Asphalt FAQs

Before investing in residential or commercial asphalt services, you might have some questions. Our crew is always available to discuss your project, long-term goals, and options. But these asphalt FAQs can get you started if you need some quick answers.

What is asphalt?

Asphalt consists of stones, sand, and gravel held together by asphalt cement. This paving material gives the best return on investment compared to other materials. Other key features include: 

  • Sustainable material and one of the most recycled in the U.S. 
  • A smooth surface means vehicles consume less fuel and produce lower emissions 
  • Safer option with excellent gripping power 
  • When well-maintained, it can last upwards of 20 years 
Will oil and gas leaks leave marks?

The short answer is yes. Over time, oil, gas, and other fluids can cause asphalt to break down. However, with regular seal coating or petromat overlays, you can prevent damage to your driveway or parking lot.

When can I drive on my freshly paved driveway or lot?

Like most good things, you have to be patient. Generally, asphalt is ready to be driven on within two to three days. However, because it’s not fully cured for up to 30 days, some tire scuff marks may be visible. These should become less noticeable over time. 

How often should I seal coat?

We recommend seal coating about every four years, but the timeline can be shorter in heavy-traffic areas. When in doubt, someone from our crew can inspect your driveway or lot and provide a maintenance plan.

What do I do if some sections of my asphalt are deteriorating?

The faster you can address damage, the longer your pavement will last. We’re happy to inspect any damage and provide an estimate for patchwork repairs.

How can I prevent damage?

One word: maintenance. With proper maintenance of your driveway or parking lot, you can increase your pavement’s lifecycle. Our crew can suggest repairs, overlays, grinding, or full replacement if you need more extensive repair.

Will repaired sections be noticeable?

When we do patchwork repairs, you’ll be able to see the difference between the dark black patch and the typically lighter, older pavement areas. Over time this will become less noticeable, but we also suggest seal coating to blend in repaired areas.

Is there ideal weather for paving?

Asphalt is poured hot (at least 250 degrees), and ambient temperature plays a critical role in its workability. Although we’re fortunate to see many warm and sunny days here, the weather does play a role in when we can pour. 

What do you do with the old asphalt?

As one of the most recycled materials in the U.S., asphalt is extremely versatile. If we have extra material from a grinding project, we recycle it into road base material. 



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Santa Barbara
California, 93103