FAQ

As experts in masonry construction serving Reston and all of the surrounding areas including Reston VA, Waterford VA, Ashburn VA, Sterling VA and more, we are often called to homes or businesses that are experiencing problems with their masonry. Or, when they want a new patio, walkway or retaining wall installed. No matter what kind of masonry work you need to have done, we can help. And, we can even help if you’ve got questions about masonry construction! As experts in the field, we receive quite a few questions about it. That’s why we’ve compiled a list a few of them here. And, if you have any additional questions about masonry construction, don’t hesitate to give us call and we can tell you more about it.

Q: What kinds of projects can masonry construction cover?

A: Masonry projects can scale from simple mortar replacement to structural reinforcement or even full wall builds. At Procraft Paving & Masonry we can handle an array of masonry construction projects, including brick work, block work, additions, kitchens, fireplaces, fire pits, garden paths, walkways, benches, chimneys, tuck pointing and much more!

Q: What is the difference between brick and concrete?

A: Bricks are made out of a mixture of either clay or shale. Concrete pavers are made out of specially formulated mixture of cement. Concrete pavers have a very high compressive strength which makes them excellent for driveways, walkways, patios and more.

Q: Should the masonry contractor I hire be licensed?

A: Absolutely. Mason contractors are just like any other contractors and should hold all necessary state licenses, insurance and certifications that pertain to their trade: masonry construction.

Q: What is considered masonry construction?

A: Conventional masonry materials include brick, concrete block, natural and cut stone, and traditional stucco that is applied over a concrete masonry base.

Q: Why should I choose masonry construction?

A: There are many benefits to masonry construction. For one, it can help increase the value of your home or business. It also offers structural soundness and a variety of other benefits. Contact the experts here at Procraft Masonry and Paving and we can tell you even more!

We understand that masonry construction and what goes into it can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be, especially when you hire a masonry contractor from Procraft Masonry. Contact us today to learn more about masonry construction for your Reston home or business.

1. WHAT IS ASPHALT?

Asphalt is a dark brown or black cementitious materials and byproducts which is a natural constituent of crude oils. Asphalt is a mixture of aggregates, binder and filler, used for constructing and maintaining roads,driveways, walkways, parking lot areas, railway tracks, ports, airport runways, bicycle lanes, sidewalks and also play- and sport areas. Aggregates used for asphalt mixtures could be crushed rock, sand, gravel or slags. Nowadays, certain waste and by-products, such as construction and demolition debris, are being used as aggregates, which increases the sustainability of asphalt.

2. IS ASPHALT AND HOT MIX ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND?

Yes, in fact, it is the most recycled product in the USA at 80 percent. That compares to significantly lower percentages for aluminum cans, newsprint, plastic and glass beverage containers, and magazines. Asphalt driveways and roads are removed, recrushed, mixed with additional aggregate and asphalt cement (binder), remixed, and placed back on driveways and roads.

3. HOW DO I CARE FOR MY NEW ASPHALT DRIVEWAY?

Now that the Summer Season is over and cold weather is rapidly approaching, the time for winter drive way preparation begins . It’s important as well to protect both the interior and exterior of our homes, including our asphalt driveways. The wet weather and low temperatures are two main factors and leading causes for the cracks formation in your asphalt.

The best prevention and preservation of your asphalt is to hire a professional asphalt/sealcoating company to apply a high-grade crack-sealing compound and apply a fresh layer of seal coat to help preserve the existing asphalt. The crack sealer contains a rubberized mixture that bonds to the asphalt driveways to help provide a strong seal.

4. WHAT MAKES ASPHALT CRACK?

In Virginia, the frost penetrates the ground. Asphalt will give to a certain extent then will crack. Now matter how strong the asphalt pavement is constructed, the forces of nature are stronger. However, thicker asphalt certainly helps.

5. HOW SOON CAN I DRIVE ON MY DRIVEWAY AFTER IT’S BEEN PAVED?

At Procraft Paving and Masonry we recommend staying off of your driveway for a minimum of seventy-two (72) hours after your asphalt driveway has been installed and paved. Longer is better.

6. WHEN SHOULD I CONSIDER GETTING MY DRIVEWAY REMOVED AND REPLACED?

At Procraft Paving and Masonry we will inspect your existing asphalt and determine if the removal of an existing asphalt driveway should be considered when (1) a repair of failed areas and the subsequent overlay is not cost-effective. We also inspect and determine if an an adequate slope cannot be attained with an overlay to ensure that water moves away from the house and garage. Because a remove and replace consists of removing the existing asphalt surface, the adding and grading additional base (to compensate for what has been lost to time, erosion and removal process) and a new asphalt surface, many of the concerns inherent in an overlay are irrelevant.

7. HOW LONG DOES AN ASPHALT DRIVEWAY LAST?

At Procraft Paving and Masonry we have seen various longevity to asphalt projects. The three main factors contribute to asphalt’s longevity; geology, construction and maintenance. At Procradft Paving and Masonry we specialize working on paving jobs that have oor geology. Quality construction by us can counter some of geology’s anomalies. An example of geology issues is soil that is excessively wet, larger stones can be added buy us to stabilize the base before the limestone and asphalt are applied. Strategically placed drainage is important and mitigate the effects of too much soil moisture. If geology and construction are optimal, proper maintenance is important in extending the life of a driveway and add to its appearance. Appropriate sealcoat and crack sealer applications ensure that neither the surface nor the base is exposed to more weather conditions than necessary. A single application of sealer should be applied every other year. Cracks of 3/8ths inch or larger should be sealed with a hot crack sealer. An asphalt driveway will last 5-30 years or more, depending upon the quality of the workmanship.

8. DO YOU GIVE FREE ESTIMATES?

Yes. If you call for an estimate at 571-251-4448, We do not provide estimates in the field (with the exception of sealcoat) or on-the-fly. When you receive our estimate it will be in writing, on our letterhead and accompanied by other relevant paperwork.