Asphalt Driveway FAQ

Welcome to our Asphalt Driveway FAQ page, where we address common questions and provide valuable insights to help you make informed decisions about your driveway. Whether you’re considering asphalt installation, maintenance, or repairs, we’ve got you covered with expert answers to guide you to a durable, aesthetically pleasing, and long-lasting driveway solution.

Asphalt Driveway Q&A


When considering the cost of an asphalt driveway, several factors come into play, such as location, size, excavation, grading, labor, and asphalt type.

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With proper maintenance, an asphalt driveway can last over 20 years.

The demolition of the existing driveway will happen on the first day and then 5-10 business days later we will return to install the asphalt.

The ideal thickness is typically around 2 to 3 inches for residential driveways. However, it can vary based on the expected load and usage.

Asphalt is a mixture of rock, sand, and liquid asphalt. The rock and sand provide strength to the pavement, while the liquid asphalt acts as the binding agent that holds the mixture together. The variation in the finished look of asphalt pavement is normal due to certain areas being hand-raked during the laying process.

Yes, you can overlay asphalt on an existing concrete driveway, but you need to prepare the concrete carefully. Clean it thoroughly, fix any cracks, and make sure it’s smooth. Concrete driveways have joints, and if the concrete shifts, those movements might show up as cracks in the new asphalt layer. To prevent this issue, it’s essential to check and prep the concrete properly before adding the asphalt. Consulting with a paving professional ensures the project is done right for a durable driveway.

Yes, ensuring proper drainage is crucial to prevent water damage. Proper grading and the addition of drainage features can help enhance the longevity of the asphalt.

Yes. Asphalt is best installed during warm, dry weather. Cold or wet conditions can affect the quality of the installation. Please keep in mind that we cannot pave your driveway if the ground is too soft or saturated with water following rainfall. This may result in a delay in the paving portion of the project.

Paving a driveway during colder winter months is not recommended for several reasons. The lower temperatures can affect the asphalt’s ability to properly set and cure. Cold weather can make the asphalt mix more challenging to work with, leading to difficulties in achieving a smooth and durable surface. In addition, freezing temperatures may cause the asphalt to cool and harden too quickly, resulting in potential cracks and other structural issues. It’s better to wait for warmer weather to ensure a smoother and more durable finish.

Clear the area of debris, ensure proper grading, and communicate with utility companies to avoid any underground obstructions.

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No – You DO NOT need to be home for the duration of the project. However, we will need to have the garage door open to allow enough room for the crew’s equipment. If you do not plan on being home, we ask that you provide an access code, leave a side door unlocked, or set out a garage door opener.

Our asphalt driveway replacement pricing includes a 3-year warranty at no extra cost, extendable to 5 years for a fee. With a 90-day post-installation maintenance and a sealcoating session 3 years later, it adds an extra layer of protection. Note: frost cracks, petroleum damage, punctures, and wear and tear aren’t covered.

There are no hidden fees. If there are any changes in the final invoice, they will be discussed with the homeowner. These changes will often be from adding on to a project during the construction process. Please note that this does not include the price of any permits that are required by your city.

After 24 hours, you can start walking on your new asphalt driveway. We recommend waiting at least 7 days to start driving on the new asphalt. We also recommend that you 14 days before parking any vehicles on the driveway for a prolonged period of time, such as overnight.

We do not recommend any heavy equipment to be driven or parked on a new install, nor do we warrant any asphalt that has campers, trailers, dumpsters, or anything else parked on the new asphalt during the first year.

Asphalt can take up to 90 days to fully cure and will remain soft on any days that reach 70 degrees.


Asphalt is designed to be flexible and can withstand some ground movement. However, excessive ground force, especially during winter freeze and thaw cycles, can lead to cracking and/or frost heave. Asphalt gets more brittle as it ages, so it’s important to do regular maintenance to prevent and fix any issues that might occur over time.

If maintenance is neglected, hairline cracks can develop, spread, and deepen within the asphalt. Without intervention, water may seep through these cracks, causing damage to the subgrade underneath. In these cases, the most effective repair option is to remove and replace the damaged asphalt.

If your asphalt driveway is cracking, it could be due to heavy loads, weather changes, age, poor installation, tree roots, soil conditions, or water damage. Here are more reasons why your asphalt driveway is cracking. 

Generally, it’s recommended to seal your asphalt driveway every 2-3 years, but the frequency may vary based on climate, usage, and the type of sealant used.

Wait a MINIMUM of 90 days before sealcoating a new Asphalt Driveway.

Areas near the garage, sidewalks, and curbs often have a ‘rockier’ appearance due to hand raking during installation. These differences are normal, don’t affect durability, and are characteristic of new asphalt. Over time, as the asphalt ages and oxidizes, these visual distinctions tend to fade.

Cracks, fading color, and a rough surface are indicators that your asphalt driveway may need sealing or other maintenance.

Simple tasks like cleaning and minor crack filling can be done by homeowners. However, a professional assessment is recommended for more extensive repairs or resurfacing.

Immediately clean any oil or gasoline spills using absorbent materials and mild detergents to prevent staining and damage.

During the first few years after installation, new asphalt is more susceptible to surface markings. Avoid using sharp or pointed tools, and be cautious with objects like motorcycle kickstands, trailer jacks, lawn chairs, or high-heeled shoes, as they may cause punctures or marks. As the asphalt ages and oxidizes, it will become more resistant to such markings.

Avoid using harsh chemicals for snow removal, opt for snow shovels or snow blowers, and promptly address any ice-melting agents to prevent damage.


Potholes should be cleaned, filled with asphalt patch material, and compacted. Larger or more severe damage may require professional assistance.

Factors such as sunlight, water, and chemicals contribute to asphalt deterioration. Regular sealcoating, proper drainage, and timely repairs can help prevent deterioration.

Resurfacing is a viable option for driveways with surface damage. However, if the base is compromised, a complete replacement may be necessary for long-term durability.

Consult with professionals to assess the situation. Root barriers or adjustments to the driveway layout may be recommended to prevent further damage.

Yes, small cracks can be filled with asphalt crack filler available at hardware stores. However, for larger or more extensive damage, professional assistance is recommended.

At Aurora Asphalt & Concrete, we’re dedicated to delivering top-quality service for your property. Our skilled team takes pride in exceeding your expectations, offering competitive pricing, and unwavering commitment to excellence. Your satisfaction is our priority. Contact us at 763-493-2976 if you have additional questions or would like a free estimate.


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