10 Sep

Tips to Prepare Your Driveway for Winter

Tips to Prepare Your Driveway for WinterTips to Prepare Your Driveway for Winter

Cold weather is right around the corner, so now is the best time to prepare your driveway for winter. We’re no strangers to snow and ice here in Seattle, and both can wreak havoc on an asphalt or concrete driveway already battered from the summer heat.

During the fall, be sure to follow these tips to prepare your driveway for winter: Read More

20 Aug

Asphalt Sealcoating FAQs

Asphalt SealcoatingAsphalt Sealcoating FAQs

What is sealcoating?

Asphalt 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 asphalt 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

AsphaltBenefits of Asphalt Paving

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

  • Durability

The durability of asphalt 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 re-laid, 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 IdeasPopular Concrete Patio Ideas

The 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 turn your concrete patio ideas into stylish looks with 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 ideas 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

How Summer Heat Affects My Parking Lot

How Summer Heat Affects My Parking Lot?How Summer Heat Affects 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. Read More

20 Jun

Why Seal Coating Asphalt is Essential

SealCoating AsphaltWhy Seal Coating Asphalt is Essential

The 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

The Best Materials for a Driveway?

Best Material for a DrivewayThe Best Materials for a Driveway?

The 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 best materials for a 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?

Repair My Concrete

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

Sealcoat My Asphalt

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

How Patio Pavers Can Improve the Look of Your Home

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