Once winter’s cold temperatures and heavy rains have departed, homeowners start looking at the damage done to their properties and making plans to correct that damage. It can be difficult for a homeowner to determine whether the cracked and crumbling asphalt in a driveway can be repaired, or new asphalt must be put down. Residential Asphalt contractors can evaluate a driveway’s condition and determine whether the asphalt can be patched or must be completely replaced.
There are generally three options for dealing with a cracked and crumbling asphalt driveway. If the problems are minor, the repairs may be simple enough to be done by the homeowner. A driveway with larger problems such as wide cracks or deep potholes might benefit from resurfacing. Asphalt eventually completely breaks down, so it could be time for a complete replacement, particularly if the current driveway is more than 20 years old. It can be difficult to correctly assess a driveway’s condition, so that’s when it’s a good idea to call on an asphalt paving company.
A homeowner who needs to hire a Residential Asphalt contractor should take some steps to ensure the paving contractor will do the job correctly. Many states require contractors to be licensed. The asphalt paving contractor’s state number should be investigated for complaints about work of poor quality. Good contractors are happy to have potential customers contact previous clients to ask about their satisfaction with the job done as well as any problems that arose. Under no circumstances should a homeowner pay someone with a truckload of leftover asphalt who offers to pave the driveway at a low price? The asphalt on hand is too cool to adhere properly to the surface, and the workmanship will most likely be very shoddy if it’s done at all.
The best time to have a driveway resurfaced or replaced is during the warmer months. Asphalt won’t set up properly if surface or air temperatures are under 40 degrees. Asphalt is best applied to a driveway when it’s at 300 degrees when it’s delivered and at 175 degrees once it adheres to the driveway. Warmer months give contractors more time to complete the job to a homeowner’s satisfaction rather than rushing to complete it due to cooler weather. Homeowners in the Houston area can visit Teague’s Asphalt Paving website at Teaguesasphalt.com to get more information. You can also follow them on Twitter for more updates!