because the aggregate itself has deteriorated over the years. Second, is how clean you keep your driveway after it has been sealed. For instance, if sand is built up on your driveway from the winter and you constantly drive over it, it is the equivalent to rubbing sand paper against a freshly painted wall, it will wear out very quickly. Bottom line, keeping your driveway clean will add years onto its life. If your driveway lies all underneath trees or has moss, this can create some problems as to how long the sealer will last on your driveway. We do our best to wire brush, burn off, and prime any areas we think will need so the sealer will stick to these problem areas, but we cannot guarantee the sealer will take in areas underneath trees because of sap or moss that eats away at the sealer.
Q. Why are there two different textures around the edges of my driveway?
A. We do use a spray application for all of our driveways, but in order to prevent sealer from over spraying onto your walls, garage doors, concrete sidewalks, etc., we have to brush these edges in. Especially on a new and porous driveway you may see a slight difference in texture from where we switch from the brush to the spray. Please do not panic, it actually takes three weeks for the top particles of the sealer to fully cure and once this happens you will see everything will blend in so that it is not as noticeable.
Q. I have oil spots on my driveway, will the sealer stick to these areas?
A. Yes, before we sealcoat your driveway we put down a primer over all existing oil spots so that the sealer will adhere to these problem areas.
Q. I have small hairline cracks in my driveway,
will I still be able to see those cracks after my driveway has been sealed?
A. Yes you will still be able to see these hairline cracks. A sealer will not make these cracks disappear, but it will prevent water from getting into these surface cracks and slow down the process of driveway deterioration.
Q. How will I know when I can walk on my driveway?
A. The sealer actually is a brownish color when it is first applied. As the sun hits it and it starts it's drying process you will see it turn a jet black color. Once your driveway is completely black you should be able to walk on it. On an average mid summer day it takes the sealer anywhere from 20-40 minutes after the sealer is applied to dry.
Q. It is supposed to rain in the afternoon, is it ok to seal my driveway in the morning?
A. It really depends on the day. The sealer needs the sun to dry it. As long as the sealer is dry and it rains there will be no problems with your driveway.