The Small Print
Hot Asphalt Repairs (cut-outs, aprons, overlays & infrared repairs)
It is important that you understand the services that are being offered and you have reasonable expectations consistent with industry standards, which we strive to exceed. Please read the details below and contact us if you have questions or concerns.
New asphalt is soft:
All new asphalt will be relatively soft for 1-3 years following installation. This is especially true in summer when it is hot and there is strong direct sunlight on the dark black asphalt. Asphalt is a popular pavement option because it flexes with freeze/thaw shifting and resists cracking. The properties that allow asphalt to flex, also make it somewhat soft in summer heat. The asphalt will harden over time, which means it is less likely to have damage because of softness but more likely to crack. When the asphalt is new, things can sink in or otherwise damage the soft asphalt. Common things that can sink into the asphalt: tables, chairs, trailer hitches, kick stands, and plant pots. Avoid parking on the same spots of the new asphalt for extended periods of time. Avoid turning a car at a stand still. When possible, drive straight in and straight out. Damage to soft asphalt can be touched up, but will likely still be noticeable as touch ups will disturb the surface appearance.
The new asphalt will look different:
New asphalt is porous compared to aged asphalt, which has often hardened and smoothed out over time. Therefore, you will always be able to see that the repair has been done. Even after you sealcoat, the new asphalt will stand out because the surface texture is still more porous and reflects light differently, even though it is the same color. Slight compaction lines may be visible after completion but they will blend away with time.
Cut lines will open up:
While repair cut lines will be tight at first, they will likely open up over the first 1-3 years. It will be important to seal the cut line with hot rubber crackfiller as a maintenance act every 2-3 years.
The repair areas will change:
The asphalt repair sections may slightly shrink, settle and generally change over time. Areas that you regularly drive on or park on, and areas where water regularly drains to (on top or underneath) are more likely to settle or have other issues. Be sure roof drain away from driveway if possible.
It is impossible to guaranty against winter heaving as this is largely dependent on your type of soil and amount of moisture in your ground down to the frost line. This heaving may also lead to cracking, even in new asphalt. Try to keep water draining away from the area to decrease the potential of freeze/thaw damage.
We can often only guaranty that water will not puddle on the new asphalt after completion. Depending on the surrounding situation, water that used to puddle on the repair area may now settle on the adjacent asphalt or elsewhere. In some cases, large scale excavation and paving may be necessary to ensure complete water drainage. Contact us if complete water drainage is your goal. The repaired areas may slightly settle over time and hold some water.
Please be aware that overlays will look patchy. Asphalt has rock in it so overlays will often have a ‘lip’ where it ends. This lip may crumble and catch snow removal tools. There is no extended warranty on overlays.
Infrared repairs are often a budget friendly alternative to a full depth cut-out repair. Because the repair is not full depth, deep cracks may reflect back through the new asphalt, even in the first winter.