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Stamford Overlay Pleases Customer with Service and Price!

We were called out to Stamford to do a parking lot repair for a customer, Hayden . Hayden’s parking lot needed to have an overlay done. The base was in good shape, but the cracks and small potholes had started. The overlay would make the parking lot safe, and look attractive. We arrived promptly on time, and started working on the parking lot repair. We worked until we had the parking lot repair completed. We called the customer the next day to let us know if the parking lot looked good, because he was not on site when we finished. The customer told us that the parking lot looked great. He said he was really happy with the end results. While we had him on the phone we asked him how he heard about our company, and he said a friend referred him to us. We invited him to leave us any feedback online, and he did a few days later. The feedback was short and to the point, which said,” This company did a great job! Very professional, promptly, and right on the price.”

We would like to thank you for trusting us with your parking lot. All Star Paving & Sealing offers many other services too. We offer parking lot sealing, annual maintenance, and we are a complete asphalt company. Call us anytime you need any parking lot or asphalt services in the future. We appreciate our customers. For more information on our Stamford services, click here!

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When Can I Drive Or Park On New Asphalt?

When a homeowner is considering having a new asphalt driveway installed, one of the most important questions a homeowner would like to know is when they will be able to use the driveway. It can be an inconvenience to not be able to drive or park in the driveway, but refraining from doing so for the appropriate time will ensure that there will be no damage to the new asphalt.

The answer to this question can depend on a few factors. One of these factors is the time of the year that the asphalt was laid. In most cases, the homeowner can drive and park on new asphalt within three days. If the new asphalt was added to the home sometime in the hot months of summer, then the homeowner may want to wait a few extra days. The hot weather can add an increased temperature to the asphalt, and the asphalt will hold in this added heat. This can make the new asphalt susceptible to structure damages.

New asphalt can take between six months to a year to fully harden and cure. This time the new asphalt is very susceptible to structural and physical damage. The new asphalt can take on scuff marks in the heat along with becoming very hot. The scuff marks will go away as the new asphalt cures or the temperature cools down.

Walking on the new asphalt can be done in 24 hours, but you should not walk on the new asphalt with high heels or shoes with points. The heels can dig into the new asphalt, causing ruts and holes in the new asphalt. Any sharp shoes such as heels or soccer cleats need to stay off the concrete until it has fully cured.

While the asphalt is curing, these tips will keep the asphalt safe:

*No driving on the asphalt for up to three days, longer if the temperature is hot
*Don’t drive on the edges of the asphalt.
*Try not to use motorcycle or bike stands on the uncured asphalt.
*No heavy trucks on the asphalt.
*Avoid pouring gas or oil on the asphalt.

These tips are just added insurance for producing a safe new asphalt. Driving on new asphalt can usually be done within three days, but the weather can change this. Ask your asphalt contractor to be sure when you can drive or park on the new asphalt.

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How Can I Tell If A Quality Job Was Performed On My Asphalt Project?

Quality work is expected when it comes to your asphalt project. Asphalt that is done with quality can provide a life expectancy of over ten years for the homeowner. How do you know if your asphalt project was done with the quality it needs to last long? A homeowner can check the asphalt project and see if quality and care was used on the asphalt.

When the contractor and employees show up to do the asphalt project, it is important that they remain professional. They should all work and conduct themselves in a proper, professional manner. The workers should not slack, but work throughout the day, minus their breaks and lunch. The workers should make sure that they keep the property clean and safe while working.

The asphalt employees will start by clearing the area to prepare it for the asphalt. The asphalt will be laid and the employees will then compact the asphalt. Once these steps are completed, the employees will tie off the asphalt so that nobody walks or drives on the asphalt. The employees will clean up and pack up everything, and the contractor will have you come out and check the asphalt.

The asphalt should look smooth without any bumps with a black color to surface. There will be no cracks or holes in the asphalt. The contractor may come out and check the asphalt again the next day. After a few days, the asphalt should be very firm and hard. Walk across the asphalt to make sure that it feels sturdy. If there are not any weak places or cracks, then the project was done with quality.

Let a month go by, then check the asphalt again. Is the asphalt still crack free? Does water run off the asphalt, or does it stand on top of the asphalt? If you notice the water runs off, then the asphalt has been installed properly.

If all of these details are positive, then the asphalt project was done with high quality and craftsmanship. The contractor has supplied you with quality asphalt and work. The asphalt will just need to be maintained to provide a long life. This is your job as the homeowner! Keep the asphalt free of cracks and holes. Also make sure to have the seal coating applied every three years for your asphalt to truly last.

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Are There Different Types Of Asphalt And If So, What Should I Use?

When it comes to asphalt, you have many choices as homeowners. There are three different grades available in asphalt. The grades available are I-2, also known as base; I-5, known as top ;and the I-4 or commercial top grades. The difference in the tree grades are that the I-2 or base consists of ¾ inches of stone. The base grade is generally used in corn stabilizing level. The I-5 or top is commonly used for homeowners and businesses. I-4 or Commercial top consist of a mixture of ¾ inches of stone and is used when added stability ans strength is needed for the asphalt.

These are the different grades of asphalt, but are there any different types of asphalt? The answer is yes: there are two different types of asphalt available for homeowners, including 41A and 41B. The two types of asphalt are very similar, but they do have a slight difference. The 41A is also known as the driveway mix, as it is commonly used for driveways. The 41A has a mixture of rock and sand that is very fine in diameter with an oil content up to a 6.0%. The oil content is added to the mixture to combine, then applied to the area for the asphalt driveway. The mixture can have more oil added to it. If more oil is added, it can allow the sand and rock to hold together better. However, doing this can make the asphalt susceptible to marks and weight problems.

On the other hand the 41B type allows the rock and sand mixture to be larger. As large as 5/8 of an inch big. The oil content is also dropped the 5% on the 41B. What is the advantage of the larger rocks and sand, along with the oil drop? This creates an asphalt that allows for heavier load applications on the asphalt, including up to one ton of weight. There is one disadvantage of having the 41B type and this would be that the surface is not smooth due to the larger rocks and sand mixture.

Which one should a homeowner choose? Which is the best type of asphalt? Both of the types of asphalt are great, it simply depends on the needs of the homeowner. If a homeowner needs a heavier weight load, then the 41B asphalt type should be selected. For ordinary driveway use, then the 41A is the choice that most homeowners choose.

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What Determines The Price Of An Asphalt Project?

Knowing how contractors calculate and determine the price of an asphalt project will allow you to know what to expect when planning an asphalt project. There is more to the completion of a successful asphalt project than what most consumers may realize. The asphalt is a very detail-oriented project that consists of materials, equipment, employees, and much more. To find out what determines the price of an asphalt project, take a look into how contractors calculate and determine the costs.

  1. The first thing that will determine the price of an asphalt project is the price of crude oil and other petroleum based products. These products are needed to perform an asphalt project. When the price of crude oil drastically increases, the price of the asphalt project will also be higher.
  2. The total square footage of the driveway will determine the cost. A smaller driveway will cost less than a larger driveway. If the driveway or area where the asphalt will be installed needs to be prepped for the asphalt, this process will also be considered. The area has to have an excellent draining system before the asphalt is laid so the asphalt will hold up. If the area needs to have an excavation done, then this will also add to the cost of the asphalt.
  3. The equipment will be considered in the price, including how many trucks and heavy equipment is needed to install the asphalt.
  4. How many employees will be needed for the asphalt project? The contractor will determine how many employees they will need to do the project.
  5. The materials such as rock, sand, and asphalt cement will be calculated for the project.

This is just a small glimpse on how a contractor will determine the cost of an asphalt project. There are so many factors that have to be considered. Any contractor that quotes a bid of $2 a square foot can’t be an honest contractor. There is no way a contractor estimate your project without seeing and inspecting the area where the asphalt will be installed, so always be on alert if this happens to you.

To know the exact price of an asphalt project, have a professional contractor come to your home. Let the contractor go over the area, then calculate what the price will be. Make sure the contractor give you a written bid for the asphalt project, but don’t stop there! Call a different contractor to get a separate bid to compare the first bid to. If there isn’t much difference in the price, then you most likely have two professional contractors that are more than capable of doing your asphalt project. The hard decision is selecting the best contractor.

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What Is An Overlay And When Is It A Good Option?

Asphalt is a mixture of rock and sand. The mixture is combined with a liquid asphalt cement. It is heated to a very high heat of over 300 degrees then poured and compacted, forming an asphalt driveway or parking lot. Over time the asphalt can get distressed. Oil, fuel and other chemicals from the vehicles that park on the surface and due to various weather conditions, drop onto the asphalt. All of these factors can cause the asphalt to lose its luster and strength. When this occurs, overlay can become an option for the asphalt or concrete.

What is an overlay? Overlay is when a new layer of asphalt is applied to the current surface. The new layer can vary in depth, ranging anywhere from 1.5 inches up to 2 inches of new asphalt applied, following by the paving process. The current asphalt will need to have a good base. Any cracks or patches that are present need to be repaired before the overlaying is done. An overlay is an excellent option that allows current asphalt to have a new look along with providing extra strength.

The only time that overlay should not be considered is when the current asphalt or concrete is heavily damaged. The damage may be repairable, but the overlay will only disguise a major problem that is existing in the asphalt. Drainage may be a possible reason as to why there is quite a bit of damage to the current asphalt. If there is a drainage problem, overlay is not an option for the asphalt. The drainage issue will need to be repaired, because the overlay will only develop the same problem. When there is not proper drainage, then the asphalt holds in the water, similar to a sponge. The asphalt holds the water and is only released when weight is put on the area.

Many times, overlay is an added option for asphalt. To know if your current asphalt can have the overlay process done to it, contact a local contractor. The contractor will examine the asphalt and make sure the overlay will be a success if applied to the current asphalt.

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Greenwich Paving Overlay Pleases Customer

In Greenwich, we were called to service a customer through a referral for a paving overlay. Our customer was very pleased with the results, and said the “job looks great!” In the ‘before’ picture, you can see there were a few minor cracks in the pavement, which were filled with the paving overlay. We were able to make that pavement look brand new again!

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New Canaan Asphalt Overlay

We were called to a project out in New Canaan to overlay over the existing asphalt with 1 ½“ of asphalt. This particular client had come into contact with us from a referral who also had positive feedback. When we were done, the client said, “ Wow! The driveway has great curb appeal now!”

Thank you for putting your trust in All Star Paving and Sealing, LLC. For the Top Asphalt Paving company in the Greenwich CT area, it’s All Star Paving. Our mission is Building long term working relationships with our clients by providing the highest quality service with an honest and knowledgeable approach. From Driveway Paving to Parking Lot repair and construction, we’ve got you covered!

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Look at these great before and after shots of an asphalt overlay project we completed in Greenwich:

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