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 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

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 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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15 Jul

Asphalt or Concrete? What’s Best for Your Commercial Property?

If you need a new parking lot for your commercial property, you have a lot of things to consider. You may need to expand the size of your parking lot, or you may need to add some additional parking lot features. One of the things you’ll need to decide is whether to have a concrete or asphalt parking lot installed. Here are the pros and cons of both.

Asphalt

Asphalt is the most popular choice for commercial parking. This is because asphalt is very durable and is designed to hold up against heavy traffic. That’s why this is the preferred option for most roadways as well.

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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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Compare installation costs.

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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