No matter whether you’re paving a residential driveway or a commercial parking lot, asphalt paving is no small investment. A badly constructed asphalt pavement can end up costing you heaps of money, time, and stress in the long run. That’s why it’s extremely important that you hire the right asphalt contractor for the job straight away, and one surefire way of doing that is by asking the right questions. To help ensure your next experience with an asphalt contractor is as smooth and stress-free as possible, we’ve listed four key questions to ask your asphalt contractor before hiring them.

1. How Much Experience Do You Have in the Asphalt Paving Industry?

Rather than how many years an asphalt paving contractor has been in business, you should be more concerned about their experience. You want to hire a contractor with plenty of proven experience working on residential, commercial, and industrial asphalt surfaces and its subbase. Choosing an experienced asphalt contractor ensures they can be trusted, and you can rest easy knowing your asphalt pavement will be properly constructed.

As one of the top names in Calgary paving companies, Holloway Paving specializes in all aspects of asphalt paving and leverages expertise handed down from decades of family experience and local experience in the industry.

2. Are You Fully Licensed and Insured?

Despite accidents being rare among asphalt contractors, you want to be prepared for the worst and make sure you’re covered for any unexpected accidents.  After all, you’ll be trusting them with your property, so you’ll want to make sure they’re properly licensed and insured against any damage that may be caused.

As part of our commitment to ensuring the health and safety of our employees and all bystanders, pedestrians, and drivers around our project, Holloway Paving is fully licensed and insured. Our strict adherence to health and safety protocols has seen us become and remain one of Calgary’s most trusted paving companies for over 20 years.

3. Can You Show Me Examples of Past Work?

Any reputable asphalt paving contractor will be more than happy to showcase their workmanship and should have a list of past projects readily available for you to look through. Even better, though, is when you’re able to see the driveways and surfaces they’ve built in person. If a potential contractor is proud of their past work and confident in their past customer’s satisfaction, they should have no issues providing you with real-life examples of past work.

4. How Much Do Your Services Cost & Do You Offer a Free Estimate?

One of the most important things to ask any asphalt contractor before hiring them is how much their services cost, bearing in mind that a reputable contractor will offer a fair market quotation.  If you receive an extremely low quotation, be careful; some contractors may tack on unexpected costs and charges to your final bill, so be sure to request a full estimate for your scope of work upfront. Of course, the final cost of your chosen services should be based on the time, type, and extent of work to be done. Nevertheless, most reputable asphalt paving companies should be able to provide you with an accurate estimate for any paving job you consider them for.

At Holloway Paving, we’re more than happy to offer you a free estimate on any of our asphalt paving services. Contact us today at 403-975-3030 or email us at to find out what really makes us one of Calgary’s most trusted asphalt paving contractors.

Asphalt crack filling is essential for maintaining the quality and integrity of any asphalt surface. It’s an extremely cost-effective and efficient way of prolonging the usable life of your pavement and preventing the need to replace it early.

Done properly and as part of a regular maintenance schedule, asphalt crack filling helps you get the most out of your pavement. Let’s take a closer look at why asphalt crack filling is so important.

Why Asphalt Crack Filling is Important

Prevents Water Damage

Water can be extremely destructive to asphalt pavements, and asphalt crack filling is one way to stop water from getting in. The more water penetrates the surface of your asphalt, the more likely it is to affect the subbase, and the more extensive and expensive future damage can be. Asphalt crack filling prevents this by sealing the cracks in your asphalt pavement and preventing water from getting in in the first place.  

Improves Your Pavement’s Appearance

Have you noticed an increasing number of small cracks all over your asphalt pavement? The fact that cracks on asphalt are unsightly shouldn’t come as a surprise. Asphalt crack filling is generally sufficient to patch up small cracks and rough spots and improve your pavement’s overall appearance.

Of course, asphalt crack filling should only serve as an interim solution until it’s time to reseal your pavement – another important part of asphalt maintenance that restores your pavement to its former glory.

Prevents Costly Repairs

The longer cracks are ignored, the wider and worse they’ll get. This will eventually result in costly asphalt repairs, or even total resurfacing or replacement. Naturally, the cost of asphalt crack filling pales in comparison to the cost of asphalt resurfacing or replacement, so be sure to add crack filling to your asphalt maintenance schedule if you want to avoid hefty repair bills down the line.

Prevents Future Damage

Finally, asphalt crack filling reinforces the existing pavement’s structure and helps prevent future damage. Like we mentioned earlier, cracks can turn into larger cracks which, in turn, can turn into potholes.

Large cracks and potholes don’t only compromise your asphalt pavement’s structural integrity but could also lead to liability issues should someone trip or a vehicle be damaged on your property. Never underestimate how much money a simple repair like a crack fill can save you in the long run.

Asphalt Crack Filling in Calgary

Proudly serving the Calgary community for over 20 years, Holloway Paving is Calgary’s most trusted paving company. If you noticed some cracks developing on your asphalt pavement, reach out to us at 403-975-3030 or contact us online for a free estimate on any of our asphalt maintenance and repair services.

As an outdoor surface, asphalt is hard to beat. So much so that it’s one of the most common materials for driveways and parking lots across the globe. Despite taking good care of it, if you’ve had your asphalt driveway or parking lot for a couple of years, you’ll likely notice some telltale signs of aging like potholes or cracks. In some cases, a simple repair could be all it takes to make your old asphalt look and feel new again. In others, a complete asphalt resurfacing may be your best bet. Here are our top five benefits of resurfacing a worn asphalt surface.

Improves the Lifespan of Your Asphalt

In addition to regularly seal coating, maintaining, and repairing your asphalt, asphalt resurfacing is essential to prolonging its usable life. Think of the process as a long-term investment rather than a short-term fix like a patch or crack repair. Moreover, you also need to come to terms with the fact that certain damage to asphalt simply can’t be repaired. While some looking to score a quick buck might tell you otherwise, most professional asphalt contractors would recommend resurfacing the entire surface whenever major damage occurs.

Saves You Money

Over time, the costs of constantly repairing and patching up old, worn-out asphalt will far outweigh the price of resurfacing. Not to mention that damage left untreated could lead to a full asphalt replacement. Investing in asphalt resurfacing every so often ensures you won’t have to prematurely remove and replace your existing surface, thus saving you time and money in the long run. What’s more, if you own a commercial lot or rental property, poorly repaired or inadequately maintained asphalt surfaces are an open invitation to insurance claims which could end up costing you dearly down the line.  

Prevents Issues with Asphalt Repairs

Going back to the last point, another benefit of asphalt resurfacing is that it helps prevent issues caused by constant asphalt repairs. While asphalt patches and repairs certainly do have their benefits, constantly repairing an asphalt surface can end up being more trouble than it’s worth. This is especially the case with cracks which, if not properly repaired, can affect the surface’s overall integrity. Asphalt resurfacing can be thought of as a convenient way to fix every little problem in your asphalt surface in one go. It ensures all potholes and cracks are completely repaired and filled, thus eliminating the need for constant repairs and maintenance.  

Improves Aesthetic Appeal and Property Value

No matter how luxurious the inside of your property may be, a poorly maintained asphalt surface lot tends to be a huge turn-off for many potential buyers. Consequently, this impacts your property’s overall value since not too many buyers would be willing to shell out for asphalt resurfacing on top of the asking price. So, do yourself a favor and invest in asphalt resurfacing if you plan on selling any time soon.  

Avoids Oversealing

Although a recommended part of asphalt maintenance, there is such a thing as oversealing an asphalt surface. As opposed to simply applying a new layer of sealant over the old one, asphalt resurfacing involves adding a completely new asphalt layer over the existing one, which can then be sealed for further protection.

Asphalt Resurfacing in Calgary

If you suspect your asphalt needs resurfacing or think it’s time to give it a new lease on life, reach out to Holloway Paving today or call us at 403-975-3030 for a free quote on any of our services.  

Concrete surfaces don’t have to be boring. Out of all the ways you can make concrete more visually appealing, adding a textured finish is by far one of the most beautiful and cost-effective. What’s more, concrete finishes don’t add much time to the overall construction process and typically don’t require much else apart from the basic components that go into a concrete floor: Portland cement, aggregate, and water. To give you some inspiration for your next concrete construction project or renovation, we’ve listed our top three concrete finishes.

Stamped Concrete

Also known as imprinted or textured concrete, stamped concrete is designed to resemble paving stones like slate, flagstone, or even tiles, bricks, and wood. Left bare or colored with specialized dyes or pigments, some of the main benefits of stamped concrete include its durability and weather resistance, making it a popular choice for patios, pool decks, walkways, and driveways. As far as the process for creating stamped concrete goes, the main components stay the same, but a smaller aggregate is used to ensure consistency.

The concrete is spread evenly as its poured and a release agent is spread to prevent the stamp from sticking to the concrete. Next, molded rubber stamps are used to stamp the concrete surface with the desired pattern. Joints are cut into the surface to allow for drainage and the concrete is washed to remove any extra release agent left over from the stamping process. The surface is then sealed and allowed to cure once the concrete is completely dry.

Broomed Concrete

As old as concrete itself, broomed concrete is one of the most popular types of concrete finishes and is often used for outdoor surfaces like patios, walkways, and driveways. The basic idea behind a broomed concrete finish is that the surface is brushed with a specialized broom after being laid, adding texture that is both aesthetically pleasing and prevents slipping. The components used in a broomed concrete finish are exactly the same as you’d find in a smooth finish, with the main difference being that a broom is pulled across the concrete surface to create the texture.

Broomed concrete finishes are also commonly used to renovate older, deteriorating surfaces instead of a full replacement, since all they require is a thin overlay over the existing surface. While some might not consider a broomed finish as sophisticated or appealing as a stamped finish, it’s certainly still a viable option when building or renovating a driveway or concrete pavement.

Exposed Concrete

A popular finish for over 100 years, exposed concrete finishes can be found anywhere from factory floors to luxury homes. The reason exposed concrete finishes are so popular is that they can be used to give the appearance of luxury materials like granite or marble at a fraction of the cost. As tough as other finishes with the added bonuses of slip resistance and a gorgeous texture, it’s easy to see why so many opt for exposed concrete finishes.   

The basic process for creating an exposed concrete finish is essentially the same as other types of flat finishes, except natural or manufactured decorative aggregate is used to create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. The aggregate itself can be made from a variety of materials, including river stones and colored gravel. Once the concrete is poured and flattened, the outer layer of the surface is carefully removed to expose the aggregate. Alternatively, decorative aggregate can be spread over and embedded into the wet surface before it’s sealed with a specialized coating to protect the exposed aggregate.

Concrete Construction in Calgary

Whether you’re looking to lay a new driveway, curb your parking lot, build a new concrete floor, or restore existing concrete surfaces, Holloway Paving is here to help. Using state-of-the-art equipment combined with our decades of experience in the industry, we’re able to guarantee high-quality workmanship and long-term results. Contact us today for a free quote on any of our services.

As we covered in our last post, there are few things worse than standing water for asphalt pavements. What starts as an innocent puddle eventually seeps through the surface of the asphalt and gradually erodes the layers beneath it, forming cracks and potholes over time. Large or small, puddles in parking lots are a clear indicator of issues with your asphalt pavement and potentially expensive repairs down the line.

Harmless as they may seem, puddles in parking lots are no joke. The sooner you identify and eliminate their root cause, the less likely you’ll be to shell out on major repairs or even resurfacing. First things first, you need to understand what causes puddles in parking lots.    

What Causes Puddles in Parking Lots?

There are many reasons behind puddles forming in parking lots, including:

Ruts, Dips, and Depressions

Ruts and uneven asphalt compaction are especially common causes of puddles in commercial parking lots and lots with heavy vehicle traffic. Over time, the pressure exerted by heavy vehicles like vans, trucks, and pickup trucks constantly driving over an asphalt pavement causes dips and depressions which, in turn, collect water whenever it rains. Ruts can also be caused by parking heavy vehicles in the same place for long periods. This eventually compacts the asphalt around the tire to form ruts.

In addition to compaction from heavy vehicles, puddles in parking lots can also be formed by grade depressions caused by poor compaction during paving. Therefore, it’s essential you hire a professional and reputable asphalt contractor to get the job done right from the start to minimize the chances of puddles forming. Regardless of how they’re formed, however, these ruts, dips, and depressions will gradually become deeper, turn into cracks, and lead to expensive repairs if left unchecked.

Inefficient or Damaged Drainage Systems

Not having anywhere to drain out to would naturally cause water to turn into puddles in your parking lot. Asphalt drainage systems are installed during the construction phase, where your contractor will assess the correct slope and grade to ensure adequate drainage. Unfortunately, this is one area where some asphalt contractors often try to cut corners, and you won’t notice the terrible job they’ve done until it rains.

Nevertheless, even a properly constructed asphalt drainage system needs regular checking and maintenance. Clogged or damaged drainage systems can cause water to form puddles in your parking lot, which will eventually seep through and wreak havoc on the asphalt structure.  

How to Prevent Puddles in Parking Lots

Preventing puddles in parking lots is all about tackling their root causes. In other words:

Repair Cracks, Ruts, Dips, and Depressions

Even the smallest of ruts, dips, and depressions can cause puddles and eventually turn into cracks. So, you need to address and repair any issues as soon as possible to prevent puddles from forming in your asphalt parking lot. Patching and crack filling are two of the most common asphalt repairs carried out and staying on top of any asphalt issues is your best bet to extend the life of your asphalt pavement.

Repair or Replace Damaged or Inefficient Drainage Systems

Your parking lot’s drainage system isn’t something to be taken lightly. This seemingly simple system plays a key role in maintaining your parking lot’s structural integrity, especially from the effects of cold weather on asphalt. Be sure to regularly clean, maintain, and unclog your drainage system to keep it working in tip-top condition and prevent puddles in your asphalt parking lot.  

Get in touch with Holloway Paving today if you’re looking to prevent puddles in your parking lot or repair the damage they cause. Serving the Calgary community for over 20 years, we’re proud to be Calgary’s most trusted paving company and offer free quotes on any of our asphalt paving services.  

Despite its durability making it the most popular paving material in Canada, asphalt pavement isn’t indestructible. If you’ve owned an asphalt pavement for some time, you’ve likely noticed a couple of cracks here and there. As minor as these cracks may seem, asphalt cracks aren’t something that should be taken lightly.

Asphalt pavement cracking can indicate anything from minor surface damage to deep structural damage. While it’s generally recommended to repair asphalt cracks as soon as they begin to form, knowing what causes asphalt pavement cracking is a vital part of preventing costly repairs. To help you identify what’s causing your asphalt pavement to crack, we’ve put together a list of five common causes of asphalt pavement cracking.  

Drastic Weather Changes

Drastic weather changes are something we Canadians are all too familiar with. The rapid expansion and contraction of the asphalt due to sudden temperature changes can lead to small cracks developing over time. Any water that gets into these cracks will expand as it freezes, thus widening the cracks even more. For this reason, asphalt is particularly vulnerable to cracking during the transitional period between winter and spring, where temperatures tend to fluctuate widely from one day to the next.   

Exposure to Sunlight

Over time, constant exposure to sunlight dries out the asphalt and makes it stiff and brittle. Once it’s reached that point, it is fairly easy to avoid by regularly seal-coating your asphalt pavement. Not only does seal-coating restore a “like new” appearance at minimal cost, it also minimizes the risk of asphalt cracks due to sun exposure.

Poor Drainage

There are few things worse than standing water for asphalt pavements. Since asphalt is naturally porous, standing water will eventually seep through the surface of your pavement, slowly but surely making its way down through the various layers. Over time, any water that seeps through the surface of the asphalt will gradually erode the layers beneath it. This, in turn, affects the structural integrity of the pavement and eventually causes the cracks to form where the supporting layers have weakened. Add to that more water seeping into, freezing, and thawing in the asphalt cracks, and you’re looking at substantial structural damage.

Lack of Maintenance

Asphalt pavement cracking can also be caused by improper or a lack of maintenance. For the most part, asphalt maintenance involves keeping your asphalt clean and free of debris, clearing snow during the winter, and repairing any minor damages as they occur. As insignificant as it may seem, proper asphalt maintenance greatly reduces the chances of minor asphalt cracks developing into larger ones and is vital to maximizing the lifespan of your surface.

Poor Installation

Last but not least, perhaps the leading cause of asphalt pavement cracking is poor installation. Despite what you may think, there’s a huge difference between a high-quality installation carried out by a professional asphalt paving contractor and a rushed job done by a discount contractor with improper tools. While it may look good in the beginning, a poor installation can lead to asphalt cracks in as little as a few uses.   

Serving the local community for over two decades, Holloway Paving is Calgary’s most trusted paving company. If you’re in the Calgary area and noticed your asphalt pavement cracking, let us know. Reach out to us today for a free quote on any of our asphalt installation, repair, or maintenance services.  

From the removal of the existing surface to compacting the shiny new blacktop, the asphalt paving process plays the biggest role in the quality and lifespan of any asphalt surface. While it’s best left to the professionals, the asphalt paving process is something any home or commercial property owner should know, at the very least to ensure their asphalt contractor is doing a good job. To help you gain a better understanding of what it’s all about, we’ve outlined six basic steps to asphalt paving.

Step 1: Removal and Preparation of the Existing Surface

The first step in the asphalt paving process is to remove the existing surface (if any), regardless of whether it’s asphalt or concrete. Once any movable objects, such as signs, are moved off the surface, heavy machinery is used to break up the surface and any large chunks of debris. Next, debris is removed from the site and the now bare surface is checked and cleaned of any smaller debris and dust buildup to prepare it for sloping and grading. 

Step 2: Sloping and Grading

Once the existing surface is removed and the asphalt contractors have a clean slate to work with, it’s time to slope and grade the gravel surface. As we’ve mentioned in our previous posts, water is one of the leading causes of damage to asphalt and can result in costly asphalt repairs. For this reason, any new asphalt surface needs to be properly sloped and graded to allow for adequate drainage once the asphalt sets. Using high-tech automatic graders, asphalt contractors carefully grade the bare surface to ensure proper drainage later on.

Step 3: Preparing the Asphalt

The next step in the asphalt paving process is to prepare the new asphalt to be laid. It’s a two-part process involving laying the subbase and preparing the asphalt mix. For simplicity’s sake, the asphalt subbase can be described as the layer between the bare surface and the asphalt. This provides a stable surface to support the new asphalt and is crucial to the structural integrity and lifespan of the final asphalt pavement. Once the subbase is laid, the asphalt mix is heated and prepared to be laid.

Step 4:  Laying of Asphalt

The laying of the asphalt is perhaps the most recognizable step in the asphalt paving process, and is when heavy machinery is used to lay the hot asphalt over the subbase. As simple as it may sound, you might be surprised to learn that laying asphalt actually requires a great deal of skill, coordination, and specialized training to master.

Step 5: Testing Asphalt Distribution

Asphalt needs to be laid and compacted when it’s hot, so newly spread asphalt gets checked for uniformity and even distribution as soon as the first layer is spread. During this part of the asphalt paving process, asphalt contractors will check for and correct any clumps or uneven material distribution in the fresh asphalt, as well as bumps or areas where the asphalt was not spread evenly.

Step 6: Compacting the Asphalt

The last step in the asphalt paving process is to compact the newly laid and checked asphalt pavement. Compacting is an essential step in the overall process that involves using heavy machinery like rollers to compact and flatten the asphalt pavement. This ensures the surface holds together and can withstand the effects of day-to-day use, as well as helps smooth the surface and flattens out any minor bumps or aggregate sticking out of the fresh asphalt.

Now that you know the six steps to the asphalt paving process, you’ll be better prepared for what to expect when hiring an asphalt contractor to lay new asphalt pavement. Serving the Calgary community for over 20 years, Holloway Paving is a family-owned and operated asphalt paving company specializing in all types of asphalt and concrete paving and repairs. Contact us today for a free quote on your next asphalt project.

There’s much more to asphalt than most people think. The type of asphalt you use depends on a wide range of factors including season, the type of surface being laid, and what’s available to you. To the average person, choosing the right type of asphalt can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. To give you a better understanding of the different types of asphalt available, we’ve outlined five of the most common types of asphalt pavement used.

Hot Mix Asphalt

As its name implies, Hot Mix Asphalt is made to use while hot and is most commonly used for roads, commercial, and residential asphalt pavements. Hot mix asphalt mixes can be further classified into different mixtures based on the size of their aggregate particles, and the mixture used depends on the application. In general, however, hot mix asphalt is heated and poured at around 150°C and prized for its flexibility, resilience, weather resistance, and impermeability. Due to its hot nature, hot mix asphalt is typically only used at temperatures above 4°C to prevent it from cooling too fast and becoming too hard to properly pave the surface.

Warm Mix Asphalt     

Warm mix asphalt is similar to hot mix asphalt, except it doesn’t need to be kept as hot. This is achieved through the use of binders and additives, such as wax and zeolites, that allow it to be easily poured and spread at a lower temperature. As a result, warm mix asphalt takes less energy to manufacture and releases fewer fumes, making it a popular choice in areas with poor air circulation. Like hot mix asphalt, warm mix asphalt is flexible, resilient, and often used to pave asphalt roads, driveways, and other types of commercial and residential asphalt pavement.

Cold Mix Asphalt

Cold mix asphalt is what most of us are familiar with as “cold patch.” Because it’s designed to be used without heating, cold mix asphalt takes longer to harden and cure, is relatively soft when compared to hot mix, and tends to have a shorter lifespan. As a result, it’s most commonly used as a quick way to repair asphalt cracks and potholes. On the plus side, cold mix asphalt can be applied in temperatures too cold to apply hot mix asphalt. Nevertheless, it should only be used as a temporary solution until it can be replaced by a more permanent repair.

Dense-Graded Mixes

Dense-graded mixes are a type of hot mix asphalt and are the most common type of asphalt used today. Dense-graded mixes are generally classified as either fine-graded or coarse-graded, depending on the size of the aggregate particles used. When properly mixed and poured, dense-graded mixes are practically impermeable. Suitable for all types of asphalt pavement, dense-graded mixes perform exceptionally well under all traffic conditions and are the go-to when constructing asphalt roads and highways.  

Porous Asphalt

Porous asphalt features tiny holes large enough for water to pass through and is used in areas where the asphalt pavement is prone to flooding and water pooling, particularly parking lots, driveways, and paths. One of the main advantages of porous asphalt is that it allows water to drain through the asphalt pavement and into a stone bed below, where it’s naturally absorbed by the soil. Moreover, porous asphalt is extremely hard-wearing and long-lasting, making it one of the most efficient types of asphalt in a variety of situations.

Trust the Professionals

When it comes to asphalt pavement, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. This is why we always recommend contacting a professional paving contractor whenever you need to construct or repair asphalt pavement. At Holloway Paving, we’ve been serving the Calgary community for over 20 years and can confidently recommend the right type of asphalt for the job. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our asphalt paving services.  

We all know that the cold Calgary winters can sometimes get a little extreme. Asphalt and cold weather don’t necessarily mix well and wet, freezing weather can dramatically shorten an asphalt pavement or driveway’s useable life. Luckily, with the right knowledge, planning, and proper maintenance, you can help your asphalt stay in great shape for years to come.

To help you ensure your asphalt lasts the winter, we’ll be going through the effects of cold weather on asphalt and what can be done to protect it.

Asphalt and Cold Weather

The main cause of cold weather damage to asphalt is moisture. When it’s first laid and sealed, asphalt is essentially waterproof thanks to the oils used in asphalt sealers and mixes. But without proper maintenance, the asphalt’s seal and topcoat eventually wear away and the surface becomes more susceptible to water damage.

With all the snow and hail winter brings along with it, moisture and precipitation can gradually seep into poorly maintained asphalt and cause cracks to form. Moreover, with a lack of sunshine to dry things out, water tends to pool in these cracks and eventually freezes — and that’s where the real damage is done.   

Asphalt and Freezing Temperatures

Freezing temperatures can cause water trapped in cracks and under asphalt surfaces to freeze. In turn, the freezing water expands and widens these cracks, significantly damaging the asphalt surface in the process. As the larger cracks go through the same cycle of freezing and expansion, the asphalt surface gradually crumbles away, exposing the subbase to the elements. If you’re lucky, you’ll be faced with a few minor repairable potholes. If left unchecked, however, water can seep further into the subbase, constantly freezing, expanding, cracking, and crumbling until the only solution is to completely remove and replace the existing pavement.

Fortunately for you, we at Holloway Paving use commercial-grade hot mix asphalt for all our asphalt paving projects and a hot pour rubberized filler when filling cracks to minimize the effects cold weather has on asphalt.

Hot-Mix Asphalt in Calgary                                                

Hot-mix asphalt is commonly used in areas that go through extreme temperature changes throughout the year, like Calgary. Designed to withstand these extreme temperatures, hot-mix asphalt is the most durable type of asphalt and holds up better to freezing and thawing than other types. Hot-mix asphalt is also more resistant to road salt and readily absorbs heat, allowing it to melt ice and snow quicker. This, in turn, helps minimize any damage caused by freezing water seeping through cracks.

Protecting Your Asphalt from Cold Weather

There’s a number of things you can do to protect your asphalt from cold weather. For starters, ensure you shovel your asphalt surfaces regularly, since getting rid of excess snow prevents moisture and precipitation from seeping through. Pay special attention to any areas where water seems to pool and check them or have a professional asphalt contractor assess them for any signs of cracks or wear. Be sure to have any cracks or potholes repaired as soon as possible.

By far, the best way to protect your asphalt from cold weather is to have it laid and regularly maintained by a reliable contractor. Contact Holloway Paving today to find out more about what we can do to protect your asphalt from cold weather and get a free quote on any of our services.

Asphalt is a great choice for driveways, paths, parking lots, and roads. It’s durable, cost-effective, and can last for years if properly maintained. However, no matter how well you look after it, every asphalt surface will eventually develop cracks or other damage requiring an asphalt repair.

More than just an eyesore, damaged asphalt can even pose safety risks and damage any vehicles that drive over it, so it’s important that it’s repaired as soon as possible. Here, we’ll be taking a look at 5 of the most common asphalt repairs.


Out of all the asphalt repairs listed here, asphalt patching is by far the simplest and most cost-effective solution. It’s ideal for repairing minor damage and involves patching over small, shallow holes with a hot asphalt mix. The main purpose of an asphalt patch is to prevent water from penetrating the surface of the asphalt and causing further damage. This means that patches need to be applied as soon as any damage is noticed to prevent the damage from spreading and requiring a more comprehensive asphalt repair.

Crack Filling

Cracks in asphalt usually happen when the surface can’t expand or contract in line with temperature changes. Like asphalt patching, crack filling is vital to maintaining the longevity of your asphalt and protecting it against further damage. It’s a process that involves pouring a hot rubberized filler into cracks to prevent water from penetrating them and weakening the gravel sub-base. Bear in mind, however, that the effectiveness of crack filling largely depends on the type of filler used. At Holloway Paving, we use a commercial-grade hot pour rubberized filler to ensure a long-lasting solution.

Seal coating

Asphalt surfaces are often sealed with a sealer to protect them and give them a deep black finish. The seal acts as a protective and sacrificial layer that protects asphalt against water, oil, and weather exposure. Because of this, seal coatings will need to be touched up or reapplied as the surface ages and the elements take their toll on the sealant. Combined with high-quality equipment and the expertise of a professional asphalt repair company, applying a fresh seal coating or resealing your asphalt surface is a cost-effective way to extend its usable life and keep it looking good.


More than just a simple asphalt repair, resurfacing involves applying a new layer of tar to the existing pavement and adding a new layer of asphalt on top. Despite it being a comprehensive repair, however, resurfacing should not be seen as a cure-all and more extensive damage might require the surface to be completely removed and replaced. This is why you should always have any asphalt damage assessed by a trustworthy asphalt maintenance and repair contractor. Nevertheless, resurfacing asphalt is often still the best solution to breathe new life into an old or worn-out asphalt surface.

Pothole Repairs

Potholes are holes caused by weak areas in the gravel sub-base shifting and dislodging chunks of the pavement. Over time, the weight of vehicles passing over potholes and moisture penetrating the asphalt can cause the surface to break down even further, to the extent where potholes could pose serious safety hazards. Therefore, it’s essential that potholes are quickly repaired. The pothole repair process is similar to asphalt patching and, like all other asphalt repairs, its effectiveness is largely based on choosing the right asphalt paving contractor to carry out the work.

Asphalt Repairs by Calgary’s Most Trusted Paving Company

Asphalt surfaces are by no means small investments and require regular maintenance and repairs by trusted asphalt experts. Here at Holloway Paving, we’ve established a reliable reputation through our quality workmanship and dedication to customer service over the last 20+ years and are proud to be Calgary’s most trusted paving company. Get in touch today to find out more about our asphalt repair services in Calgary.