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I would like to commend your company and the crew for a job well done! I can't believe how fast the job was completed! I will recommend your company to everyone I know. The crew was great and very nice. Our new driveway looks wonderful! Thanks again!

- Sincerely, Carla S.

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Your pavement is made from material commonly called black top, but better known by highway engineers as bituminous concrete. This material has been used to build the finest pavements, not only in America but also throughout the world.

As with any product that you purchase, you must take care of your new northern Virginia driveway since it is not foolproof. If not abused, your asphalt project will offer a pleasing appearance and will extend useful service for many years to come.

Bituminous concrete is produced from a mixture of asphalt cement (a petroleum product), course and fine aggregates. The materials are mixed at approximately 300F in order to coat the aggregate and to give the mix workability for both placing and compacting. Once the mix is placed, compacted, and has cooled down to normal air temperature, the asphalt then acts as a heavy mastic or glue to hold the aggregate together. One of the advantages of bituminous concrete is its continued flexibility and pliability once it is placed. This allows the mat to conform to small settlements in the surface being paved without it cracking.

This same flexibility, however, makes the surface susceptible to indentations with the application of concentrated loads such as bicycle kick stands, chair legs, tables and ladders to name a few. The surface of your VA driveway remains susceptible to concentrated loads until the asphalt in the surface oxidizes or hardens. A driveway can lose its tenderness within any period from two – three years. Be patient! In the long run, the flexible material guarantees your new driveway a longer life.

The following list cities a few simple “Don’ts” that emphasize how you can prevent unsightliness or deterioration of your driveway in Virginia, particularly within the first year. (Note: Don’t allow vehicles on your driveway for three days and a longer period of time in hotter temperatures. Even after the blacktop has cured, don’t expect it to be as hard as concrete).

  1. Don’t place sharp pointed objects on black top driveways. These will cause holes and indentations.
  2. Don’t turn the wheel of your car sharply while the car is standing still as this will scuff the surface and may “ravel” (loose aggregate) areas in your driveway. Start the car and, while it is moving, gradually turn the wheels as the car is in motion. These power steering scuffs do not indicate a material defect and, in many cases, they all but “heal themselves” in time.
  3. Don’t park the car in the same spot each time during the first year. Change its position each time that you park in order to prevent displacement.
  4. Don’t allow large heavy vehicles in your driveway. Chances are the base has not been designed for it, and you will not get failure from shearing. This effect is due to lack of support, unless the site is designed for commercial vehicles. The typical design for commercial traffic is two layers.
  5. Don’t allow weeds to crowd edges. At the peak of their growth during the summer, weeds have been known to lift the edges or to grow right through the black top.
  6. Don’t drive or park near the edges for your driveway unless it is confined inside a concrete or stone curb form which supports it. At the minimum, we recommend that you back fill the edges with topsoil so as to prevent edge cracking and give the driveway a more “finished appearance”.
  7. Don’t expect a puddle free surface unless you particularly request a greater than normal slope to your driveway or if it is on a hill. Most driveways are too small for the use of sophisticated paving machines that are used on road projects. A great deal of the driveway paving is done by hand spreading, and considering the various ingredients in blacktop, a perfectly smooth and uniform surface cannot be achieved. There also might be some minor settling depending on the type of sub grade.
  8. Don’t be alarmed by the roller creases left by compacting equipment. Most contractors can iron out the majority of these, but the creases are a sign that the pavement was rolled with it was still hot enough for better density and compacting. They almost always disappear in time.

First coat – three to twelve months after installation.
Additional coats – every two to three years thereafter.
(Hairline cracks can be filled at the time of sealcoating)
The sealer will also “lock down”: loose aggregate, sometimes called “raveling”.

Again, thank you for your business. We are certain that you will not regret your choice of ASAP PAVING for your needs. ASAP PAVING provides driveway paving in Richmond, Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Manassas, Loudoun and the surrounding northern Virginia cities.

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In Virginia Serving:
Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, Loudoun, Culpeper, Stafford, Arlington, Warrenton, Spotsylvania, Orange, Madison, & Rappahannock Counties.

In Maryland Serving:
Arundel, Baltimore, Carrol, Howard, Montgomery & Prince George counties.