Quality matters where the asphalt paving process is concerned. When you need paving done—whether for your commercial parking lot, farm, or the driveway to your home—you need experienced pavers to ensure the job gets done right with high-quality materials.

As one of the top paving contractors throughout Coatesville, Downingtown, Lancaster, and West Chester, PA since 1989, Lyons & Hohl Paving has developed a successful paving process that ensures quality work for projects of all sizes. We want to care for all your paving needs, residential and commercial alike!

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Step 1: The Right Paving Specifications

The first step of every paving project is determining the right specifications for the job. We will begin the determination process after coming to your site and giving you a free paving estimate. Our paving contractors carefully balance durability and economy and adjust our specs for the intended use of the pavement.

Because each user has different requirements, the paving will need a different number of layers. A light commercial pavement, for example, will have fewer layers to it than a pavement that will withstand the weight of industrial vehicles, but more layers than pavement intended for residential settings.

Preparing the site for the project and mapping out any potential hazards is crucial to lay the asphalt safely and effectively. Once the project is planned, and the specifications are determined, we will prepare the area for paving. Depending on the project, we will mark off utilities and things like underground dog fences, which may not have public documentation.

We will dig it out and remove it from the site if there is existing pavement. After this process, or if there is no pavement down, we can move on to the next step in our paving process.

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Paving Process

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Proper Grading

Step 2: Proper Grading

The key to quality pavement is adequate grading or the preparation of the base area before the asphalt installation process begins. Paving over existing concrete driveways or an unstable base is unwise because your new asphalt will break down more quickly, sometimes right after the asphalt has started to settle.

Asphalt is a great option for residential paving, but it's only as good as its underlying stone base because it does not ever fully harden. The finished asphalt will also take on those characteristics if the base is uneven or damaged. It is vital to have a good base with the proper stone thickness to ensure adequate water drainage of the asphalt. Good drainage will help with the longevity of your new driveway, parking lot, etc. because water can cause a lot of damage if it cannot escape.

Don't risk your pavement looking unsightly or having safety issues with your new asphalt. When you work with other paving companies who don't care to take the time to prepare what's underneath the asphalt entirely, you may find cracking and damage immediately after the job finishes. At Lyons & Hohl Paving, we have perfected our paving process, so you know your grading has been done correctly and won't need immediate attention once we've finished the job.

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Step 3: Proper Asphalt Application

After a good base is prepared and graded, we can install the asphalt. The method of placement and the speed of application are both important. Fresh asphalt needs to be placed, tamped, and compacted for maximum effectiveness while it is still warm.

One of the best reasons to work with Lyons & Hohl Paving is that we train our workers to use the correct techniques required for a timely, high-quality job. We use our fleet of heavy-duty grading and paving equipment for projects throughout Coatesville, Downingtown, Lancaster, West Chester, and the surrounding area.

When you want your asphalt installed by the experts, please contact us! Our team has had decades of experience to perfect our paving system, so you can rest assured that your pavement will last for years to come with the proper maintenance.

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Proper Asphalt Application

Tips on Paving Care

Well-maintained pavement can last on average for about 15 to 20 years. If you treat your asphalt right, it will treat you well too! After you've had your new pavement installed by the experts at Lyons & Hohl Paving, there are some things you can do to ensure it lasts for a long time. To get the most from your finished pavement, it is highly recommended that you keep these tips in mind!

Tips on Paving Care
  • You should not drive on the newly paved asphalt for three days because the asphalt will be pliable and soft as it cools. Also, you will need to keep vehicles that require sharp turns off all areas for an additional three days.
  • Do not place soil directly against the edges of the asphalt because it may cause cracks to develop along the outside edges.
  • If you've had a driveway installed, you should not drive off the new edges of your driveway. Driving off the edges may cause crumbling or raveling.
  • Repair all gas or fuel leaks before parking vehicles on asphalt. The chemicals found in fuels can cause the asphalt to deteriorate.
  • Be sure that your vehicle is moving whenever you turn the steering wheel. As the sun beats down on driveway asphalt throughout the hot summer months, it can soften driveways, making them vulnerable to imperfections caused by your vehicle's tires as it makes turns. If your driveway gets blemishes from sharp power steering, they are superficial and will go away with time.


If your asphalt has seen better days, and you're ready for an upgrade to a higher quality pavement installed by the experts, we at Lyon & Hohl Paving are here to help. Our three-step paving process is just what you need to get an asphalt driveway or parking lot you love. Just send us your information, and we will get back to you to schedule a free estimate.

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