Pasadena Texas Paving Contractors

Asphalt Driveway Contractors

At Asphalt Paving Contractors of Pasadena Texas, we do what you would never do at home. Well, for you macho types, maybe, but for all of you normal guys (and yes, gals too), it’s just not a good thing to attempt.

Lots of Asphalt in Houston areaLet’s face it, for most home owners, paving your own driveway with asphalt is not an option. Even trying to tackle that same task with concrete is simply not a doable concept. There’s planning, materials, good weather, hundreds of thousands of dollars in good equipment, knowing what equipment to buy, and no guarantees that the job will be done correctly. Throw in a variety of city and county permits that you my or may not even know about, and the task is simply untenable. In most instances you would never even want to tackle such a task. Oh sure, there are a few do-it-yourselfers out there but you are clearly in the minority. And what are you going to do when you get in a jam? Lookup procedures on Youtube and hope that person knows how to lay asphalt correctly? It’s doubtful.

That’s why we lay out the pros and cons of each method here, plus all the work, costs, and planning that goes into paving a driveway with asphalt or concrete. You’ll be very glad you made the call for your neighborhood asphalt paving contractors for the entire Houston area. By the way we provide services to all of Houston,  The WoodlandsSugar Land,  Baytown, and Conroe . I’m sure there are a few more burgs we’ve reached into but those should do for now. Now, on to the nitty gritty.

Concrete and asphalt are the two most common materials used to make driveways. Well, duh! Each has their pros and cons. They both have very specific applications with plenty of overlap. You’ll find tar in asphalt, which gives it its adhesive property. Similarly, cement is the adhesive property of concrete. Both materials have very different maintenance requirements, processes, costs, and durability.

First off, the base of the driveway must be compacted. This compactness will ensure that the driveway will be able to tolerate the weight of the materials and that of the load of anything on top of it. Stones and sand are the two materials that make up a compacted bed for the driveway.

Factors to consider when choosing material for your driveway

There are many characteristic you should consider when choosing driveway material:

Aesthetics

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. A driveway is a driveway, right? Not quite. If you ask 20 people you’ll get 30 answers for the aesthetic value of a driveway. For some, a driveway is just an extension of the road leading up to their home; they’ll choose asphalt.  Unfortunately, asphalt has limitations that the average homeowner should be aware of. You just don’t have a wide range of finishes like you would with concrete. There’s a reason the ground beneath it needs to be rolled and pressed before pouring. And as Henry Ford was fond of saying when referring to his Model Ts, “You can have any color you like as long as it’s black.” With asphalt you get one color – black, though there’s probably a ready-made market for an entrepreneur who introduces other colors into this game.

Generally speaking, concrete is an easier material to work with when you realize the wide variety of finishes you have. Concrete can be stamped, engraved, or etched into a variety of cool designs. You can also stain concrete with a vast array of colors. So for someone who wants to customize her driveway, concrete gives her an ample number of choices to suit her distinct needs.

Maintenance

When asphalt is installed and sealed properly, it can last for up to thirty years. Sealing asphalt should initially be completed a year after installation, and resealed every three to five years. This is can be slightly more expensive when you compare it to concrete driveways, which can last for well over 50 years. No sealing required.

On the other hand, it’s very easy to mess up a concrete driveway with oil and fluid stains from cars that leak it. Ask me how I know! You have to scrub and use a wide variety of detergents to get rid of these unsightly blemishes. On the other hand, if a asphalt driveway gets a crack in it, it’s much easier to seal than its concrete counterpart. So you see, each both materials have their distinctive qualities and faults.

Climate and Weather

Another factor to consider is that of climate. Problems occur in the extremes: very hot summers or very cold winters. In frozen climates, concrete suffers from what is called frost heaving. It has the tendency to crack. Not good. Introduce a little salt in the concrete driveway, and it will develop pits on the driveway. On the other hand, the tar found in asphalt softens when it’s exposed to extremely high temperature, and it can become tacky. Fortunately your contractor will know the area you live and recommend the best material for that climate.

Cost

There are two main factors to consider when it comes to the cost to pave a driveway (or any similar roadway structure): installation and maintenance. Simply put, asphalt is cheaper to install than concrete. Surprisingly enough, fluctuations in the price of oil on the world markets directly affect the cost. Concrete is expensive though its cost will depend on the type of design and finishing required. It’s important to note that asphalt has low “point of entry” costs. However, when it comes to the time value of concrete, concrete s the better solution because it stands the test of time and endures much longer than asphalt.

Having said that, no material is 100% perfect. Taking the factors of climate, aesthetics, maintenance, and cost into consideration, only you know what you can afford according to your budget. Plus only you know what kind of driveway you envision.

The differences between asphalt and concrete driveways make them each unique. One isn’t necessarily better than the other. Depending on your needs, either is a good choice for a driveway. This article will give an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of both so you can decide which might be better for you.

Pasadena Texas Sealcoating Contractors

Sealcoating is an important part of protecting your asphalt from deterioration, and keeping your driveway looking attractive. Most property managers are aware of the need to sealcoat their asphalt parking lots, but have questions about the details.

What do I do about the surface cracks that keep coming back in my parking lot?

Seal existing cracks before sealcoating the entire lot or driveway. If a crack is not filled in properly, water will seep in and cause damage to the asphalt surface. You don’t want to know what happens if water is able to penetrate the pores of the surface or under the asphalt into the base. Your few hundred dollar project just turned into thousands! That’s why it’s important to seal the cracks first. After an asphalt lot has been sealcoated, the damage can still occur if those little cracks have not been filled in properly.

On a positive note, though, if the asphalt cracks were filled in properly the first time around, the crack sealing could last the life of the sealcoating. You will not see the cracks coming back! So, when you get it right the first time, good things happen down the line.

Should we have our asphalt lot sealcoated every year?

No, it’s not necessary. It’s a common ploy for asphalt paving companies to get you to help them pad their pockets by sealcoating your lot yearly. The odd thing is that if you sealcoat too much, it lead to other problems. The first two coats of sealant protect the asphalt over the lifetime of the lot. Most of the sealcoating after those coats are for aesthetic purposes.

Should we seal our parking lot in hot weather?

Yes, you should. However, it should be done using proper application techniques. As we all know, asphalt can get very hot, especially during the summer in Southern states. Applying sealant when the temps go above 90 degrees Fahrenheit will cause the sealant to dry too quickly. When this happens the asphalt can peel or flake, or even get a streaky finish. There is a way to apply sealcoat when the temps rise above 90 degrees, but the proper application technique is to spray the surface with a light mist of water. This cools the asphalt surface first. After the surface temperature is lower, the sealant can be applied.

A well-paved, well-designed asphalt paving project can last 20-40 years if it’s been properly maintained. Hiring a reputable and experienced paving contractor can save you a lot of money in the long run. Not only will you have a lot that looks great, the workmanship will last a long time.

Tips For Choosing Asphalt Services for the Home Owner

We all know and understand that any improvement you make to your home will add to its value and beauty. Certain improvements will add greater value than others. Paving your driveway is one of them. But there are so many contractors out there, how do you choose the best one? Choosing qualified and experience asphalt services companies for your home is important.

First, what kind of experience does the contractor have with homes and driveways like yours? Can the company show you before and after shots of driveways they’ve installed? Your driveway absolutely positively needs to be paved by experienced and professional asphalt paving contractors. Pore over their qualifications before landing on one.

Secondly, do they have plenty of testimonials from satisfied customers? Not just “they did a good job” testimonies, but gushing “I’ve never seen anything like it in my entire life” testimonies. You need these kinds of testimonies with very few of the “bad contractor” testimonies. Let’s face it, not everyone will be happy with your services. Those should be kept to a minimum. In fact, if there are none of those testimonials out on the internet, look at your contractor with a jaundiced eye because the good one are suspect. There are ways to manipulate the search engine to only reflect good reviews. A few not so good ones are normal. Just sayin’.

Thirdly, does the paving contracting company give free estimates? They should be at your door in a few hours if they really want your business. If it takes them a few days to muster the energy to make it your way, you might want to pass on them because either they are too busy to do a quality job or they are just too lazy.

Fourthly, what’s it like when you call the facility? Does it sound like the receptionist is trying to wear too many hats with kids screaming all over the place? It might be a sign that it’s a mom and pop shop. Those are fine if going in you know what you’re getting into.  I want to help the small business people as much as the rest but there’s a limit, especially when it comes to your needs.

Fifthly, how’s their web presence? If they haven’t bothered to build a halfway decent web site, move on. In this day and age, they need a website with reviews, testimonials, before and after photos, and something that tells you they are living in the real world. I totally get that not everyone is web savvy. What does that say, then, about the equipment they are using to start and finish your project? Perhaps nothing, but someone who can’t be bothered with any kind of web presence may be using outdated equipment and techniques. It’s certainly not a full proof sign of negligence, but it certainly is suspect in my opinion.

Sixthly, what about the obvious source, referrals? Ask friends and family members who does their concrete or asphalt work for them. Those will probably have the best recommendations around because they come from people you know and trust. If three or more mention the same contractor, then there’s probably no need to look further. You have your contractor; you just need to get them in to question them on cost and availability.

Lastly, when you call for a quote, ask a lot of questions. You are hiring them and should be satisfied with how they work, how they hire employees, referrals, timetables, costs, and reputability. Run far away if they’re not able to answer the most basic of these questions. You may have in mind a long driveway to your house. Maybe you have repairs that need to be made to your existing drive. No matter what kind of paving services you require, finding someone you can count on for providing you with excellent services and quality work is essential. The company that can offer you references from previous customers is a good way to locate an established, reputable company.

Service Areas

Our service area is certainly not limited to Pasadena. We provide service for the greater Houston metropolitan area including  Sugar Land, The Woodlands, Texas City, Atascocita, Kingwood, Channelview, Mission Bend, Alvin, Bellaire, Clute, Dickinson, Freeport, Galena Park, Humble, Jacinto City, Katy, La Marque, Richmond, Santa Fe, Seabrook, South Houston, Stafford, Tomball, Webster, West University Place, Aldine, Cinco Ranch, Cloverleaf, Four Corners, Fresno, Greatwood,  Anahuac, Arcola, Bayou Vista, Beach City, Beasley, Bellville, Brazoria, Brazos Country, Brookshire, Brookside Village, Bunker Hill Village, Clear Lake Shores, Cleveland, Cove, Cut and Shoot, Daisetta, Danbury, Dayton, Dayton Lakes, Devers, El Lago, Fulshear, Hardin, Hempstead, Hedwig Village, Hilshire Village, Hitchcock, Hunters Creek Village, Industry, Jamaica Beach, Jersey Village, Kemah, Kendleton, Liberty, Liverpool, Magnolia, Manvel, Meadows Place, Mont Belvieu, Montgomery, Morgan’s Point, Nassau Bay, Needville, North Cleveland, Oak Ridge North, Old River-Winfree, Orchard, Oyster Creek, Panorama Village, Pattison, Patton Village, Piney Point Village, Plum Grove, Prairie View, Richwood, Sealy, Shenandoah, Shoreacres, Simonton, Southside Place, Splendora, Spring Valley Village, Surfside Beach, Sweeny, Taylor Lake Village, Waller, Wallis, West Columbia, Willis, Woodbranch, Holiday Lakes, Kenefick, Pine Island, Quintana, Roman Forest, San Felipe, Stagecoach, Thompsons, Woodloch, Bailey’s Prairie, Bonney, Fairchilds, Hillcrest, Iowa Colony, Jones Creek, Pleak, Tiki Island, Bacliff, Barrett, Bolivar Peninsula, Crosby, Cumings, Damon, Fifth Street, Highlands, Pinehurst, Porter Heights, Leon, Sheldon, Stowell, Wild Peach Village