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    Why You Should Consider Recycled Asphalt Driveway Installation
    In an effort to conserve natural resources and be environmentally friendly, many industries have looked for ways to recycle. However, for the asphalt paving industry, recycling is nothing new. Recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) has been used since the 1970s. Initially used as a response to the energy crisis of that decade, its popularity has fluctuated over the years. Today with the focus on sustainable practices, the use of recycled asphalt is on the rise. Before we get into why you should consider recycled asphalt driveway installation, let’s take a look at how asphalt is recycled.  What is Recycled Asphalt? When an asphalt driveway, parking lot, or roadway needs to be replaced, the old asphalt is removed and ground into small gravel-sized pieces, commonly known as asphalt millings. The millings are often used as the base material for new asphalt installations. Because asphalt millings contain tar, they can create a stronger bond than other base materials.  It can also be added to hot-mix asphalt  While RAP is more commonly used in commercial applications, that doesn’t mean recycled asphalt driveway installation is out of the question. Is Recycled Asphalt Durable? It is a common misconception that recycled asphalt doesn’t last as long ...
    NJ Asphalt Services – Why Schedule Them Now For Next Spring
    As a home or business owner, you understand the importance of maintaining your property. Part of that maintenance includes taking care of your asphalt surfaces. Although now may not be the best time for asphalt repair or replacement, it’s the perfect time to schedule NJ asphalt service for next spring. There are many good reasons to get your residential or commercial asphalt service booked now. Let’s take a look at a few of them. Fix Winter Damage During the winter months, your asphalt pavement is constantly exposed to the elements. In NJ, that means plenty of snow and ice in the winter. The freeze-thaw cycles can cause significant damage to your asphalt, including cracks and potholes. By scheduling NJ asphalt services for next spring, you can have any winter damage repaired before it gets worse and avoid larger problems down the road. There are also steps you can take to minimize winter asphalt damage. Beat the Rush Scheduling NJ asphalt services for next spring may seem like a strange thing to do in the middle of winter, but it actually makes a lot of sense. The demand for NJ asphalt services is highest in the summer when everyone is trying ...
    Asphalt Installation – The Perfect Choice for Your Paving Project
    If you need to install a commercial parking lot or replace your home’s driveway, you may be trying to decide whether asphalt installation is the best choice for your project. Asphalt is often the popular choice for both projects because of the many benefits it offers home and business owners. Think about it – why do you think highways and other roadways have asphalt surfaces? Here are some of the reasons why. Cost Effective Asphalt installation is one of the most cost-effective paving options compared to concrete or other materials. Although the price of asphalt fluctuates with the cost of crude oil, it is typically less expensive than concrete or other paving materials and can be installed even faster. This reduces labor costs and allows you to start using your new paved surface sooner. Concrete typically takes seven days to cure, while an asphalt surface is ready for use in only three days.   Natural Flexibility Asphalt is a naturally flexible pavement material. It can withstand small movements and shifts in the ground or heavy traffic without cracking or breaking. This flexibility is one of the key reasons why asphalt is such a popular choice for paved surfaces, including commercial ...
    Parking Lot & Driveway Sealcoating NJ – Is Fall Too Late?
    Do you remember what your asphalt parking lot or driveway looked like when it was new? Wouldn’t it be great if it always looked that good? Although it may still be structurally sound, as the years roll by that rich black color is probably starting to fade. There’s no need to worry. Sealcoating will not only restore your asphalt surface but will also help to extend its lifespan by protecting it from the elements and everyday wear and tear. If you’re considering parking lot or driveway sealcoating in NJ, it’s important to note that it can only be done at certain times of the year. As we head into fall, you may be wondering if it’s too late to schedule sealcoating. That depends on a few factors but first, let’s take a look at the sealcoating process. What is Sealcoating? Sealcoating is a process that involves applying a protective layer to an asphalt surface. This layer acts as a barrier, protecting the asphalt from weather damage, UV rays, oil and gas spills, and other potential hazards. Sealcoating is usually either coal tar or an asphalt-based material.  To properly apply sealcoating, the surface must be clean and dry. All cracks and ...
    Driveway Maintenance Tips – How to Keep Your Asphalt Looking Great
    Your driveway is an entrance to your home and can have a significant impact on its curb appeal. Even if the rest of your home’s exterior is pristine, a poorly maintained driveway will detract from its appearance. Wouldn’t it be great if your asphalt driveway looked as good as it did when it was new? While it may be tough to keep it looking brand new, there are driveway maintenance tips to help preserve and protect your driveway’s appearance and extend its life span.  Driveway Inspections Of all the driveway maintenance tips we’re going to share, this should be number one on the list. Inspecting your driveway regularly will allow you to identify any minor damage before it becomes a major concern. Winter can be especially hard on your driveway, making early spring a great time to inspect it. While you can have an asphalt contractor conduct an inspection, you can often identify issues yourself and consult with them on how to resolve them. Crack and Pothole Repair It is not uncommon for homeowners to see a couple of small cracks in their asphalt driveway and think they are nothing to worry about. However, this couldn’t be farther from the ...
    Don’t Just Google Residential Asphalt Paving Near Me – Know What to Ask
    It’s probably one of the first things a homeowner does when they need to have their asphalt driveway repaired or replaced. Googling residential asphalt paving near me is a great place to start, but don’t just pick one of the top three choices to install your driveway. Although Google does try to provide us with the best search result at the top of page one, it’s not a guarantee that one of those three will be the best choice. In addition to searching for residential asphalt paving near me, you need to know what to ask when you call the asphalt contractors. The answers you get will help you make an informed decision when choosing an asphalt contractor. How Much Asphalt Paving Experience Do They Have? This is probably the most important question to ask when hiring an asphalt paving contractor. You want to be certain they have enough experience to do the job right. There are contractors who may include asphalt paving as one of their services, but it is not the only thing they do. When Googling residential asphalt paving near me, narrow down the choices to contractors who only do asphalt, or at least specialize in it. ...
    Is it Time for a New Asphalt Driveway? 5 Telltale Signs
    If you have an asphalt driveway, you know that replacing it is a substantial investment.  A well-maintained asphalt driveway can last 20 years, but even with the best care, it will eventually need to be replaced. So, how do you know it’s time for a new asphalt driveway? The best way is to have it evaluated by a professional asphalt contractor. They will be able to determine if your driveway needs to be repaired or replaced.  However, there are signs you should be aware of as they are often an indication that it is time for a new driveway. Rough Surface Do you remember how smooth your driveway was when it was new? A rough asphalt surface is a sign it may be time for a new driveway. This is sometimes referred to as alligatoring as the asphalt resembles the rough surface of the reptile’s skin. Alligatoring is typically the result of wear and tear, but it can also be caused by extreme weather conditions. Cracks and Potholes Cracks and potholes are often a sign that it’s time to consider installing a new driveway. Minor cracks may be able to be repaired and sealed, but larger cracks will allow water ...
    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 ...