TYRRELL PAVING, INC.
10 Sky Meadow Rd, Suffern, NY 10901-2505
(845) 354-2531

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OUR SERVICES

   -  Asphalt Paving

   -  Curbing

   -  Sidewalks

   -  Land Clearing

   -  Earthwork and Grading

   -  Snow Removal

   -  New Construction

   -  Utility Installation


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  TENNIS COURTS

FAQ

Asphalt

What is the difference between resurfacing and sealcoating my drive?

The main difference is that resurfacing/ rehabilitation is a structural repair that will extend the useful life of your asphalt surface. It entails the patching (if necessary) and resurfacing of the entire surface with a new overlay of 1 ½” to 3″ of hot bituminous asphalt. Sealcoating is not a structural repair and may be likened to painting your house. The sealcoat protects and extends the life of your asphalt, but does nothing to correct structural flaws. Sealcoating, accordingly, is substantially less expensive than resurfacing your drive.

Can I get asphalt in gray or any color other than black?

Essentially all asphalt is black. When the aggregates (stone) are mixed together with hot asphalt cement, the mass of material becomes black. Over time, as the asphalt oxidizes, the coating on the aggregates breaks down and the color of the aggregate starts to show through. This can lead to a ‘grayish’ color if the asphalt plant uses a light color aggregate.

When can I drive on my new drive?

Your new asphalt surface can take more than 30 days to cure depending on temperature variations from night to day. In general, however, you should be able to drive on the surface after two to three days if you are careful. (See tire scuff marks below)

My car left tire scuffmarks. Are they permanent?

Tire scuffmarks are caused when you turn your car’s steering wheel while the car is stationary. If it is a hot day and the asphalt has not completely cured, the surface will get a blemish like grinding your heel into a soft substance. Over time, most of this will become less noticeable.

Why does asphalt appear to have different textures in different areas?

Asphalt is comprised of roughly 95% varying sized aggregates and 5% black asphalt cement. While the mixes we use are all state approved, the appearance and characteristics of the mixes from any asphalt plants in New York/New Jersey will vary. It is natural to expect a variation in the surface texture of the asphalt between loads and in different areas of a paved surface.

Why do I see roller marks on my surface?

A critical aspect of producing a long lasting job is the achievement of the proper compaction of your surface. 90% compaction is ideal. Sometimes the rollers leave ‘streaks’ or marks on the drive. These are temporary and will become less noticeable over several months.

Why shouldn’t I pave my driveway during the colder winter months?

When asphalt is mixed at the plant, it is super heated to in excess of 325° F. By the time it is put in a truck, shipped to the job site and installed on your project, it should still be a minimum of 250° to allow it to be properly compacted. Ambient air temperature and the temperature of the ground both play a significant role in how long the asphalt is ‘workable’ and can be properly compacted. This can range from several hours on a hot summer day to 10 minutes on a chilly fall morning.

What should I do to help prevent the edges of my driveway from cracking?

The edges or ‘shoulders’ of your drive are one of the most vulnerable areas of the drive. If you put a lot of weight on the edge (say by driving your car or lawn mower right to the edge), there is the possibility that the edge will crack or break off if it is not properly supported. We try to help the situation by creating a ‘beveled edge’ on the side of the drive with a 45° angle to defuse the pressure. You can help by installing seeded topsoil against the finished height of the asphalt once the job is completed.