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Residential Services: The Secret to Rock-Solid Blacktop Driveways!

So what are blacktop driveways? Are they legends or daydreams of a fanciful homeowner? Well no, a blacktop driveway is what you get with your new home (most of the time). These are the best choice for all home sellers and real estate agents because they cost the least during installation and can last you for at least 20-30 years with regular maintenance. Haskell Paving can show you examples of stellar homes with blacktop driveways that have stood proudly for the last three decades in Northern New Jersey (NJ), Bergen County New Jersey (NJ), Westchester County New York (NY), Rockland County New York (NY) and Orange County New York (NY).

What are Blacktop Driveways Made of?

A blacktop is a matrix of sand, rock chips and asphalt cement which definitely makes it as hard as rock. It withstands the wear and tear caused by changing seasons, and tolerates the pressure of a 3000 odd pound car driving to and fro on it each day. So, do not start to panic when shades of grey start appearing on your pitch black driveway. Graying of a pavement is related to the amount of damage sustained by it. It is caused by the stone chips in the concrete mix that start to surface once the asphalt starts to wear off.

Why are Asphalt Driveways Recommended by Experts?

You may think that the installation of a new asphalt driveway is superfluous, but let us tell you that this is more of an investment than an expense. Firstly, it maintains the curb appeal of your home. Secondly, new asphalt is much more flexible as compared to old asphalt. Asphalt is also eco-friendly, durable and pocket friendly. Besides, a new driveway can always increase your property value by a good couple of grand.

How We Go About a New Driveway Installation

  • The process of installing an asphalt driveway begins with excavation and removal of all unwanted materials; this can include larger rocks, loose sand and small plants.
  • The soil is then rough graded for proper pitch.
  • The sub-grade serves as the foundation of your pavement. So, it is utterly important to check if the compaction and grading is adequate.
  • Next is the evaluation of the load supporting characteristics of the existing sub-soil.
  • During the driveway paving procedure, all underground utility channels are protected and/or relocated before the grading process begins.
  • The ideal thickness for the sub-grade should not digress from the required grade by one-half inch in 10 feet.
  • Base construction is crucial for determining the integrity of the finished pavement. During new driveway paving, the asphalt concrete should be placed directly on the high quality sub-grade in one or several lifts.
  • It should be immediately spread and compacted as per the pavement thickness indicated in the construction plans.

Stay Away from Sealcoating Your Driveway Too Soon

Many people end up ruining their new driveways by attempting driveway sealcoating too soon. A newly laid asphalt base needs at least 90 days to set and harden. So, even if the days are hot and the nights are balmy, stay away from all sealing procedures. For best results, let your new blacktop driveway cure for 6 to 9 months before looking into sealcoating. Sealcoating is one of the most indispensable methods of driveway maintenance.

Take Care of Your Newly Paved Curb and Driveway

Every driveway, old or new, needs regular maintenance. Indulge in driveway crack repair from time to time to keep your driveway glinting in the headlights as you cruise back home from a tiring day at work. It is very important to develop a plan for regular maintenance after the driveway paving is complete. If you are still unsure about which plan to opt for or the budget you might need to keep your pavement look young forever, give Haskell Paving a call. We can give you a close estimate of all the expenses required to restore your curb, pavement and driveway to its former glory. If you live in Bergen, Morris, Essex, Sussex, Union, Somerset and Middlesex counties of NJ, you can give us a call today for a free estimate!