05 Jun

What is Sealcoating?

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Does your property have an asphalt pavement or driveway? If it does, you probably made a significant investment to have it installed. As a result, you’d like it to stay in tip-top conditions throughout the years. Fortunately, you can accomplish this through seal coating.

But what exactly is sealcoating? A sealcoat is a layer or membrane of sprayed-on asphalt. It is then followed by a thin layer of aggregate material, which could comprise sand, stone, or gravel. When seal coating is done, it ensures your asphalt pavement is durable, weather-resistant, and durable.

However, if you’d like to apply a sealcoat, you need to consult professionals. Luckily, our company, Jireh Construction, is well-versed in carrying out these applications. We ensure to handle every task effectively, leaving your pavements or driveways attractive and durable.

That said, here’s all you need to know about sealcoating.

 

How Do We Apply a Seal Coat?

Sealcoating is an engaging procedure. And we understand that there exist different types of seal coating material. However, every method Jireh Construction uses follows a process of cleaning and patching your asphalt pavement and driveways.

Afterward, we will coat the entire surface of your asphalt using a liquid sealer. The sealer creates an impenetrable layer/barrier after drying up. That way, your pavement is protected from the adverse effects of wind, water, and UV rays. Such elements could easily degrade the asphalt, resulting in cracking or crumbling.

Typically, our experts follow the following steps:

  • All dirt and debris should be removed from the asphalt surface before pavement sealing. Minor repairs, such as potholes and cracks, should also be filled, and vehicle fluids, such as oil, should be removed properly.
  • We usually apply a minimum of two coats.
  • Before application, we ensure the temperatures are at a minimum of 50 degrees and rising for at least 24 hours. If the forecast states the temperature will be below 50 degrees, we cannot apply the coat.
  • We cannot apply if rain is forecasted to fall within 24 hours
  • After application, we’ll let the seal coat cure for approximately 24 hours. After that, you can drive on it.

Benefits of Sealcoating

 

If you have asphalt on your property, here are some of the reasons you should consider seal coating.

 

  • Prevents the asphalt from hardening and crumbling, extending the life of the driveway and parking lot.
  • Sealing the driveway prevents salts, chemicals, and moisture from penetrating the surface.
  • It leaves an attractive, uniform coat on the pavement, especially if cracks and holes are properly filled before applying seal coating.
  • Seal coating is a low-cost method of repairing or resurfacing existing pavement, thereby extending the life of the pavement and driveway.
  • Seal coating helps to speed up the melting of snow and ice on the pavement. Water penetration, rain, frost, and snow damage are all reduced as a result of this.
  • It only entails two processes – spraying and squeegee

Types of Seal Coating

 

We mainly use two products for sealcoating – asphalt emulsion coatings and coal tar sealers. Coal tar sealers are cheaper compared to the former, but they require significant product management. We always recommend you call experts for this application.

 

Why’s that? We have the necessary skills and equipment for the job. We recommend this type of sealcoat for clients worried about chemical and fuel spills.

 

On the other hand, asphalt emulsion sealers are much easier to apply. Besides, they emit lesser volatile organic compounds compared to coal tar sealers. We mostly apply asphalt emulsion sealers to homes because they’re less resistant to chemical spills.

 

You must also know that each type of sealer has specific manufacturer instructions. Therefore, you should leave the application process to qualified experts mainly because we know the intended use for every product.

 

Other types of asphalt emulsion sealers include fast-dry and acrylic sealers. Acrylic sealers are synthetic compounds, and they tend to be costly. Fortunately, they’re a little more environmentally-friendly and expose technicians to fewer health risks.

 

On the other hand, fast-dry sealers are recommended for high-traffic areas. That’s because you can walk on the surface an hour after we apply the seal coating. However, they’re not so durable.

 

With that said, do you want seal coating on your asphalt pavement? Pick up your phone and call us today!

 

04 May

The Best Ways to Maintain Your Concrete Surfaces

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Your Concrete Surfaces

Concrete is one of the most popular materials people choose in landscaping. One of the main reasons is its versatility because you can use it as pavers or just pour it on the surface. Concrete is also durable, and you can customize the color and texture finish depending on your aesthetic goals.

 

However, concrete surfaces get beat up over time, mainly because of exposure to weather elements like any other material. Some of the tips you can use to maintain the new and uniform look of your concrete include:

 

Cleaning

 

This is one of the basic yet essential maintenance practices for your concrete surfaces. Concrete is porous, which makes liquids sip through it, which could easily stain it. Therefore, you should clean your concrete surface immediately after pouring anything on it.

 

Cleaning also helps remove weeds and grass that could be growing along the edge and joints. These make the surface look bad and could also cause cracks because of the root system expansion.

 

For regular cleaning, you only need to use soap and water. For tougher stains, you can use vinegar, baking soda, and bleach, but don’t use harsh chemicals as that could damage the surface. You could also use a pressure washer, but avoid using it along any cracks.

 

Sealing

 

This is the most effective way to keep water from slipping into the concrete, which eventually causes cracks. If you are using concrete pavers, ensure you fill the joints often. This prevents water from sipping into the concrete through the joints.

 

It also prevents dirt from accumulating in them or weeds growing in them, making the pavers lose.

If you are not using pavers, ensure you seal the concrete surface at least once in two years. This helps repel moisture and stains, offers surface resistance against abrasion and UV rays, and makes it dustproof.

 

How often you reseal your concrete surface depends on the type of sealer you use, weather conditions, and traffic on the concrete surface. If you use an acrylic-resin sealer, you need to redo it after around two years. However, if you use a penetrating sealer, you can go for ten years without redoing it.

 

Repair cracks as soon as possible

 

One of the downsides of using concrete in landscaping is its vulnerability to cracks. Even the smallest cracks could cause a lot of damage to the surface because it allows moisture and debris to penetrate the surface.

 

Therefore, it is essential you repair cracks as soon as you see them. You can repair small cracks yourself, but it is best to call the professionals for more significant cracks. To prevent cracks, avoid dropping heavy and sharp objects on the surface.

 

You should also wipe off any fertilizer that falls on the surface as you fertilize the vegetation. That is because the chemicals in the fertilizer affect the concrete, causing cracks and other degeneration forms.

 

Apply a new surface

 

Even with a sealer, your concrete surface might suffer and look old because of the traffic and weather elements. Recoating the surface after around three to five years will keep it looking new and fresh and increase its durability. You can also renew the concrete surface by adding new paint or finish to the new coat.

To ensure that the new coat properly adheres to the old one, it’s important to sweep, pressure wash, or etch the old surface.

 

Use the right deicing products

 

Experts recommend that you don’t use deicing chemicals on your concrete surfaces, especially before they are one year old. Since deicing chemicals work by changing the temperatures, they expose your concrete surface to a freeze and thaw cycle, which could cause cracking.

 

The saline solution, which the chemicals form from the ice and snow, penetrates through the porous concrete surface. They expand and contract as they freeze, inducing more damage.

 

You should also check the chemical composition of the deckers you use. This is because those containing ammonium sulfates and ammonium nitrates chemically attack the concrete. Calcium chloride or sodium chloride don’t affect the concrete too much chemically, but be careful not to use them on the vegetation around.

 

The safest way to deice tour concrete is using sand or scraping and shoveling. However, you should avoid using metal shovels and instead use plastic ones. You should also raise your snow blower’s blades to prevent scratching the surface.

 

Call the professionals

 

Whether you want to repair cracks, reseal, or recoat your concrete surface, the best way to get quality services is by calling the professionals. At Jireh Asphalt and Concrete, we are here to help with all your concrete needs.

 

We guarantee you the best results with our highly trained and experienced employees, state-of-the-art equipment, and high-quality materials.

 

Before starting the job, we will show you a gallery of our past work or inspiration photos and videos to help you choose what you want. Our professionals will work with you in every step of the job, ensuring that you get what you ask for.

 

We also inspect the nature and size of the job before we start, then give you an accurate and well-detailed quote. Call us today for more information or get your free quote.

 

10 Feb

Do You Really Need to Sealcoat Your Asphalt? YES!

Do You Really Need to Sealcoat Your Asphalt? YES!

Do You Really Need to Sealcoat Your Asphalt? YES!

Nothing improves a driveway or parking lot’s appearance more than a fresh, dark coat of asphalt. Just like a bright green lawn generates stronger curb appeal for a home, a well maintained asphalt surface helps a home or building look more attractive and appealing. However, just like that green lawn, an asphalt surface cannot remain in perfect condition without a maintenance schedule. Sealcoating is one of the most important components of maintenance that should be provided to asphalt surfaces every few years. Read More

20 Dec

Concrete Will Play a Leading Role New Year’s Eve

How Concrete Will Play a Leading Role in New Year's Eve 2022

How Concrete Will Play a Leading Role in New Year’s Eve 2022

As New Year’s Eve approaches, concrete will play a leading role as cities planned how to keep large crowds of revelers safe. Moscow, London, New York City, and many other popular locations were protected not just with armed police patrols, but also with blocks of concrete.

Berlin Attack Leaves the World in Fear

When a large tractor trailer drove full speed into a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany in December, the entire world was left in shock at yet another terror attack that major intelligence agencies and border control agencies failed to recognize and prevent. The same tactic was used in France to kill unsuspecting and innocent people celebrating Bastille Day on Nice’s seafront promenade. Now, after two awful tragedies in Europe, cities around the world are preparing for the worst to keep New Year’s crowds safe from any such attack efforts.

There isn’t much that can stop a truck driving full speed ahead, but concrete comes close thanks to its incredible durability and strength. It is for this reason that cities like Moscow, London, and New York City are all placing concrete barriers as extra security measures around the perimeters of large crowd gatherings.

As Mayor Khan of London explained, “Our police and security services do an amazing job learning the lessons from some horrific incidents in other cities around the world. We adapt to make sure we preserve our way of life but keep our citizens and those visiting safe. We’ve got to make sure we don’t allow terrorists or people who want to destroy our way of life to stop us enjoying what’s going to be a great night.”

The Strength of Concrete

Concrete is so useful for these types of security measures because it is affordable yet strong. Over the last 40 years, experts have developed specific high strength concrete that has been used in Seattle, Washington to build with a compressive strength of 19,000 psi. It is fortunate that security teams in cities around the world can utilize this type of concrete to prevent horrible terror attacks during holiday festivities.

10 Dec

How to Protect Your Concrete This Winter

How to Protect Your Concrete This Winter

How to Protect Your Concrete This Winter

The winter season can be brutal in many ways, including on your concrete driveway and sidewalk. When the temperatures are below freezing and Mother Nature has just dropped another eight inches of snow over your town, you may be tempted to use rock salt to battle snow and ice accumulation. After all, you still need to be able to get to work without driving along an ice skating rink! But it turns out that rock salt can severely damage your concrete, so steer clear of it and utilize a more natural alternative like sand. Read More

20 Nov

Everything You Never Knew about Leaf Removal

Everything You Never Knew about Leaf Removal

Everything You Never Knew about Leaf Removal

No icon is more universally recognized as a sign of autumn than beautiful orange and red leaves falling to the ground. As much as we love this part of the season, those big piles of leaves unfortunately threaten the health of your lawn. Many homeowners find that they don’t have the time or ability to rake all of their leaves each fall, especially since it’s a process that usually needs more than one session to be effective. If you find yourself in this boat, it’s best to find a maintenance company that offers leaf removal services. Read More

10 Nov

Three Eye-catching Ideas for Your Driveway Design

Three Eye-catching Ideas for Your Driveway Design

Three Eye-catching Ideas for Your Driveway Design

Your driveway has the potential to serve as a key element of your home’s curb appeal, and by taking advantage of the many different concrete and asphalt designs that are available, you can transform your driveway from plain to unforgettable. These ideas will get your creative juices flowing and help you decide which driveway design is right for you.

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20 Sep

Things to Know about Driveway Installation

Things to Know about Driveway Installation

Things to Know about Driveway Installation

As the entryway into your home, your driveway makes a statement. It’s condition, quality, size, and shape will all contribute to your home’s curb appeal, so it’s important to understand the main principles of driveway installation before you begin. Whether you’re building a new house or renovating your existing residence, never underestimate the power of the driveway.

Find a Reputable Contractor

The asphalt industry is frequently invaded by scam salesmen who use cheap materials to start projects they quickly abandon after receiving deposits from unsuspecting homeowners. Be sure to select an asphalt contractor who has legitimate customer testimonials and a strong reputation in your community. As long as you can rely upon the company you hire, the rest will take care of itself. Read More

09 Sep

Asphalt May Play a Role in Alleviating Climate Change

Asphalt May Play a Role in Alleviating Climate Change

Asphalt May Play a Role in Alleviating Climate Change

Solar panels, wind farms, hydropower, and energy-efficient windows may be a few of the technological advancements that you connect to saving the environment, but what about asphalt? Believe it or not, a new form of porous asphalt has been created that can absorb 154 percent of its weight in carbon dioxide, and this has huge implications for our battle against climate change. Experts are eager to use this porous asphalt to help make natural gas a cleaner energy source. Read More