At Blackjack Paving, we have over 35 years of experience completing asphalt projects of all sizes, whether it’s a single lane driveway or a vast parking lot. We offer paving, sealcoating, marking, and other asphalt services. You can count on us to deliver superior service and workmanship in every project we complete. We understand that you likely have some questions about our asphalt paving in Atlanta, GA, and we’re here to provide all the answers you need to make an informed decision about which services are best for you. We’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions we receive and give you detailed answers. Please reach out to us if you have any additional questions or would like to receive a quote for our services.
What is Asphalt?
An asphalt is a semi-solid form of petroleum that is used primarily in road construction. When mixed with aggregate particles, like sand or rock, asphalt forms a mixture that can be laid on a surface to create paved roads, driveways, and parking lots. Our team uses this substance to complete asphalt paving for a variety of projects in Atlanta, GA. We’re the team to call for any paving, sealcoating, or marking services you need.
What Should I Do to Protect My Asphalt Parking Lot?
The best way to protect your asphalt parking lot or driveway is to schedule routine maintenance by a professional. Maintenance for asphalt usually includes sealing it to prevent cracking and breakage. While there are many do-it-yourself sealcoating products available, they will not produce the results of a professional-grade product. Not to mention, the process of seal coating requires proper knowledge, technique, and skills to ensure effective application. If misapplied, a sealing can do more harm than good. Our team can complete asphalt maintenance by applying sealcoating, which will help to protect your parking lot or driveway for the long term.
How Long Will a New Asphalt Driveway or Parking Lot Last?
To get the best return on your asphalt paving investment, it’s essential to have a professional complete the job. When properly installed, an asphalt driveway or parking lot can last as many as 30 years or more. If you ensure proper maintenance of your asphalt, it can last even longer, up to 40 or 50 years.
How Long Does Asphalt Crack Filler Take to Dry?
When repairing the cracks in your asphalt, it’s important to set aside the appropriate amount of time to ensure optimal results. If you have a large parking lot to repair, our team will work with you to divide the lot into sections, working on one at a time, so you don’t lose total access to your lot. Crack filler requires at least 24 hours of dry time before another coat can be applied. After the final coat is applied, the filler needs at least 24 to 48 hours to completely dry before any vehicles or pedestrians are permitted on the surface.
What Causes Asphalt to Fail?
If you want your asphalt driveway or parking lot to last, it’s important to know what typically causes asphalt to deteriorate. Our team is here to help you identify problems and fix them before they have time to destroy your asphalt. The following is a list of the most common causes of asphalt failure, but we’ll help to ensure these don’t happen to you: Water penetration: Asphalt failure begins when cracks form that allow water to penetrate the surface. This is why sealcoating is so important. If left untreated, the cracks allow water to reach the base of the pavement. The base can then begin to shift and settle, which only leads to more cracking of the surface, worsening the problem over time. Excessive traffic: The more traffic your asphalt sees, the higher the chance cracks will begin to form due to excessive wear. This is especially true if your asphalt receives regular traffic from heavy load-bearing vehicles like semi-trucks. Poor soil: The soil beneath the surface of asphalt must be adequately compacted to support the weight of frequent traffic. If the soil is too weak, the pavement will begin to flex, which can cause cracks.
What is Asphalt Sealcoating?
Weather conditions, like rain and intense sunlight, can all take a toll on your asphalt, degrading the surface and causing it to break apart. Sealcoating is used to prevent this from happening. The process applies a layer of protective liquid over the top of your existing asphalt. It helps to extend the life of your surface by preventing it from drying out and cracking. Not to mention, it gives the surface a fresh black finish, giving your old pavement a restored appearance. Regularly scheduled sealcoating has the potential to double the lifespan of your asphalt.
What is the best time of year for sealcoating?
The weather plays a significant factor in the sealcoating process. We do not want it to be so cold that the ground has frozen, and we also cannot complete the process if it’s raining. For this reason, it’s usually best to complete sealcoating in the summer or fall, generally between May and October. We’ll work with you to determine which days will work best based on the current weather forecast.
Can Asphalt Repair or Asphalt Paving be Done During Winter?
For the most part, asphalt paving and repairs should be done when the weather is warmer. However, we can complete some repairs, even in colder temperatures. Usually, if this is done, we will complete a temporary repair in the winter and follow up with a permanent repair when the weather conditions are more appropriate.
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