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What is Tack Coat? Tack coats are thin layers of asphalt product that are used in the construction or refacing of roads, highways, parking lots and even driveways. This type of product is used to help the layers of asphalt laid down as part of the resurfacing process to bond together with more efficiency. As a result, overlay is able to hold up under constant use for longer periods of time, making it easier to maintain the road properly. Also known as bitumen, the tack coat itself is composed of asphalt by-products. The bitumen is sticky, an attribute that makes it ideal for use as an adhesive between layers of asphalt. Without the presence of the tack coat, a new layer of asphalt laid upon an existing road would deteriorate much more quickly, often creating potholes and various conditions that decrease the safety of the asphalt. In order to achieve the highest degree of efficiency with a tack coat, it is important to prepare the section of road properly. This means that the layer of asphalt that is already present should be dry and relatively free of dirt and other contaminants. This will help to make it easier to apply a uniform layer...

Beware of Dishonest Paving Contractors Unfortunately for the honest paving contractors out there, this profession has a reputation for scams and conmen. Watch out for: Contractors who find you, rather than you finding them. Contractors who say they have leftover asphalt from another job and will cut you a good deal. Contractors who seem to be moving through the area, rather than local, permanent contractors. Please remember in a recession many companies will do whatever it takes to get your business, which means skimping on materials and craftsmanship. With over 50 years combined experience, local home owner and businesses have relied on us to produce the very finest pavement, at the lowest possible price. How to Find an Asphalt Paving Contractor Local reputation. Seek out projects that are more than a year old and have withstood snow, rain, and sun–and that still look good and function well. Paving contractors don’t necessarily have to be licensed as contractors, but if they happen to be–and they have a clean record–that’s a plus. Install Asphalt Paving Over Existing Driveway If your existing driveway is in good condition and is not severely cracked or crumbling, the hot-mix asphalt can be laid right on top of your driveway. One consideration, though,...

When can I drive on my driveway? Keep automobile traffic off your newly paved driveway for at least 3 full days and longer in hotter, more humid temperatures. Please be careful with your newly paved driveway for at least the first 2 years (Especially in the Summer) PLEASE BE CAREFUL!!! Due to the inherently soft nature and slow curing time of asphalt, it is necessary to be very careful with your new pavement. The most common problem is tire marks made from stationary turning in hot or sunny weather. Please try to be moving when turning, or the top surface of asphalt will be easily torn or scarred! These tire marks can scare customers into thinking that there is something wrong with their new driveway or parking lot. The Asphalt Institute of America sends all paving contractors letters every year letting them know about this growing problem. Do not Drive over the Edges of your Driveway Please do not drive over the edges of your new blacktop, as this will weaken and crumble the edges. The new black top edges that are showing or higher than the yard should be backfilled with topsoil and seeded. This will support the edge of the driveway in case...