Frequently asked questions

What, exactly do you mean by “groundwork?”

K3 Construction specializes in groundwork. Meaning, we don’t build up, we take care of everything that happens on the ground, or below ground, before a building, driveway or road goes in. Often that involves utilities, asphalt paving, excavation and gravel.

Who are some of the companies that you’ve done subcontracting work for?

Kirby Nagelhout, Anderson Construction, The City of Sisters, The City of Madras,  Skanska and Sunwest Builders, just to name a few.

What does it mean when your guarantee says you’ll “get it right the first time?”

First, it means that we get the routing right. We work closely with you to map out the exact location of the new driveway, path or pad. Then we do meticulous prepwork... we use the best gravel base for your location and we make sure it's perfectly compacted. Because the asphalt is only as good as the base it's laid on. Then we lay the asphalt, make sure there are no low spots and no drainage issues, and roll it smooth smooth enough for the kids to skate on.  So you'll be 100% satisfied, the first time.

What’s more affordable, asphalt paving or concrete?

Asphalt paving is usually around 1/2 the price of concrete, depending on how much prep work is required.

How thick does the asphalt on my driveway need to be?

Our guarantee is based on a paved surface 2 inches thick — standard for a driveway with only car traffic. 3-4 inches is standard for a street or a parking lot.

Can I prepare my driveway or parking lot myself?

Well, grading is tricky business, and the asphalt paving job will only be as good as the rock base it is laid on. Our meticulous prep work is the reason why we can offer such a solid guarantee.

How long does new paving last?

If you take good care of it a K3 driveway can last more than 30 years. That's not always the case... if the prep work is not done properly, or if the pavement is not well rolled, you can expect 10 to 20 years of use. 

How do I take care of my new asphalt driveway?

In order to extend the life of your new driveway we recommend sealcoating every two years. So two years after we do a job, we seal our paved surfaces and then guarantee them for two more years. At that point, we recommend resealing. Then we’ll guarantee it for another two years. And two years after that, and two years after that.

What should I watch out for when planning a new driveway project?

Beware of anyone who comes to your door trying to sell you a load of "hot asphalt that's left over from another job."  That's simply not how it works in the paving industry. 

Do you have any references that I could call?

Absolutely. We can include a complete list of happy customers. Use our form to ask for a list here.

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    K3 Construction LLC
    25 SW Elbe Dr.
    Madras, OR 97741
    CCB# 219533