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Answers to Common Concrete and Asphalt Paving Questions
WHAT IS THE ESTIMATE PROCESS?
Individuals may fill out the online request a quote tab or call the office. Once Blalock Paving has your request, we will forward it to the estimator who handles the area where the job is located. Our estimator will then contact the customer to set up a mutual agreeable time. After the estimator meets with the customer an emailed estimate typically arrives within 3-5 days depending on the complexity of the job.
DO YOU GIVE QUOTES OVER THE PHONE?
Blalock Paving does not give quotes over the phone. There are too many variables involved such as subgrade, accessibility, distance to plants and dumps and which suppliers we need to use. Blalock Paving tries its best to give you an accurate quote so there are no surprises and change orders involved.
WHAT IS BETTER, ASPHALT OR CONCRETE?
Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Asphalt is typically easier to fix as you can fix a very small area should you have a problem. Ice will melt on asphalt quicker than it will on concrete. Asphalt is typically less expensive up front, however sealer must be applied every 4-5 years which in the long run may make the costs equal.
Concrete is stronger but at some point most likely will crack. When fixing these areas you are typically replacing a joint to joint area which ends up being a larger repair to make everything look symmetrical. Concrete does have no maintenance for its life with the exception of periodically pressure washing the driveway to keep it clean.
DOES BLALOCK PAVING GRIND OR RAISE CONCRETE?
Blalock Paving does not perform either of these services. Keep in mind that when grinding concrete, you may be compromising the strength as it may go from 4 inches thick to a smaller thickness.
DOES BLALOCK PAVING DO DECORATIVE CONCRETE OR PAVERS?
Blalock Paving does not perform either of these services.
DO YOU PATCH CONCRETE?
Blalock Paving does not patch concrete. We can remove and replace individual sections. Keep in mind that there may be a slight color difference between the old and new concrete.
DOES BLALOCK PAVING MILL ASPHALT?
Blalock Paving currently does not mill asphalt.
CAN I PLACE A LAYER OF ASPHALT ONTO THE OLD ASPHALT OR CONCRETE?
This typically can be done to a structurally intact driveway. However if there is dirt coming through the driveway or heavy amounts of cracking, these areas must be addressed to keep the cracks from coming up through the new asphalt.
CAN I PLACE NEW CONCRETE OVER OLD CONCRETE?
Blalock Paving does not perform this type of work as it would raise the concrete height to the point of becoming a tripping hazard.
DOES BLALOCK PAVING SEAL CONCRETE?
Blalock Paving does not seal concrete. Beware as sealing of concrete can make it slick when wet.