F.A.Q.

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Recent Questions



How do heated driveway/walkway system work?

Driveway snow melting systems are composed of three main items: the heating element, the controller, and the activation device. The heating element is an electric resistance cable. The simplest application for installation is under brick or stone pavers and in new pour concrete. Asphalt can also be used, but the installation methods call for more care and labor to avoid injurious contact to the cable because of the asphalt’s temperature and abrasive nature during the paving process. DaVinci Pavement Design is an approved certified installer of the Danfoss GX heat cable system. The DanFoss GX Heat Cable System is the premier snow melting cable, and the only heat cable capable of withstanding the extreme temperatures of fresh asphalt installation.

Heated driveway systems are controlled by a wall-mounted control box for electric system. The DanFoss Systems can operated with manual and/or automatic activation devices. Available automatic sensors include aerial-mounted or pavement-mounted snow switches (recommended for Car washes). The sensor activates the system when there is moisture present and the temperature is below approximately 38 degrees. The DanFoss Systems also include a manual timer to preheat an area before a large storm to curb snow and ice accumulation.

Where and when can you install a Radiant Heat System?

A heated driveway system can be installed in almost any location, in almost any medium (including concrete, asphalt, under pavers, etc.). The most popular and ideal time to install a system is during new construction. However, with weather permitting, there are no limitations as to when a snow melt system can be installed. Retrofits are also available for existing asphalt driveways and walkways.

Why install a driveway/walkway heating system?

Some of the obvious benefits are, of course, not having to shovel your driveway again, avoiding injury due to slippery surfaces, and having the confidence that your driveway will be cleared, regardless of the weather conditions. Other notable benefits include adding value to your home, preserving the life of your driveway, and avoiding damage to the bordering landscape from harmful salts and chemicals.

What are heated driveways/walkways?

The obvious answer is “a driveway/walkway that is heated.” But what actually heats the surface? The best heated driveway/walkway systems are electric radiant heating systems, similar to indoor floor heating systems. There are primarily two methods for heating driveways/walkways (and floors): electric and hydronic. Electric systems use heat cable, while hydronic systems generate hot water, then pump it through plastic PEX tubing. The heating elements are embedded in the surface and use resistant heating to heat the surrounding area. The DanFoss GX Heat Cable System incorporates an automatic sensor that detects inclement weather to activate the system. Electric radiant heat systems tend to be more efficient, require less maintenance, and heat surfaces quicker. The electric systems are gaining popularity due to their price, ease of installation, and the uncertain future of fossil fuel costs.

How to clean Stamped Asphalt?

The decorative asphalt pavement should be periodically flushed with water to remove any abrasive materials (i.e. sand/dirt). Use a low pressure, high volume rinse. Excessive abrasive materials on the surface can decrease the life of the surfacing system. It is resistant to oil, grease and gas, however, it is advisable to remove any from the surface of the pavement as soon as possible. Use ZEP Citrus Cleaner, scrub the area with a stiff broom or brush, and follow with a high volume, low-pressure rinse.

What maintenance is required?

A Stamped Asphalt driveway is very low maintenance. The decorative asphalt pavement surface can be easily cleaned as required. The surfacing system is unaffected by de-icing salts and the continuous pavement substrate will not support vegetation growth. If at some point, years down the road from the original installation date, the homeowner would like to have their driveway surface renewed, a fresh coat of product can be inexpensively applied.

How does Stamped Asphalt hold up during the Winter?

The pattern on a decorative asphalt pavement speeds drying of the surface which makes ice formation less likely. The surfacing system is unaffected by salt and therefore will not spall as with concrete products. The decorative asphalt is a monolithic surface with no trip points; therefore potential damage created by snowplows is rare. This contrasts with hand laid bricks that can be installed at an uneven height or can shift through freeze/thaw or water penetration, creating a plow hazard and a trip point safety hazard.

Heated Outdoor Surfaces



How do heated driveway/walkway systems work?

Driveway snow melting systems are composed of three main items: the heating element, the controller, and the activation device. The heating element is an electric resistance cable. The simplest application for installation is under brick or stone pavers and in new pour concrete. Asphalt can also be used, but the installation methods call for more care and labor to avoid injurious contact to the cable because of the asphalt’s temperature and abrasive nature during the paving process. DaVinci Pavement Design is an approved certified installer of the Danfoss GX heat cable system. The DanFoss GX Heat Cable System is the premier snow melting cable, and the only heat cable capable of withstanding the extreme temperatures of fresh asphalt installation.

Heated driveway systems are controlled by a wall-mounted control box for electric system. The DanFoss Systems can operated with manual and/or automatic activation devices. Available automatic sensors include aerial-mounted or pavement-mounted snow switches (recommended for Car washes). The sensor activates the system when there is moisture present and the temperature is below approximately 38 degrees. The DanFoss Systems also include a manual timer to preheat an area before a large storm to curb snow and ice accumulation.

Where and when can you install a Radiant Heat System?

A heated driveway system can be installed in almost any location, in almost any medium (including concrete, asphalt, under pavers, etc.). The most popular and ideal time to install a system is during new construction. However, with weather permitting, there are no limitations as to when a snow melt system can be installed. Retrofits are also available for existing asphalt driveways and walkways.

Why install a driveway/walkway heating system?

Some of the obvious benefits are, of course, not having to shovel your driveway again, avoiding injury due to slippery surfaces, and having the confidence that your driveway will be cleared, regardless of the weather conditions. Other notable benefits include adding value to your home, preserving the life of your driveway, and avoiding damage to the bordering landscape from harmful salts and chemicals.

What are heated driveways/walkways?

The obvious answer is “a driveway/walkway that is heated.” But what actually heats the surface? The best heated driveway/walkway systems are electric radiant heating systems, similar to indoor floor heating systems. There are primarily two methods for heating driveways/walkways (and floors): electric and hydronic. Electric systems use heat cable, while hydronic systems generate hot water, then pump it through plastic PEX tubing. The heating elements are embedded in the surface and use resistant heating to heat the surrounding area. The DanFoss GX Heat Cable System incorporates an automatic sensor that detects inclement weather to activate the system. Electric radiant heat systems tend to be more efficient, require less maintenance, and heat surfaces quicker. The electric systems are gaining popularity due to their price, ease of installation, and the uncertain future of fossil fuel costs.

Stamped Asphalt



How to clean Stamped Asphalt?

The decorative asphalt pavement should be periodically flushed with water to remove any abrasive materials (i.e. sand/dirt). Use a low pressure, high volume rinse. Excessive abrasive materials on the surface can decrease the life of the surfacing system. It is resistant to oil, grease and gas, however, it is advisable to remove any from the surface of the pavement as soon as possible. Use ZEP Citrus Cleaner, scrub the area with a stiff broom or brush, and follow with a high volume, low-pressure rinse.

What maintenance is required?

A Stamped Asphalt driveway is very low maintenance. The decorative asphalt pavement surface can be easily cleaned as required. The surfacing system is unaffected by de-icing salts and the continuous pavement substrate will not support vegetation growth. If at some point, years down the road from the original installation date, the homeowner would like to have their driveway surface renewed, a fresh coat of product can be inexpensively applied.

How does Stamped Asphalt hold up during the Winter?

The pattern on a decorative asphalt pavement speeds drying of the surface which makes ice formation less likely. The surfacing system is unaffected by salt and therefore will not spall as with concrete products. The decorative asphalt is a monolithic surface with no trip points; therefore potential damage created by snowplows is rare. This contrasts with hand laid bricks that can be installed at an uneven height or can shift through freeze/thaw or water penetration, creating a plow hazard and a trip point safety hazard.

Is it slippery?

The decorative stamped asphalt surface is not slippery.

Will the surface color fade?

The surfacing system utilizes pigments that are specifically de signed to be fade resistant. As with all decorative paving systems there will be some gradual fade over time. However, unlike other decorative paving systems, the color of your decorative asphalt pavement can be rejuvenated or changed if and when you would like, at a fraction of the initial installation cost.

Is it environmentally friendly?

A decorative asphalt driveway is constructed with two components – asphalt and the surfacing system. Asphalt is 100% recyclable and our products are water-based, environmentally-friendly material.

What is the Stamped Asphalt Surfacing System

The surfacing system used on stamped asphalt driveways colors and fortifies the asphalt surface. When cured, it becomes an Interpenetrating Network (IPN) which means that, like composite materials or alloys, it is able to produce properties that significantly exceed those of a single component system. Our products combine polymer and cement technologies to achieve an exceptional combination of durability, curing characteristics, performance properties and natural appearance.

What is the guarantee?

Our products used for the stamped asphalt driveway process are guaranteed against manufacturer’s defects. DaVinci will only use Intergrated Paving Concepts. It is our goal to ensure that all our customers are completely satisfied with their new decorative driveway.

What about weeds?

Decorative stamped asphalt pavement is a continuous surface and its protective surfacing system does not support organic materials, so the weed growth seen with hand laid products is not a problem on a stamped asphalt driveway.

Can I have it installed on my driveway, walkway, or patio?

Stamped Asphalt can be installed on imprinted asphalt wherever an asphalt pavement can be properly installed to perform to acceptable standards. Typically, this excludes patios and pool surrounds. However, please consult your local regulations to explore your question further.

Can it be done over my existing driveway? Do I need to replace my driveway?

Provided your existing asphalt surface is in good condition (i.e. free of cracks, seal coat build-up), the process can be applied without the need for asphalt driveway resurfacing. If not, a new 1½” – 2″ asphalt pavement will need to be applied over the existing pavement. If your existing driveway is concrete, it will have to be removed and replaced with new asphalt prior to the application of the Stamped Asphalt process.

Why used Stamped Asphalt as an alternative to Stamped Concrete / Brick Pavers?

Stamped Asphalt driveways can be installed very quickly with relatively little disruption, so they are usually much less costly and disruptive than decorative pavement alternatives. It uses asphalt as its base. Asphalt is a flexible surface that is more likely to accept shifting due to weather extremes and can resist cracking commonly associated with other paving systems. Vehicle braking/accelerating and steering will not shift or break the surfacing, as often happens with brick pavers. If a stamped asphalt driveway was damaged, it is very easy to patch, virtually invisibly.

How long does it last?

Stamped Asphalt driveways are designed to wear with the grace and realism common to concrete brick pavers over many years. The cement component, combined with the color pigments, provides for a realistic brick-like appearance. The surface is fade resistant and helps to repel harmful UV rays. As with all decorative paving systems there will be some wear over time.

What must also be kept in mind, and is usually forgotten, is that the wear associated with decorative surfacing products is cosmetic. With other forms of decorative pavement the failure tends to be structural in nature, requiring a more expensive and disruptive repair. Our application can be made to look like new by simply re-applying a fresh coat of surfacing products. It should also be noted, at ti me of sale, that the cost of reapplying the surfacing products would be significantly less than the cost of the initial application. At this time the color can also be changed, an option not available with other decorative paving systems.

How much it cost?

The cost to install a stamped asphalt driveway varies depending upon whether asphalt driveway resurfacing is required, the size of the project, the amount of decorative pavement incorporated into the driveway, and the pattern and trim package chosen. In North America, it provides the best value when compared to other decorative pavement systems. While Stamped Asphalt is considerably more than plain asphalt resurfacing on a square foot basis, it is substantially less than the cost of hand laid brick or stamped concrete.

What is Stamped Asphalt?

Stamped Asphalt is a decorative paving system that uses specially designed imprinted asphalt products to create decoratively stamped asphalt driveways. The stamped asphalt driveways are colored and fortified with a polymer cement surfacing system. The result is a decorative paving system that replicates the appearance of hand-laid brick, cobblestone or slate. Stamped asphalt driveways can be installed when a driveway is being newly constructed or if asphalt driveway resurfacing is required.


Concrete
Restoration/Overlay



What is a concrete overlay?

A thin concrete material consisting of proprietary additives and polymers applied at 1/16″ – 1/4″.
Overlays may be as thick as 4″ to repair and feather in holes.

Is a concrete overlay strong?

Yes, very strong, usually twice as strong as the concrete substrate it is applied to.
PSI 4500-10000. Concrete overlays withstand temperature swings of -10 to 110 degrees.
Thats the same concrete overlays that we use interior and exterior.

How do I know if my existing concrete is a candidate for an overlay?

You may send us a picture initially and we may beable to determine by the picture.
A final visit to the project site will have the final answer. Once at your site we
will suggest designs and colors that compliment your surroundings.

My existing concrete has a crack, can I still have it restored?

Yes, as long as your existing concrete is sound and stable. Cracks are filled with
a bonding filler. There is no warranty that the crack will not reappear. Reappearing
crack are much less noticeable.

How does the concrete overlay stick/adhere to the concrete substrate?

Once concrete substrate is properly prepped, the proprietary additives in the overlay
mechanical adhere to the substrate forming a bond.

Can my concrete basement floor be restored, it's dusty? If so, will it be cold?

Yes, as long as its in sound condition your floor can replicate any design.
Basement floors are typically below ground and are warmer with an overlay vs tile over concrete.

Are my design options limited with a concrete overlay?

No, the design options are unlimited. Designs that replicate : marble, fieldstone, Belgium block, brick, hardwood floors, bluestone, flagstone. Endless colors and designs.

Do I need to have a concrete overlay sealed?

Yes, every 2, 3 years based on traffic. When the overlay does not bead-up when wet, its time to reseal.
This is very important to preserve the overlay for years and years.