The driveway game is ripe with scammers.  I’ve heard many stories and have a few of my own.

Here is my biggest piece of advice. Measure your driveway, take the length and width and multiply them together to give you the square footage.  Now, expect to pay $2.00 – $2.50 per square foot for a new asphalt driveway.  Anything outside of this range is reason for suspicion.

Besides price, here are a few red flags:

  1. “We are working down the street and we’ll give you a discount cause our equipment is already here” or “we have extra material so we can give you a big discount”.
  2. Make the check payable to an individual and not a company.
  3. Ask how long they have been in business, and verify it!  You can go to the Virginia Corporate Commission and do an entity search.

wpid-20150811_170741.jpgThe most important part of the paving process has nothing to do with the surface you drive on, its what’s underneath that counts!  The sub surface must be prepared properly to prevent settlement.  If the ground underneath your new black top sinks, the asphalt sinks with it and causes cracking which turns your driveway into a chunky mess. Your crew must have a bobcat, roller and stone brought in to prepare the surface.

 

 

 

wpid-20150811_172942.jpgOnce the sub surface is prepared its time to start laying hot asphalt.  This machine lays the asphalt in one large equal strip, no humps or bumps whatsoever.  A dump truck will dump a load of material in its hopper and its slowly distributed outways as it moves forward.

After laying the hot asphalt the roller comes back to make one flat continuous surface guaranteeing many years of service.