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FAQ’s 2017-03-17T21:09:15+00:00

Your Asphalt Paving & Maintenance Questions Answered.

Why do people route before crack sealing? 2017-02-25T01:50:11+00:00

A good crack seal can stretch up to 20-25% before failing. So let’s say you have a crack growth rate of 1/16th inch/year. Now your pavement expands and contracts another 1/16th inch/year. That means you have a total movement potential of 1/8th inch. Now a 1 inch crack can expand 1/8th inch and still be under the 20-25%, but if a quarter inch crack moves 1/8th inch, that’s a 50% change, which causes the sealant to fail.

So routing is simply a method of expanding a small crack to allow a sufficiently large reservoir to insure an adequate service life of the sealant.

Now most entities in this part of the country don’t feel that it’s worth the extra money to manually open cracks up when nature will get around to doing it herself eventually. But airports frequently do it. So whether you decide to route your cracks or not, Top Job’s got you covered!

Why hire Top Job for Crack Seal? 2017-02-25T01:45:26+00:00

Top Job has laid thousands of tons of crack seal on everything from airports to highways. We have the equipment and personnel to do any job efficiently and correctly. We take pride in our work, and will probably get it done in record time, with fewer resident complaints! We are Top Job, and we know crack seal!

How often should I have my parking lot crack sealed? 2017-02-25T01:51:55+00:00

This varies greatly depending on many factors, including how much oil the asphalt was made with, whether it was a Performance Grade mix (polymer modified), how thick it was laid, how much sun it gets, how stable the base is, how old it is, how often you seal it, how effective your sealer is at blocking UV, and whether your sealer puts any oils back into your asphalt. Most properties, during the middle portion of their life cycle, should be crack sealed about every 2-3 years. The best way to know for sure is to look and see if you have very many cracks that are 1/4 inch or larger.

Keep in mind, crack sealing is one of the cheapest things you can do to maintain your asphalt, but even if it was the most expensive, it is the most important thing you can do to extend the service life. Water saturating or eroding the base material does more damage faster than anything else, and cracks are how water gets down there. If you cant afford anything else, seal your cracks, and seal them regularly! If there is one thing on this whole website you should pay attention to, it’s this!

How long should I stay off my new asphalt? 2017-02-25T01:42:39+00:00

Basically until the temperature of the asphalt drops down below 100 degrees. That means in the spring, fall, or winter, it could be a few minutes. In the summer, it could be hours, or even overnight. When in doubt, ask your estimator. They are happy to help.

Why is Top Job’s full depth patching better than most? 2017-02-25T01:41:38+00:00

A very common approach that other companies use when patching is a short term band-aid approach. Often the patch is filled in partially with cheap road base so that the patch is only 2 or 3 inches thick. Top Job’s philosophy is: the area failed for a reason, and needs to be put back stronger, not weaker, than before. We prefer to give you an extra inch of asphalt beyond the original thickness to insure you don’t have to deal with it again. Ever.

Isn’t full depth patching better than skin patching? 2017-02-25T01:39:20+00:00

This is actually kind of a trick question. Full depth patching is definitely longer lasting when installed in a pavement that’s in reasonably good shape. However, if a pavement or section of pavement has extensive alligatoring, unless you are going to take the entire gatored area, the best option is definitely NOT a full depth patch. The reason for this is simple: when you remove the asphalt from the area to be patched, the surrounding and interlocking pieces shift ever so slightly toward the hole, increasing the gap between each piece and the surrounding pieces. The entire area around the new patch is now looser and less stable, decreasing the time it will take for those pieces to start popping out. We frequently see pieces popping out within a year when this approach is used.

Here’s another way to look at it: you would definitely put quality synthetic oil into a new sports car, but would you put synthetic into a 20 year old beater with a lot of miles? Of course not, the return on investment would be lousy. Top Job knows how to maximize your return on investment.

Do I need a full primer coat under my seal coat? 2017-02-25T01:38:04+00:00

Sometimes sealers delaminate when applied to really dry, oxidized pavements. Applying a primer coat eliminates this problem. Some companies use a primer coat on all jobs as a way to charge and make more money, but the vast majority of the time it’s not needed. Top Job pavement experts are trained to identify when a pavement really needs it. As always, you can trust Top Job to sell you just what you need.

The asphalt by my dumpsters is failing. I’ve fixed it before, & it keeps coming back. What do I do? 2017-02-25T01:37:09+00:00

Garbage trucks are absolutely brutal on asphalt parking lots. Many lots are not designed to deal with the extreme weight. Top Job has lots of experience fixing dumpster approaches. There are several options available. One is to pour reinforced concrete, but that can get kinda pricey. Another option is to utilize a steel grid panel under 4-5 inches of hot mix asphalt. Either way, Top Job’s estimators are true experts and have the expertise to discuss options with you and make sure you never have to deal with it again.

My asphalt is falling apart, but I can’t afford to replace it right now. What do I do? 2017-02-25T01:34:31+00:00

Top Job has lots of options for extending service life and solving liability and aesthetic problems on old tired parking lots. Overlays, slurry, grinding, hot mix patching, and mastic patching are a few of the options available to restore ride-ability, eliminate trip hazards, and beautify old parking lots. We can typically buy you 10 more years, giving you a chance to save for a full replacement (or pass the buck to someone else!).

How long do I have to stay off my fresh crack seal? 2017-02-25T01:33:02+00:00

Unless its over 100 degrees, you should be able to drive on it by the time the crew leaves. But if it’s really hot, it could take a couple hours, or maybe even overnight. It just needs to cool down. Selecting the right crack seal helps reduce the cool time, but at a cost. The quicker it sets up, the less flexible it is. Less flexible sealants re-crack more quickly. But sealants that are too soft aren’t good either. They tend to deform and stick to tires and even shoes sometimes. Top Job’s estimators are very good at selecting the right product that is appropriate for your climate, season, and time to open requirements.

How long will I have to stay off my freshly seal coated asphalt? 2017-02-25T01:32:04+00:00

If weather and temperatures are good, your asphalt should be ready to drive on the morning after the work is done. We do work for McDonald’s and Wendy’s, which cannot be closed for long, so if you need to get on it sooner, let your estimator know and we will discuss options with you. There are additives and strategies we can use to minimize dry and cure times. Also, nothing beats good old fashion heat. So if closing is a problem, do it in the middle of the summer when it’s good and hot. Also we can do it in sections to keep you open. We have lots of experience working around traffic, and pride ourselves on staying out of our clients way. In fact, Top Job’s goal is to make it so you never even see us!

How often do I need to reseal my asphalt? 2017-02-25T01:23:34+00:00

There are a lot of variables, including traffic, drainage, chemicals, how you remove snow, what product is used, how thick it’s applied, etc. Do you want to redo it every year or two so it always has that like-new look? Or do you want a super durable product that is worry free for years? Answering these questions will help Top Job tailor their approach to meet your needs and expectations. But as a rule of thumb Top Job sealers should be redone every 2-5 years. Top Guard is guaranteed to last at least 5 years. Did you know that keeping your asphalt clean from dirt, sand, and gravel will help it last longer?

Selecting the right crack seal is also a huge component of seal longevity. Too soft, and it will deform and track on tires and shoes. To hard, and it wont be flexible enough in the dead of winter and will re-crack prematurely. Rest assured, Top Job’s treatments will outlast any apples to apples service.

Another company was less, but I want to use Top Job, do you price match? 2017-02-25T01:22:44+00:00

Top Job has very competitive pricing, and while we can’t promise to beat  any price, we pride ourselves on tailoring our quotes to meet all your needs, including budget. If you get a lower quote, our estimators will work with you to meet or beat it, if possible. But keep in mind,  “the disappointment of a poor job remains long after the price is forgotten”. For the most part, “you get what you pay for”, but you CAN rely on Top Job to deliver exceptional value, and exceed expectations.

Are Top Job’s sealers water or oil based? 2017-02-25T01:21:33+00:00

Top Job uses both water and oil based products. Oil based products are used less and less as water borne sealer technology improves. If you have a preference, just let your estimator know so we can give you what you want. If the product you want really won’t work well on your job, we will thoroughly explain why. But when it’s all said and done, you’re the boss! We work for you!

My fresh seal coat is scuffing under traffic. What’s wrong? 2017-02-25T01:40:50+00:00

Depending on the material and additives used, it can take up to 4-6 weeks for a seal coat to fully set up and cure. Until then it is a little soft, which allows it to tear or scuff when cars turn sharp on it. The little fuzz scraped off during this process, unless severe (think semi trucks)  typically will melt back down into the surface and you won’t be able to tell it ever happened after 6 weeks. In fact, scuff marks are a sign that plenty of material was put down, because the thicker the film is, the easier it scuffs. So in a sense, the more scuffing, the better… right? Rest Assured Top Job uses the best materials and puts it down thick. You’ve got nothing to worry about.

How long should I wait to seal my new driveway? 2017-02-25T01:20:20+00:00

New Asphalt needs to breath for 4-6 weeks in hot weather and 2-4 months in cooler weather before being sealed. Keep in mind, sealing your asphalt is like putting sunblock on at the beach. It doesn’t do much good after you are already sunburned. The key is to protect yourself from the beginning. So Ideally new asphalt should be sealed within the first year or two. If you have any questions about when to seal, you can count on Top Job to give you honest, no BS answers.

I had a gypsy do my driveway, it’s not right, what can I do? 2017-02-25T01:19:50+00:00

Unfortunately the asphalt industry has a lot of travelling companies (frequently called gypsies or fly-by-nighters) who take advantage of people. They often try very hard to appear local, calling themselves “Utah Paving” or “State Paving” is my favorite, because then they just stick whatever state’s name they are in at the beginning. Their most common sales pitch is some variation of “we have some left over material, I’d rather give it to you than throw it away”. While occasionally they do reasonably adequate work, most of the time the customer gets cheated. These contractors should be avoided. They are usually unlicensed, so try looking them up on your state licensing website. They also frequently have out of state license plates on their trucks. Hand written or verbal quotes and payment in cash or checks written to a person not a business are also huge red flags. Some gypsies get free used motor oil from local lube shops, add a few gallons of dish soap and several hundred of gallons of water, and spray it on driveways as a “seal”. This is one of the worst things you can do to your asphalt. The oil will dissolve and destroy your asphalt. If you made the mistake of hiring a gypsy, Top Job will come out and help you figure out what to do. If you are thinking of hiring a gypsy, remember: you can trust Top Job to provide quality work at a fair price, and stand behind it. The disappointment of a poor job remains long after the price is forgotten.

How thick should an asphalt driveway be? 2017-02-25T01:19:15+00:00

Assuming a properly constructed base, 2 inches is good for areas with no vehicular traffic. 3 Inches is ideal for standard traffic, and heavy traffic like tractors and big trucks requires 4 inches of asphalt. While many paving companies tend to skip as much as possible, Top Job tries to go the other way. We believe that more asphalt is NEVER a bad thing!

I have an oil spot(s) on my asphalt. What can be done? 2017-02-25T01:36:08+00:00

When oil drips on your asphalt, it soaks in and dissolves the binder. While some oil may be able to be cleaned off the surface, the bulk of it is soaked in and has already done its damage. Minor spots can be sealed, but the only way to fix a sever oil spot is to replace the area. Most sealers have a hard time sticking to oil spots, and while oil spot primers can help, it will always be a weak spot in your pavement and will either peel or bleed up through the sealer eventually. Some sealers do stick better than others, and Top Job only uses the best products, so you can rest assured you will get the best job possible.

How long will I have to stay off my freshly sealed driveway? 2017-02-25T01:18:11+00:00

Unless weather is bad, overnight is typically enough time. If you have any questions just ask your foreman, estimator, or anyone at the office. Keep in mind, seal coat is soft for several weeks, so the longer you stay off it the better. Rest assured, Top Job will get the job done and get you back on it as fast as possible.

What are the advantages of asphalt vs. concrete? 2017-02-25T01:17:45+00:00

Asphalt is generally cheaper than concrete, is more repairable, more flexible, more resistant to snow melt, and melts snow and ice better than concrete. It can be designed to hold just as much weight as concrete too. Concrete is harder than asphalt, more resistant to chemical spills like fuel and oil, and is cooler in the summer time (think kids with bare feet). Which is better varies job to job, and depends on what you need. If you are having a hard time, our experienced estimators can help you decide.

My driveway is falling apart, what needs to be done? 2017-02-25T01:16:58+00:00

If your driveway is in really bad shape, chances are either the water gotten through/underneath it and compromised the base, or the base or pavement wasn’t installed properly to begin with, and it was a lost cause from day one. Unfortunately the asphalt industry has a lot of travelling companies (frequently called gypsies or fly-by-nighters) who take advantage of people. They often try very hard to appear local, calling themselves “Utah Paving” or “State Paving” is my favorite, because then they just stick whatever state’s name they are in at the beginning. Their most common sales pitch is some variation of “we have some left over material, I’d rather give it to you than throw it away”. While occasionally they do reasonably adequate work, most of the time the customer gets cheated. These contractors should be avoided. These jobs are usually thin, causing the asphalt to break up prematurely. In some cases the asphalt can be overlayed, but most of the time it will need to be torn out and replaced, which costs a lot more than doing right in the first place. You can trust Top Job to provide  quality work and stand behind it.

How often do I need to reseal my asphalt? 2017-02-25T01:16:14+00:00

There are a lot of variables, including traffic, drainage, chemicals, how you remove snow, what product is used, how thick it’s applied, etc. Do you want to redo it every year or two so it always has that like-new look? Or do you want a super durable product that delivers years with no worries? Keep in mind, you don’t want the layers building up, or they will start to peel and flake. Answering these questions will help Top Job tailor their approach to meet your needs and expectations. But as a rule of thumb Top Job sealers should be redone every 2-5 years. Did you know that keeping your driveway clean from dirt, sand, and gravel will help it last longer?

Selecting the right crack seal is also a huge component of seal longevity. Too soft, and it will deform and track on tires and shoes. To hard, and it wont be flexible enough in the dead of winter and will re-crack prematurely. Rest assured, Top Job’s treatments will outlast any apples to apples service.

How often should I have my parking lot crack sealed? 2017-02-25T01:14:25+00:00

This varies greatly depending on many factors, including how much oil the asphalt was made with, whether it was a Performance Grade mix, how thick it was laid, how much sun it gets, how stable the base is, how old it is, how often you seal it, how effective your sealer is at blocking UV, and whether your sealer puts any oils back into your asphalt. Most properties, during the middle portion of their life cycle, should be crack sealed about every 2-3 years. The best way to know for sure is to look and see if you have very many cracks that are 1/4 inch or larger.

Keep in mind, crack sealing is one of the cheapest things you can do to maintain your asphalt, but even if it was the most expensive, it is the most important thing you can do to extend the service life. Water saturating or eroding the base material does more damage faster than anything else, and cracks are how water gets down there. If you cant afford anything else, seal your cracks, and seal them regularly! If there is one thing on this whole website you should pay attention to, it’s this!