FAQ

Why choose Valley Blacktopping, Inc.?


Family owned and operated, since 1976. Owners are on every job. We are a company with over 45 years in the paving industry. We provide honest, quality work, at a fair price. A+ rating with BBB Licensed & Insured Top Paving Contractor in the U.S. - 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020




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 the asphalt can be installed. In most cases we will wait one to two weeks before installing the new asphalt surface after 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?


It varies. 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 a new asphalt driveway is 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 15-20 years with proper care, that's not to say it won't last longer. To prolong the life of your driveway, fill cracks as soon as they develop and avoid spilling gasoline or oil on the asphalt surface. Keep in mind soil conditions, drainage and use can affect the lifespan of a blacktop driveway.




How thick should a new asphalt driveway be?


Residential driveways are typically installed between 2" - 3" thick.




Can I put a new layer of asphalt over my old driveway?


Unfortunately most driveways are not suitable for an overlay. Several factors need to be taken into consideration before overlaying a residential driveway. If an overlay is something you are considering one of our experienced estimators can come out and assess whether or not your driveway is a good candidate for an overlay. Please note an overlay is not seal coating. Seal coating is the application of a liquid sealer over the surface of an asphalt driveway. An overlay is the application of new asphalt over and existing asphalt surface.




What forms of payment do you accept?


We accept cash, check, Visa and Mastercard. Credit card transactions are subject to a 3% processing fee.




How should I care for my new asphalt driveway?





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 asphalt in any way. Please read the following information on Tire Scuffing and Indentations. If you have any other questions please contact us at 651.452.5845.




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 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!




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. Valley Blacktopping, Inc. has been installing asphalt surfaces of the highest quality for 45 years. 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.