My wife and I recently purchased a newly built home. Our 6 week old asphalt driveway has numerous sections that are very rough, with lots of stones in the aggregate showing (the consistency in places reminds me of a rice krispie treat). The builder had the paving company inspect the driveway and they are telling me this is normal and does not need repair. I do not know enough to be sure, but this doesn't seem right to me. Thoughts?


Two pics, the first shows an area that is really gravelly. The second shows an area that is very pocked.

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    Can you post a picture?
    – Steven
    Apr 30, 2012 at 17:49
  • @Steven, yes, I'll do it as soon as I get home tonight, thanks.
    – Mark
    Apr 30, 2012 at 17:51
  • Yes its normal.. for cheaply laid asphalt. Its just a mixture of aggregate and tar and the aggregate will loosen for a while and/or be inconsistent in smoothness. Better laid asphalt is pressed with a roller, re tarred, re pressed until nice and smooth.. but costs more obviously.
    – Piotr Kula
    May 1, 2012 at 10:25

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They look normal to me, however, you may want to seal them. There are various sealing products out there like Latex-ite 4-Gallon Acrylic Plus Driveway Revitalizer Filler/Sealer from The Home Depot or Driveaseal 4.75 Gallon Blacktop Driveway Sealer, BLACK JACK 4.75 Gallon Drive-Maxx 700 Advanced Gel Blacktop Driveway Filler & Sealer, and BLACK JACK 4.75-Gallon Asphalt Sealer from Lowes.

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