Hello, and welcome to our frequently asked questions page. Below, You will find the most common questions that our customers have asked us in the past. If you can't find the answer that you're looking for here you can always contact us directly by email or phone and we are always glad to help. P.S Please remember the only stupid question is the question that was not asked. Thank You we hope this helps.
1, Why should I have my asphalt driveway seal coated? Ans. Asphalt is made from crushed stone, sand, and stone screenings, oil is added to the mixture in a pugmill and becomes the binding material. Once the asphalt is paved the material is black in color (Black Top) because of the binder. Once the asphalt starts to fade and starts to gray that means it's starting to lose the binder. When the asphalt starts to lose its binder you will start to see loose stones and finer material laying on top or washed down into a lower area. Sealcoating helps to slow or in some cases even stop this from happening by sealing out the elements. (rain, sunlight, wind, ice, and snow)
2, What type of sealer should I use on my driveway? Ans. Basically, there are 4 types of sealers that we like to use on driveways and parking lots, this is due to cost-effectiveness for the customer. Acrylic sealers are mainly used for sports courts ( asphalt or concrete) they are expensive and not really affordable to use on driveways. Asphalt rejuvenator and liquid road are other expensive options and should not be used in areas with cooler climates however, they all work really well. If your asphalt driveway has been newly paved within the last 3 years then you should use a product called Gilsonite LN-11. This product is an oil base sealer that if applied properly will penetrate the asphalt helping to add a binder and keep the asphalt softer and more flexible. If you have an asphalt driveway that is cracked and unraveling then you should use RP-355 Coaltar or light Coaltar. If you really don't care to use a coaltar or light coaltar then you can use an asphalt emullision however, it doesn't do as good a job.
3, Weeds are growing up through the cracks in my driveway, can I get rid of the weeds and will they grow back? Ans. Yes, you can pull or scrape out the weeds however you like to do it. you can spray or apply weed and or vegetation killer to the areas and then fill in the cracks with a proper asphalt crack filler. There is no guarantee that the weeds or vegetation will not come back! After all even agent orange couldn't stop the Vietnam jungle from growing back nature always wins.
4, Can I have potholes or low areas in my asphalt patched or repaired? Yes, The areas need to be properly cut out and removed and recompacted, then proper asphalt material can be installed, compacted, and sealed.
5, Does the concrete need to be sealed? Yes, Concrete is a very porous material and needs to be sealed. Most people have concrete installed and just forget about it, except for the occasional cleaning. If the concrete is left unprotected the elements will take their effect, this means possible Spalding, disintegration and scaling, efflorescence, and erosion. There is a multitude of concrete sealants available today and some of them are pretty inexpensive. If you choose a less expensive sealer, one that you can purchase from a home center then these sealers generally last about 1 year. If you purchase a higher grade of material it will protect the concrete from 5 to 10 years depending upon the brand.
6, Can I have my concrete resurfaced? Ans. Yes, there is a multitude of concrete resurfacing products, we can make full-depth concrete repairs, resurface the concrete and make it look new. If you visit our gallery you can see images of concrete that were resurfaced more than 10 years ago and still look great.
7, The stucco on my house is cracked and broken, can I have this repaired? Ans. Stucco is actually hung onto the side of a house by using wire lath. The contractors usually hang the wire lath using galvanized staples and then apply 2 scratch base coats and 1 finish coat of stucco. Stucco is a concrete and or cementitious product and is a porous material just like any other concrete. The problem starts when ice and or water get behind the stucco and start to rust the staples or put pressure on the back of the stucco. The staples loosen and the stucco starts to pull away from the house. The only way to repair these stucco sections is to cut out the bad areas and start from scratch. If the OSB or cdx plywood or in some cases fiberboard are water damaged they would need to be replaced. Wire lath would have to be reinstalled however, instead of using staples use screws with washers they hold better. Before wire lath is applied 1 layer of weather-resistant asphalt fabric or felt need to be applied. Stucco can now be installed and finished, the new stucco will be finished to match the older stucco finish and color should match closely.
8, Can my concrete paver sidewalk and or patio be repaired and cleaned? Ans. Yes, Like all concrete products they can be repaired, cleaned, and sealed. Sunken areas can be raised, wide joint gaps can be closed and new polymeric sand can be applied. The pavers can be cleaned and sealed. It is highly recommended to seal concrete pavers, it keeps water out and stops dirt from sticking making it easier to clean the walk or patio.