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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 ...
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 ...
New Asphalt Driveway Installation – When is the Best Time?
Planning to have a new asphalt driveway installed? To ensure a quality installation and the best possible lifespan, it’s important to choose an experienced asphalt contractor. The time of year schedule your new asphalt driveway installation is also an important factor. Experts will tell you – the warmer the weather is the better. The spring and summer months through early fall provide the optimum temperatures for asphalt installation. Why Warm Weather is Better Both the ground and air temperature dictate the best time is to install a new asphalt driveway. The longer the hot mix asphalt has to cool, the better results you’ll get. The asphalt contractor and their crew need ample time to properly lay and smooth out the asphalt. Although hot mix asphalt is heated and liquefied at 300 degrees, lower temperatures can accelerate the cooling process. If the asphalt cools too quickly, you could end up with bumpy or uneven asphalt which could not only negatively impact the appearance but also the integrity of your new asphalt driveway. It’s Not Too Late So with fall just around the corner, is it too late to schedule asphalt driveway installation? It depends on where you live, but for those ...
Asphalt Milling Services – What Is It And Do I Need It?
 When you pave your property with asphalt, you are making an investment that you should work to protect. While asphalt is a durable option for paving, nothing lasts forever. After years of wear and tear, asphalt can crack, chip, or become uneven. When these issues start to form, it’s essential to call asphalt milling services you can trust to revitalize your pavement. But what exactly is asphalt milling and what are its benefits? Asphalt Milling Asphalt milling is a process where an asphalt surface is ground down with professional milling equipment to make the surface smooth, even and ready for repaving. Milling may only grind down a few inches on the top of an asphalt surface or a full-depth removal may be necessary. Interestingly enough, the milling process is relatively new, starting in the mid-70s. However, the milling equipment has evolved since then. You want to make sure that the asphalt milling services you choose have the most up to date equipment and the trained employees to operate it.  Asphalt Damage What exactly can asphalt milling services repair? For one, it will restore the pavement to a unified slope and profile while removing ruts. It can fix the drainage flow ...
Asphalt – The Best Choice for a Commercial Parking Lot
While it may not be the most glamorous renovation for your business, having a well-paved parking lot is essential. But how should you actually go about paving a parking lot? There’s a reason why most business parking lots you see are paved with asphalt. It offers several benefits that make life easier for business owners while significantly improving their bottom line.  Flexibility While ‘flexible’ may not be the first word that comes to mind when you see an asphalt parking lot, compared to other materials, asphalt is just that. This, of course, does not mean that it is soft and rubbery, but the material can bend slightly to sustain heavy loads. If a 16-wheeler or construction crane drives in your parking lot, the asphalt can flex with weight, rather than cracking.  The flexibility also makes installation over rough surfaces easier. If you wanted to make a parking lot out of pavers, for example, there would need to be major and meticulous grading done to the surface you are paving so each paver lines up perfectly. Asphalt can be poured and smoothed over on less-than-perfect surfaces, although some grading will be required.   Freeze and Thaw It may be surprising to learn ...
The Benefits of Commercial Paving Services
Curb appeal isn’t exclusive to residential properties. It is equally important for a business as the exterior of your facility provides customers with their first impression. It can significantly influence their perception of your business and whether or not they want to patronize your business. The condition and appearance of driveways, parking lots and walkways are especially important. Properly maintaining them will up your curb appeal in more ways than one. In addition to aesthetics and demonstrating the pride you take in your business, well-maintained exterior surfaces show that you value your customers and their safety. If it’s time to upgrade your exterior surfaces, you should consider the benefits of commercial asphalt paving services. After all, there has to be a good reason so many businesses have asphalt surfaces. Commercial paving services offer numerous benefits beyond curb appeal.   Versatility and Durability Asphalt can be used for various applications from driveways and parking lots to curbing and roadways. Asphalt is also used in areas where it is subject to heavy loads such as a base for train tracks. A commercial parking lot can be subject to all types of vehicles from customer cars to tractor-trailer delivery trucks. An aggregate material mixed ...