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Asphalt Driveway Paving 101

Asphalt Driveway Installation 101

You may be an avid DIY-er, or perhaps you’re just curious. Whatever the case, learning about the process of asphalt paving is still pretty cool! So grab your notebook and pen – Asphalt Driveway Installation 101 is in session. 

What Is Asphalt?

Asphalt is a combination of gravel, sand, crushed rock, and slags. These materials are bound together by a material called bitumen. Once the ingredients have been mixed, they are then baked to create the final asphalt product. Fun Fact: did you know asphalt is almost 100% recycled? Asphalt is also porous, allowing water to move into the ground rather than runoff. 

Paving A New Driveway

  • If you are installing a new driveway, the existing surface must first be removed. Once that is done, the area must be graded to ensure water will not sit on the surface of the new driveway. 
  • After grading, a supporting layer called sub-base is laid down. This layer assists in load-bearing, and is mostly made of crushed stones. If you are installing a new driveway on top of an existing one, it is imperative to lay a new sub-base for structural integrity.
  • A binder layer made of bitumen and oil is then laid down, followed by a proof roll on top. This proof roll detects any soft areas that may need more sub base added to it. 
  • Once all your soft spots have been filled, it’s time for the new asphalt to be put in place! Asphalt is dumped and then rolled smooth, which helps to compact the material. Once the asphalt cools, it is ready for action!

But wait – there’s more! It is still wise to wait at least 24 hours before driving on your new driveway, and the asphalt must be cured between 30 (commercial) and 90 (residential) days to stop oxidation. Asphalt will eventually need to be resurfaced, but the good news is you can do it yourself using a driveway sealant!

If you are looking for an eco-friendly material with fast installation, easy maintenance, and affordable cost, an asphalt driveway might be for you. Contact our qualified team of professionals for a quote today at 416­-701-1881 or info@epicpaving.ca.

Get Rid Of Grass In Driveway

How to Prevent Grass Growing in Driveway Cracks

Weeds are a common nuisance. They grow in our gardens, walkways, and even in the tiniest cracks of our driveways. So how can we prevent grass from growing in this area? In this article we will explore some home remedies that will leave your driveway weed-free!

Vinegar

Vinegar is great for removing unwanted grass because it is a natural herbicide. However it is very potent and will kill whatever it comes in contact with. It is important to not spray around plants you wish to keep. You can pour the vinegar in the affected area or make a mixture of one cup of salt, one gallon of white vinegar, and one cup of lemon juice for a more powerful concoction.

Seal The Cracks

Luckily weeds cannot grow where there is no space! Sealing the cracks in your driveway will prevent unwanted grass from growing in the future. First, clean any debris from the cracks, then fill them with mortar or masonry caulk. You can inspect your driveway annually and fill cracks at the first sign of damage.

Pour Boiling Water on Them

Just finished boiling pasta? Throw the leftover water on those pesky weeds! The hot water will effectively kill the weeds after several treatments. Just be sure not to throw water that has been in touch with meat or oils, which will attract bugs and other pests.

Commercial Herbicide

Chemicals should always be a last resort. However, there are several natural herbicides on the market today (or that you can make yourself!) that are healthier for your family and the environment. While a bit expensive, commercial herbicides are the best option for killing weeds and preventing new ones from growing.

Pre-preparation

Pre-preparation is the best way to prevent unwanted grass from growing. So if you are installing hardscape around your home, be sure to place a landscaping fabric or geotextile mesh before the installation. If you do notice weeds beginning to grow, make sure you remove them before they seed. This will prevent the weeds from spreading throughout other areas of your yard or hardscape.

Looking for more tips? Contact our qualified team of professionals today at 416­-701-1881 or info@epicpaving.ca.

Choose The Right Paving Company

How To Choose The Right Paving Company

Deciding to pave your driveway is a no-brainer. A paved driveway boosts the value of your property and provides a safe area to park and play. Choosing the best contractor for the job, however, can be more of a challenge. When done properly, a paving job should last for decades! But – hiring the wrong company means you may spend a lot of money for work that will need to be repaired soon after. To help you make the right decision, we’ve put together this list of how to choose the right paving company!

Good Reputation

A reputable paving company knows that knowledge and experience are paramount. Choose a company that has invested time and effort into cultivating a good reputation. Look into how many years they have been in business, and how that business has been received.

Experience and References

Has this company worked on similar projects before? If your project involves a large area for commercial paving, then choosing a company who has mainly completed small residential projects may not be the best choice. It is also important to look at references from previous clients, or if possible, take a look at recent projects completed in the area.

Insured and Licensed

This is by far the most important quality to look for in a paving company! Paving can be a dangerous job. Without the proper insurance, accidents will end up on your homeowners policy. A professional company will have invested money to procure a policy with full liability. The paving company should also be licensed to perform work in your local area.

Transparent Communication

Transparent and timely communication is essential! The right company will be customer focused. They will respond to your inquiry in a timely manner. They will take the time to perform a site visit before providing a clear estimate. Discussing the job preparation, drainage requirements, and asphalt thickness are all conversations that should be had before agreeing to work together. 

By looking out for these 4 things, you can be confident in your decision to hire the best paving company for the job! If you have an upcoming paving project and would like to receive an estimate, contact our qualified team of professionals today at 416­-701-1881 or info@epicpaving.ca.

Paving Estimate

Top 4 Things A Paving Estimate Should Include

Spring is nearing, which means it’s time to start planning repairs for all that damage the winter months have wreaked on your asphalt driveway or parking lot. Here at Epic Paving, we know pavement repair and installation projects require a high degree of planning and upfront decisions. To help ease the decision of which contractor to choose for your paving project, we’ve comprised a list of the top things your paving estimate should include so you can rest assured that you’re making the most informed decision.

1. Site Visit

First and foremost, a paving estimate should only be received after the contractor has completed a site visit. This is to ensure the contractor fully understands the scope of your paving project, thus providing a more accurate plan and price.

2. Who You’re Working With

Every estimate should include your project manager and/or point-of-contact’s information. Other information that should be easily accessible includes: how long the company has been in business, industry recognition and awards, positive customer reviews, prior projects, as well as a list of referrals for you to contact if requested.

3. Project Details

While a paving estimate may not include exact start dates, it should include an approximate amount of time the project may take and important project phases, such as acquiring permits. Key details regarding what work will be done should also be stated, including: which materials and thickness of asphalt will be used, drainage plans, sealcoating, striping, as well as the areas which will be paved or repaired. In this case a detailed project map would be ideal!

4. Estimated Costs

Last but certainly not least, your paving estimate should include expected costs to complete the project. The costs provided in your paving estimate should include everything from materials to labor, so there are no surprises!

At the end of the day, every contractor should take the time to review their paving estimate with you. Your paving estimate will set the tone for how the rest of your project will go, and it’s important for both parties to fully understand and agree to what work will be completed. Timely and transparent communication is the key to every job well done! If you have an upcoming paving project and would like to receive an estimate, contact our team today at 416­-701-1881 or info@epicpaving.ca.

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Top Repair Tips for Asphalt Driveways

You love your durable asphalt driveway! But no material is immune to the wear and tear from weather, daily use, and perhaps even improper maintenance. Asphalt driveway repairs are inevitable, and in the article we will give you some tips on how you can perform some of those repairs yourself. These are our top repair tips for asphalt driveways!

CHECK THE WEATHER FIRST

Notice damage in the winter? Add repairs to your to-do list for the spring! Repairs should only be performed on days with hot, dry weather. Rainfall will prevent sealing, and cooler temperatures will prevent a good bond from forming.

WORK WITH A CLEAN SURFACE

Before beginning any sort of maintenance, make sure the surface of your asphalt driveway is clean. Sweep the area to remove any loose gravel or asphalt, and spray lightly with a hose to get rid of any particles the broom may have missed.

DETERMINE THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE

The size of the crack will determine what sort of product you will need to use to repair it. Crack-filler is applied with a caulking gun, and is perfect for cracks under a 1/2″ wide. Wider cracks should be filled using asphalt cold patch products, and deep cracks or holes should be filled with sand or gravel to ensure a better repair.

SEAL OFF THE AREA

Whether you are repairing a crack or patching a hole, you will need to apply a sealer to the area afterwards. Our experts recommend applying at least two coats of a good quality sealer to truly ensure a good bond, and prevent moisture from entering the area.

BONUS TIP: TAMP, TAMP, TAMP

Don’t forget to tamp down on the asphalt patch at least twice during the filling process. Tamping uses pressure to eliminate air bubbles and form a tighter bond. You can use a 4×4, tamping tool, or even your car.

When you follow our top asphalt driveway repair tips, your driveway will be looking sparkling new again! Facing a larger repair job? Contact our experts at 416-701-1881 for your asphalt driveway needs today!

How Long Will Asphalt Driveway Last

How Long Will An Asphalt Driveway Last?

How Long Will Asphalt Driveway Last

As a home or business owner, the time may come where you will need to install a new driveway or repair an existing one. Choosing asphalt over concrete is potentially one of the most important improvements you can make, but you may be wondering how long this improvement will last.

Asphalt is an extremely durable material, however, the longevity of this material will depend on several external factors, including: the composition of the asphalt itself, the quality of the installation job, the local climate, and how well the material is maintained over time. When properly installed and cared for, an asphalt driveway can last anywhere from 15 to 35 years!

To get the most from your asphalt driveway, it is important to work with contractors who use asphalt from a reputable manufacturer to ensure a high quality and durable material. Proper installation is vital for the lifespan of your driveway; the foundation should be compact and the end result should be graded and sealed so rainwater and other naturally occurring substances do not pool on top of the asphalt. Climate also plays a huge factor in the wear and tear on asphalt; wetter climates will soften and break down the asphalt, whereas extremely hot climates can cause the asphalt to crack.

Now that you understand the external factors better, what are some of the factors within your control that can help extend the life of your asphalt driveway? 

  • Avoid allowing oily substances from vehicles to drip onto the driveway as they break down the material in asphalt.
  • If you are in a hot climate, keep the asphalt cool by spraying with water on extremely hot days.
  • In cold climates, use special winter salt or a brush to remove snow and ice to avoid scratching the upper surface of the asphalt.
  • Repair any cracks or chips that you notice as quickly as possible.

By following these simple steps, you can expect your asphalt driveway to last well over 15 years. If you are ready to repair or install your asphalt driveway, our qualified team at Epic Paving is here to provide the expertise you need for a durable and long lasting asphalt driveway.

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How Can I Maintain My Asphalt Driveway?

Asphalt is known for its durability. Roads, driveways, sidewalks, and many other surfaces are all paved with asphalt for that reason—to last as long as possible. Like all materials, time, use, and weather can wear down asphalt. What’s more, it’s subject to damages and stains. However, asphalt can be maintained and cleaned with the proper steps. And luckily, asphalt driveway maintenance is a straightforward process that doesn’t require many items.

What You Need

Before you start trying to clean your driveway, gather the following materials.

  • Hose
  • Bucket
  • Long-handled Brush
  • Small Brush (optional)
  • Gloves
  • Eye Protection
  • Professional Degreaser
  • Bleach (optional)

Cleaning Your Asphalt Driveway

  1. To start, brush away any loose debris from your driveway. This includes sticks, bugs, dirt, grass cuttings, leaves, and similar substances. If you skip this step, as you try to clean your driveway, you’ll find a much more difficult time, especially if there are dirt and grime mixed into your asphalt. It’s best to thoroughly brush your driveway.
  2. Take your hose and spray down your entire driveway. You want water over the full surface, so the asphalt can moisten. Allowing this moisture to soak into the asphalt can help loosen sediment and impurities that shouldn’t be there.
  3. Here is where you’ll need to make a quick solution. In your bucket, mix one-part degreaser with three parts water. Some people may choose to add bleach for further cleaning, but it’s not necessary for a thorough clean. Make sure you’ve mixed all the ingredients well.
  4. Pour the solution over a small to a medium-sized section of your driveway. Let the solution sit for a couple of minutes to soak.
  5. Begin using your long-handled brush to scrape the surface of your driveway. If you prefer to get on your hands and knees with a short brush, you can get a deeper clean of your driveway. However, standing with a long-handled brush should do the job well enough.
  6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 around the rest of your driveway.
  7. If your driveway is still dirty, rinse your whole driveway off. Then, repeat steps 4 & 5 a second time.
  8. Upon completion, make sure you thoroughly rinse your driveway to get rid of any dirt and degreaser.

Alternative Cleaning Options

For best results, consider using a power washer. This added pressure will help all stages of cleaning. In the beginning, you’ll have a much easier time removing all the dirt and grime before starting the brushing phase. After cleaning, rinsing the driveway will also be significantly easier.

Furthermore, if you do not have a professional degreaser, you can use one of the following options. While the results may not be the same quality, they will still do a good job of cleaning.

  • Baking Soda
  • Dish Soap
  • Powdered Detergent

Contact Epic Paving Today with any Asphalt Driveway Concerns

If you need services beyond cleaning like asphalt resurfacing in Ontario, call Epic Paving today!

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What Can I Do to Prevent Potholes

You’ve liking seen several potholes in pavement as you drive around your city of residence. ­They seem natural and as if they’re expected to form overdue to wear. However, that’s not the case. Asphalt pavement is a strong material, but when it’s damaged, it’s susceptible to potholes. That’s why learning pothole prevention techniques is necessary.

How Potholes Form

Although asphalt is used for its durability, it can crack. When cracks occur, water can flow deep into the pavement and settle. When it gets cold enough, the water freezes, and as it turns to ice, it expands. Thus, the expansion of water settled in asphalt can cause slight displacement. Later, the ice will melt and turn back into water thereby allowing the asphalt to sink back to where it originated.

This cycle of water freezing and melting causes increased cracking of pavement. It forces the pavement to move up and down which weakens the overall structure. Over time, as some areas weaken, it forces further pressure on nearby regions of asphalt which can subsequently cause further damage.

When a section of asphalt has weakened enough, something heavy­—like a car—can collapse it forming a pothole. In short, once a crack in asphalt occurs, it needs to be repaired as soon as possible to prevent damage.

Preventing Potholes with Asphalt Crack Sealing

If you notice asphalt on your property is developing cracks, take action immediately. With quick action, you can prevent potholes from forming. Otherwise, further services will be needed to repair a large section of asphalt.

One of the leading methods for preventing potholes is via crack sealing services. It’s the most cost-effective way of reducing the likelihood of potholes and increasing the life of the asphalt. What’s more, the process is simple and quick. At Epic Paving, we can seal any cracks in asphalt to ensure proper protection and prevention against potholes.

Asphalt Patching to Prevent Potholes

When asphalt develops larger cracks that may not be reparable with sealing, patching can do the job. Thanks to asphalt patching, we can prevent costly services such as replacing full sections of asphalt.

Asphalt patching is the ideal service to improve the structure and strength of weak areas. Patching service restores the full strength and functionality that would otherwise be lost. Thus, to reduce the chance of potholes developing, when you notice cracks, call Epic Paving as soon as you can. Quick services ensure your asphalt will retain its strength for years to come.

Contact Epic Paving for Pothole Prevention

If there is cracked or damaged pavement around your property, you need an assessment conducted as soon as possible. Call Epic Paving today to learn more about pothole prevention. Our expert staff can come out, assess the damage, and determine the right steps for repairing your asphalt. We provide a suite of services such as full repairs, resurfacing, reconstruction, maintenance, sealing, and more.

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Should You Seal a Driveway in the Winter

No matter whether you have an asphalt driveway or concrete, regular maintenance and sealing will increase your driveway’s lifespan and protect your vehicles. In areas with harsh cold winters, sealing a driveway provides extra protection from damage from ice, moisture, and constant use. High quality driveway paving increases home value and curb appeal, too. But can you seal your driveway in the winter time? Why or why not? Let’s find out.

Sealcoating Basics

What is sealcoating? Sealcoating involves adding a special driveway paving layer to your driveway. Not only does sealcoating make the driveway look more aesthetically pleasing, the coating will prevent cracking and crumbling. Sealcoating works best with a driveway in good condition. If you have a crumbling driveway, you most likely need professional repairs or replacement.

The Best Time of Year to Seal Your Driveway

The truth of the matter is that the best time of the year to seal your driveway is before the heavy snows hit. Fortunately, all you need are a few clear days to finish the job. In fact, you can even seal your driveway in the fall. Call our paving experts at Epic Paving to find out when you can sealcoat your pavement. Ideally you want warmer weather for coating, but clear autumn days can provide enough time to protect your driveway.

Why Should I Sealcoat before Winter?

During harsh cold winters, water freezes and thaws in cracks. This causes an expansion that results in bigger cracks and ultimately serious damage or potholes. These holes can cause damage to vehicles or even create a dangerous tripping hazard. Sealing the driveway before the icy weather comes will reduce cracking and weathering.

A sealcoat also protects against other types of damage like:

Call the Paving Experts at Epic Paving Today

When you need the best paving in Ontario, call the team at Epic Paving. For years we have provided high quality paving services to homeowners and businesses. When you want high quality driveway installation, sealing, and repair done quickly and right the very first time, call Epic Paving. Our friendly staff will be happy to answer any of your questions. Schedule your initial consultation with Epic Paving today. We look forward to helping you.

 

 

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Pros and Cons of Top Driveway Materials

concrete-drivewayChoosing the right driveway material can be a daunting task. What are the pros and cons of concrete, asphalt, and interlocking driveways? Should you install a concrete driveway or try custom pavers? Find out with this quick comparison guide.

Concrete Pros and Cons

What type of material should you choose for your driveway? A concrete driveway provides you with an attractive and versatile option. Many homeowners find that concrete holds up well under heavy use. Unlike asphalt, concrete driveways do not need regular maintenance and offer a very affordable option for most homeowners.

PROS CONS
Affordable Not as attractive as asphalt
Long Lasting Some Maintenance needed
Durable Regular sealing
Last 50 years or more Easy staining
Withstand heavy vehicles Heavy labor
Strong Oil stains difficult to remove

Asphalt Driveways

Many homeowners love the attractive look of asphalt. The popular material lasts for a long time and survives changes in temperature well. However, an asphalt driveway needs regular sealing and maintenance. Regular cleaning will lengthen the driveway’s lifespan.

PROS CONS
Regular Maintenance Regular sealing needed
Attractive Cost
Durability Hard to shovel or snow blow
Flexible Seal coat every 2-5 years
Less prone to cracks Needs regular cleaning
Lasts 30 years

Interlocking Pavers

Interlocking paver driveways offer an attractive option for homeowners who want to increase their overall home value and make a distinct impression. Not only great for driveways, but many homeowners will also incorporate the interlocking paving into their landscaping and patio design.

PROS CONS
Attractive Curb Appeal Cost
Customizable Weed Growth
Easy Maintenance Pavers loosen
Winter Weatherproof Replace Pavers
Fast installation
Durability

Choosing the Right Material for Your home

When finding the right type of driveway material for your home, consider your budget, space, and climate. For example, you might want asphalt paving for a colder climate. The asphalt adapts to expanding and contracting better than concrete. On the other hand, if you have a larger budget, interlocking pavers may provide you with an incredibly luxurious option.

Call the Paving Experts at Epic Paving

When you need to install a new driveway, or need driveway repair, call the paving experts at Epic Paving. Our seasoned professional promise high-quality workmanship every time. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service. Contact us today for your initial consultation.