Wednesday, March 27, 2019 02:28


Q: Why will Gabriel’s not give a free estimate over the phone?

A: At Gabriel’s, we take pride in providing each customer with individualized estimates. Every driveway is different, as is each customer. The location, size, walkways, and type all factor in the cost of the driveway. If you receive a free estimate over the phone, chances are you are not being given the value and attentiveness you deserve.


Q: What is the difference between the binder course and the top course?

A: Asphalt binder course is an intermediate course between a base course and an asphalt surface course. The binder course is usually a coarse-graded aggregate Asphalt Concrete containing little or no mineral matter passing through a No. 200 sieve.

The surface course is one or more layers of a pavement structure designed to accommodate the traffic load, the top layer of which resists skidding, traffic abrasion, and the disintegrating effects of climate. The top layer is sometimes called the wearing course. This course is very fine in gradient compared to binder.


Q: How long do I have to stay off of my newly paved driveway?

A: Gabriel’s recommends that its customers keep vehicles off of their newly paved driveways for approximately 5-7 days. Depending on weather/temperature, cooler days/nights will allow you to get on your driveway much sooner than days that are above 80 degrees and sunny.


Q: There are marks in my newly paved driveway. Why?

A: Often times, marks are made from turning vehicle wheels on a newly paved driveway before the vehicle is actually in motion. Avoid turning car wheels or spinning out for at least 7 days to avoid scarring and indentations in the new asphalt.  Most scuffing will disappear over time and use of the new asphalt. Please note that extreme heat can cause wear and tear on a driveway from vehicle use that it would not otherwise be subject to.


Q: There are cracks on the edge(s) of my newly paved driveway. Why?

A: The edges are the weakest part due to lack of side support. Avoid driving off the edges to prevent cracking or crumbling.


Q: Why should I seal my driveway or parking lot?

A: Name a product that is conducive to oxidation and you most likely will find a protective coating on it. This is also true with asphalt. Even though asphalt pavement has a relatively long life, it is a porous material and does allow for moisture entry if not properly sealed.


Q: When should I seal my driveway?

A: The life of seal coating depends on many variable conditions. Conditions include weather, traffic, snowplows, trees, etc. With a new driveway, we recommend you go through one winter before seal coating. On average, a driveway will normally need to be sealed every 2-3 summers.


Q: How long do I have to stay off of my newly sealed surface?

A: We recommend that customers stay off of their newly sealed surface approximately 18-36 hrs after completion; depending on the temperature.

Seal coating Helps To:

• Sun block – Premium Sealers prevent asphalt surface oxidation by forming a tough, protective skin.

• Weatherproof – Seal coating shuts out water by sealing away the naturally porous surface of asphalt.

• Restore Appearance – Sealers provide the jet-black finish and fresh, new appearance to asphalt. Well-maintained asphalt makes any business or home look more attractive.

• Resist Gas and Oil – Premium sealers protect asphalt from the deteriorating effects of gasoline, oil.

• Save Money – Replacing asphalt can be expensive. Spending a few cents per square foot for premium sealcoat protection makes good economic sense.

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