Marquette Asphalt Driveway Contractors

in Marquette, MI

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Check to make sure driveway companies are properly licensed, bonded and insured. (Photo courtesy of Creve Coeur member Chris J.)

Post-winter woes: Should I repair or replace my crumbled and cracked driveway?

Experts say the freeze-thaw cycles, precipitation and snow melt products used in winter harm asphalt and concrete driveways.

 A driveway should be a low-maintenance, high-return sort of investment. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Mark K.)


A homeowner's guide to the advantages and disadvantages of different types of driveway materials, including asphalt, concrete, paving stones and gravel.

cleared driveway with snow
Snow Removal, Driveways - Concrete, Driveways - Asphalt

Planning to shovel that snow yourself? Here are steps to take to protect your health. Prefer to hire a snow removal pro? Here are questions to ask first.

driveway stain
Driveways - Concrete, Driveways - Asphalt

Driveway stain removal isn't easy. Here are some of the best methods to remove car fluid, tire or oil stains from your brick, asphalt or concrete driveway.

cracks in driveway
Driveways - Concrete, Driveways - Asphalt

Installing a new driveway? Find out how to prevent driveway cracks so you can keep your asphalt or concrete driveway looking new for longer.

large concrete driveway crack repair
Driveways - Concrete, Driveways - Asphalt

For paved driveways, concrete cracks and asphalt driveway repair are inevitable as they age. Learn about driveway crack repair to keep up your curb appeal.

Angie's Answers


If the state requires a contractor's license, then he needs to have a license in each state he intends to work in - plus state/local business licenses as applicable.


This does not mean there are not a lot of contractors who cross state lines without proper licensing - the penalties in may cases are not real severe and are just a fine, not criminal, so many take the chance.


As you say - argh  - many contractors are not really businessmen and have zero legal education, so many people get burned.


To overlay,with proper adhesion so it does not peel off, you first need to prepare the surface - typically heavy watercutting or sandblasting for concrete over concrete, or high-pressure presure washing and an asphalt (NOT water based cutback) adhesion coat before asphalt overlay.


Because of the prep cost, a concrete overlay commonly costs more than just tearingit out and replacing it, and if you are replacing it due to cracking and breaking up those cracks will almost always propogate or "reflect" through the new layer too with concrete. Ditto with asphalt overlay, though using a crack-stopper fabric can reduce (but usually not eliminate) that.


If just repairing ice melt/freeze thaw deterioration, a cementatious epoxy overlay can be used, though its life is less (normally) than new concrete. Usually used for limited areas like garage area pad, not entire driveways.


Asphalt overlays over somewhat deteriorated concrete can work well,but if not prepared and high-pressure (about 5000 psi or higher) cleaned to remove ALL deteriorated material, they can peel off because they stuck to deteriorated loose material rather than sound concrete. Again, can cost as much for a 1-1/2 to 2 inch overlay as for a 3-4 inch full replacement by the time you are done, because the prep work is labor intensive.


Even if this is just a surficial deterioration issue, I would talk to several contractors (site visit) about alternatives and let them bid both an overlay and a replacement (or whichever options they are inclined to bid on), then after getting opinions from all three and bids for all options, make your decision. I am pretty confident that total replacement will be both the most recommended and the cheapest, at probably about $2-4/SF for asphalt or 4-6/SF for concrete - commonly nearer the lower than higher range for most jobs and locales. If the overlay and replacement cost is pretty close,I would go with the replacement because overlays over concrete are always somewhat iffy as to how long they will last, especially concrete overlays.


For cost comparison, except in extreme freeze-thaw country, you can figure a concrete drive will last about twice as long as an asphalt one.


Asphalt Driveway reviews in Marquette


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was great to work with. We have had them seal our driveway in the past. For this we received a $50 discount.
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came the day after I called and left an estimate. I asked them to wait a week before sealing the driveway, for our convenience. Unfortunately, then it started to rain, raining nearly every day for two weeks.
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personally called and left a message to say they had not forgotten us, but were waiting for proper weather and would contact us asap to do the job. About a week later,
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called and scheduled the job. Very professional, and it looks great!
Once, many years ago, I hired someone going door to door, who gave me a price almost half of Panyard's. I regretted it. They left messy clumps of tar along the edges of the driveway and in our yard, which peeled off and were tracked into our house for weeks. They did not seal any cracks either. We learned our lesson and have stuck with
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and Sons.
- Catherine N.

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provided an estimate which was more than reasonable. He told us he had to complete his current jobs and would let us know when he could start working. Then the rains came. He contacted us during the rainy season and told us when to expect them. They arrived as expected. They did a wonderful job of power washing our stained driveway. The sealer dried in just a few hours. They left no mess behind. Our driveway looks as good as new. We will definitely contact Mr.
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when it is time to seal again. We have already recommended this small family business to our neighbors.


These guys are paving artists!
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showed up in the morning with a two-man crew (including his father, who's also a veteran paver) and immediately went to work tearing out the old driveway, cleaning up the edges and improving the grading, and then laid down fresh gravel. After grading and compacting the gravel, they brought in a load of asphalt and repeated the grading, smoothing and compacting process. We had some tricky drainage issues that
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resolved with invisible adjustments to the grading, and the result looks great and drains perfectly.
Not surprisingly, of course,
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usually has a long backlog of clients, so he can't always get to new jobs right away. We weren't in a hurry, but it did take
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almost two months to get to our job. (Not a complaint--that's just the downside of working with a small, high-quality firm.)
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also mentioned that he sometimes gets a *hundred* calls a day from Angie's List members who want him to bid on their jobs... and he doesn't always return calls right away. That seems to annoy some callers. But if you want a great job, just keep bugging him. It's worth the effort.
- Jeffrey T.

Art was extremely professional, took pictures, explained our options and made suggestions. It wasn't cheap to completely replace the driveway, but it looks fantastic! He not only replaced the driveway but removed the stones from the path from the driveway to the house and flattened the soil beneath them to ensure correct drainage. He put down a "first coat" after the old driveway was removed and let that sit for a week to make sure he was happy with it (we could use it in the meantime). Then they finished the job. Not a thing was damaged, not even the solar lights at the end of the driveway (and very close to it). Not my favorite way to spend that much money but I'm sure it's going to look great for years.
- KIM K.

From using a leafblower instead of a pressure washer, never treating the oil stains before application,
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on my brick walkways too the thickness and extent that pavers must be re-done,
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on my stone retaining walls, the foundation of my house, my cement garage floor and my lawn, corners left without any
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creating full triangular areas where the
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should have gone but never did, to my call to the company telling them I didn't want them to come back to apply a second coat the next day because they already damaged my property in applying one coat, to their ignoring that and trespassing to apply a second coat but doing so on a driveway that wasn't clean and sealcoated over acorns, branches and rounded lumps of dirt attaching them to my driveway, then the "owner" trespassing on my property and declaring this work "perfect." I have photos of all damage and won't pay because it is costing more to fix their damage than their bill which includes work not authorized
- Kelly R.

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looked at the job. Gave me a run around to get the bid for a little over a week. At the end didn't hear back from her and never got the bid. I am a subcontractor and i was subcontracting the job out but lost the job from my contractor due to the run around from this company. Will never be calling them again. Very unprofessional
- charles A.

The team of workers from
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were great! They came when scheduled, explained what they were going to do, and completed the job in a timely manner. They were courteous, friendly, and cleaned up the area thoroughly. I was very pleased with the work and would contact them again if I needed asphalt work.
- Kay S.

All Asphalt Driveway Contractors in Marquette, MI

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Asphalt Express LLC

2749 Morel Drive

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Harms Enterprises

88 W. Houghton Lake Drive

Hodgins Ashalt Paving Co.

1659 S Dow Rd
West Branch

Maxwell Builders

1043 Dale Rd.


P.O. Box 2138
Traverse City

Quality Built Building QBB

300 Atlantic Street
Bay City

Sealer King



12637 S 265 W Suite 100
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