FAQ's On Asphalt Installation

Commonly Asked Questions and Information About New Driveways

WHEN WE COME OUT TO DIG THE DRIVEWAY...

  Please make sure all objects are clear of the area to be dug. Make sure all vehicles are parked far enough away from the area to allow placement of our equipment in the road. If you will not be home, please leave a check in an envelope taped to the door. AFTER YOU DIG OUT THE DRIVEWAY, CAN WE DRIVE ON IT? Yes, Airoldi’s Inc. recommends letting the driveway settle naturally for a couple of weeks, then we will return to pave it.  

TIMING ...

     As long as the frost is out of the ground and the temperature is over 55 the paving job can be completed successfully.  

WHEN WE COME OUT TO PAVE...

  We need access to all bays of garage (a minimum of 10 feet into garage), a garden hose and water. Please park vehicles far enough away to allow placement of our equipment in the road. If you will not be home, please leave a check in an envelope taped to the door.  AFTER THE DRIVEWAY IS PAVED, WHEN CAN WE DRIVE ON IT?  Airoldi’s Inc. recommends you wait about three (3) days.  

PREPARATION...

 Removal of the old pavement is recommended. It is possible to pave over  an existing surface but any issues the old pavement  had will arise again and the job will not last that long good solid base is a critical component in any paving job.    

THICKNESS...

 A lot of firms promise to lay down 3 inches but actually pour less than that. Airoldis
will put in the contract the thickness of the asphalt. Most driveways laid down will have a "rolled" thickness of 2.5 to 2 inches. For every inch laid down the asphalt will compact a quarter inch once rolled.  

GUARANTEE...

The state requires a one year guarantee. Any guarantee is only as good as the contractor. Be absolutely sure that any salesperson has a CT license to sell in CT.  Be absolutely sure the company you hire has a license is bonded and insured. Click here to connect to the CT department of consumer protection to verify any company that you would want to have work on your property.

WAYS TO VERIFY A CONTRACTOR IN CT...

Every contractor that does business in the State of CT should be licensed with the State of CT. Every Business needs a license to do business in the State. Every sales person should possess a current HIS “Home Improvement Sales License” for CT of the company they represent. Ask the salesman for these license numbers. They should by law be clearly marked on all advertising that the company does.  Below is the CT Dept. of Consumer Protection website you can use this site to lookup any company to see if they are licensed and will show any complaints made. 

https://www.elicense.ct.gov/Lookup/LicenseLookup.aspx


 You can look up a business in CT on the Better Business Bureau Website   companies are given a rating and can become accredited if they want to pay a fee.


http://www.bbb.org/connecticut/


DURABILITY...

A paved areas lifespan can range from 5 to twenty years. The life span depends on the original construction, weather, and frost, melt cycle’s drainage and many other factors.

UNSTABLE AREAS :

Airoldi Paving can use a Geotek fabric in unstable areas which stabilizes the base and prevents rutting. This product adds to the cost of the job but will extend the life of a paving project. 

ADDITIONAL HELPFUL INFORMATION...

The problem of automobile and truck tires leaving scuff marks on new asphalt pavement is a problem that crops up every year, most particularly during long stretches of hot humid weather. The following comments are offered for the purposes of providing general information on the subject of tire scuffing for new asphalt surfaces. 

The problem is generally of a temporary and superficial nature. 

Tire scuffing generally only affects the top 1/16” to 3/16” of the pavement surface. It is always caused by a fairly concentrated maneuver or rotation of a tire in a stationary or braking mode.

 

There are several conditions under which the degree of tire scuffing will vary. They are as follows:


THE AGE OF THE PAVEMENT...

The newer the pavement, the softer the asphalt binder which holds the aggregate together. As the pavement ages with time (generally within two years) the asphalt binder near the surface becomes harder and practically resists all tire scuffing about two years after being placed. The initial softness (within limits) is a good property for the pavement to have as this aids in the overall durability of the pavement.

HEAT INTENSITY AND WEATHER CONDITIONS...

Under sustained periods of sunshine, which heats the pavement to a range of 140° to 160°, combined with very humid weather, the asphalt cement in a new pavement will become almost fluid. Again, as this pavement hardens with age, the condition will decrease. 

VEHICULAR WEIGHT...

The weight of a vehicle will determine how much weight is on each tire. This can be substantial, whether considering small cars with small tires or big trucks with big tires, however, these combinations can sometimes develop very high pressure intensity on the pavement.

TIRES...

The type of tire can significantly affect the scuffing, as well. Steel belted radial tires will scuff more than standard bias ply tires. The tread design can also affect it. A coarse cleat design in the tire tread with significant spaces between tread lines can provide the opportunity to get a firm grip on a new pavement. Aggressive tire tread patterns (off road tires) on trucks, SUV’s and other heavy vehicles will make significant marks.

VEHICULAR OPERATION...

Probably the most significant factor affecting tire scuffing is the mode of operation that the vehicle user places on the pavement. Stationary 180° turns with a heavy or light vehicle that has power steering, can make a substantial scuff on a new pavement. A sharp turning maneuver, at the same time braking is occurring, can do significant scuffing as well. Once again, trucks, SUV’s and other heavy and long-wheel-base vehicles make significant marks. 

TRUCK TERMINALS...

Heavy trucks that have power steering (allowing sharp turns) and coarse tread design would probably scuff a new pavement substantially and owners of such facilities should be advised that overt maneuvers, as described above, should be avoided until the pavement has had a chance to age.

CONCLUSION...

Tire scuffing on new asphalt pavement is generally minor, and while it looks very severe on a brand new pavement, one would have a difficult time actually finding these locations one year into the life of the pavement, and a little understanding of what contributed to this problem and some care and concern to avoid its occurrence will go a long way to minimizing it, or eliminating it altogether. The new asphalt must go through hot and cold weather before the tire scuffing will disappear. Remember all new asphalt surfaces in most cases should scuff in some way otherwise the material is too hard.



Mike Airoldi owner and president on site on every job!

Mike will be in charge of the paving crew either in the bobcat or paving machine.