Discover why sealcoating is so important and what kind of maintenance is required to keep your new asphalt driveway looking new.
What is Asphalt?
Asphalt is a mixture of dark bituminous pitch, sand, or gravel. Asphalt uses this mixture to cover roadways, walkways, driveways, floors, roofing, and parking lots and is found to be more cost-effective than cement. The majority of pavements throughout the United States has asphalt installed. Asphalt makes up a blend of five percent asphalt cement and 95 percent of either gravel, stone, or sand. The life span for this blend is approximately seventeen years, depending on the amount of traffic going over the area. Between 15 and 20 years, the roadway is due for major rehabilitation or full-depth reconstruction. Cement lasts longer, about 30-40-years, and costs more than asphalt. Asphalt lasts 20-30-years. This asphalt mixture is a blend of bitumen and sand at a production plant that heats and mixes the blend.
Asphalt is the choice material for roadways, driveways, parking lots, and walkways due to its lower cost. The benefits of having these areas covered by asphalt are that it drastically cuts down on the amount of dust from dirt areas, mud, and potholes. Asphalt pavement adds visual appeal to roads and properties. Communities take advantage of using asphalt covering to any residential, commercial, industrial, and farmland sites. Once we add a sealcoating to your pavement, the surface allows for smoother driving and less damage to vehicles, and ease in walking.
You decided to use asphalt for your custom paving in Wausau, WI and surrounding area, whether the project is a road, street, driveway, walkway, patio, game court, or farm bunker. To make this asphalt last longer, you need to cover the asphalt. Our seasoned paving and sealcoating company has been in business for many years and knows the industry well. We will assess the cost of your job and offer you a free estimate. No job is too small or too big, and estimates are timely and affordable. We will provide you a quote for your exact plans. We are precise, accurate, and believe in doing the job right the first time at a price you can afford. You can rest assured you will always receive an exact, detailed and extensive estimate and explanation of the process used to sealcoat your asphalt.
Our first step is to give you an accurate estimate for your asphalt project and work out an agreement with you. We take a good look at your site to make sure that the site will support the installation of asphalt. The next step is to prep the site by grading the ground and making sure the site is level. We then install your asphalt pavement by machine to assure precise paving depths. You may think that the sealcoating is the next step and you are right to a degree, but we must let your asphalt age a bit before we add the final touches of the sealcoating treatment. It takes about six months for the asphalt to set so we can apply the sealcoating effectively. This is the final step in the process, except for offering you a maintenance program to add years to your asphalt.
What Comes After Asphalt Installation?
After your asphalt ages, in approximately six months, we can return to sealcoat your asphalt. This sealcoating prevents moisture from rain, ice, and snow from seeping into the asphalt and causing cracks and later more massive potholes. This sealcoating needs to be reapplied about every three to five years. Not only does sealcoating prevent moisture from damaging your asphalt, it preserves the longevity, adds a more hardened and more beautiful surface, strengthens and protects your asphalt pavement from toxic materials such as gasoline, oil, oxidation, chemical spills, and traffic. Our company applies this sealcoating by machine or manually utilizing either an oil or water-based product.
What Comes After the Seal Coating Process?
We guarantee our work. However, nothing lasts forever, and you must maintain your pavement for as long as possible before a tear out is needed and a new installation of asphalt is required. To make your beautiful asphalt last longer, we highly recommend you follow a maintenance plan that involves force cleaning at least bi-annually, fill in cracks with hot rubber, patch any forming potholes, and use spot repair treatments.
Never Put the Cart Before the Horse
Now that you know the process by which asphalt pavement is installed and what comes next, you need to be sure that you hire an asphalt and sealcoating company that is seasoned and knows the industry inside and out. Our company is family owned and operated with over 40 years in the business. Our company made a name for itself years ago, and we continue to serve our customers with the same unfailing quality and customer service by offering customers skilled artistry and top-quality results through the hard work and efforts of our second and third generations of family ownership.
Our six sons added six new companies to our existing company that reaches further out into surrounding communities, covering a significant share of Wisconsin as well as parts of Iowa and Illinois. Our business is forever thriving, thanks to the residents and businesses throughout our service areas who trusted our goals of quality and affordability, making our company the great industry it remains today. We love our churches and military and offer a ten percent discount. We have many specials and other discounts, so check out the daily newspaper ads and our website.
The assets of a quality company include time sensitivity to our customers’ needs, trustworthiness, honesty, quality artistry, punctuality, excellent communication skills, affordablity, and budget sensitivity to our customers. Our company and that of our sons learned from the best, and we carry on our grandfather’s skills and personal attributes. We treat every customer as though they are part of our family; the only one we serve. When we start a job, we finish on time, and we make sure the job is done right the first time. You will never be disappointed in hiring us for your next asphalt project.
A Call to Action
Be sure to give us a call for all of your asphalt paving and sealcoating needs. Call us toll-free at 866-522-3403 for a free, no-obligation estimate. Access our website for more in-depth information. Our website explains all of our locations and the phone numbers to those locations.