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Pikes Peak Sealcoating & Asphalt is a full service, owner operated, and local asphalt paving company.  We care more about quality than quantity when it comes to our work.  Our goal is to achieve complete customer satisfaction resulting in customer retention and referrals.  

Sealcoating your driveway or parking lot regularly is key to keeping it protected from the harsh Colorado elements.  Even an old driveway that is cracking and alligatoring can be revitalized and it's longevity significantly increased by beginning a regular sealcoating program.  

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Please visit our sister company Straight Arrow Striping to view more pics of our striping work.

Proudly serving the Pikes Peak Region and Front Range including Colorado Springs, Monument, Black Forest, Falcon, Peyton, Fountain, Woodland Park, Divide, Cripple Creek, Larkspur, Castle Rock, Denver, Evergreen and surrounding.

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Asphalt

Asphalt is a collection of small rocks, gravel and sand (“aggregates”) held together by hot oil. New asphalt is laid with a large paving machine and then compacted with a roller. It is a great, economical driving and parking surface.

The most important factor of how well the asphalt holds up is the ground underneath it, referred to as the “base”. If the base is soft or muddy the asphalt will sink under any weight load. Sometimes the existing ground is a firm enough base to pave right on top of. For example in the mountains the ground has a lot of decomposed granite which makes a great base.  A lot of the ground in Colorado Springs and east of the Springs, however, is made of clay and sand and is much too soft to pave directly on top of without adding base to firm it up.

The next important factor is the thickness of the asphalt. Industry standard thickness for residential driveways is 3” compacted. Commercial properties are typically 4” - 6” compacted. We like to pave an average of 3.5” compacted for residential driveways.  We would rather error on the side of thicker than thinner so that with proper maintenance (crack-sealing and sealcoating) your asphalt driveway will last 30+ years. Unfortunately there are a lot of driveways in the area that are gatoring (cracking where it looks like an alligator’s back) and if you pull a loose piece out it’s only 1” thick. The sides may be 3” thick but it was paved with only 1” in the middle. Our driveways are 3"+ thick throughout.

Sealcoating

What sealcoat does NOT do... in the same way that wax does not fix the hail damage to your vehicle and paint does not change the texture on your wall, sealcoat will not change the roughness or rockiness of your existing asphalt or solve any drainage or grading issues.  If you are unhappy with puddles or the rockiness of your asphalt it may be time to overlay or replace it.  However, beginning a sealcoating program even on older asphalt can still significantly extend the remaining life of the asphalt.

When asphalt is first laid it has a semi-smooth top surface with the rocks compacted tight and held together by the oil. As soon as it is paved, however, mother nature is working to dry out the oil that is keeping all those rocks held together. The sun, wind, rain, snow, and ice that we have so much of here in beautiful Colorado deteriorates asphalt very quickly. Just look at the roads you drive on that are initially built very well. You wax your vehicle regularly if you want to keep the paint from oxidizing and fading, or paint your house periodically to keep it looking nice and protect the wood. It is similarly important to do the same type of protection for your asphalt. As the oil dries out of the asphalt the first part of the rocks that start breaking loose are the smaller rocks, referred to as the “fines”. You will start seeing loose gravel and the surface of the asphalt becomes more rocky. With Colorado weather extremes this can begin happening in the first year.

How do you protect that from happening? Sealcoat… Sealcoat has oil in it to help keep the fines in your asphalt from breaking loose. Keeping the top surface “oily”, like waxing your vehicle, helps to keep water from penetrating into the asphalt and allows the water to bead and evaporate or run off the top. When the oil has dried out of the asphalt water will penetrate the aggregate and during the winter the water will freeze and expand and bust the compacted rocks loose. The water also penetrates down into the base and makes the base muddy. This is why you see so many potholes popping up in the Springtime.

To help keep your asphalt from losing the fines and looking beautiful we recommend sealcoating the first 2 seasons after paving.  After that, every 2 to 4 seasons depending on traffic, rough winters, plowing, salt, etc., that affect the asphalt surface. Sealcoating regularly also keeps it black and looking new which has the added benefit of melting snow faster.

Cracksealing

Both asphalt and concrete will eventually crack. The ground moves, it freezes and thaws and it cracks.

Now for the good news... It is much easier to fix cracks in asphalt and keep it looking good than in concrete. We use hot rubber, just like you see on the roads to fill in those cracks when they happen. For wide and deep cracks we add black sand before crack-sealing the top to help refill the aggregates. The ground continues to expand and contract through the seasons so the cracks will open back up. Again, the goal is to keep water from penetrating into the asphalt and the into the base. This is just another reason why it’s important to have a regular crack-sealing and sealcoating schedule.

Asphalt is a significant investment into your property. Maintaining your driveway like you maintain your home will help your curb appeal and your property value. It would be our pleasure to help you accomplish that. Give us a call today!