FAQ – You Have Questions, We Have Answers
Why Choose Valley Blacktopping, Inc.?
- Family owned and operated, Since 1976.
- The owners are on every job.
- We are a company with over 40 years in the paving industry.
- We provide honest, quality work at a fair price.
- No surprise costs after the job is done.
- Three generations of asphalt paving expertise.
- We are a team of friendly and knowledgeable people, dedicated to providing you with the best asphalt job possible.
- A family promise to provide you with a job we both can be proud of.
- We have installed over 60,000 driveways in the Twin Cities area.
- A+ Rating with the BBB
- Member of the AV Chamber of Commerce
- Licensed and Insured
- Top Paving Contractor in the U.S. 2013, 2015, 2016
How does your process work?
A typical driveway replacement job is quite simple. A base crew will come to your residence, dig out your existing driveway, make a sub cut and install new base material. The new base material will then be graded, ensuring proper drainage, and compacted. Once the prep work is finished one of our skilled professionals will determine how long the base needs to sit before asphalt can be installed. In most cases we will wait one to two weeks before installing the new asphalt surface after the prep work has been completed. It is important to have a solid foundation for the new driveway to lay on which is the reason why we let the base material sit. When the base has firmed up enough for paving, a crew will come out and install your new asphalt surface. From start to finish our process generally takes 1-2 weeks, however, each job is unique and different steps may be taken to ensure your new asphalt surface is installed properly.
How much does a new driveway cost?
There is no direct answer to this question. Each job is unique and multiple variables including size, drainage, soil conditions and scope of work can affect the price of a new blacktop driveway. Don’t worry though, many homeowners find that new asphalt driveways are less expensive than they think. Contact us today to see how affordable your next paving project can be.
How long will my new blacktop driveway last?
A properly installed asphalt driveway should last between 15-25 years with proper care. To prolong the life of your driveway fill cracks as soon as they develop and avoid spilling gasoline or oil on the asphalt surface. Soil conditions, drainage and use can affect the life span of a blacktop driveway.
How thick should a new asphalt driveway be?
Residential driveways typically are installed between 2” – 3” thick. At Valley Blacktopping, Inc. we typically install new asphalt driveways compacted at 2 ½” thick. Larger driveways or driveways with heavy use we recommend a 3” compacted mat. Each project is unique and one of Valley Blacktopping’s experienced estimators will help you determine how thick your new asphalt driveway should be to give a quality driveway that will last.
When should a new asphalt driveway be installed?
Our typical paving season runs from May – October. Weather conditions like, temperature and rain will affect when a new driveway can be installed. Our flexible scheduling allows you to determine when you would like your asphalt driveway installed within that time period. Contact us for more information about scheduling.
Can I put a new layer of blacktop over my old driveway?
Very few driveways are eligible for an overlay. Several factors need to be taken into consideration before overlaying a residential driveway. Size, age, and condition of the asphalt surface will dictate whether or not a driveway can be overlaid. If your driveway is a good candidate for an overlay keep in mind that any cracks in the current surface will mirror through the new surface at some point. Call us today to set up a time for one of our experienced estimators to come out and assess whether or not your driveway is eligible for an overlay.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, checks, Visa and Mastercard. Credit card transactions are subject to a 3% processing fee.
How should I care for my new asphalt driveway?
New asphalt driveways need time to cure. Allow a minimum of 5 days before driving on your new asphalt driveway. It takes asphalt 90 days to fully cure. During the first summer take caution and avoid the following;
• Do not allow sharp objects to be placed on your new driveway. This includes kick stands, chairs, tables, etc. Sharp objects may cause indentations in your new driveway.
• Avoid turning your vehicle wheels too sharp, as this may cause tire scuffing.
• Avoid spilling gasoline on your new asphalt driveway, which can cause the asphalt surface to soften and deteriorate.
• Remember to keep heavy equipment off of a new asphalt driveway to prevent damage.
• The edge of your new driveway should be backfilled and sodded after the installation of a new driveway to prevent undermining. It is also important to avoid parking on the edge of the driveway to prevent the edge from cracking.
• We do not recommend seal coating your driveway in the first year. Allow at least 90 days of curing before applying seal coat.
• When cracks develop fill them with a rubberized crack filler.
My new driveway has tire marks or indentations. What should I do?
Newly constructed asphalt surfaces are susceptible to tire impressions and scuff marks. These cosmetic blemishes can be repaired and do not compromise the integirty of the asphalt surface in any way.
Please read the following information on Tire Scuffing and Indentations.
If you have any other questions please contact us at 651-452-6845.
Do I need to worry about damage to my yard or landscaping?
You will never have to worry about your landscaping or yard being damaged when working with Valley Blacktopping, Inc. Every job we do we treat like a job we are having done on our own homes. Keeping things looking nice is as important to us as is it is to you. Special concerns when it comes to landscaping can always be discussed with a Valley Blacktopping, Inc. trained professional.
How long before I can drive on my new asphalt driveway?
We recommend waiting at least a week before driving on your new asphalt driveway and two weeks before parking on it.
Do you recommend seal coating?
Valley Blacktopping, Inc. does not recommend seal coating within the first year of a new asphalt installation. Seal coating is a very common practice when it comes to asphalt maintenance, however, seal coating only provides a cosmetic advantage and does nothing to improve the structural integrity of the asphalt surface. If you choose to seal coat your driveway, the best practice is to wait as long as you can before applying the first coat and only apply a new coat when the previous one has worn off.
What is asphalt?
Asphalt is a mixture of bitumen with crushed stone gravel or sand, used for paving, roofing and more. Asphalt is used for driveways, parking lots, bike trails, walking paths, sports courts and much more. Asphalt is 100% recyclable and is the most recycled product in the world. 99% of asphalt is recycled and reused in paving projects.
No matter what your project is give Valley Blacktopping a call to make your next project a success!
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What kind of warranty do you offer?
Valley Blacktopping, Inc. offers a standard one year warranty against defects in workmanship and materials. A detailed explanation of our warranty is available on the back of our proposals.
For 40 years Valley Blacktopping, Inc. has been installing asphalt surfaces of the highest quality. Our main focus is our customer's satisfaction. For that reason we want you know that should an issue arise in your new driveway, regardless of age, we want you give to us call. We will always try our best to be fair in providing a solution for the issues that may come up. After all a warranty is only as good as the person giving it to you.