For years, customers in Albany, Ballston, Saratoga Springs and Clifton Park have been turning to Colonial Excavating for their residential and commercial paving needs. Our experience allows us to plan every step and make sure we get the job done on time and on budget. Over the years we have become one of the most versatile and trusted paving contractors in the area thanks to our attention to detail, excellent customer service and top-quality paving results.
We are equally adept at paving small residential driveways as we are paving large commercial parking lots and yards. In all cases, we take the time to plan each step carefully and prepare the base properly. When we put the time in up front, we save time later and guarantee a higher-quality paved surface that won’t sag and crack over time.
Colonial Paving for All Your Paving Jobs
We may be a local company, but we have the size and experience to handle even big commercial and residential paving jobs. Thanks to our large fleet of paving equipment and our years of experience, we can take care of all of your paving needs for residential paving in Colonie, Albany, Saratoga Springs and throughout the Capital Region:
- Roadways: Special attention is required for roadway paving due to the volume of vehicles that pass over every day. Poor preparation of the roadway base can allow the blacktop to sag or crack, especially in the winter and spring. Once a road starts to crack, potholes form quickly and further degrade your road. Small contractors that don’t have road-paving experience will struggle to pave larger stretches of road.
- Driveways: A commercial or residential driveway can be difficult to pave if it includes tight turns or raised and lowered portions. With our experience at Colonial Excavating, we make short work of any shape or size of driveway. We leave you with a smooth, even paved surface that looks great and can withstand the worst weather and changes in temperature that the capital area can throw at it.
- Parking Lots: The biggest problem when paving a large surface like a parking lot is ensuring there is nowhere for water to pool. To ensure proper runoff, we carefully prepare the base of your commercial parking lot so no standing water will accumulate. We can resurface an existing parking lot or create a new one on your property, according to what you’ve planned.
- Walkways: Paving is an affordable and durable way to create walkways and pathways, especially over long distances. A paved walkway is especially suitable for a commercial property, where frequent traffic and snow removal will occur. As with parking lots, we’ll make sure to accommodate for proper water runoff to keep your walkways safe and intact for years of service.
Asphalt vs. Concrete Driveway Options
If your needs for residential paving in Clinton Park, Saratoga Springs or one of our other service areas involves a driveway, you may be wondering if you should opt for an asphalt or concrete driveway. Here is a breakdown of the benefits of an asphalt driving surface vs. a concrete one, and vice versa.
Pros and Cons of Asphalt Driveways
Asphalt, also known as blacktop due to its dark appearance, is a material made from sand by-products of certain fuels combined with stone. You have no doubt seen many streets, roads, driveways and basketball courts paved with asphalt.
Why would you choose asphalt over concrete? For one thing, it is significantly cheaper. Also, it is much easier to maintain than concrete. If there are any cracks in your asphalt, they are a simple matter to layer over or repair. You do not need to replace the entire surface. Also, since it appears black, you won’t see stains on your asphalt, although you can tint it if you prefer a little color in your paving.
Asphalt driveways are often a preferred choice in cold weather as well. If you’re seeking residential paving in Saratoga Springs, Albany or other areas that can have cold, snowy winters, you may like asphalt since it’s unlikely to crack, and removing snow from asphalt is not difficult.
However, asphalt does not typically last as long as concrete. While day-to-day maintenance is not usually needed, you will need to reseal your asphalt driveway every few years. Asphalt also tends to have rough edges and softens in strong sunlight and heat.
Pros and Cons of Concrete Driveways
Concrete, which is a mixture of cement with sand and gravel, is a well-known, reliable, hard paving surface used for sidewalks and many construction projects. While asphalt is popular in cold weather areas, concrete tends to be more popular in warm weather climates, since it doesn’t soften under the heat the way asphalt does. Concrete also never needs to be resealed, and it can last for decades. It can also be colored and scored to suit your personalization needs.
On the other hand, concrete is considerably more expensive than asphalt. It can also crack and stain easily, and salt can damage it. If your concrete does become damaged or discolored, it is also very difficult to repair. You may have to replace your concrete surface entirely if something happens to it.
Making the Choice Between Asphalt and Concrete
So how do you decide between asphalt and concrete? If price is your major consideration, choose asphalt. We can give you a beautifully-paved driveway with asphalt for a competitive price. You will have to reseal your asphalt every few years, but in the meantime, your asphalt should remain in great shape. In the cold weather months, you’ll be happy to have a driveway that won’t crack and is easy to shovel snow off of, too.
If you want a highly durable surface that’s lighter in color than asphalt and could last the entire time you own your home, concrete is your material. However, keep in mind that concrete is prone to cracking, and when it does, there’s nothing you can do to fix it, other than replace the concrete. Also, if you foresee your driveway getting stained, concrete is not for you, as stains will show up on concrete in a way that they won’t show up on asphalt.
Ultimately, both asphalt and concrete can make great-looking driveways, so the choice is yours — but these considerations should make your decision a little bit easier.
A Reputation You Can Trust
If you’d like to see some examples of the commercial and residential paving we’ve done in and around Albany, Ballston, Saratoga Springs and Clifton Park, look at the examples right here on your site. You’ll see how we prepare each site meticulously so the final paving is smooth and durable.
We’ll come to your property with you and go over what you’d like to have paved. We’ll determine what steps need to be taken to prepare your roadway, driveway or parking lot for paving and create a detailed quote. Once you’re comfortable with the quote, we’ll send our experienced crews to get the job done quickly and efficiently. The result every time is a clean, smooth, durable surface ready for years of use.
If you’re looking for asphalt maintenance services in Albany, N.Y., or Clifton Park, Colonial Excavating is the company to call. We are your premier excavating and landscaping company that provides personal attention for every job. The owner of the company oversees all phases of the operation, so you can be sure you are getting the highest-quality work. You can’t say that about all asphalt maintenance contractors in Clifton Park, N.Y., or Albany.
Over time, asphalt wears down, and once it starts to lose its flexibility, it begins to crack. While small cracks in your asphalt may not seem like a big deal, they can quickly get bigger and turn into potholes. If you let things get to that stage, you might be looking at complete asphalt replacement, which can be a costly job.
The Importance of Asphalt Maintenance
This is why good asphalt maintenance is so important. Even small cracks in asphalt can look unsightly in your driveway, as can the natural graying of your asphalt caused by the heat and UV radiation. When you hire Colonial Excavating as your asphalt maintenance contractors in Albany, N.Y., and Clifton Park, we can fill the cracks and seal in the natural surface of your asphalt to keep it looking newer and stronger for a longer time.
Why Choose Asphalt?
Asphalt looks great, is cheaper than concrete and can be fixed if it cracks. The biggest advantage of concrete over asphalt is that it requires much less maintenance over its life. A call to Colonial Excavating every once in a while for your asphalt maintenance services in Clifton Park, N.Y., or Albany means this doesn’t need to be a concern.
If you’ve been thinking about getting an asphalt driveway but have been concerned about the maintenance, just contact Colonial Excavating, and we’ll take care of everything. We can lay down your asphalt and make sure it stays looking great for years.
Can’t I Do My Own Asphalt Maintenance?
While you can do your own asphalt maintenance, it can be a very messy and labor-intensive process for a nonprofessional. You will still have to spend money on cleaning products, crack filler and sealant, and you can’t be sure you’re buying the right products. Also, if you don’t have experience with asphalt maintenance, the end result may not look as you would like it to.
Colonial Excavating has been maintaining and repairing asphalt driveways for years. We know exactly the right products and techniques to use to make your driveway look practically new.
Contact Colonial Excavating for a New Asphalt Driveway or Asphalt Maintenance Services Today
If you’re in the Albany or Clifton Park areas and are ready for a beautiful new asphalt driveway, or you have a great asphalt driveway but the cracks are starting to show, there’s no time to waste. For a free estimate on a new asphalt driveway or asphalt maintenance services, call Colonial Excavating at 518-369-5947 or contact us online today.