FAQs and Tips
Q: What is the best way to contact us?
A: The best way to get in contact with us is to call us or send an email to HartshornPaving@gmail.com.
Q: When should my new asphalt be sealed?
A: One year after the installation, then every other year.
Q: What types of payment do you accept?
A: We accept a number of payment methods, including cash, bank check or money order.
Q: What is the best time to have my lot striped?
A: It is best to apply traffic paint when the temperature is above forty degrees. The warmer summer months are usually the best time to maintain your lot.
Q: How will I know when it is time to rip up the old driveway as opposed to re-paving?
A: If the base of the driveway is very weak, chances are it’s time to replace it. Signs of a weak base include soft or bumpy areas. If the area is very old (15-20 years or more), it may need to be replaced. Don’t pave over a weak base because the new driveway surface will only last about a year.
Q: What’s a fair price?
A: Price is important – but quality of work is even more important. If you compared the quality of the materials we used, the experience we provide, the service we render in the future and more…the actual “price” of our jobs is a bargain. Employing a contractor that is interested in maintaining a long-term relationship with you and is willing to help solve any problems that arise is a smart investment — an investment now and for the future.
Q: What causes potholes?
A: Potholes form because asphalt cracks over time from heat and the stress of traffic. Cracks let water seep into the base, then freezes and expands with the weather. Because of these contractions, gravel and dirt are pushed out, leaving a hole.
Q: What is asphalt? Is it a petroleum based product?
A: Asphalt is crude oil mixed with sand and gravel, and heated to 350 deg.
Q: What is the difference between the binder layer and the top layer?
A: The difference is primarily in the stone size: Binder is larger stone (about the size of pennies). Top layer is about the size of pencil erasers. Binder is used because it settles less (for new homes and etc).
Q: HOW WIDE DO PARKING SPACES NEED TO BE?
A: This is a sensitive issue, especially where parking is limited and the property owner is trying to accommodate more cars than the parking lot is designed for. Parking spaces should be at least 8 1/2 feet wide. Some towns require a typical parking space to be no smaller than 10 feet wide by 20 feet long. This will vary from town to town.
Q: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SEALING MY DRIVEWAY?
It serves as protection against oil, gas, and other spills that can leave unsightly stains and destroy your asphalt.
It helps protect your asphalt from the effects of harsh New York weather conditions. Sealing your driveway prevents moisture from seeping in which freezes and thaws – weakening your asphalt.
A properly sealed driveway looks good and reflects positively on the overall appearance of your property. It will also help to maintain your property value.
It is much easier to sweep your driveway clean and remove ice and snow. Ice does not stick as readily to a well sealed asphalt surface.
Sealing makes financial sense. Sealing is relatively inexpensive and will allow you to go longer before having to repave your driveway – saving you money over the long term.
TIPS TO KEEP YOUR DRIVEWAY LOOKING ITS BEST
- Don’t park the car in the same spot each time. Change its position each time you park to prevent displacement.
- Remove sharp objects from the blacktop to avoid indentations.
- Turning the wheels of your car sharply when the car is standing still can cause surface scuffing. Start the car moving before turning your wheels.
- Don’t allow weeds to grow around the edges of the driveway. Weeds can actually lift the edges or grow right through the black top.
- When plowing your driveway, make sure that the blade is kept high enough above the surface to prevent gouging and scratching.
- Don’t allow gas or oil to spill on your driveway. It will dissolve the asphalt, making it unsightly.
- Park away from the edges of your driveway unless it is contained inside a concrete or stone curb. Parking close to the edge can weaken the driveway.