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    Commercial Paving Services – Why Now is the Perfect Time
    Did winter take a toll on your asphalt parking lot and walkways? Snow, rain, freezing temperatures, plowing, and shoveling can leave your asphalt surfaces in need of maintenance. Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to schedule commercial paving services. Hiring an asphalt paving company is the best way to ensure your asphalt surfaces are safe and make a good first impression. Start with a Thorough Inspection You can inspect your asphalt surfaces yourself, but a commercial paving services company will know what to look for. While you may be able to spot obvious issues such as potholes or broken pavement, you may overlook tiny cracks and crevices. These could quickly go from a minor issue to a major repair.  Cracks in asphalt pavement will allow water to seep in and collect beneath the asphalt, impacting its integrity. If left unattended, the water will freeze and make the cracks larger when the temperature drops again. This will, increase the damage and the cost to repair it. A professional inspection and assessment of your asphalt surfaces is the best way to identify any issues that need to be addressed.  Make the Necessary Repairs As we’ve already mentioned, making repairs ...
    Asphalt Driveway Preparation – It’s All About the Base
    Anything built from the ground up needs to have a solid foundation. That includes a new asphalt driveway. Making sure you have the proper base is a key factor in asphalt driveway preparation. The quality of the base will impact the quality of the finished product and its longevity. Although you won’t be installing your driveway, you should have a general understanding of the process. It will help you ask the right questions and hire an asphalt contractor who will complete the project properly.  Old Driveway Removal If you are replacing an existing driveway, all the old pavement will first be removed. Heavy equipment such as bobcats, front-end loaders, and dump trucks are used to do this. The old asphalt is hauled away to be recycled and used again. Grading and Slope The ground where the new driveway will be installed must be graded to provide a level surface. At this point in the process, the slope of the driveway is also established. The slope allows water runoff and drainage to keep water from pooling on the driveway. This is an important part of asphalt driveway preparation as water is one of the primary causes of asphalt damage. If your ...
    Winter Asphalt Repairs – Don’t Leave Cracks and Potholes Until Spring
    Admittedly, winter is not the best time for making asphalt repairs. The colder temperatures make it all but impossible for asphalt to set properly. The ideal temperature for installing or repairing asphalt is 70 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Unfortunately, winter seems to be when many cracks and potholes appear. Leaving them to go until spring can lead to more extensive damage and more expensive repairs. So what can you do when you discover cracks and potholes in your asphalt in the middle of winter? Although it isn’t the best time to make asphalt repairs, there is a way to prevent them from getting worse. Cold Mix Asphalt When you think about asphalt, what comes to mind? Is it that hopper of hot black, pungent mixture you’ve seen when new asphalt is installed? Probably, but there are different types of asphalt. The two main types are hot mix and cold mix asphalt.  Hot mix asphalt is used for new paving when the weather is warmer. During cold weather, not only will hot mix asphalt not set properly, but it will cool before it can be installed. When the hot mix asphalt cools before it is put down, it becomes impossible to ...
    Commercial Asphalt Paving – Why it’s the Popular Choice
    Planning to install a paved surface on a commercial property? There are a lot of factors to consider when making such a sizable investment. One of the first decisions to make is which material to use. Asphalt is a popular choice among business owners and property managers. There are many reasons for its popularity, and understanding what they are can help you decide if commercial asphalt paving is the best choice for your facility. Flexibility Temperature changes can cause the ground to expand and contract. When the ground beneath a paved surface does this it can cause that surface to crack. This is true of asphalt and concrete surfaces.  You’re probably thinking: “ If either material can crack with temperature changes, does it really matter which one is used?” The answer is “yes”. Although both materials can crack, asphalt is more flexible than concrete. It will give to some degree, causing it to crack less easily than concrete. This also means, unlike concrete, there is no need for expansion joints when installing commercial asphalt paving.  Easier to Repair As we already established, both asphalt and concrete can crack. However, asphalt is easier to repair than concrete. When you repair a ...
    Consider the Benefits of Asphalt for Your Next Paving Project
    When taking on a residential paving project, One of the first things to consider is what material to use. Asphalt is a popular choice among homeowners when installing driveways and walkways on their property, and with good reason. The benefits of asphalt make it a great choice for residential paving. Taking time to understand those benefits can make your choice of materials easy when it’s time for your next paving project. Quick Installation Any construction or renovation on your property can significantly disrupt your daily routine. One of the benefits of asphalt paving is a quick installation. Your average driveway typically only takes one to two days to complete.  The time involved will vary depending on the size of the area being paved. However, asphalt paving usually takes half the time of installing concrete or paver driveways. The quicker your asphalt pavement is installed, the sooner you can use it and have your daily routine return to normal. Excellent Durability Having a new driveway or another paved surface installed can be a big investment. For this reason, the durability of the material used is an important factor. Another one of the benefits of asphalt is its flexibility, which allows it ...
    Recycled Asphalt – 5 Reasons it Can Be a Great Paving Option
    Many business owners are joining the ranks of the eco-friendly. From separating their recyclables and eliminating the use of plastic bags to driving electric cars, the eco-friendly movement is constantly gaining momentum. However, recycling probably wouldn’t even enter your mind when considering a new asphalt parking lot. You’re focused on the expense and durability of a newly paved surface. You might be surprised to find out that recycled asphalt, also known as reclaimed or RAP, can impact those concerns as well as the environment. What is Recycled Asphalt? So, almost everyone has encountered road construction in their travels. Besides being annoyed by the inconvenience, have you ever wondered what happens to all the torn-up asphalt? Maybe not, but much of that asphalt is recycled and used in new asphalt applications. It is used to repave those roads and maybe even your new parking lot.  To be recycled, the asphalt is ground down into small gravel size pieces. This allows it to harden and bind together, creating asphalt millings. The millings can be used as a base material for new asphalt applications or added to hot mix asphalt. It is a good idea to discuss using recycled material with your asphalt ...
    Asphalt Driveway Installation – Have Questions? We’ve Got Answers
    When you’re considering asphalt driveway installation, you are bound to have a few questions. While most of them are things you should discuss with your asphalt professional, we are going to give you some insight by answering some of the most commonly asked questions about asphalt driveway installation. Let’s start with what is probably the first question on your mind: How Much Does Asphalt Driveway Installation Cost? This is a valid question, however, there is no simple answer as there are a variety of factors that go into calculating the cost of asphalt driveway installation. From driveway preparation and the type of asphalt used to labor and location, each aspect of the installation process has an impact on the cost. Your asphalt professional will go over each step and provide you with an accurate estimate to install your new driveway. Is a Base Required for Installation? An asphalt driveway must be installed on a stable base. If not, it could affect the asphalt’s longevity as an unstable base will lead to cracks in your asphalt. Reputable asphalt contractors will assess your specific situation and determine if putting down a base is necessary for your asphalt driveway installation. If it is ...
    Asphalt Driveway Maintenance – Is Fall Too Late for Sealcoating?
    Fall is fast approaching. Soon the leaves will start to change colors, and the air will begin to cool. For many homeowners, this means it’s time for fall yard work. One of the most important tasks you can perform during the fall season is asphalt driveway maintenance. When it comes to fall maintenance of your driveway or any other asphalt surfaces, you need to ask yourself one question: Is fall too late for driveway sealcoating? The Answer It depends on which part of the fall season we’re talking about. May to October is generally considered the best time for sealcoating and other asphalt driveway maintenance. Remember, the fall season extends well into December. By then, the temperatures will have dipped way too low for sealcoating. The best time for fall asphalt maintenance is early in the season, primarily September to October. However, it all depends on Mother Nature and what weather she decides to bestow on us. It is best to consult with your local asphalt professional to determine if the current fall weather is conducive for asphalt sealcoating.  Ideal Sealcoating Conditions The best time for asphalt sealcoating is during the daytime when the pavement and air temperatures are 50 ...
    How Much Does an Asphalt Driveway Cost? That’s a Good Question
    It’s probably one of the first things you Google when planning on having a new driveway installed. Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer. There are numerous factors your asphalt contractor needs to take into consideration when working up a quote. Let’s take a look at those factors and their impact on asphalt driveway cost.  Size Although there are other equally important factors that influence asphalt driveway cost, size is the one most obvious. The bigger the driveway, the more expensive the installation will be. The most common question homeowners ask when talking to asphalt contractors is ‘How much per square foot?’  While it is a valid question, you may not always receive an accurate response. The price you receive may only be just for the asphalt itself, not the other factors involved in calculating the cost of installing a new asphalt driveway. When the contractor comes out to assess the job, you will probably receive a higher estimate than expected. As a homeowner, it’s important to understand that until all the factors are considered, it’s impossible to accurately determine how much your new driveway will cost. Driveway Preparation The condition of the ground where the driveway is to be installed ...
    Parking Lot Sealcoating – When is the Best Time to Have It Done
    Remember how great your asphalt parking lot looked when it was first installed? Like every other aspect of a commercial property, it needs to be maintained to keep it in good condition. If your parking lot is showing signs of wear and tear, parking lot sealcoating is a great way to refresh and protect an asphalt surface. Wondering if your parking lot needs to be seal coated? Understanding what sealcoating is and when is the best time to have it done can help answer that question. What is Sealcoating? Sealcoating sometimes referred to as liquid asphalt, is a protective coating. It is made from a combination of liquid and tiny granular particles. It typically contains oils and materials commonly used in asphalt paving including dissolved asphalt and is applied by spraying or spreading it with a squeegee. The particles fill in small cracks, creating a smooth and level surface. Any large cracks or potholes should be filled before parking lot sealcoating begins. The oils soak into the existing asphalt to replace those that have been depleted. In addition to restoring the asphalt to an ‘almost brand new’ condition, sealcoating protects asphalt surfaces from the sun, water, chemicals, and abrasion caused by ...