Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs About the Asphalt Pavement Industry:

What is the minimum temperature for paving?

Generally speaking, it is most desirable to have a ground temperature of at least 50 degrees and rising or as required by the project specifications. Other factors affecting the final product include sunshine, wind, precipitation, and material type.

What is the asphalt index?

The volatility in cost for oil and oil-related products is well-known. Thus, the asphalt index was created to provide a benchmark for material pricing on any project at the time of quotation and is used to calculate an adjustment in the cost for materials at the time of construction.

A third-party calculation based on the average posted price of the liquid asphalt, the index is typically generated monthly by the Department of Transportation (DOT) in the state where the project resides. The asphalt index provides equal benefit for both the consumer and the contractor by eliminating material cost speculation when the contractor quotes a project. Otherwise, the material supplier and contractor may inflate their pricing respectively to cover the unknown cost inflation (or deflation) for materials when quoting projects scheduled to be completed in the more distant future.

How long will my new asphalt surface last?

Under normal conditions, asphalt pavement should last about 10 – 20 years. Pavement life can vary greatly depending on climate, base conditions, amount and type of traffic and pavement maintenance.

How soon can I use my newly paved surface?

We understand it is not always possible, but we recommend staying off the new pavement until the surface temperature reaches the ambient air temperature. In the heat of the summer, the surface may experience some blemishes due to the use of a vehicle’s power steering while not moving. These are only surface blemishes and do not affect the structural integrity. The blemishes will work in with time.

How often should I apply an asphalt sealer to my new pavement?

Your new surface should be left to go through a winter before applying an asphalt sealer. Thereafter, apply a coat of sealer every 2 – 4 years depending on wear. If the previous application is not showing signs of wear, the excessive build-up can cause shrinkage, cracking and cause the surface to become slippery. Breck’s does not currently offer sealing.

What is the difference between the various asphalt pavement layers?

The base and binder courses of pavement are engineered using larger aggregate and thus provide the structural component of the pavement section. These courses are generally applied in thicker lifts than the top or surface courses. While adding some strength, the top or surface course is made with smaller aggregate and sand. This course primarily acts as a wearing surface while inhibiting the penetration of water through the surface.

FAQs About Breck’s Paving:

Does Breck’s Paving screen its employees?

Breck’s Paving has a substance-free workplace policy. Employees are required to pass drug and alcohol testing.

Can Breck’s Paving meet my project’s insurance requirements?

Breck’s Paving has extensive coverage under its standard commercial insurance policies. Through our longstanding relationships with our insurers, a project-specific insurance certificate illustrating your required coverage is available for all clients.

Does Breck’s Paving have a good safety record?

Breck’s Paving’s Experience Modification Rate (EMR) has consistently been well below the industry average for worker’s compensation claims.

What kind of warranty is provided?

A one-year warranty for labor and material is provided on all projects. We stand behind our work to meet the satisfaction of our clients. The standard warranty letter can be viewed and printed by clicking: Standard Warranty Letter.

Will Breck’s Paving do work on projects outside its “normal” service area?

We are dedicated to our clients’ needs. From time to time, we will complete projects for customers outside of our normal service area. These projects depend on the scope and amount of work we are asked to perform.

Does Breck’s Paving provide free estimates?

Our qualified project managers and estimators are always available to provide a free estimate no matter how large or small your project may be. Click here for a free estimate.

Does Breck’s Paving provide financing for projects?

Payment is due upon completion of the work. If required, financing of your projects is best handled through a third-party lending institution.

Does Breck’s Paving own or lease its equipment?

Breck’s Paving owns an extensive fleet of vehicles and heavy equipment. At times, the company will rent or lease equipment as required for a special purpose or to supplement its fleet as workload demands.

Does Breck’s Paving make its own hot mix asphalt?

No. Breck’s Paving is committed to purchasing all our materials from local producers within the boundaries of our service areas.

FAQs About Your Project:

How will I maintain business as usual during construction?

Depending on the project layout, we can usually accommodate vehicle and pedestrian traffic by phasing the area of disturbance and maintaining access to an active business. In extreme situations, we can schedule the most intrusive part of our work during off-hours, such as evenings or weekends.

How long will my project take to complete?

The length of time to complete a project depends on the size and scope of the work involved. We excel in our ability to accommodate the needs of our clients by providing crews and equipment as required to meet even the most demanding schedules.

How do I know my project is being constructed properly?

Breck’s Paving has been in business for over 50 years. We have accomplished this by providing a quality product in a timely fashion at competitive prices.  Our labor force undergoes regular periodic training and has many years of experience in our industry.

How do I know I have chosen the right contractor?

The most reliable and unbiased way to check an asphalt pavement and site work contractor’s reputation and strength is to contact the local aggregate and asphalt material producers. The contractors the producer recommends will be those who frequently purchase the product (evidence of a good reputation) and consistently maintain the best payment history (evidence of financial strength).

What does “apples to apples” mean?

“Apples to apples” is a term used when making a comparison between multiple quotes or proposals. If the scope of one proposal matches up with another it is referred to as being “apples to apples.” If the scope does not align, it is sometimes referred to as “apples to oranges.” When comparing prices, it is imperative that the services and materials provided (scope of work) are considered equally.

For Unanswered Questions:

Contact us at 614-276-6002 with any additional queries.  Thank you for your interest.