Frequently Asked Questions
Is asphalt cheaper than concrete?
Yes, it is cheaper than concrete. It’s also easier to fix when cracks or potholes form and is more durable against extreme weather and heavy vehicle traffic. Concrete usually requires a lot of hard labor and full replacement when cracks develop in the surface.
How long does an asphalt driveway last?
When a professional installs a new driveway with quality asphalt and routine maintenance, it can last up to 50 years.
What is the best time of year to lay asphalt?
The spring is the best time in Maryland as the optimal outside temperature for this job is at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer can be too humid because the asphalt cannot have too much moisture in it.
How long should you stay off new asphalt?
Stay off your new driveway for at least 24 hours, and 48 hours if it’s hot outside.
Should I seal my driveway?
Yes, the sealant protects your pavement from moisture damage, corrosive elements, harsh UV rays, extreme weather, motor oil, and more. All of these elements wear the pavement down over time.
How soon after paving should I seal my driveway?
Give the new pavement at least three months to cure and harden before seal coating it. The seal coat will last longer if you wait.
How do I make my driveway last longer?
Seal the pavement and power wash it to protect it from water damage, motor oil, and other corrosive elements that degrade the surface over time. Fill any cracks in the surface with asphalt crack repair. You can also remove weeds growing on the sides.
How do I choose a paving company?
Look at the company’s reviews; inquire about the training, certifications, and insurance; make sure the team has a lot of experience in the industry, and ask about the paving equipment the company uses.
How do you know if a paving job is good?
If the new pavement lines up smoothly with old pavement, drains, etc. and the surface is smooth, it’s a good paving job.
Why should I choose Southern Maryland Asphalt Paving?
Our team has over 15 years of experience in the industry and has perfected our paving services one driveway and parking lot at a time. We have experienced and certified paving experts ready to assist you with our professional-grade equipment.