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    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 ...
    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 ...
    Consider the Benefits of Asphalt for Your Next Paving Project
    When taking on a residential paving project, One of the first things to consider is what material to use. Asphalt is a popular choice among homeowners when installing driveways and walkways on their property, and with good reason. The benefits of asphalt make it a great choice for residential paving. Taking time to understand those benefits can make your choice of materials easy when it’s time for your next paving project. Quick Installation Any construction or renovation on your property can significantly disrupt your daily routine. One of the benefits of asphalt paving is a quick installation. Your average driveway typically only takes one to two days to complete.  The time involved will vary depending on the size of the area being paved. However, asphalt paving usually takes half the time of installing concrete or paver driveways. The quicker your asphalt pavement is installed, the sooner you can use it and have your daily routine return to normal. Excellent Durability Having a new driveway or another paved surface installed can be a big investment. For this reason, the durability of the material used is an important factor. Another one of the benefits of asphalt is its flexibility, which allows it ...
    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 ...
    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 ...