Driveway Pivoting

The most common problem is 
PIVOTING.  This is when the tires on a vehicle, commercial lawn mower or mountain bike are twisted and turning without movement.   It doesn't matter if its new asphalt or new concrete, this can accrue on any project.

When we tell customers we always get the same question or comment.  Such as " We have driven this way on our driveway (concrete or asphalt) and never had this problem."  I always think to myself, well then why are you asking us to make repairs?  Pivoting is one of the greatest issues, and is classified as a man made damages. Your vehicle weight, along with tire tread grinding in one spot over time will cause the driveway to decrease in leveling, cracking, chipping, and will result into a pot hole.  Other factors will cause this issues to accrue faster and allowing pivoting to cause damages faster than the normal wear and tear of a driveway.  Some of Vets Driveway Products which are not a fix, but an alternative to what your driveway looks like now will show up.  Depending on the product, see below.  Pivoting is one of the main complaints from customers.  We try to encourage customers to always turn the tires while moving the vehicle and encourage not rapid start or stopping.  This will save the life of any Driveway Project new or existing.  

You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink it.  Same rule applies here.  Vets Driveway Co can educated and explain pivoting but most customers can not change there current driving habits.  So some products by Vets Driveway Co are not the best choice.  It's what your pay for is what you get.  Here are a list of the products where Pivoting may or may not be more noticeable. 

Product (Vets Driveway Co                                PIVOTING
Chip N Seal @ $3.50 sq foot                                 YES (heavy equipment only)
RockSolid Floors Polyurethane  
@ 3.00 sq foot                                                       YES (heavy equipment only)
Rock Solid Tar & Grit @ 1.50 sq foot                   YES (all vehicles)
Liquid Asphalt @ .85 sq foot                                 YES (all vehicles)
Rubberized Seal Coat @ .50 sq foot                       YES (Trucks & SUV and above)
Slurry mac 52 @.20 sq foot                                    YES (all vehicles)
Mac 52 Straight @.15 sq foot                                  YES (all vehicles)  
* Now if you follow our recommendations to the letter, you will likely not have any of these issue occur.  Proper Cure time of product & driving habits are the 2 biggies issues with situations that do occur.  

Another problem is where customers park there vehicles on the driveway.  Normal this is fine, but longer curing time is needed before doing this.  Where we have had issues either customers are just don't want to park on the street or they just don't have the option.  What is best is to do projects when the customer is on vacation so your not as inconvenienced when a project is going on, and the extended time to cure is more feasible. 


Where does Pivoting accrue the most?  Normal when you need to pull into a Garage.  If the Garage is a straight shot from your driveway, very little chance of pivoting will happen.  We have had zero complaints using all the products above with Driveway/garages that are a straight shot.   Where we have most complaints is when the garage entrance is in back of the house, on the side of the house.  Other areas that are for extra parking that are require a driver to pivot the wheels of the vehicle to pull in and out of these spots.    

So what happens when pivoting occurs?   The twisting of 2-3 thousands pounds of pressure into one spot will likely cause a circle rotations that is visible but very minor.   Worst it can do is dig into the product pulling it up and turning it over.  With products like Rock Solid Tar & Grit which is a Vets Driveway Co product, not RockSolid Floors. , the glue requires 7 days of drying time, to 30 days to cure.  Making it a real inconveniences for some, but is necessary if you are wanting to save money.  After the Tar & Grit cures, it becomes as strong as the RockSolid FloorsPolyurethane and grit which only takes a few days to cure.  Yet we will tell the customer to wait as long as possible.  If the material is pulled up by a vehicles tires, and the temperatures are above 80 degrees (index) The glue breaks down  to a soft form.  The hotter out the more liquid it gets.  Now, here comes the big issue.  Most customers do not call us immediately, they skip that process and go to driving or walking into these areas.  Rolling over the product at this stage will just drag it along the driveway or you step in the material as will attach it self to the bottom of your shoe. Then they risk transporting this into the garage or house.   Even if you do not have issue, it best to have outdoor floor mat, as loose girt is possible to stick to shoes on very hot days, and this for every product other than concrete or brick. 

REPAIRS: We can make a one time corrections using RockSolid Floors Polyurethane glue.   We want customers to drive on it for 72 hours as this will show your pattern of pivoting and pulling in and out.  So we can address those areas directly.  Likely rest of the driveway is hard as a RockSolid Floors Polyurethane driveway,   We will shovel and power wash the pivot's areas and following day after completely dry replace those areas for free with a polyurethane. Its a cost of $100 per gallon, so we will schedule a correction with another job, as the materials can not be saved after mixing.  

If any corrections need to be made on same locations then their is charge of $5 per sq foot, and a minimum of $100 before we would make corrections.