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5 Steps for Blacktop Driveway Repair

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Whether you own a commercial building or a private residence, it is vital that the driveway is in good repair, smooth to drive on, and welcoming to visitors. If you need some blacktop driveway repairs or other paving services, follow these steps to make it happen. If the list looks daunting, consider calling us to handle it for you.

Gather Your Materials

Start by deciding what you are trying to repair; do you have potholes, cracks, or sinkholes? Some of these are easier to fix than others, but larger versions are better handled by the blacktop driveway repair professionals.

Here’s a list of the items you might need:

  • Asphalt patching material (potholes and deep sinkholes)
  • Crack patch (alligator cracks and shallow sinkholes)
  • Asphalt tamper (potholes)
  • Asphalt squeegee (crack repairs)

Prepare the Surface

Working with asphalt repair materials can be a messy job, though some property owners are up to the task. If the following steps aren’t something you want to tackle, we at All County Construction are happy to do all the repairs for you. However, for people who are ready to get dirty, here are the procedures for preparing the surface:

  • Remove all vegetation from the area being repaired
  • Eliminate dust or debris in the area, which will hinder adhesion
  • Make sure the surface is completely dry

Patching Potholes

Start by checking the depth of the pothole and whether you can see all the way to bare dirt at the bottom. If the hole is more than 4 or 5 inches deep, fill it with more dirt or gravel to avoid needing a lot of patching material. Then pour the patching material into the hole. Put in an extra inch or two to ensure you’ll have enough after you tamp it down. Start pounding until the surface is flush.

Repairing Cracks

Using your asphalt crack filler, pour a good layer along each of the cracks. Use the squeegee to spread the material over the cracked area with about a foot of overspread around the perimeter.

Blacktop Driveway Repair for Sinkholes

If the sinkhole is less than 2 inches deep, use the crack repair material to fill it. For holes deeper than 2 inches, follow the procedures for the pothole patching method, except don’t add fill material to the bottom.

At All County Construction, we know some property owners like to tackle big projects. But if you don’t have time, materials, or the desire to get dirty, we can help. Give us a call at (315) 589-8661 or contact us on our website.

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How to Choose Between Asphalt and Concrete Driveways in Rochester, NY

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You have a few choices when it comes to driveway materials. While there are people with strong preferences for asphalt over concrete, in most cases it is more a matter of personal choice. To understand which material will suit your needs and your tastes best, it helps to know the features of both and to compare and contrast them a bit. Before you call asphalt contractors in your area, consider the facts about both asphalt and concrete driveways in Rochester, NY. Read More

Residential Driveway Sealing Rochester NY

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What to Expect After you Get your Dream Driveway

Residential Driveway Sealing Rochester NY

Residential Driveway Sealing Rochester NY

Residential Driveway Sealing Rochester NY

You’ll hear a lot of different opinions when it comes to properly maintaining your driveway. “Don’t drive on it,” “Drive on it as often as possible – it’ll help flatten the surface,” “Get it sealed every year,” “Don’t seal it for the next ten years,” “Don’t get it wet,” etc.

Frustrated yet?

Your friends mean well. And if you just recently got it paved, you’re probably tempted to listen to ALL the advice you get. But be careful – some tips that sound like good advice can actually damage your pavement.

Like What?

For example, freshly laid asphalt doesn’t fully cure until it’s set for a year. During that time, you should be careful what you do on that pavement. What should you NOT do?

  • Don’t spill harmful fluids on the pavement.

Residential Driveway Sealing Rochester NYCar fluids like antifreeze, gasoline, power steering fluid, and transmission fluids can damage your new asphalt. When it’s spilled, it seeps into the crevices and dilutes the aggregate that holds the pavement together. If you don’t immediately wash it with dish soap and water, the fluid will form holes in your driveway – the last thing that you want for your new pavement.

  • Don’t park vehicles with heavy, pointy tongues on the pavement. 

Tractor trailers, car ramps, and anything with heavy axles can damage your pavement if you let them drag behind you. You don’t want those deep ridges left permanently in your asphalt.

  • Seal your driveway every 2-4 years.  

Did you know it’s possible to seal your driveway too often? The surface will become extremely slippery and dangerous and may even crack from the shrinkage and build-up.

We suggest getting your driveway resealed one year after you get it paved and every 2-4 years from then on. Residential Driveway Sealing Rochester NY

If you’re interested to learn about how to care for your new driveway, check out our Frequently Asked Questions! You can also call us at 315-589-8661 and chat with a live representative. We’d love to answer any questions!

Webster, NY; Residential Driveway Sealing

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Are you tired of the splits, cracks, potholes, and broken sections of pavement on your driveway? The tri-county area of Rochester, New York sees harsh winters that seriously damage asphalt driveways. Once the rainwater of autumn sinks into the cracks of your driveway, the frigid temperatures of winter come and freeze that rainwater. The ice swells and breaks open the bond of asphalt, which creates those deep crevices every year.

Enough Already! It’s time for Residential Driveway Sealing

But enough is enough. It’s time to get your driveway newly paved. We’ll explain the process with you so that you can know what to expect once the paving process begins.

1. Analyze your Driveway

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Residential Driveway Sealing

We’ll first take a look at your driveway and see if we can resurface areas instead of completely replace it. If you do need replacement, we remove the driveway that’s already there. We’ll use a backhoe to scrape away the old pavement to make way for the new. If you still live in the gravel driveway days, we’ll collect all loose stones to make the foundation smooth. Our twin drum roller firmly compacts the soil.

If it’s a complete dig out project, we install drain ditches to direct rainwater. We run water over the work area to see where it flows and then fill those places with soil to prevent heaving or collapsing. The levelling process is called grading.

2. Lay the Base

We lay 8″ of stony, jagged rocks. Sand requires fewer inches of base than clay. This layer of rocks should be left alone for a full week in order for it to settle. Rain actually helps it settle in.

3. Seal the Driveway

We install the binder over the stone. Once that’s compacted with the 2,000-10,000 lb. roller, we seal the edges and inspect the final product.

Each paving job differs from one another. But our promise for durable residential driveway sealing remains the same.