FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What's best for my paving project: asphalt or concrete?

It depends and our paving experts will help you make the best decision for your money. In a nutshell, asphalt installation is quicker, more budget friendly and easier to repair, if needed. Concrete will last longer, have less regular maintenance and is great for the California climate. The bottom line is each method has pros and cons and we can walk you through all of those to help you make the best decision for your private, commercial, or municipal project. 

How long will asphalt and concrete last? 

Asphalt laid on a solid foundation will last 15-20 years with normal maintenance. Concrete can last 20-30 years.

How long will it take to pave my project?

The J&S Asphalt team works efficiently to minimize any disruption to a business, neighborhood, or home. Depending on the size, most asphalt driveways can be completed in a day or two. An asphalt parking lot could take 1-2 weeks depending on the project scope and needs. Concrete paving takes longer as several days are needed to cure the concrete before it can be used.

What does regular maintenance of asphalt look like?

Whether a road, parking lot or driveway, regular maintenance of your asphalt will help you get the most for your money. The most common type of maintenance is applying a sealcoat. A sealcoat is a commercial-grade, protective layer over the finished asphalt. The sealant seeps into the asphalt and binds with the asphalt molecules. That bonding protects the asphalt against weather, keeps the rocks from unraveling and turning into loose gravel and it beautifies the asphalt.

A sealcoat is recommended for initial application following a 30-day period of curing for new asphalt. After an initial application, a sealcoat should be applied every 3-5 years depending on traffic and the sealcoat wear.

What if my asphalt has cracks, holes, or low spots?

Regularly inspecting the asphalt to notice any cracks, holes or low spots is crucial to getting the most out of your investment. The sooner any of those weaknesses can be addressed, the better.

If your asphalt has long, singular cracks, those can be filled using hot-pour or cold-pour crack filler. Clusters of lines are sometimes called alligator cracks. We can fix those too. Our experts will help you decide which will be the most effective repair for your job. If the foundation or subgrade is in good shape, most asphalt repairs are fairly simple. You’ll know the subgrade also needs attention when you see asphalt sagging creating a low area where water collects. If the foundation ends up being too soft, we may need to dig out the foundation, replace it and then put down a new layer of asphalt. Whether it's crack filler, patching, or even a grind and overlay, J&S Asphalt can help you.

How late in the year can I get my job done?

We pave all year in California, weather permitting. Paving in heavy rain is not recommended due to poor compaction and quality issues.

What is tack coat and when is it needed?

Tack coat is a thin layer of asphalt emulsion that improves the bond between existing and new asphalt layers. It is necessary when overlaying existing asphalt or joining asphalt to other hard surfaces.

What happens if I have a problem after the job is done?

Just give us a call and we will be happy to meet with you to discuss the problem.

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