Frequently Asked Questions
How long will my pavement last?
The success of your pavement depends on three factors:
- Thickness and type of pavement installed.
- Thickness and type of sub-grade provided. Based on the material type the contractor/ engineer can determine the strength coefficient with sub-grade to support a given pavement. Lower ratios require thicker cross sections of pavement to support the pavement and provide appropriate longevity.
- Frequency and type of traffic driving across a given pavement section will impact performance and longevity. Remember, one heavy duty loaded truck loaded truck driving across that given section is equivalent of 10,000 cars driving across the same section of pavement! These variables will impact longevity of pavement and are critical in building or maintaining your pavement in satisfactory condition.
When does sealcoat season end and why?
Asphalt Doctors will sealcoat as long as the weather permits.Typically sealcoating can not be done when the ground temperature falls below 45° F, which in Colorado commences around mid October.
How quickly can Asphalt Doctors do my project?
Once Asphalt Doctors has been awarded a project, we schedule the job and provide you with the schedule date. If your project requires the asphalt portion to be done at a certain time, please indicate this to our estimators and we will do everything we possibly can to accommodate your schedule.
What type of work can we do in the winter months "off season"?
We can perform all three types of patching (skin, R&R, Infrared) in the winter months. Patching is sometimes required where there is a severe pothole due to the freeze/thaw effect typical of Colorado weather. Crackfill is another service we can provide year round as long as there is no moisture on the ground.
Typically, sealcoat and overlays require the ground temperature to be above 45° F. Otherwise the asphalt or sealcoat does not cure properly and flaking can occur.
What additional fees are not included in my bid?
We typically do not include testing, permit fees, traffic control, surveys, utility adjustments or bonds in our project bids. If these are required, please make sure to note this on your request for bid.
What are the benefits of sealcoat?
Sealcoating is one of the most important elements of a pavement maintenance program. Sealcoat is a means of inhibiting pavement deterioration and needs to be applied on a regular basis, recommended every 2-3 years. Sealcoat not only beautifies the pavement, it also increases the pavement life. By increasing the flexibility of the asphalt, sealcoat slows oxidation and water penetration, resists ultraviolet rays and reduces the effects of the freeze-thaw cycle. Sealcoat also resists gas and oil spills, making it easier to clean and maintain your pavement.
Why do we not sealcoat immediately after we pave?
After paving, the asphalt needs time to cure; this typically takes six months to a year.
Can I get an estimator out this afternoon and do the work in a couple of days?
Asphalt Doctors will try to get to your job as quickly as possible, but it depends on the type of work that needs to be done and what is already on our schedule. Typically the late spring and early fall are our busiest times of the year, and providing an immediate turnaround is not always feasible, since we have other projects already on our schedule.
What causes asphalt deterioration?
Some of the most common causes of asphalt deterioration are oxidation, water accumulation in low-lying areas due to improper drainage, excessive loads on the asphalt and the destructive effects of vehicle oil and gasoline. Over time, water accumulations can cause asphalt to crack and split severely or “alligator,” as it is commonly referred to in the paving industry. Bearing excessive weight can cause asphalt to sink and oil and gasoline that seep into the asphalt cause further deterioration.
Why can't you price it over the phone instead of coming to the job site?
Asphalt repair is subject to its surroundings. With so many variables and unknowns, we at Asphalt Doctors could not provide an accurate estimate of your project’s needs. Asphalt Doctors provides you free estimates including reviewing the job in person to review the scope of work prior to any price work up. By reviewing the property, Our estimators can provide you with a detailed line item estimate and may offer cost saving alternatives which we could not do if we gave you a price sight (or “site”) unseen.
If you have any additional questions regarding Asphalt Doctors or its services please contact us.