Driveway Paving or Sealing: Which is Right for You?

Your driveway is exposed to more wear and tear than just about any other part of your property. From withstanding the weight of vehicles to suffering through the most extreme weather and temperatures, it’s got to stand up to some pretty tough conditions. Over time, it’s completely normal for a driveway to show some signs of aging. But if your driveway needs work, how do you know what will fix it? Here are some tips for whether you should choose driveway paving or seal coating to improve the look and performance of your asphalt.

Driveway Paving

If your driveway has lots of cracks, ruts, or is crumbling, driveway paving is probably your best option. Repaving allows you to start from scratch. The old asphalt will be removed and a fresh coat will be put down.

Although crack filling is an alternative, some cracks are deep enough to insert a knife, screwdriver, or other object. If this is the case, simply filling the crack isn’t enough. Fresh asphalt will look nicer, hold up better under the weight of vehicles, and allow for better drainage.

Driveway Seal Coating

Did you know that asphalt is a petroleum-based product? That means it will react when it comes in contact with other petroleum-based products. It’s a situation that’s hard to avoid when vehicles are parked or moving over your driveway on a daily basis. Even the smallest amounts of gasoline and oil can cause your asphalt to degrade.

Seal coating helps maintain your asphalt for longer if your driveway is already in relatively good condition. By covering the surface of your driveway, you’ll protect it from chemicals and friction. Your driveway will be smooth and stable for years to come.

SMI Paving Can Do Both!

The good news is that no matter which option you choose, you have an experienced paving contractor to call—SMI Paving. We’ll help you evaluate your driveway and decide which service is best. If your driveway simply needs to be maintained through seal coating or needs total asphalt paving, we can help. Contact us today to request a free estimate.

Don’t Be a Victim of Driveway Paving Scams

It happens every year, from the first sign of spring to the first chill of fall. Scam artists posing as driveway pavers come out, trying to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners and business owners. These companies do paving work that looks okay at first but deteriorates over time. You’ll wind up having to repave, leaving nothing to show for the money you spent. Although no one intends to become a victim of home improvement fraud, some of the high-pressure sales tactics these criminals use can be convincing. Here are some tips to help you avoid getting scammed by people pretending to be legitimate driveway paving contractors.

First, a reputable driveway paving company may solicit your business—but they won’t come door-to-door. You may get flyers in the mail or even a telephone call from a legitimate company that’s looking to grow their business. But someone showing up unannounced with a “great deal” to offer should raise a red flag. Start your search for a paving contractor by looking for companies with a physical location.

Next, check out any paving contractor before you do business with them. Ask your friends and neighbors who they’d recommend and read online reviews and testimonials. You can also look up the company with the Better Business Bureau. Make sure you get opinions from people who had their driveways paved over a year ago. This will help you judge how the work will stand up over time.

Finally, don’t hesitate to call the police if a driveway paver makes you feel uncomfortable. They will sometimes come to your home but refuse to leave until you’ve signed an agreement. This is unethical behavior and you are well within your rights to report anyone who’s trespassing on your property.

SMI Paving hopes you never have to deal with the hassles of driveway paving scams. We pride ourselves on the reputation we’ve built over the past 46 years. We’ve served residential and commercial customers throughout North Carolina and South Carolina since 1970 and we use only the highest standards and best materials for every paving job. Whether you’re looking for asphalt driveway paving or concrete driveway paving, we’re the company to call.