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When to Repave Your Driveway: An Interview with Patience Pittore of Hard Rock Paving

By Patience Pittore

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

Our company is Hard Rock Paving, we have over 20 years experience and most of our employees, myself included, have grown up in the paving business. When paving a driveway we go straight to the plant to get hot asphalt, which is made up of various size stones, sand, gravel, and liquid tar, which binds it all together. To repave a driveway there are different ways to do it, depending on each individual job. Some may have a somewhat solid driveway that has a few cracks and/or potholes. To be cost effective, but still getting a new driveway that would last about 10 yrs., you could resurface it. We would clean all debris off the area, seal all cracks and fill the potholes, then go over the entire driveway with about 3in layer of asphalt, and compact with a road roller.

If you could, please list the steps of re-paving a driveway:

If you have a driveway that is in bad shape we would first have to dig all old existing asphalt and grass, then specifically grade it to be sure the water runs away from the house, next spread a 6in layer of gravel, which is the foundation of the driveway, compact with roller, lay the asphalt and roll to compact again. This driveway will last about 15-20 yrs.

How do you suggest clients prepare for a this process?

The only thing that is needed to prepare for the process of repaving the driveway is to make sure you are going with a reputable company. Do not just look for the cheapest person, you want to choose the company that has the most knowledge about the job they will be performing. Once you find a company you feel comfortable with, there is not much the homeowner needs to do, besides making sure you have a place to park your car other than your driveway for about a week.

How can a homeowner known when it is time to repaving their driveway?

Signs to look for to know when you need to repave your driveway are, if your driveway looks thin and weak, the color is a whitish gray (which is a sign that the liquid tar that holds the stones together is dried up), if it is crumbling/cracking, has potholes, or holds water.

Please explain more about the products you use to repave:

Asphalt pavement is America's most recycled and reused material. Recycling of asphalt pavement and asphalt shingles in 2010 alone conserved 20.5 million barrels of asphalt binder. The asphalt industry remains the country's number one recycler. Less than 1% of recycled asphalt was sent to landfills this year.

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you?

For more information about us or tips about how to properly maintain your new driveway you can visit our website HardRockPavingRI.com or for a free estimate call 401-475-3446.

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