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Old 10-16-2013, 05:03 PM   #1
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new asphalt installation texture concerns (pics)

Hello everyone,

I had 2400sqft of asphalt installed this morning over my previous nasty gravel drive. It's a beautiful contrast but upon closer inspection I have some concerns. Since I've never dealt with asphalt before, I could use a few second opinions.

There are patches of very smooth asphalt and then some that look like it's been weathered for a few years. Am I being too picky or should I request some additional work? Sealing? Re-rolling?

I contracted with a reputable local company and paid $2.49sqft with 50% down. They spent about 2 hours grading/compacting then 3 hours of asphalt pouring/rolling. They were gone by noon. I didn't see the owner during the installation, just a crew of about six laborers. I'll speak with him soon but I wanted to hear what you guys have to say.


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Old 10-16-2013, 07:14 PM   #2
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I agree, looks like poop to me.


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Those edges will start cracking and breaking soon. Don't know if sealing will fix that
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Old 10-17-2013, 12:34 PM   #4
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I'm assuming the rocky parts are due to low quantity of asphalt cement? That's why I'm wondering if I should request a coating of sealer? Contract stated 4" #448-1 or 448-2 asphalt.

Not so much worried about the edges cracking, it is what it is for my application, but I'm just concerned with the uniformity of the general finish.

From my research, $2.49sqft is pretty cheap, cheaper than I thought it would be, so I guess you get what you pay for. Again, I don't dislike it, I just guess I expected a better finish.
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My suggestion is first sealing and then re-rolling so that surface would be more smooth and plain.
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:44 AM   #6
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Ayuh,.... That looks like a typical October driveway built with what We call 'round here, Type 6 asphalt,...

The courseness ya see is the nature of asphalt,...
Anywhere it's raked in, rather than lain by a paver, the larger stones come to the top, as the fines fall lower in the mix,...

That combined with the cooler temps this time of year, causes the texture,...

You could seal it with a sand mix sealer, but it's completely Unnecessary,...

That Opinion comes with over 20 years of buildin' blacktop driveways,...


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