We just had a driveway replaced in mid October and the contractor performed what I believed to be a beautiful placement of asphalt. I selected the best contractor I could find and consequently, the most expensive. However, during this winter's coldest and wettest period, the driveway began rising and settling in certain areas. It raised up approximately 1 1/2" in front of the garage and at the end of the driveway in front of the concrete sidewalk. At the same time, we have several areas of depressions or sinking areas also mainly in the area where the driveway was lifting in front of the garage. The contractor gave us a one year warranty which will expire just before this next winter. We've spent all of our savings on our new driveway and it's already beginning to look like the old one that we replaced! We did contact the contractor and made him aware of the issue and to his credit, he came out and looked at the job. However, he told my wife that this was a normal condition and that we should seal the driveway as soon as possible. I do not believe that this is a normal condition and if the base was prepped properly, this would not have happened. The driveway is already beginning to have the appearance or contour of the old driveway that we replaced. I'm afraid that the contractor is going to string us along until the one year warranty expires and then charge us for any further repairs when the same thing happens again this winter. Any and all advice is appreciated.
Matt from NJ