How long does it take to pave a driveway?

Depending on the conditions of the existing or new construction, the preparation can take approximately 1/2 day. Beginning with the excavation if needed, followed by the base gravel and then finished off with crushed gravel or reprocessed gravel, which is then graded and compacted. It is best to wait a few days before applying the asphalt to enable the full compaction.

Once the prep area is ready, we determine whether the area is in need of a 1 or 2 coat process. A two-coat process is necessary when dealing with commercial areas where there is a lot of traffic such as roads and parking lots as well as in soft soil and newly constructed residential areas.

How long should you stay off your new pavement?

In order to prevent tire scuff marks and other driveway impressions on your newly paved driveway, it is good to let it cure for up to five days. This will allow your asphalt the proper time to cure.





















How come you can drive on a newly paved road immediately?

In most cases on a road you are not stopping and turning your tires, you are driving through and this will not cause any damage. When you are parked in your driveway and backing out of the driveway, you are cutting the wheel and parking in the same spot which will leave an impression if the asphalt is not completely dry.

After the driveway is paved, do I water it and if so, how often?

It is not necessary to water your driveway however, watering does help cool the surface and speed up the curing process. The fresh asphalt, black in color, attracts the sun increasing the drying time.

How soon before you can seal coat?

We feel it's best to wait a full season, however you must wait 60-90 days to ensure all oils bleed out of the surface before seal coating your driveway. Sealing too soon will prevent full curing of your new pavement. It is only necessary to seal every few years when driveway is turning grey.

How do I know if I need patchwork, repair of a completely new driveway?

Patchwork and repairs can sometimes cost almost as much as replacing a new driveway and can look somewhat like a puzzle. It is best to let the expert determine the conditions and every situation is different.


Do I need to tear out my driveway and start over or can I top coat my old driveway?

Depending if you have the height on your garage floor and walkways for proper pitch as well as the conditions of your existing driveway determine whether you may simply place a layer of topcoat or start from scratch. If your driveway is full of cracks and potholes, it is best to remove - frost will crack the topcoat in the same areas.


What is the difference between re-processed and new asphalt?

Re-processed asphalt is recycled asphalt that is used for grading. Recycled asphalt makes for a good solid base. Sometimes it is used for gravel and unpaved roads because it packs nicely and does not get muddy when wet. Norman Ruck Excavating and Paving prides itself on recycling all old asphalt and concrete excavated from jobs.


Established in 1971, Norman Ruck Excavating & Paving is a full-service, family-owned and operated paving company located in Biddeford, Maine. We service all of Southern Maine and specialize in commercial and residential parking lot construction, road building, and driveway installation.

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