10 Top Questions Regarding Asphalt Pavement

When it comes to managing driveways, parking lots and roadways, there are subjects that come up frequently. Here are the answers to 10 of the most commonly asked questions about asphalt paving.

1. How long does asphalt last?

Properly installed and maintained, asphalt paving should last between 15 and 20 years.

2. What causes asphalt degradation?
There are three main causes of asphalt degradation: water, sunlight, and vehicle fluids. Water can be particularly harmful to asphalt structures because if it seeps into the pavement and then freezes and thaws repeatedly, it will quickly enlarge existing cracks and fissures.

3. How can I prevent degradation?
Storm water management is a crucial part of any pavement installation. In addition, sealcoating applications help protect asphalt from sunlight and vehicle fluids. It’s recommended that you apply fresh layer of sealcoat every two to three years.

4. What is porous asphalt?
This type of asphalt allows water to drain through and into a gravel reservoir that filters out contaminants. While more environmentally friendly, it’s pricier and weaker than traditional asphalt.

5. What is the best way to repair potholes?
The best thing to do is to call a professional, since proper repairs require pouring new asphalt.

6. How do I maintain my parking lot?
Take good care of it. Aside from regular cleanings and sealcoating applications, stay on top of seasonal repairs to avoid extensive damage and thereby costly replacements.

7. How do I find the best contractor?
Contractors should understand the scope of your project. In addition, check that they’re fully licensed and insured, have the equipment required for the job, and that they’ve performed well on recent projects.

8. What makes a good municipal or commercial contractor?
Make sure they can handle larger projects and have a track record of finishing work on budget and on time. It’s also important to be specific about your requirements. Establish a solid plan with the contractor early in the process.

9. What are the hallmarks of a good contractor?
Aside from glowing references, a good contractor will be able to answer any questions you might have about their approach to your project. In addition, contractors who focus on a smaller service area are usually able to work more efficiently.

10. How do I find an asphalt contractor in Ottawa?
Finding a contractor can take time, but if you’re in Ottawa, you can trust Bytown Paving’s decades of experience. Contact us today to start planning your project.

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