Frequently Asked Questions

General

Why should I choose asphalt pavement for my paving needs?


Historically, asphalt has proven to be an excellent paving material. Cost wise, asphalt provides excellent performance equal to other more expensive options.




Do you provide free estimates?


Yes. When you contact us, we send our experienced estimators who will then visit your property, assess your needs and provide a detailed estimate, free of charge.




What does the full estimate entail and how much time will it take?


During your estimate we will go over the area you are looking to pave. We will also get as much information from you the property owner/manager so we can give you all the options we feel are necessary to complete your project. We measure based on square footage and take pictures so we can outline your project in detail for you. This is to assure we are doing exactly what you are looking for. We send all estimates through email. If this is not an option for you just let us know so we can mail you a copy. Most estimates take 30-45 minutes. This varies dependent of the size of your project, and how many questions you may have. Our job is to spend as much time with you as needed to make sure you get what you want!




Do you perform residential work?


Yes. We do perform both residential and commercial work.




Will my business be impacted during your work?


Project planning, providing safe conditions, and keeping businesses operating is one of the areas that distinguishes good contractors from bad contractors. We will minimize your impact through proper planning and well marked access of work areas. We will work with you to find a plan that will allow your business to continue to operate while the work takes place. We will do our best to work quickly and efficiently to get the project completed as soon as possible. We are often told by our customers that the project took less time than anticipated.




How long will my project take?


All projects vary depending on weather, size of the project, and there is always a slight chance we will run in to something during prep time. We can discuss this during your estimate.




Do you offer sealcoating and crackfilling?


At this time we do NOT offer these services. Sealcoating is a great way to maintain your asphalt and there are many great companies out there. As with hiring any contractor, do your research on the contractor and also the materials they use.




What area do you cover?


We are based out of Westminster, Mass. We will travel based on distance from most asphalt plants that we use. At the moment we cover Westminster, Gardner, Hubbardston, Princeton, Holden, Fitchburg, Leominster, Ayer, Lunenburg, Townsend, Ashburnham, Winchendon, Templeton, Baldwinville, Athol, Orange and some areas of other surrounding towns. Please call for more info.




What are my payment options?


We accept Cash, Check and all major credit cards. The credit card company charges a fee of 3% as of now January 2020 (subject to change). We pass that charge along to you the customer, other than that there are no other fees from us. We do not offer payment plans or financing.









Paving

What is asphalt made of?


Asphalt is a sustainable paving solution made from a mixture of aggregates, binder, and filler and consists of multiple layers. The mix is typically composed of 5% asphalt cement and 95% aggregates (stone, sand, and gravel). Aggregates are processed mineral materials such as crushed rock, sand, gravel, slags, or various recycled materials. Binder is used to unite the aggregates together to form a cohesive mixture. Due to its highly viscous nature, asphalt cement must be heated so it can be mixed with the aggregates at the asphalt mixing facility.




How long will my new asphalt surface last?


Under normal conditions asphalt pavement should last about 20- 25 years. Pavement life can vary greatly depending on climate, base conditions, amount and type of traffic, and pavement maintenance.




What is the minimum temperature for paving?


Most applications require that the ambient temperature is at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit and rising while the asphalt is being installed and compacted. If the wind velocity is high, the asphalt will cool faster, so on extremely windy days, the ambient temperature may need to be above 50 degrees. There are other mitigating factors affecting the final product. This includes weather and material types being used.




How long should I stay off the new asphalt?


Typically we suggest 24-48 hours before you use your new asphalt surface. In very warm weather, we recommend staying off the fresh asphalt for 3 days, as the surface cools and cures. This will also vary on the type of materials you are using for your project.




What causes "marking" on newly paved asphalt?


Turning wheels in vehicales will blemish newly paved asphalt due to the pliability of the asphalt until it has cured. These are only surface blemishes and do not affect the structural integrity. Most likley these blemishes will work in with time. We suggest being very careful when turning the wheels of your vehicles etc.




Can you pave over concrete?


It is possible to pave over concrete, but we do not recommend it. Reflective cracking is likely to occur as a result. Reflective cracking will typically occur along all the construction joints in the concrete or where the concrete has already cracked. This is due to expansion or contraction of the old concrete surface which then causes the asphalt above to crack as the concrete moves. In the long run it is more beficial to remove and replace your existing concrete.




What will contribute to pavement deterioration and how can I help?


If the asphalt pavement was designed and installed properly, the primary cause of failure is the penetration of water into the asphalt base. Asphalt failure often begins with the oxidation of an untreated pavement surface which causes the asphalt to become dry and brittle. The top layer of fine particles erodes, exposing the larger aggregate and leading to small cracks on the surface. These cracks will grow if left untreated, allowing water to penetrate to the base of the pavement. When water enters the base of the pavement, the base material shifts and settles leading to further cracking and a depression in the surface. As water pools in the depressed area, the asphalt further deteriorates and becomes unstable. When the pavement reaches this stage, removal and replacement of the old asphalt is often the only remedy.




Why should I choose asphalt paving and what are my other options?


Asphalt is a petroleum-based product used for driveways, roads, walkways and any project that requires a smooth surface for foot traffic or motorized vehicles. Asphalt is flexible and gives during the harsh weather conditions experienced in our area. It is easily and inexpensively maintained and is aesthetically pleasing.





Other Services

Do you offer drainage work?


Yes, we do.




What other services do you offer?


We offer a variety of excavating and trucking services, call for more detail!