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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Keeping Your Asphalt Parking Lot Safe in the Winter
If you own a business, the safety of your customers and employees begins with your parking lot. This is especially true during the winter months. If your business has an asphalt parking lot, it is best to conduct maintenance and repairs during the warmer months. Once the temperatures drop, many repair methods can not be successfully utilized. However, there are steps you can to ensure your asphalt parking lot remains in safe condition all winter long. Inspect Asphalt Parking Lot Drainage Pooling water poses a serious threat to an asphalt parking lot, especially in the winter. Water that isn’t properly drained can find its way into the smallest cracks and crevices in an asphalt surface. When water penetrates the asphalt and freezes, it expands, forcing the cracks to expand as well. Come spring, you will have much larger cracks or potholes in need of repair. Inspect parking lot drains regularly making sure they are clear of snow, ice, or debris that could prevent proper drainage. Hire a Professional Snow Removal To help maintain the safety of your asphalt parking lot, it’s important to hire a professional snow removal company that has experience clearing snow and ice from asphalt surfaces. An ...
Asphalt Driveway Maintenance Tips to Extend its Lifespan
Installing a new asphalt driveway is a big investment. As with any large investment, you’ll want to do everything you can to protect it. The condition of your driveway can affect your property value, curb appeal, and even your safety. Cracks and potholes create a potential tripping hazard that could lead to personal injury. Following these asphalt driveway safety tips can keep your driveway looking great and you and your family safe. Cold Weather Asphalt Driveway Maintenance Tips Choose your snow shovel wisely. When clearing their driveway, people often choose a metal snow shovel. This type of shovel may be more effective at breaking up and scaping any ice beneath the snow. However, a metal snow shovel can damage asphalt surfaces. It is best to use a lightweight, plastic snow shovel. The key is to shovel early and often to prevent ice from forming. Be sure to hold the shovel at a shallow angle to prevent damage to your asphalt and never use the shovel as a pick to break up ice on the driveway. Select your de-icer carefully. This is one of the most important asphalt driveway maintenance tips, as de-icers can be hard on the asphalt. Whenever possible, ...
Asphalt Repair – Keep Small Issues from Becoming a Major Expense
Asphalt is an incredibly flexible and durable material, making it an excellent choice for paving surfaces as small as residential driveways or as big as commercial parking lots. Although asphalt can last for 30 years or more if properly taken care of, it’s still at the mercy of the elements. Like a bike left out in the rain, asphalt weathers over time causing cracks, chips, or even large potholes. If your asphalt surface is displaying the following signs, it may be time to consider asphalt repair. Tending to small problems now will ultimately protect your investment and keep your asphalt surface from becoming a major financial burden. Daunting Discoloration Over time, your asphalt surface may experience some fading and discoloration. Typically, this color change is caused by years of exposure to the sun’s powerful UV rays. While discoloration is a sign of normal wear and tear, it can also mean that the constant contact with UV rays have weakened the asphalt.  To avoid unnecessary asphalt repair, it’s best to seal coat the asphalt surface once it has cured. Seal coating protects asphalt against the elements and the harmful effects of chemical exposure, extending the life of your asphalt surface. Seal ...
It’s Not Too Soon to Prepare Your Asphalt Driveway for Winter Weather
Let’s face it, your driveway takes a beating. It’s walked on and driven on daily not to mention it’s constantly exposed to the elements. With fall here and winter just a few short months away, now is the time to prepare your asphalt driveway to survive the winter weather. Taking a few precautionary steps now will help you avoid major issues from popping up in the spring. Repair Cracks and Sealcoat If your driveway has cracks, they should be sealed well before the cooler temperatures arrive. When water seeps in and freezes, it expands and can turn even minor cracks into major ones. Cracks in your asphalt driveway should be filled and then the driveway should be sealcoated. Sealcoating can only be done when the overnight temperatures remain at 50 degrees or above. If the temperatures have fallen below that, you should schedule your sealcoating for the spring. However, those cracks should still be filled with cold mix asphalt before winter weather arrives. Beware of Pooling Water  Small valleys on your asphalt driveway that allow water to collect, can turn into potholes by spring. Like cracks, potential potholes should be repaired before they become a more serious problem. Not only ...