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FAQs2018-11-16T17:58:06+00:00

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What will the asphalt look like when the installation is finished?2018-08-17T18:09:49+00:00

The pavement will be very black. Hence, the nickname “blacktop.” You may notice roller marks, and some areas will show where handwork was done. However, after a short period of usage, the surface will begin to blend together creating a smoother appearance.

How long should I refrain from using the new asphalt once it’s laid?2018-08-17T18:07:11+00:00

Usually just 24 hours. For very warm weather, it may take 1-2 days to allow the surface to completely cool.

What’s the difference between porous asphalt and permeable asphalt?2018-08-17T18:06:35+00:00

Both permeable and porous asphalt help manage runoff and control pollutants. They do this by allowing rain water/snow melt to penetrate into the ground where it belongs.

Permeable pavement is excellent for walkways, patios, sidewalks, and low traffic driveways. Porous pavement is more suited for parking lots and low vehicle weight roads.

What do you do with the old asphalt?2018-08-17T18:05:56+00:00

Old asphalt is 100% recycled. By doing so, we create new base materials as well as new asphalt. By adding various amounts and formulations of old or “reclaimed” asphalt, we can improve our asphalt mixes, enhance asphalt performance, extend longevity, and help the environment.

What is Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA)?2018-08-17T18:05:12+00:00

Hot Mix Asphalt is heated between 300-350 degrees Fahrenheit and is the most commonly used form of asphalt for interstates, roads, and highways. It’s flexible, repels water easily, and is weather resistant.

What is Warm Mix Asphalt (WMA) and when is it used?2018-08-17T18:04:24+00:00

WMA is a newer technology that is less expensive to make and can be shipped longer distances. It’s manufactured around 200-250 degrees Fahrenheit and uses less fossil fuels in the process. Warm Mix Asphalt is more flexible in its use because it can be used over a greater time period during the year. It can also be used at night or in winter construction.

What is cold mix asphalt and when is it used?2018-08-17T18:03:50+00:00

Cold mix asphalt is generally used in the off-season for quick fixes like potholes and repairing cracks over an inch wide. It doesn’t need heat to work. B & S Contracting uses UPM because 90% of potholes repaired by UPM never need re-patching.

How do you decide what type of asphalt should be used?2018-08-17T18:03:09+00:00

For residential projects, an engineer will inspect the site to determine the best match for your project. An architect or engineering firm will usually provide the specifications for municipal and commercial projects.

How do I maintain my asphalt so that it lasts a long time?2018-08-17T18:02:32+00:00

There are many DIY asphalt maintenance kits on the market. However, they do not contain the same professional quality materials used by asphalt paving professionals. It also requires skill to apply certain products. If the materials are incorrectly applied, the repair solution can actually cause damage. Use those kits at your own risk. We recommend you use a professional asphalt paving company to maintain your surface.

What is an overlay and how do I know if it’s right for what I need?2018-08-17T18:01:53+00:00

An overlay is simply a thinner layer of asphalt that’s applied over your existing asphalt driveway, parking lot, etc. It’s a quick solution that restores the ability to handle traffic and inclement weather. If your asphalt surface is showing mild signs of wear, an overlay may be the right solution for you! To find out exactly what you need, set up a consultation with B & S Contracting.

Do you offer a warranty on your work?2018-08-17T18:01:17+00:00

Warranties will be given on a case by case basis or owner request.

Can you repair my existing driveway?2018-08-17T18:00:05+00:00

One of the advantages of asphalt is that it’s one of the easiest paving surfaces to repair. B & S Contracting offers several repair options that we can discuss with you. However, before we do anything, we will provide a professional consultation to determine your best options.

Why should I choose B & S Contracting to pave my driveway, parking lot, or for a municipal project?2018-08-17T18:00:44+00:00

B & S Contracting is a VDOT award winning paving contractor using state-of-the-art equipment. And, we have VDOT certified labs and certified lab technicians. Please see our portfolio (Kimberly, link to Portfolio) for a sample of the work we have done.

Our company has been providing superior asphalt paving services to the Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County area since 1982. We not only provide asphalt paving services, we also manufacture our own asphalt. That’s how we can ensure the quality of the asphalt we use.

How long will a new parking lot or asphalt driveway last?2018-08-17T17:58:40+00:00

A properly installed asphalt surface will last 10-15 years or more with proper maintenance. The key here is to choose a highly qualified paving company that uses quality materials. Following the installation, proper maintenance will extend the life of your asphalt surface.

What’s the benefit of choosing asphalt pavement over gravel?2018-08-17T17:58:08+00:00

Gravel is a good economical choice for the short term. But a well-paved parking lot or driveway is a more permanent solution that’s less costly in the long run. As a business owner, it’s an additional safety measure. As a homeowner, it’s more economical, far less troublesome in bad weather, and elevates the overall appearance of your home.