Q. What time of year can my new driveway or parking lot be installed?

A. In Michigan, weather plays a big role in the asphalt industry. The typical paving season starts in late April or early May when the temperatures are steadily above freezing and the frost laws have been lifted, and it ends in November when the cold weather moves in to stay. 

Q. How long will it take to install a new driveway?

A. The typical driveway requires two days of on-site work. The first day is for the preparation which could include removal, excavating, grading, ect. The second day is for paving. There may be a time lapse between these two days depending on weather, scheduling and other factors.

Q. When can my new driveway be driven on?

A. Once the prep work is complete, most drives will allow for light automobile traffic until paving starts. Once paving is complete, we recommend waiting two days, possibly longer in real hot temperatures, before driving on it. You can walk on your new driveway the same day.

Q. How much will a new driveway cost?

A. We do not have a set square footage price. Every job is different. Cost will depend on several factors which may include size, location and extent of preparation. We provide free detailed estimates.

Q. How long will an asphalt driveway last?

A. The typical asphalt driveway can last up to 20 years. Important factors in the longevity of a driveway are the stability of the base and regular maintenance.

Q. Do I need to seal coat my new driveway?

A. We highly recommend that you seal your driveway to protect it. Your new driveway will need to cure for at least 90 days before sealing. You will then only need to seal it once every three to four years.

Q. My new driveway seems to be softer in the hotter weather, is this normal?

A. Yes, your new driveway will soften and harden as temperatures rise and fall. The liquid asphalt usually takes 6 to 12 months to completely cure. Some suggestions during that time are not to park in the same spot every time and not to turn your steering wheel back and forth while car is not moving. When using jacks, ramps or kickstands, put a piece of plywood under them.

Q. Should I use something along the edges of my new driveway?

A. Yes, we recommend that you use topsoil, rock or gravel to bank the edges of your new driveway. This will prevent them from cracking or breaking.
Note: We have these products available.

Q. Some areas of my new driveway look smoother or different than other areas, is this normal?

A. Yes, the make of asphalt has various sizes of stones, sand, liquid asphalt and other ingredients which cause a varied texture of the surface. Also, driveway areas that were done by hand may look different than those done by machine.

Q. If my car leaks oil on my new asphalt driveway, what do I do?

A. If you have any oil, gasoline, anti-freeze or transmission fluids spill on your drive you need to clean them up immediately. We recommend you use absorb all or cat litter to soak it up, then clean it with dish soap and water. Having your driveway seal coated will protect it from these hazards.

Ask the right questions
There's more to consider than price!

When comparing different paving contractors make sure the company you select ...
... has a skilled and knowledgeable sales team ready to help you with any questions or concerns you may have with the layout and drainage issues of your driveway.
Hodgins does!

Hodgins Asphalt Paving Inc.
1659 Dow Road
West Branch, MI

(989) 345-0326
(800) 309-3303
(989) 345-0240 (fax)


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