They get the job done at a good price. They are very easy to work with & they keep you updated with everything they do.
3. SA Paramount
Paramount Co.'s residential side is Lovell Construction, who did a new driveway for us. They broke up and removed the old driveway and poured the new one with quality materials. Beautiful job, polite workers, good price. We had the driveway widened with a walkway added and we have a very heav…
Easter Construction did a great job on our patio. The crew was on time, project was completed on time and Mike was wonderful to work with. Very approachable, available when we called and when the job was done it looked great, just like we envisioned.
246 W Josephine StSan Antonio, TX 78212
From Business: Flasher Equipment, established in 1956, is a locally owned and operated barricade company. It sells and rents a line of National Cooperative Highway Research Program-compliant barricades and warning lights. It also provides a range of traffic control and safety products, such as signages, pavement markers, electronic messa…
16121 College OakSan Antonio, TX 78249
From Business: Since 1891, millions of homeowners have relied on the beauty, durability, and lasting quality of Acme Brick. The Acme Brick logo is stamped onto select residential brick for very specific reasons. When you see the Acme name, you can be sure that the bricks are:- Hard-fired for lasting strength - Tested for durability and s…
I met Mr. Gomez through my daughter-in-law, in May of 2015, after relocating back to San Antonio from MN to spend some time with my family. Their home needed lots of TLC including everything from flooring, painting, plumbing and just about everything in between. Usually, these guys come out…
9388 Corporate DrSchertz, TX 78154
From Business: Landscape and Hardscape Material Superstore Keller Material has been supplying South and Central Texas with quality material and outstanding service since 1957. Our new location, in Northeast San Antonio, serves San Antonio as well as the communities of Schertz, Selma, Garden Ridge, New Braunfels and North Central areas of…
1616 E Griffin Pkwy # 143Mission, TX 78572
From Business: Valley Striping Corp. is the Rio Grande Valley's premier professional pavement seal coating and striping solutions expert. We are committed to providing excellent customer satisfaction and our longevity in our industry reinforces our quality service and proficiency. With over 20 years of experience, we understand what it t…
2009 Flour Bluff DrCorpus Christi, TX 78418
From Business: Cubit Contracting, LLC is a medium-sized commercial / residential company with locations in Corpus Christi, San Antonio and Beaumont. Cubit has been fortunate to be awarded some initial sizable contracts for several projects. Local contacts and competitive pricing should propel rapid growth for the company. Mission Cubit C…
San Antonio, TX 78210
From Business: When it comes to asphalt paving, you need to rely on experience and expertise. No one likes driving over potholes. Texas Blacktop gives fast turnarounds and a 1-year guarantee for laying down smooth asphalt for your parking lots and driveways.
18225 Fm 2252San Antonio, TX 78266
From Business: Founded in 1960, V.K. Knowlton Construction & Utilities has a staff of more than 450 construction operators and estimators. Its projects include streets, subdivisions, concrete work, commercial paving, utilities, highways, excavating and business parks. V.K. Knowlton Construction & Utilities is a part of Tetco, which opera…
Serving the San Antonio Area.
From Business: FREE Estimates! At All American Concrete, Rain Gutters & Patio Covers we offer commercial and residential services at affordable rates. No job is too small or big…
I was looking for a asphalt paving company that could offer a quick response time (we had a health and safety inspection the following week) and be competitively priced in the local area. I got the quote from Alamo Asphalt of San Antonio and booked them in to do the job the following day. They h…
He came out in January, gave a bid and did the work. March - June promised to come out and fix problems, He promised to return and has not. Filed with BBB, and refuses to honor his warranty. DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH HIM. He is not honest and does mediocre work.
overall Great experience!with low prices that helped fit my budget they were very professional, i would def recommend this company to any body.They get two thumbs up from me!
This company should not be in business, they are a rip off. They go by several names like M & M Paving. Avoid at all cost or you will be sorry.They deserve a -0 Stars rating.RLF
This guy is an amazing piece of trash. Never shows up and can't even finance his jobs. Do Not give him money in advance.
This company was ABSOLUTELY AWFUL! I warn you, DO NOT USE THEM! They are crooked guys and are not to be trusted. I hired them to work on our parking lot and they did not complete the work like they were supposed to. I paid them even though they did some things that were wrong (striping color was wrong, striping wasn't like the blue print, the handicap ramp was horrible) and they ran off with my money. They avoided my calls and they never came back to finish what they did wrong. They promised me great service and they will tell you that they "will take care of you", but DO NOT BELIEVE THEM!! The only reason I had to give them 1 star on the rating is because YP required one. They deserve negative 5 stars!!
I called Cody to get an estimate on having my ranch road black topped. He came out measured the road & have me an estimate. He also told me about chip-seal. I decided to go with the chip-seal and I glade I did. Not only did it save me money but I love the natural look. I was shocked that a contractor actually saved me money. I would recommend Cody if your needing any road work done.
Hired Donald to re-do my driveway after horrible experience with another asphalt contractor. He is honest and does what he says he's going to do. Our driveway looks great. Only wish we would have hired him in the first place.
Having a paved driveway or parking lot has many benefits over gravel, dirt, and even concrete. It's neater, looks better, and doesn't turn to mud when it rains. However, a paved asphalt lot or driveway comes with maintenance requirements of its own.
Asphalt expands and contracts with the temperature and weather conditions. This improves durability, but over time, it's important to make sure the asphalt is still holding strong.
Repaving vs. Seal Coating
There are two common ways to maintain aging asphalt pavement. Many people opt for repavement, but seal coating is also a good option. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Repaving your asphalt driveway or lot entails putting new asphalt down. It can either be laid on top of the existing driveway, or the current asphalt can be torn up and replaced. If the asphalt has undergone major damage, such as large cracks, or is deteriorating from underneath due to groundwater erosion, repaving might be the best course of action. Putting it off might only make the problem worse.
The cost to rip up an old driveway, remove the debris, and lay down a new one is usually several thousand dollars, with some jobs costing up to $5,000, depending on the scope of work and the home or business location.
If your driveway is in fairly decent shape, and you are performing simple preventative tasks to keep it strong for many more years, repaving it completely probably isn't necessary. Repaving is a long and expensive process and only truly needs to be pursued when the driveway really is at the end of its life. A good rule of thumb is if one-quarter of the driveway or more needs to be repaired, repaving is the way to go. But if less than that is crumbling, a seal coat would be sufficient.
Putting a seal on your asphalt driveway will help it resist water damage and can double its lifespan. It will also protect against oil spills and pothole formation, and helps ice and snow melt faster. Plus, it shields the driveway from UV rays, which can cause the asphalt to become brittle.
In addition to these benefits, seal coating is typically a much less expensive process than repaving. It generally costs a few hundred dollars. In 2016, the highest price was about $1,000 and the average homeowner paid less than $400 to seal coat their driveways. Every new asphalt driveway or parking lot should be seal coated, but the process must be done at least 90 days after the asphalt was laid. The optimal timeframe is between one and two years after the driveway is laid.
Types of Asphalt
It can be difficult to tell the difference between one paved lot and another. But when choosing an asphalt type for your driveway or parking lot, there are a range of options.
Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA)
HMA is the most common type used for driveways. Numerous benefits are associated with this style, including:
- High durability
- Low maintenance
- Polished look
- Resistance to salt, commonly used to prevent ice formation during the winter
- Able to withstand multiple freezes and thaws
- Easy to repair when needed
Perpetual pavement is generally used for roads and consists of three layers:
- The bottom layer is strong, flexible and resists deterioration. Either extra-thick or highly flexible HMA is typically used for this layer to improve durability. It's usually between 3 and 4 inches thick.
- The middle layer is strong and sturdy, as it will support the weight of the cars. Coarse aggregates combined with a binder are generally used to add durability and rut resistance. This layer is typically between 4 and 7 inches thick.
- The top layer is meant to be the driving surface. It's usually a high-quality HMA that's 1.5 to 3 inches thick. This layer is designed to combat rutting and stress cracking.
Roads made of perpetual pavement have their top layer torn up and replaced every few years, but the bottom and middle layers are meant to be permanent.
Quiet or Stone Matrix Asphalt
Stone matrix asphalt has several qualities that make it perfect for highways with heavy traffic volume. Using this type can reduce noise pollution by as much as 50 percent, which makes it ideal for travelers on long road trips or anyone who lives near a highway. It's also highly durable and very resistant to rutting. However, it's also significantly more expensive than other options, so it isn't often used for driveways, parking lots, or even smaller roads.
Porous asphalt is usually laid on top of a recharge bed that rainwater can drain into through the pavement. It's a common choice in parking lots to prevent surface flooding and can also help improve groundwater quality.
Common Uses of Asphalt
Asphalt is highly versatile, very durable and fairly affordable for many people. It's primarily used for road surfaces; 94 percent of U.S. roads are made of asphalt. Other uses include:
- Parking lots
- Tennis or basketball courts
- Airport runways
Questions to Ask When Choosing a Paving Contractor
While your driveway or parking lot certainly isn't what makes you or your home or business great, it is a contributing factor to people's first impressions. Bad pavement jobs can result in pooling rainwater and premature cracking, so you need to choose a paving contractor who can deliver a durable, professional-looking surface. Before deciding on a contractor, hold a few interviews to determine which company is best for your job.
Are You Insured?
Any time you hire a contractor to complete a project at your home, you should double-check to make sure the company is insured. Liability and worker's compensation are good starts, but having an umbrella policy and auto liability are also ideal.
Is Your Asphalt Recycled?
Most asphalt is partially made of recycled material. Some people prefer recycled asphalt because it's more environmentally friendly than new asphalt. However, too much older material in your new driveway can make it look worn down and decrease its lifespan. Be sure to inquire about the ratio of new to recycled asphalt.
What Type of Equipment Do You Use?
Asphalt needs to be laid quickly and efficiently to ensure it looks nice. Asphalt that begins to cool before the rest of the job is done will end up sloppy. If your contractor uses outdated equipment that is prone to breakdowns, you're taking the risk that this situation will occur.
If the contractor responds to this question by saying he or she can pave an asphalt driveway by hand, consider looking for another contractor. He or she might be highly skilled at hand-paving, but a machine will generally do a better job that will look nicer and last longer.
How Much Will It Cost?
Of course, you'll want to get a quote during your contractor interviews. One red flag is being asked for a down payment. The typical asphalt paving job shouldn't require a down payment.
If the quote sounds too high, ask what is included. The size of the job will make a difference, as well as necessary materials. If your driveway or parking lot needs to be leveled out or if there are drainage issues present, your quote might begin to creep higher. Talk about the grade of asphalt and any challenges your job requires - these could increase the cost.
On the other hand, if a quote seems unrealistically low, find out why. Perhaps their equipment is outdated or their asphalt is low quality. Worse is the possibility that there are hidden fees you didn't discuss during the initial conversation.
Do You Have References I Can Call?
Speaking to people who have worked with this contractor before is one of the best ways to get a feel for how they work with clients. You can also search online to see if anyone has reviewed the company on sites like YP.com.
Additionally, ask if there are any nearby examples of the company's work you can see. Perhaps they've done parking lots you drive by every day.
How Many People Will Work on My Project?
Ideally, your contractor will have a crew of between five and eight people. Too few will make the job challenging, which could result in a poorly laid driveway.
Common Issues and Hazards
When asphalt gets old, or if the wrong type of asphalt was used for a particular job, certain types of defects can begin to show.
Alligator Cracks and Potholes
These are scaly-looking cracks that run throughout a portion of a road. They are caused when the asphalt wasn't provided enough support or drainage. Over time, they can deteriorate until they become potholes.
Prevent alligator cracks by making sure the base layer is strong enough. If you begin to notice alligator cracks or potholes, only a full-depth patch can remedy them.
Longitudinal, Transverse, and Joint Reflection Cracks
Joints are usually the weakest part of a paving job, and inadequate joint construction can eventually lead to cracks.
Longitudinal cracks are parallel to the road's centerline or the direction the driveway or parking lot was paved. They are usually caused by poor joint construction or simply aging pavement.
Transverse cracks run perpendicular to the road's centerline, and can be caused by poor joint construction as well. Seasonal or daily temperature changes can also contribute to transverse cracks.
Joint reflection cracks occur on asphalt surfaces that are laid over concrete surfaces.
Bird Baths, Edge Cracks, and Rutting
These issues are usually seen on the sides of roads. Bird baths, or depressions, are caused when the pavement isn't as deep in one area, or the land on which the road was laid is uneven. A slight depression can be fixed with another layer of asphalt.
Edge cracks are generally caused by weak edges. When there isn't enough support at the edge, the road will begin to stress and crack over time.
Rutting occurs in the wheel tracks of a road and is generally seen when the asphalt isn't thick enough to support traffic.