20 Jun

Why SealCoating Asphalt is Essential

SealCoating AsphaltThe rationale for seal coating your asphalt driveway, roadway, or parking lot is simple…it saves you money! Proper asphalt maintenance requires it to be resealed at least every 4-5 years and more often if needed. This ensures you will continue enjoying your asphalt’s many benefits for as long as possible. A few of the reasons for seal coating your asphalt surface on the recommended schedule is:

  • Seal coating saves you money.

Asphalt is revered for its lower cost and long lifespan, but that lifespan can be shortened significantly without proper care. Seal coating provides moisture and UV protection along with filling in any small surface cracks that develop. In comparison with replacing broken or cracked chunks of asphalt, seal coating is a much less expensive option. Seal coating on the recommended schedule will make sure your asphalt surface stays in great shape as long as possible. Read More

10 Jun

What is the Best Material for a Driveway?

Material for a DrivewayThe type of driveway that will be best for your home will depend on a variety of factors such as weather, traffic, size, and aesthetic preferences. Here in Seattle, the cold, wet weather presents its own challenges to paving contractors. Any material chosen must be able to stand up heavy weights, frigid temperatures, and constant moisture. The material you choose for your driveway will also determine how often you must clean, maintain, and replace it. Some of the best materials to use here in the Pacific Northwest are:

  • Asphalt

Asphalt remains the standard for areas that experience frequent freezing and thawing. Asphalt is an oil-based material that is more flexible than some driveway materials, making it ideal for the contracting and expanding that is necessary for cold climates. Read More

20 Feb

Should I Repair My Concrete?

Concrete is an excellent tool for a variety of outdoor needs, from driveways and patios to sidewalks, but it doesn’t last forever. Eventually, you may notice that your concrete develops holes or cracks that need to be repaired. Is now the best time to repair your concrete? Here’s what you need to know. 

Repair Your Concrete with Concrete Sealers

The purpose of a sealer is to provide long-term protection to your concrete that also enhances its color. Some sealers can be combined with cures that slow concrete hydration in order to minimize shrinkage and cracking. Other forms are just pure sealers.  Read More

10 Feb

The Best Time of Year to Sealcoat My Asphalt

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 the 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 essential maintenance components that should be provided to asphalt surfaces every few years. 

The Basics of Sealcoating

Since asphalt bears the brunt of everything, from torrential rain and oil spills to heavy traffic and intense sun exposure, it’s inevitable that it will deteriorate and fade with time. Sealcoating is the process of helping asphalt look brand new again by covering worn asphalt with a new asphalt emulsion spray.  Read More

20 Jan

How Patio Pavers Can Improve the Look of Your Home

It’s not just your landscaping and home design that influence your curb appeal; it’s your patio and driveway as well! Using beautiful, sophisticated, and durable paver materials is an easy way to instantly boost the aesthetic of your property. If you’re contemplating which pavers you should use to improve the look of your home, consider these excellent options. 

Flagstone with Ground Cover

If you’re looking for patio pavers that make a statement while retaining a classic and natural look, you could opt for flagstone. Flagstone is a flat slab of stone that is rectangular or square. Since it’s natural rock, the color will always vary slightly from piece to piece, lending the patio a unique appearance. Also, as a natural cut stone, flagstone pieces cannot fit perfectly together like other paver options, so ground cover like moss can be used to fill the gaps between each piece.  Read More

10 Jan

When Should I Repair My Asphalt?

Black asphalt is used on flat surfaces everywhere, from driveways to parking lots and roads. This paving material offers many important benefits like durability, aesthetic appeal, and ease of maintenance. 

However, that doesn’t mean that asphalt lasts forever in perfect condition. As the seasons change, it’s important for you to carefully evaluate your asphalt and identify which maintenance steps you need to take to help your driveway look like new. 

You Find Long, Straight Cracks

If your driveway contains one or two long, significant cracks running from one side to the other, your driveway is most likely trying to say, “Help me immediately!”  Read More

20 Oct

Concrete Slabs Vs. Pavers: How To Decide Which Is Best for Your Project

When you want to spruce up your driveway, backyard paths, or garden paths, you might want to think twice about using concrete slabs. Although they can be cheaper to install, they have some down sides that should be considered. Pavers could be a much better option for your landscaping. Here is what you should consider when making your decision.

Maintenance over time

Concrete is pretty durable, but it does have some drawbacks. Larger concrete slabs don’t have the ability to shift and move with the earth. With each passing season, each temperature change, each weather event, the earth beneath and around that concrete changes ever so slightly. Over time, that means the concrete can crack and break. 

If you get concrete pavers instead, they are going to be much smaller and fit together in such a way that they can move with the ground instead of cracking.

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10 Oct

Should You Hire a Paving Contractor or DIY?

In the new world of Do-It-Yourselfers watching YouTube videos and seemingly getting great results, it’s easy to question whether or not you really need to hire a paving contractor for your driveway or parking lot. But going DIY has a lot of potential for disaster, and hiring a contractor comes with certain protections. Here’s why you should hire a paving contractor instead of doing it yourself.

Mistakes can be costly.

If you make a mistake in pouring concrete, setting pavers, or laying asphalt, it could be pretty expensive to repair. In fact, you could have to start over, paying not only for your installation but a professional one as well. If a professional does the job and a mistake is made, our work is guaranteed.

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20 Sep

Should You Resurface Your Asphalt Driveway or Replace It Entirely?

When it comes to most things, it is cheaper to repair something than to replace it. But when it comes to your asphalt driveway, that might not be the case. In fact, cutting corners when fixing your driveway can cause problems with your vehicle and cause a trip hazard for your family or guests. At the same time, you don’t want to spend more money than you need to. Here’s how to tell if you should resurface your driveway or have it replaced.

How pitted is your driveway?

If you never sealed your driveway and have had it for a few years, you’re probably noticing some pitting or small potholes in the surface. If you have a lot of pits in your driveway, you might need to have it replaced instead of repaired. If those pits become potholes or cover the majority of your driveway, you probably should replace it.

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10 Sep

Asphalt Vs. Concrete: How Paving and Coatings Differ

It is easy to see that there are big differences between concrete and asphalt, but that doesn’t make it any less confusing to treat your driveway the way you should. Asphalt or concrete, you should consider sealings or coatings for your driveway to protect it and reduce maintenance and repair costs in the future. Here are the differences in the sealers and coatings, what they do, and which should be applied.

Asphalt sealants

Asphalt sealants are meant to do more than make your driveway look good. These sealants are used to protect the asphalt and make it last longer. If you want your asphalt driveway to last, you’ll need to get a sealant applied after the first year of installation and periodically after that. These sealants don’t last forever, but they are very important if you don’t want to have to replace or repair your asphalt driveway.

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