Even if the weather in autumn is not too harsh in Atlanta, there are still several ways to take care of your asphalt pavement.
To start with, a thorough inspection of your pavement, driveway, or parking lot is a good start to detect early signs of wear and tear. Rains can cause pooling which in turn causes a deterioration of your surface.
This inspection will also focus on the aesthetics in order for your pavement to remain attractive and give a great impression to your guests or customers. Image is key for many businesses not only in Atlanta but also in the rest of Georgia and you don’t want your employees or prospective customers to get the wrong impression when they enter your premises. The same is true for any homeowner, it is a matter of self-respect.
Asphalt Repairs Before Winter
Once summer is over, autumn is the ideal time to perform the necessary repairs, especially if your pavement is starting to crack or if your line marking is fading. Applying a fresh layer of sealcoat and repairing cracks, and filling potholes are the bare minimum you should do in order to preserve your pavement this upcoming winter.
The change of weather can have some natural effects on your asphalt paved surfaces and our goal as a professional asphalt paving company is to fight those effects and to protect your pavement against the change of seasons and the slow degradation of your driveways and parking lots.
Tips for Asphalt Maintenance in Autumn
Relocating the trees that are too close to your driveway can avoid tree roots damaging your asphalt in the future. Clean up all chemical and oil spills because they might damage your surface and the sealant too.
You can also make sure that the gutters don’t drain directly on your pavement.
And last but not least, heavy vehicles can cause important damages to your residential driveway or parking lot so you should avoid parking these type of vehicles there.
Asphalt Paving Solution in Atlanta, Georgia
We work with numerous property managers and homeowners in the Atlanta Metro Area, and beyond in Fulton County. Give us a call today at 770-629-0496 for a free inspection and a no-obligation quote over the phone if your pavement needs repairs now. Our experts are ready to assist you in any way possible.
We use the best products for your asphalt and never compromise on quality in order to make a quick buck. All the sealants we use are eco-friendly and are not harmful to your health or the environment.
It is time to make sure that your asphalt pavement is ready for winter, the same way your house and your car are! Cold temperatures and occasionally ice can and will damage your pavement if you haven’t taken the necessary steps to protect it.
The weather might be generally warm here but it puts your pavement even more at risk of reacting violently to harsh weather. Don’t let that happen to you!
With the recent hurricanes and storms hitting our coasts, many people are asking themselves if they are ready for the next one.
There are a few things you can do to ready yourself for an upcoming hurricane. We would like to share here a few tips on how you can achieve that successfully on your own.
The first thing you can do is to take a closer look at your catch basins or storm drains. Make sure they are not blocked or obstructed by debris, leaves, or trash of any kind. If they are blocked, the probability of flooding will greatly increase. Actually, blocked drains are the number one cause of flood damage.
Once it is done, you can perform a quick inspection of the area surrounding these same catch basins and storm drains. The pavement must be in good condition in order for them to work perfectly well. If the pavement is in poor condition, chances are that the storm drain won’t perform as it should.
Asphalt and Concrete Pavement Repairs Before and after a Hurricane or Severe Storm
If your asphalt pavement needs repairs, you can always call us and ask for a free estimate. Our paving specialists will be happy to help you. Readjusting your drain or completely repaving your driveway or parking lot might be required in some cases.
Water is the number one nemesis of everything asphalt and it’s easy to understand why after any storm, hurricane, or even heavy rain, paving companies have so much work.
Sealcoating can offer better protection to your asphalt pavement against severe weather and thus save you money in the long run. It is a lot cheaper than repaving.
Keep in mind that standing water can create cracks and damage your driveway. If some areas of your pavement are lower, you might have some “bird baths” or worse, some water ponds. In that case, it is wise to call a professional paving company in Atlanta to fix the problem.
Protecting your Driveway Against Water Damage
Water saturation is bad for any asphalt or concrete driveway, parking lot or any other surface. Heavy rain might weaken their integrity and create holes and cracks. Water will also be absorbed by the ground and the porous rocks situated under the roads, weakening the foundation of the roads and paved surfaces themselves.
A ruined pavement doesn’t look good but it is also dangerous for your car when you drive on it. You don’t need to wait until you have a huge pothole to think about preventive measures. Very often, the damage is not visible from the surface.
We offer flood washout repair services to all the local residents of Atlanta and its surrounding areas in Georgia. Get in touch now by calling our number 770-629-0496 and learn more about all the things our asphalt paving experts can do for you!
Once you have paved your driveway or walkway, you might think that it is over and that you can just use them without any problem for years.
That’s partially true, but as a homeowner, business owner, or property manager, you also want to think about ways to slow down the deterioration of your asphalt pavement. That’s when seal coating comes into play.
Extend the Life of your Pavement
If your asphalt pavement was done the right way, sealcoating will extend its lifespan and prevent the oxidation process to take place too quickly. If your pavement can’t deflect water anymore, it usually increases surface raveling and cracking.
Water won’t be able to seep down to the base material if done properly. Sealcoating will also seal the small cracks before they become bigger. It is also an efficient protection against oil and chemical spills that might damage your parking lot or driveway.
Improve the Visual Aesthetics of your Pavement
A new layer of sealcoat will revive the original dark black color and improve the overall appearance of your driveway or walkway. As a result, it will look like it’s brand new.
Once we are done with the sealcoating process, your pavement will be smooth and clean, an ideal surface for sweeping. The resilience of your driveway will be preserved and traffic or parking lines and markers will become more visible too.
Your asphalt will also look cleaner since rain will easily wash away dirt and debris from your pavement if the surface is smoother. Keep in mind that if your pavement has been poorly made from the beginning, sealcoating won’t be able to change or correct the initial problem.
Countering Oxidation from the Sun
Sunlight and ultraviolet radiation will damage your asphalt pavement, regardless of how durable and hard it is. When first laid, your asphalt pavement is filled with oil and some of this oil oxidize out. At first, it is beneficial and increases the hardness of your driveway. But if it continues, cracks will start to appear.
Sealcoating can slow the oxidation process if it is done early enough. If the oxidation phase is still in its early stages, it is still possible to recover and protect your pavement.
Sealcoating should be part of any preventive maintenance routine for homeowners who have foresight. Ask your paving contractor for more information if you have any doubt. We are here to help you avoid costly asphalt repairs.
Prices are very reasonable, especially when you compare it to the cost of repairing major cracks on your asphalt pavement, you can get good results literally for pennies on the dollar. Crude oil prices might affect the cost of the project.
Call us now at 770-629-0496 to learn more about our sealcoating service and schedule an appointment with one of our sealcoating experts in the area. We serve the entire Atlanta metro area. For all your asphalt pavement questions and needs, you know who to call now.
The majority of residential and also commercial driveways are finished with concrete or asphalt.
Both are reasonable in terms of price but asphalt has more advantages in the long run.
The way it is made says it all: concrete is made of aggregate (sand, crushed rocks…) mixed with cement and water. Asphalt is made of aggregate too but its binder is bitumen. Both are durable and hard but asphalt accommodates imperfections a lot better.
Faster Installation and Usability
Asphalt pavement can be installed in as little as a one or two days and you will be able to use it after waiting for only another couple days. Installation duration depends on the size of your driveway obviously. Once the asphalt reaches outside air temperature, it can withstand traffic.
If you compare this to a concrete pavement that takes twice longer to be installed and set, there is really no comparison possible. Asphalt wins in this case.
Concrete is a lot more prone to cracking and breaking compared to asphalt. Asphalt has a lot more flexibility and is less prone to cracking over time. Poor installation of your concrete can result in what is called “spalling”. Your driveway will remain in better condition for a longer time if you use asphalt.
Lower Maintenance Costs
If your asphalt driveway starts showing some signs of aging such as linear cracking, you can easily purchase a crack sealant on your own. Many home improvement shops sell it freely and you can apply all by yourself without even calling a professional. You can do it by yourself in one afternoon. All this will save you money in the end.
We strongly recommend that you perform preventive maintenance tasks on a regular basis if you want to increase your driveway lifespan. Sealcoating, crack filling, sweeping…all these operations are generally enough to maintain your asphalt driveway in good condition. In contrast, it is a lot harder to maintain concrete driveways since they can’t be heated and repaired as easily as asphalt.
Asphalt’s black color is an added benefit
Black retains sun and heat better than concrete. It means that during winter snow will melt faster. It is an added feature that increases the safety of your residence and your commercial premises.
And don’t forget that asphalt is 100% recyclable. Whether it is for a new construction or repairs, asphalt is the wisest choice you can make for the long term. Cement paving is a lot less convenient in comparison.
In conclusion, asphalt paving will provide you with better structural integrity and a more pleasant driving surface, even if you use heavy vehicles.
Give us a call now at 770-629-0496 if you want to learn more about our asphalt paving solutions in and around Atlanta, GA. Let us take care of your driveways and walkways!
Understanding the makeup of a product helps you to better understand how and why it deteriorates. This gives you a better understanding of how to prolong the life of the product.
Asphalt is comprised of various rock aggregates and a binder that holds them together.
You may wonder, what are aggregates? Aggregates refer to a mixture of gravel, stone and sand. It is a rock mixture comprised of various size and shaped materials. The size, shape and makeup of the aggregate can be changed to best fit with the climate of where it is being laid.
The binder that is used in asphalt paving is made from crude oil. When crude oil is processed, some of it becomes gas and what is left over is used to make the binder for asphalt. The binder does exactly what it name connotes, it binds or sticks the aggregates together.
The mixture of aggregates and the binder, also known as bitumen, makes asphalt a more flexible product than concrete. Concrete also uses aggregates comprised of a mixture of gravel, stone and sand, but its binder is cement. Cement is a strong substance that once is dried, does not change. The bitumen, while a strong substance, is more flexible and can handle larger changes in temperature.
Asphalt must be laid at temperatures of 270-350 degrees, which allows bitumen to be in a more flexible state to be laid and then compacted. It is rolled over with a roller to compact the asphalt. It then takes 24-48 hours to cure, depending on the outside temperatures. After that asphalt is ready to be driven on, but it doesn’t fully cure for a couple months, which is why you want to wait to sealcoat asphalt until it is fully cured.
As soon as asphalt is laid it begins going through the process of oxidation. Oxidation happens when oxygen from the air and water come into contact with the chemical compounds in bitumen, causing it to dry out. This is necessary, at first, to help cure and harden the asphalt. The oil within asphalt tends to make it a more flexible substance than concrete and helps with being able to manage traffic loads and varying temperatures. Over time though, the oxidation process will weaken the structure of the asphalt pavement, making it more brittle and less forgiving to colder temperatures that can cause freezing and thawing, causing it to be more susceptible to cracks and potholes. This is why it is important to sealcoat your asphalt in order to delay the process of oxidation. Over time, the asphalt will turn from black to light gray as the process of oxidation runs its course.
Now that you know that oxidation weakens the binder of the asphalt, as the oxygen in water and air change the chemical structure, how do you help protect against it? You can make sure that your pavement is constructed in a way that allows for irrigation so that water does not cause damage to your pavement. In addition, you can sealcoat it regularly to help protect the pavement.
If you are a heavily busy business area then your paving takes a beating. As customers come in and out of your parking lot, your parking lot gets put to good use. Having a heavily used parking lot is a good problem to have, even if it means you have to take even more care of your parking lot. The goal at the end of the day is to have more customers, but with more customers comes more upkeep.
There are 3 things that you can do to help protect your asphalt pavement from the many patrons visiting your location every day. Here we will go over somethings that you can do to help your pavement last longer.
Trying to be compliant to building codes can be hard. And there is some confusion between being ADA compliant and being code compliant. Just because you are ADA compliant doesn’t mean that you are being code compliant. You may wonder, why? ADA compliance comes down from the federal government. This means that everyone needs to follow these codes regardless of what city or state you life in. However, individual states and city may make their own codes that are more strict then the ADA compliance codes. The best way to make sure that you are compliant is or you to check with your city’s code compliance offices to ensure you are making the best decisions about your business’s building.
When you are looking at your parking lot there are somethings you want to ensure to make sure that you are ADA compliant. Each parking lot needs to have a certain amount of accessible parking spots. Each parking lot needs at least one van accessible spot and for every 6 accessible spots there needs to be at least 1 van accessible spot. Below you can see the chart of how many accessible spots are needed based on the number of parking spots provided.
CAR VS VAN REQUIREMENTS
Car accessible spots require the following:
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Don’t forget to check out to see if there is any tax credit available for you to make these changes. Small business may be eligible for up to $5,000 in tax credits for making changes to the parking lot. Small business are defined by the IRS as business that have less than 30 full-time employees and had a gross product of $1,000,000. Other business may also be able to receive up to $15000 in tax credit for the purpose of removing barriers on property in order to provide better accessibility.
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There are several factors that will affect the quality of your pavement and the length of time that it will last. Being proactive about mitigating some of these issues will allow your pavement to last longer.
One of the major factors affecting the life of your pavement is correctly assessing the amount of traffic that will be driving on your pavement. If you are a retail location that will be undergoing reconstruction and might have heavy machinery on your pavement it is important to take note of that when getting your pavement done. Pavement should always be laid for the heaviest traffic load it will need to carry. Pavement is made from a flexible material, but if the traffic load is too heavy it will cause cracking. Talk with your paving contractor about the use of your parking lot and ensure that it is able to bare the correct traffic load.
The second factor affecting the life of your pavement is water. Water can have devastating effects on your pavement if your pavement is not protected correctly. Water can get in and cause cracks and if these cracks are not taken care of then they will grow into bigger and multiple cracks. The way to prevent water from negatively affecting your pavement is by creating proper drainage for your asphalt pavement. Your paving contractor should ensure to create proper drainage for the pavement project so that no water pools on the pavement. Also making sure that your pavement is properly sealed will help protect against water seeping into the pavement.
Another factor that will affect the life of your pavement is the subgrade and subbase. If the underlying layer of your pavement is not built up correctly then the weight of the traffic on your pavement will not be evenly distributed and will cause too much weight and pressure on the asphalt, causing cracking to occur. There are many different ways that an improperly constructed subbase can cause pavement to fail. To guard against this make sure to hire a trusted contractor who will make sure that you have a strong, solid subbase.
The quality of your pavement and its life will be effected by the amount and type of maintenance that you perform. Asphalt needs maintenance to ensure that it is protected from external elements. To increase and protect the quality of your pavement, be sure to get cracks filled promptly and to deal with the root issue of the cracks to ensure that they do not come back again.
There are several types of deformations that can occur on the surface of the pavement due to weakness in one of the layers. The main four types of deformations that you may see on the roads are: Rutting, Corrugations, Shoving, Depressions and Swells.
Rutting occurs in heavy traffic areas. The rutting follows the tire lines of cars. It is caused by displacement of asphalt material as the cars drive over them. Ruts begin to appear over weakened areas. These areas can hold water. Rutting can occur in the subgrade, subbase or on the top layer, depending on where the weakness is.
Corrugations occur in areas where heavy acceleration or deceleration happens. It is important to get asphalt with the correct mixture suitable for the paving job. Corrugations occurs when there is too much cement or too much small aggregates. It resembles ripples and is often known as washboarding.
Shoving is the movement of the pavement similar to corrugations where there is a bulging of the pavements. These bulging often occurs in areas where there are heavy amounts of acceleration or deceleration as they cause the moving of the asphalt aggregates.
Depressions occur when there is a movement in the base layer, underneath the asphalt pavement. When shifts occur the pavement also becomes depressed. Eventually these depressions will result in potholes that become dangerous for motorists.
These are the main types of deformations that you might see on the road. Most of these deformations happen in heavy traffic areas where there are a lot of cars that cause these deformations. Constructing the asphalt pavement in the correct manner with the right mixture of aggregates at the right temperature will help to mitigate some of these effects. If you are experiencing some of these issues on your road be sure to reach out to an experienced asphalt paving contractor that can correctly assess and determine the causes of these deformation and provide the right solution to repair your road.
There are several types of cracks that can occur in your asphalt pavement. These cracks occur to a wide variety of reasons. Knowing why these cracks occur helps to best know how to mediate the effects of the cracks and repair the problem area.
Fatigue Cracking is also known as alligator cracking. The main reason for fatigue cracking is due to heavy traffic load on the roads. Roads should be built for the largest traffic load that it will have to carry. Excessive traffic load causes the road to crack, as it is not able to carry the weight of the load.
Longitude Cracking/ Transverse Cracking
Longitude cracking and transverse cracking are both long lines that appear in the road. Longitude cracking occurs in the direction of the traffic and lines up with the center of the road, while transverse cracking is perpendicular to the center of the road. These types of cracking are usually due to drainage and frost problems. Once water gets into the asphalt pavement it will begin to freeze and thaw and this process of freezing and thawing will create cracks. If these cracks are not taken care of then they will cause further parallel cracks. This process is also known as deterioration.
Reflective cracking occurs in the case where there is an overlay on the asphalt. When cracks are not properly fixed on the underlying pavement then the cracks will eventually migrate to the top layer. This is why it is called reflective cracking, as it is reflected in the top layer. This is why it is important to get cracks filled and taken care of prior to having an overlay put on your current asphalt.
All these types of cracking can lead to potholes if not taken care of early on. It is best to take care of your asphalt pavement when you first see cracks to prevent further cracking from happening. Call a paving contractor who can correctly assess the cause of the cracks and get the root problem fixed.