Follow these do’s and don’ts when ordering aggregates and asphalt to achieve the best results for your project.
Sand & Aggregate
- Approximately 110 pounds per cubic foot
- Approximately 3000 pounds per cubic yard
Aggregate Deliveries Are Available By Straight Trucks Or Semi-trucks
Our straight trucks can hold up to 15 tons. The width of our dump trucks are approximately 10 feet, the trucks mirrors stick out further and prefer a 12 foot width opening. Remember to look above and see if there are branches or wires that may interfere with your truck delivery.
Do I Need To Be On Site When Delivered?
You do not need to be onsite when we deliver your aggregate. The dump location will need to be clearly marked and payment arrangements made ahead of time. Please tell us if you do not plan on being there. We would prefer that you ARE there at the time of delivery, if at all possible.
How Can I Pay?
You can either pay cash, or credit card (we accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover). You may call us with your credit card information prior to delivery or give cash to the delivery driver at the time of delivery.
Will You “spread” The Rock In My Driveway?
We do NOT spread the materials that are delivered. We will dump all of the material is a spot you designate.
Asphalt Tips and Facts
Asphalt contains liquid tar, which needs time to harden and cure. Your driveway will usually be fully cured within 3-6 months; until then it will remain pliable and soft. We recommend keeping automobiles off for at least 7 days, and longer in hot weather.
Even when cured, asphalt can sometimes soften in extremely hot weather and harden as temperatures fall. To temporarily harden hot asphalt you can water it down with a garden hose. Do not be alarmed if soapsuds appear. This is a reaction between the diesel fuel found in asphalt and the chlorine found in some city water.
To avoid scarring, do not pull out too fast, pull in too quickly, or drive too fast on your asphalt driveway. During the initial curing time don’t park in the same spot all the time and don’t use a jack stand or car ramps unless you put a piece of plywood underneath to distribute the weight. Do not turn your steering wheel back and forth when your car is not moving.
Large heavy vehicles can depress your new asphalt and cause ruts in your new blacktop. Keep heavy trucks (concrete, oil, landscaping etc.) off your new driveway. If a camper or other vehicle will be stored for a long period of time, place plywood under the tongue jack and tires.
Do not walk on your new driveway with high heel shoes, place lawn chairs, bicycle kickstands or other sharp objects on it, as they will create holes and depressions.
The edges are the weakest part of your driveway due to the lack of side support. Do not drive on the edges as they will crack and crumble in time. Building up the sides of your driveway with topsoil will support the edges after grass is grown.
Your driveway may look smoother in some areas than in others because of the makeup of blacktop. Blacktop is composed of various sizes of stone, sand, liquid asphalt, and other ingredients, which cause a varied texture of the surface. In addition, blacktop areas that have been raked and spread with hand tools may appear different in texture from those spread by machine.
Avoid gasoline, oil, antifreeze, power steering and transmission fluid spills and leaks. These will dilute the liquid asphalt in your blacktop. Any hole left by these spills should be filled with a cold patch. Any hairline cracks that may develop due to the contraction and expansion of the ground should be filled with crack filler. These products can be purchased from your local building supply or hardware store.
To preserve your new driveway it is advisable to seal coat your driveway 3-6 months after it has been paved. Sealing too soon, however, may cause damage to your new driveway. Because blacktop is naturally porous, water can seep into and through the paving. This not only causes deterioration, but also results in ridges and upheaval due to frost and freezing. Asphalt is also softened and broken up by gasoline, lube oil, grease, road salts and antifreeze drips from cars. Sealer protects blacktop with a coating that is impervious to these harmful elements. Unprotected driveways remain porous, dry out, become rough, and lose their life rapidly.
With proper care, your new driveway will give you many years of service.
DON’T – Place sharp or pointed objects on your driveway. Indentations will result. This will certainly be true for the first year of its life and perhaps longer (such as on a hot summer day when the mercury reaches 80°F or above). Stay off the new driveway 2-3 days after installation and longer if temperatures are hot.
Principal offenders are high heels, bicycle kickstands, ladders, porch chairs, etc.
REASON – The pounds per square inch on the above subjects is so great. This means that while small in area and light in weight, the weight involved is too great for the area concerned being all concentrated in one small spot. Also, asphalt is not a hard, tight material, but a soft, porous one.
DON’T – Drive near or off the edges of your driveway. If you do, you may fracture the asphalt and crack the whole edge.
REASON – Asphalt contains no structural strength of its own; it is merely a wearing surface. The strength lies in the stone or gravel base. Therefore, if great weight is placed unevenly on the unsupported edge, it must crack.
DON’T – Turn the car wheels sharply on the pavement. Also, don’t turn the wheels while standing still- MAKE SURE THE CAR IS IN MOTION. Otherwise, power steering gouges will result. These are bruises or lacerations to the surface, caused by the kneeding, grinding action of the tires moving on the bias against the asphalt and will create areas that are “cupped out” on the pavement.
This problem is most often encountered in L -shape driveways, where the garage sits at right angles to the driveway. The consequent backing, cutting, turning etc. creates this condition. Even cars without power steering or lightweight sports or compacts will cause these marks. Greater care should be exercised in hot weather, since the asphalt is softer and more susceptible to marking.
REASON – Asphalt contains certain oils or volatiles to make it more workable or malleable. Until they evaporate, the blacktop will remain soft. This aging or curing process may take as long as a year, depending upon blacktop thickness, weather, etc.
“But my blacktop never did this!” Quite possible. ..older mixes were coarser and therefore more stable. Today’s mixes are much finer in response to an increasing public demand for a “smooth” driveway. While pleasing in appearance, the finer mixes have a greater tendency to displacement under strain.
CURE – Time is the only answer. Gradual oxidation will eliminate the problem. Again, MAKE SURE THE CAR IS IN MOTION before the wheels are turned.
NOTE – Sealer applied too soon will only aggravate the condition; since it tends to trap the soil prevents and retard the drying process. After the driveway “sets up” then sealer should be applied. We advise that sealer not be applied in the same year the driveway is installed.
DON’T – Park the car or camper in the same spot all the time. This is particularly true in the case of a digout where the base is fresh. No matter how thick the material, deep the base, or heavy the compaction, depressions or “wheel dishes” may result, if care is not exercised.
REASON – To place a ton and a half or two tons in the same spot day in and day out over a long period of time can only produce adverse results.
CURE – Move the car around slightly. Don’t give all or most of the wear to one small area. Distribute the usage over the entire driveway.
DON’T – Allow overweight vehicles on the driveway. Your driveway is constructed for automobile traffic only. Heavy trucks (garbage, cement, delivery, fuel, etc.) will break up the pavement, since the base is insufficient to take the weight.
Driveways can be constructed to accommodate these larger loads. Of course the cost is somewhat higher, and in most cases the additional expenditure is unnecessary.
DON’T – Feel that the driveway should be completely puddle-free. I n areas completed by hand or where close drainage tolerances are encountered, this may sometimes occur.
In addition, subtle shiftings of the sub-base may cause some puddling. Any spot holding water 1/4″ or less deep is almost impossible to eliminate. Many of these small water spots work themselves out with eventual use.
The oils present in the new asphalt tend to hold the water on the driveway. However, as these oils gradually evaporate, the water should disappear.
Some garages are constructed lower than the driveway elevations. The minimum drainage tolerance is 2 inches every 10 foot length of paving. The driveway may be constructed lower than the road or surrounding elevations. Areas such as these are always difficult to achieve 100% drainage.
DON’T – Allow weeds or other vegetation to crowd the edges of the driveway. If so, you will find these hardy pests burrowing through the stone base and up through the asphalt topping. They will evidence themselves prior to blooming as bumps or minor eruptions in the driveway. Though the base is sprayed with weed-killer prior to paving, it is impossible to eliminate each and every weed seed. Often these air-borne particles are brought in with the stone base or dust binder when it is laid in place. The heat from the blacktop then hastens the germination process.
The strength of some of these species, such as creeping morning glory and dandelions is phenomenal. Instances of their penetrating even concrete are common.
Their appearance in no way should be considered a reflection upon the thickness of the material. Application of weed killer (Triox or Roundup) or simple table salt mixed with water will eliminate the problem most of the time. However at times, multiple applications may be required.
DON’T – Allow a driveway snowplow on your blacktop without a warning to the operator to raise the blade slightly. Otherwise, the plow blade may gouge or scratch the asphalt.
How often should the driveway be sealed? With “bargain” sealers, yearly application is practically mandatory. Assuming, however, that a highgrade, coal tar base, water-emulsion type sealer has been used, it is not necessary to seal every year. Each driveway, of course, is different, but it is not unreasonable to expect a 3-year lifetime. Some will last even longer.