Frequently Asked Questions and Tips
It is important to note that while there are many frequently asked questions when it comes to projects, each project can also be different. The best advice is to always consult with Bedford Paving about any questions that you may have. Our staff is happy to always provide you with the answers and offer suggestions to help you and make your property look great.
Bedford Paving has been in business more than 49 years with experience in the construction of driveways, roadways and parking lots as well as resurfacing projects and many other paving related services.
We use different grades of asphalt pavement depending on the application.
The biggest advantage aside from your property looking great is that with asphalt your pavement will have flexibility and pliability once it is in place. This allows for the mat to conform to small settlements in the surface being paved without cracking.
What is a two-step two-layer process?
When we tear out a driveway down to stone it is our recommendation that you install a binder course of asphalt the first year. The following year we install a topcoat or a finer asphalt layer, which provides a finished look. This second layer increase the strength and longevity of the driveway.
Backfill the edges of your new pavement with top soil so that it is even with the top of the new asphalt, to prevent edges from cracking. It is also important that you do not allow weeds to grow around the new pavement as they could grow through it.
Wait at least 6 days before driving on your new paving. If the temperature stays above 70 degrees at night, we suggest that you wait at least 1 week before parking or driving on it.
Do not place sharp objects on the new pavement like bike kick-stands or other objects that can create a hole or indentation in the pavement.
You should never park or drive in the same exact spot each time as it will cause holes and indentations, this includes: boats, trailers, RV’s and the like. Also, never turn the wheels of a vehicle while it is standing still as it scuffs the surface and can possibly tear up the paving.
Any gas or oil spills on the new pavement can dissolve the asphalt from the stone so you need to be careful and make sure that vehicles are not leaking.
Do not seal your new pavement immediately. Talk with your Bedford project manager to learn more about sealing and when to do it. One note, temperatures need to remain above 50 degrees at night if you are going to seal.