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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...