20 Dec

Driveway: Asphalt vs Concrete

If you’re installing a new driveway, you’ve probably wondered which paving material is the best to use. Two of the most popular options are asphalt and concrete. Both materials have their strengths and weaknesses, and the option that is best for you will depend on various factors.

Asphalt gives a traditional roadway appearance, while concrete is more updated and customizable. Both materials are known to do well in colder climates like ours here in Seattle, with proper maintenance. Water getting into cracks and freezing can be devastating to both materials, so regular and diligent upkeep is vital. Read More

10 Feb

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

How Concrete Will Play a Major Role in New Year’s Eve 2017

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

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

48393311 - gardener raking fall leaves in garden. nature backgroundNo 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 Eyecatching Ideas for Your Driveway Design

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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

Four Things to Know about Driveway Installation

webpage change 2As 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

IMG_1381Solar 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

15 May

Where Should You Be Running?

runningThe exercise world is hardly lacking in myths, controversies, and debates over the benefits or dangers of certain lifestyle and workout choices. One minute you should be loading up on soy protein, the next soy is a major danger. First drinking coffee is a bad thing, then a health attribute. It’s hard to keep up! One of the biggest debates in the running world specifically relates to the best surfaces on which to run. Some surfaces are better for the body, while others are safer or easier to access. If you are a runner, this information can help you determine how to best plan tomorrow’s route on asphalt or concrete.

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15 Apr

A Brief Explanation of the Asphalt Installation Process

IMG_1798Your home’s driveway serves as a focal point from the road. Visitors, neighbors, and people passing by will all formulate their judgement about your house by taking into consideration the appearance of your driveway. In addition, your driveway serves many important purposes, including providing your cars with parking space, your children with a play area, and more. With so many important factors relying on the quality of your driveway, it is important that the asphalt installation process is done correctly. Read More