15 Jun

Asphalt or Concrete? Choosing the Right Material for Your Driveway

Are you installing a new driveway after renovations or replacing your old, worn, and stained driveway? You have a lot of options these days to personalize your driveway to your own tastes, style, and needs. Here are some things to consider when choosing between asphalt or concrete for your driveway.

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Asphalt is typically much less expensive to install. You can often get an asphalt driveway for less than $5 per square foot. On the other hand, concrete driveways can run up to over $15 per square foot, depending on the options and finish you choose.

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15 May

What You Need to Know About Sealing Your Driveway

Have you heard that you should be sealing your driveway to prevent damage and make it last longer? While it is true that sealing some driveways is important, not all driveways need to be sealed. It depends on what type of driveway you have and the quality of material used. Here’s what you need to know to make a decision about whether or not to seal your driveway.

Quality of Asphalt

If you have any type of asphalt driveway, you will need to have it sealed. How often it should be sealed and how important it is to do depends on the quality of your asphalt. The quality used in most residential driveway applications is on the lower end, which means that it may need to be sealed every year. Slightly higher end asphalt may allow you to seal only every other year or every three years. The higher the quality of asphalt, the less often you have to seal it.

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15 Apr

How Liquid Asphalt Is Made

Many homeowners and commercial property owners have asphalt driveways or parking lots. If you are looking to renew your driveway or parking area, you may be wondering if asphalt is still the way to go. There are a lot of good things about asphalt, and some of those benefits lie in how it is made. Here is how liquid asphalt is made for these purposes.

First, it is important to understand that asphalt is made from petroleum products. The crude oil or petroleum is distilled to separate it into several byproducts, one of which is asphalt. Asphalt is actually a naturally occurring substance. But in this pure form, it cannot be used for paving.

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15 Mar

The History and Origin of Liquid Asphalt

We come into contact with asphalt every day. It’s used to pave roads, driveways, and parking lots. Most of the time we don’t think about how much asphalt is used in the United States. In reality, the U.S. produces about 350 million metric tons of asphalt per year. That is used for everything from roads to parking lots.

But where did liquid asphalt come from? What was it traditionally used for, and how does asphalt differ today from days of yore? 

The Original Asphalt

In the rest of the world, asphalt is called bitumen, which is a much more accurate term. Bitumen refers to the liquid deposits in the earth, which we often think of as tar or oil. Asphalt is natural to the earth in the same way. Asphalt is really a natural petroleum product made up of organisms, animals, and reptiles that decayed over billions of years.

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15 Feb

Common Uses for Liquid Asphalt

Liquid asphalt has a lot of benefits when it is used for driveways and parking lots. There are three main areas in which liquid asphalt is primarily used. These three uses encompass most applications of driveways and parking lots. Of course, you also have the choice of concrete, but asphalt has some distinct benefits. Here are some of the most common uses for liquid asphalt.

Municipal Buildings

It is important that your municipal parking lots are well-paved and in good condition. As a government entity, it is even more important that you don’t put your visitors in danger with poorly paved parking lots. Asphalt is usually the clear choice for municipal buildings. 

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15 Jan

When to Have Your Concrete or Asphalt Drive Inspected

Concrete and asphalt driveways are the most common types of driveways in the area. While both concrete and asphalt are durable and low maintenance as a general rule, there are some instances in which cracks and pits can occur. It is a good idea to have your concrete or asphalt driveway inspected by a professional to determine if repair or replacement is best for your driveway. 

Cracks or Pits

If you have cracks or pits in your concrete or asphalt driveway, they should be repaired as soon as possible. Cracks in concrete are really not a hazard for the most part, although they can be unsightly. However, cracks or pits in asphalt can lead to further potholes in the driveway if left untreated or unrepaired. If you are noticing any kind of cracking or potholes in your driveway, no matter how small, you should have it inspected by a professional to see what, if anything, needs to be done.

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15 Dec

Planning Ahead for Asphalt Driveway Repair

If you have an asphalt driveway, chances are you will need some repairs at the end of the winter. Asphalt is a durable material that dries hard. But with certain patterns of wear, it can be difficult to maintain. You will likely need to have your asphalt repaired or at least sealed on an almost annual basis. It is best to plan ahead and know when your asphalt driveway will need repairs.


Washington winters are generally heavy with precipitation. Although snow is not as common as in other parts of the country, Washington does get quite a bit of rain, drizzle, and light showers. When water builds up around your asphalt driveway, it can deteriorate the gravel and sand base and cause the surface to buckle and crack. It is best to keep water from pooling near your driveway. But if it cannot be avoided, you may need repairs after a precipitation heavy winter.

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15 Nov

Three Areas of Your Property That Benefit from New Concrete

Step outside and take a look around your property. Notice all the concrete around your house or building. Is it aesthetically pleasing, or are there chips, cracks, or uneven patches? If you don’t like what you see, it may be a great time to get new concrete. Here are three areas that might need some attention.


Parking your car on a driveway with bad concrete can be a real hassle. Very large holes can damage the undercarriage of your car and cause excess wear on your tires. Cracks expand and contract as the outside temperature changes, which can lead to even worse cracks. New concrete can help you avoid these problems. And, when the concrete work is done correctly, you won’t have to worry about cracks due to weather. 

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15 Oct

Three Ways to Use Concrete Pavers

Are you looking for an interesting way to make your landscape unique? Instead of replacing broken concrete sidewalks, paths, and driveways with plain concrete, you should consider concrete pavers. Concrete pavers are slabs of concrete that can be one of a range of colors, and they can have designs carved into the surface. Here are three ways you can use these unique concrete pavers.


Patios are a great way to make use of concrete pavers. You can install them on the walk from your door to the patio or gazebo and place concrete pavers around and in the area. The concrete pavers can make a design, or the colors of the concrete pavers can compliment your home, gazebo, or covered patio.

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15 Sep

Preparing Your Driveway for Winter

It is no secret that winter is very hard on concrete, asphalt, and other driveway materials. If you want to avoid costly repairs in Spring and Summer, you will want to prepare your driveway for the winter months. Here are some ways that you can prepare your driveway for winter so that you can avoid future costly repairs.

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Repair Your Driveway

If your driveway has cracks or holes, you will want to get those repaired before the cold months hit. Cracks and holes can fill with water and freeze, causing the concrete or asphalt to continue to crack under pressure. Small cracks and holes that seem like a minor nuisance can quickly become pitfalls for your vehicle that can cause problems with tires and alignment. Repair these minor problems while the weather is still warm.

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