Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of our more commonly asked regarding our asphalt paving services. If you don't find what you're looking for, click here to send us your question and we'd be happy to help!
First Class Paving is located in Sonoma County, California providing services to the surrounding areas including:
- Santa Rosa
- Rohnert Park
- Napa County
- Marin County
Yes, we are licensed with the state of California under C12 - Earthwork & Paving, license #1061422. We also carry commercial general liability and workers compensation insurance. Feel free to reach out with any questions.
We recommend a minimum ambient air temperature of 50 degrees. In the Sonoma County area, this often means waiting to start on cooler days, although we can usually begin preparing the site early.
In the Santa Rosa area and the North Bay in general, most asphalt is ready to drive on within 24 hours depending on the weather. Asphalt will take longer to cure in shaded areas or in cooler weather.
With proper care and maintenance, you can typically expect 15-20 years of service from your new asphalt. You can contact us regarding ways to maintain and extend the life of your asphalt.
Asphalt sealcoating is a cost effective way to increase the life-span of your asphalt paving installation. A properly applied seal coat will help prevent water penetration to the asphalt below and reduce oxidation. In addition, it helps guard against any gas or oil spills on a driveway or parking lot installation. It also preserves or enhances the visual appeal of the asphalt, giving it a fresh new look.
Asphalt driveways should be sealcoated every 3 years. If your driveway gets above average use or is exposed to a lot UV ray, snow or chemicals, you consider doing it every 2 years. Regular sealcoating can extend the life of your driveway by 2 or 3 times as much as without sealcoating. An asphalt driveway will typically last 15-20 years so an inexpensive sealcoat is a great investment.
Yes, you can install asphalt over a concrete base. Asphalt needs a solid, stable layer below and concrete can provide just that. However, larger concrete installations have expansion joints built-in by design to allow for expansion and contraction due to temperature. As with any asphalt underlay, any cracks below will eventually lead to cracks in the asphalt surface. Your asphalt contractor can assess the concrete as a base layer and prepare the concrete to minimize cracking due to concrete shifting.
Asphalt has several advantages over concrete in driveway applications: