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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 ...
Is Your Commercial Parking Lot ADA Compliant? What You Need to Know
For the owner or manager of a commercial property, the condition of their parking lot should be among their top concerns when it comes to property maintenance. In addition to the obvious influence it can have on a visitor’s first impression, the condition of a commercial parking lot significantly impacts the safety of all who use it. Maintaining the asphalt surface to prevent personal injury is important. However, to be in ADA compliance,a commercial parking lot must also be properly striped. This clearly identifies areas designated for handicap parking and provides the proper amount of space needed for a handicapped person to easily access both their vehicle and the business.  Whether you are having a brand new commercial parking lot or are resurfacing your existing one, it is vital that the striping, size, and number of handicap-accessible parking spots created meet ADA compliance requirements. It is also important to check with your state or local municipality to see if they have any requirements beyond the ADA’s accessibility requirements. ADA Compliant Requirements Compliance with the ADA standards is federally required for businesses and public entities when it is readily achievable to do so. As striping or restriping is viewed as relatively ...
Commercial Asphalt Maintenance Spring Checklist
Winter can be tough on your asphalt surfaces. Now that spring is here and the harsh winter weather is behind us, it’s the perfect time to assess the condition of your asphalt. Commercial parking lots take a lot of abuse normally. With the wear and tear of winter weather piled on top of that, there are bound to be some issues that need to be addressed. Taking care of those issues now can prevent you from having to deal with larger, more costly repairs later. Here are some things you should add to your commercial asphalt maintenance checklist this spring. Conduct a Thorough Inspection Take the time to walk your entire parking lot and perform a comprehensive visual inspection. Make a list of any issues you discover and schedule commercial asphalt maintenance as soon as possible. Keep in mind, even the smallest crack could easily develop into a much more serious problem. Water can seep into those cracks and cause a couple of different issues. If the temperatures are still dipping below freezing at night, that water can freeze, causing those cracks to grow.  If the temperatures remain above freezing, the water that seeps through the cracks can saturate the ...
Commercial Asphalt Services – A Property Management Checklist Essential
Managing a commercial property is a big responsibility. The property manager has to make sure that every aspect of the facility is in good condition – inside and out. This includes your parking lot, walkways, and curbing. If any of these fall into disrepair, the grounds surrounding your facility will not only look bad but will have the potential to cause vehicle damage or personal injury. When managing a commercial property, professional asphalt services are the best way to ensure the condition and safety of your asphalt surfaces. However, property managers should have it on their checklist to regularly inspect their asphalt surface and schedule asphalt services at the first sign of any damage. Cracks and Potholes Even small cracks, if left unattended, can lead to more extensive and costly damage. Water seeps into the cracks and collects there, permeating the asphalt. This, in conjunction with wear and tear from traffic, will cause the ground beneath the asphalt to soften, compromising the asphalt’s structure. Those small cracks become larger cracks which will eventually become potholes if not repaired. Potholes can quickly take your once pristine parking lot from safe and inviting to a dangerous eyesore. Potholes will make for a ...
Asphalt Pavement – How to Protect it Against Damage
Installing a new driveway or parking lot is a major investment. You’ll want to do everything you can to keep it in good condition and extend its lifespan. Asphalt is a strong and durable material for constructing paved surfaces. However, there are some things that can damage asphalt pavement. Cracks, potholes, and degradation are signs that your asphalt pavement requires repair. It’s Important to be aware of these and take the proper steps to address the damage as quickly as possible.  Improper Installation If your asphalt pavement isn’t installed properly, it won’t take long for problems to arise. Cracks are one of the most common issues to result from a subpar installation. Poorly laid asphalt will quickly end up costing a lot in repair bills. It’s important that you do your research and hire a highly experienced, reputable asphalt company. They will understand which type of subgrade is appropriate for the area’s traffic flow and which grade of asphalt to use. Water Damage Water is one of the elements that can cause extensive damage to asphalt pavement. Asphalt subjected to heavy water runoff or poor drainage will become eroded over time. Water runoff can sometimes contain chemicals that react with ...
Curb Appeal – Benefits of Installing an Asphalt Curb
Are you a business owner considering a new asphalt parking lot or a homeowner in need of a new asphalt driveway? When planning out the installation, your paving contractor should include asphalt curbs. Although an asphalt curb may seem like a small detail, it is far from unimportant. Curbing can have a significant impact on the safety, longevity, and appearance of a parking lot or driveway. What is an Asphalt Curb?  An asphalt curb, also commonly known as a berm, is a small curved wall of asphalt that is used to provide definition and boundaries to paved surfaces. They are typically 6 to 8 inches tall.   Asphalt curbs are made with a machine that uses interchangeable molds. This allows for different styles of curbing to be created including round top, flat top, and more. Their main purpose is to improve the efficiency of your asphalt installation and protect it from damage. However, there are other benefits of asphalt curbing. Water Diversion An asphalt curb provides rain, melting snow or ice, and other water runoff with direction for drainage. Without curbing, the water would just drain off your paved surface, causing the ground to become saturated. This can cause soil erosion ...
Asphalt Overlay – 5 Important Factors You Need to Consider
Overlaying is the process of putting a new layer of asphalt over existing asphalt. While it can often be a more cost-effective solution than asphalt replacement, it isn’t always the best solution. There are important factors other than cost you need to consider. Understanding these factors will help determine whether or not an asphalt overlay is the best solution.  Extent of Existing Damage The current condition of your parking lot is the first thing an asphalt professional will evaluate. Extensive structural damage such as large potholes, root damage, or ruts in the surface will require asphalt replacement, not an asphalt overlay. Minor surface cracks or shallow tire rutting can be eliminated by milling the existing asphalt surface. This will allow the overlay to adhere to the existing surface and cure properly. With full depth cracks, deep tire ruts or underlying base problems such as moisture or deformation, milling wouldn’t be sufficient to effectively prepare the surface for an asphalt overlay. Under these circumstances, it would be necessary to do partial asphalt replacement before putting down an overlay or skip the overlay and completely replace the existing asphalt.  Parking Lot Size  An overlay can be installed over any size asphalt parking ...