10 Nov

Give Your Driveway a Facelift with Decorative Concrete

There’s no doubt that as a paving and driveway material, concrete is a top-notch choice. Concrete is durable, affordable, and lasts a lifetime with proper care. But, it has always lacked the charisma that some more decorative driveway materials offer… until now!

Turn on your driveway’s charm with textured, patterned, and colored concrete options from Jireh Asphalt & Concrete in Seattle. We can make your driveway a showstopper with concrete finishes that mimic opulent natural materials. Luxury paving finishes are no longer just for the ultra-rich. You’ll be amazed at how many styles and patterns we can do with our decorative concrete services! Read More

20 Oct

How Patio Pavers Will Improve the Look of Your Home

If you’re like most people, you want design elements that are both timeless and unique. With patio pavers, you can create a patio space that is one-of-a-kind and 100% you. Patio pavers come in a variety of colors, shapes, textures, and patterns, so you’re sure to find a look that you absolutely love!

Here’s a few of our favorite ways to use patio pavers to enhance your home’s style: Read More

10 Oct

Should I Resurface or Replace My Asphalt

Cracking in your asphalt driveway, parking lot, or walkways is inevitable. Most small cracks can be easily repaired with asphalt filler available from a home improvement store. However, asphalt owners must be diligent about patching damaged asphalt as soon as cracks appear to avoid more expensive repairs. Sealcoating asphalt regularly is also a very important, but often overlooked maintenance task. Read More

20 Sep

Concrete or Asphalt: Which Type of Driveway is Right for You?

If you’re considering installing a new driveway, you’re probably trying to decide between concrete and asphalt, the two most common driveway materials.

Concrete and asphalt are both laid on a gravel substrate. The difference is in the adhesive: concrete uses cement, while asphalt uses tar.

Each material has its pros and cons, and it can be hard to know which is best for your unique situation. Climate, appearance, and budget are all varying factors in deciding which material to go with. Read More

20 Aug

Asphalt Sealcoating FAQs

  • Self coating asphaltWhat is sealcoating?

Sealcoating is the process of covering an asphalt surface with a protective sealant to prevent oxidation of the asphalt’s binding agent due to exposure to the elements. The sealant is typically made of bituminous based products or acrylics.

  • What are the benefits of sealcoating?

    • Protection from the elements
    • Slip-resistant
    • Improved surface appearance
    • Extends asphalt life
    • Saves your money

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10 Aug

Benefits of Asphalt Paving

AsphaltAsphalt remains the gold standard for paving in the United States, and for good reason. Asphalt provides benefits that you just can’t get with other paving materials, including:

  • Durability

The durability of asphalt as a paving material is almost unmatched. Asphalt is laid down in layers, adding to its overall strength. If the top layer is damaged, it can simply be recycled and relaid, leaving the bottom layers intact. Overlays can also be used on top of the surface of the asphalt to improve its durability. Read More

20 Jul

Popular Concrete Patio Ideas

Popular Concrete Patio IdeasThe days of a concrete patio being nothing more than a dull gray slab are over. Modern concrete patios come in a variety of textures, colors, and finishes. It is now possible to design your patio with stylish looks and maximum functionality. Here in Seattle, outdoor patios can look great while still standing up to freezing temps, heavy rain, and wild temperature fluctuations. Check out all the options to turn your concrete patio from drab to fab:

  • Stamping

Stamping is a texturing technique that gives concrete the appearance of stone, brick, tile, or wood. Precise lines are imprinted into the concrete’s surface and then the stain is added to contrast against the color of the raised concrete surface. Raised concrete can be stained in a variety of colors to achieve the desired look. Stamping is often combined with other finishing techniques. Read More

10 Jul

Can Summer Heat Affect My Parking Lot?

The summer sun beats down on everything, including parking lots. The asphalt is just no match for the sun’s brutal rays, and without proper care, the summer heat will eventually destroy it. Just some of the problems you may experience during hotter months include: Cracks One of the most common asphalt problems due to heat are cracks, which eventually turn into potholes. Cracking is more prominent on older surfaces, but even new asphalt can fall victim to cracking with prolonged heat exposure. Sealcoating on schedule is the best way to prevent cracks from forming. Once the crack starts and water begins to seep in, you’ve got an inevitable pothole on the way. Water infiltration Water seeps into the cracks in asphalt and erodes the subsurfaces. This causes air gaps between the top layer and the ground. When pressure is applied to these areas, the asphalt caves and a pothole is created. If a crack in the asphalt stays wet all the time, mold and mildew can also form. Tracking Even though asphalt is made to withstand very high temperatures, extremely hot days can cause what is known as tracking. Have you ever looked at the bottom of your shoe after walking across hot asphalt and noticed small black specks? That’s tracking. Tracking occurs when the asphalt gets so hot that it softens and small flakes come off. This can also happen if curing new asphalt is delayed by hot and humid conditions. Faded lines Painting parking lines on your lot can be quite expensive and very time-consuming. Not to mention there’s no room for error; one wrong measurement and you may have to repaint the entire section! Extended exposure to sunlight can fade the paint lines, especially as it continues to get hotter. Burns It’s no secret that asphalt gets hot in the summertime, but is it possible to burn someone? With rising temperatures and heat waves like those we’ve recently experienced here in Seattle, the possibility of being burned by asphalt is greater than ever. When temperatures outside exceed 95°F, burn centers see an influx of hot surface burn cases. On the hottest days, asphalt can reach a scorching 180°F! This is why it’s so important to use asphalt with a high solar reflectance index (SRI). Using high-quality asphalt and sticking to a maintenance schedule can prevent these summer heat issues with your parking lot. Keep your customers happy and safe with a freshly poured asphalt lot from Jireh Construction Services. Ask us about our asphalt maintenance services such as seal coating and line painting. We’ll help you keep your parking lot in great shape for years to come!The summer sun beats down on everything, including parking lots. The asphalt is just no match for the sun’s brutal rays, and without proper care, the summer heat will eventually destroy it. Just some of the problems you may experience during hotter months include:

  • Cracks

One of the most common asphalt problems due to heat are cracks, which eventually turn into potholes. Cracking is more prominent on older surfaces, but even new asphalt can fall victim to cracking with prolonged heat exposure. Sealcoating on schedule is the best way to prevent cracks from forming. Once the crack starts and water begins to seep in, you’ve got an inevitable pothole on the way. Read More