Just like with anything else, normal wear and tear happens to asphalt pavement. Normal wear and tear happens due to heavy traffic. The more weight and pressure that is put on asphalt pavement, the quicker it deteriorates. If it is a heavy trafficked area, the wear and tare can happen faster. In addition, UV rays bare down on the pavement, loosening the binder that holds the pavement together. All of this is natural and happens due to natural causes.
However, there are some things that can cause asphalt pavement to deteriorate prematurely.
First, if the foundation is not set correctly, it can cause premature deterioration. You want to make sure there is a solid sub base that the pavement is laid on. If there are already cracks in the sub base or if it is uneven and incorrectly compacted, it can cause cracks to appear on the pavement.
Second, if there is no proper irrigation the this can cause premature deterioration. Water can cause damage to asphalt pavement and if there is no place for the water to go to, it will pool on top of the pavement and eventually find its way down through to the base. When having asphalt pavement done, it is important that the asphalt contractor ensure a proper irrigation channel for the water. If not this can cause much unwanted pooling or flooding which can be a nuisance to you and cause damage to your asphalt pavement.
Third, asphalt must be laid at the right temperature and it must be above 50 degrees. If it is not laid properly it can lead to premature deterioration.
Pavement, like anything else, will eventually deteriorate, but you want to make sure that you get the full use of your pavement. It is important that you contact a trusted pavement professional to do your pavement work. It is an investment that you want done right the first time. Give us a call today and let us know about your pavement needs. We’ll come out and take the time to understand the job to make sure it is done right.
Sealcoating is an important maintenance step for your asphalt pavement. Sealcoating provides a protective layer that helps to keep your pavement safe from the elements. This helps to increase the life span of your asphalt pavement. However, sealcoating cannot be completed all times of the year.
The biggest issue with sealcoating is that it must be fully dried for the process to be completed. If it is not fully dried then it can mess up the sealcoat and the protective benefits are removed. So it is important that the sealant is put on during a time that it can fully dry.
The 2 things that help the drying process for sealcoating are the sun and heat. The hotter it is the faster the sealcoat dries. Also the longer that the sun is out, the faster it is able to dry. As fall comes and the days get shorter, it takes longer for sealcoating to dry. It is important that sealcoating is applied at temperatures above 50 degrees and that it remains above 50 degrees during the drying process.
As with any pavement job, you are at the mercy of weather to get the job done. A job can be planned out, but if the weather is not cooperating then the job may be pushed back. It is best to get the job done right, rather than pushing ahead when the weather can cause some problems to the process. In the realm of sealcoating, you have to protect against rain which would cause problems. As the days get shorter and colder, it takes longer for sealcoating to dry, meaning that you have to take note of the weather for several days before deciding to have the job done.
It is important that you work with a trusted paving professional who will be honest about whether it is a good idea to sealcoat based on the weather.
Next year plan ahead and get sealcoating on your calendar before it gets too cold!
Atlanta’s weather is so fickle and can change drastically week to week. Last week’s snow came as a surprise as the weather was quite pleasant until just before the snow. This past week has been colder than most as this cold front has remained.
What does this mean for your asphalt pavement and how does the cold affect your pavement?
The most dangerous part of the winter season is that the winter cold causes water to freeze. As water freezes, it expands. If water is in your asphalt pavement then it can cause cracks. The freezing and thawing of water can cause major damages in your asphalt pavement.
So how can you guard against the damages that winter might bring?
First, you want to make sure that your pavement is sealcoated before the winter season. Sealcoating must be done when the temperature is 50 degrees or higher. It is best to get your sealcoating done in the spring, but it can be done up until the fall season. Sealcoating is a preventative measure that helps protect your pavement from having water penetrate, keeping the freeze and thaw cycle from hurting your pavement.
The second thing is to make sure that any current cracks are filled. Make sure that the cracks you see are getting taken care of before further damage happens. Once cracks start to form water can infiltrate and the freezing and thawing process can cause those cracks to get bigger.
Third, make sure to remove all debris and dirt prior to any potential snow. We don’t get much snow here in Atlanta so we are not always the best accustomed to preparing for snow. If snow is on the horizon it is best to clear all debris from the pavement. This way if it does snow and the snow melts it wont take any of the debris with it as it may run into some unforeseen cracks in your pavement.
Fourth, clear away the snow with a shovel to keep any water from pooling once the snow begins to melt. Keeping water from pooling, no matter what time of year is very important to keep cracks from forming.
If you do have a pothole it is important that you take care of that quick before other damages come.
If you have any questions on how to best protect your asphalt pavement, make sure to give us a call! 770-629-0496
KEEP THIS FROM HAPPENING! MAKE SURE YOUR PARKING LOT HAS SEALCOATING BEFORE PRESSURE WASHING IT
It is right before the holidays and you want your business to look in tip top shape to accept all the customers that are coming through. A quick fix to cleaning up your parking lot and taking away all the dirt and grime that have built up is pressure washing it. It sounds like a good idea and will quickly clean the oil and guck from your parking lot.
However, when was the last time you had your parking lot sealcoated? If you haven’t had your parking lot sealcoated in the last 3-5 years then pressure washing your parking lot could cause more damage then good. Water is one of pavements biggest enemies. Water gets into your pavement and creates cracks and potholes and overtime will deteriorate your parking lot.
Sealcoating puts a protective layer on your pavement to help protect it from harmful elements including water. If your don’t have sealant on your pavement or if it has been too long since your last sealcoating then the water will seep into the pavement and can cause long term damage that is going to cause you to need to repair or repave your pavement a lot sooner than your normally would need to.
Pressure washing may seem like the best solution to cleaning your parking lot, but make sure your parking lot is protected before hand.
Your parking lot is the first thing your customers see when they encounter your business. Are you proud of your parking lot? Does your parking lot reflect your business well? These are things to consider when you are thinking of re-stripping your parking lot.
Re-stripping the parking lot is not something that is often on the top of your list to do. Often times the deterioration of a parking lot happens gradually and since you are at the business everyday, you tend to not notice the difference.
Try this out: bring a fresh pair of eyes to your business. Someone who doesn’t come to it everyday. Get a friend or a family member to come to your business an ask them what their thoughts are. (This is a good idea not just for the parking lot, but for the whole store). Have them take note of things that are not pleasing to the eye. That way you’ll get some good feedback on things that may need an update that you may have missed because you are busy running the place.
Not only is it important for your stripping to be fresh so that it looks good, but it also is important for the safety of your lot. Having faded parking lot stripes can be dangerous for your patrons. If patrons find it difficult to navigate your lot then the likelihood of accidents will increase. If people have hard time seeing arrows or parking spots then they may go in the wrong direction causing havoc in your parking lot - and this could be especially detrimental during the holiday season when you have a lot of customers in your lot.
But not only could it cause an accident, but it will cause your patrons to be frustrated and angry as they find a parking spot. You don’t want your parking lot to cause people going into your store in a state of frustration or anger. That does not bode well for their time at your store. Irritable showers are less likely to purchase things and are a bigger hassle to deal with.
If the stripes are starting to fade, it may be time to consider getting your parking lot re-stripped. If you are looking for an asphalt parking lot professional to get your stripping done, feel free to give us a call! We’d be happy to take care of that for you so that your customers can then have a pleasant experience when they first enter your parking lot!
Asphalt pavement is a big investment. You’ll want to make sure that you are taking good care of it so that you can take all the benefits from it. A well maintained asphalt pavement will reflect good things about your business since it is the first thing that people encounter. Having a cracked and pot hole filled pavement will not be pleasant for your customers.
The best way to maintain your lot is to use preventative measures to keep your lot in pristine condition. Sealcoating is one of the preventative measures you can use to make sure your lot is protected from external elements that tend to destroy asphalt and create cracks.
When to Use Sealcoating
You should first use sealcoating 3-6 months after you have your parking lot paved. Your parking lot needs sometime to cure before you put a layer of sealcoat on.
After your first sealcoating, you should get your parking lot sealcoated every 3-5 years. If your parking lot handles a lot of traffic it is important for you to get your parking lot sealcoated quicker.
If applied at the appropriate time, sealcoating will help to protect your pavement from some of pavements biggest enemies: water and UV light from the sun.
When NOT to Use Sealcoating
Sealcoating is best preventative measure to protect your parking lot, but you need to be watchful because many asphalt contractors will suggest you use it, even when it is not the best solution.
Sealcoating will NOT be beneficial if your parking lot is already under distress. If your pavement is already showing cracks it is too late to use sealcoating. Doing so would be putting a bandage on a wound that will quickly cause you trouble again. If you are wanting to fix a problem with your pavement then it is too late for sealcoating.
Before having your parking lot sealcoated again you need to fix the existing problem. You will need to repair the cracks. Often times if you let the problem fester then the cracks will come from deep within the pavement. If the whole crack is not fixed, then the crack will show up again pretty soon after. Check with a trusted asphalt professional who will be able to best advise you on how to best fix the root problem.
If you have a paving contractor telling you to sealcoat your pavement as a cheaper solution to fixing the crack watch out. It will cost you more in the long run. It is best to fix the root problem.
Make sure that you take care of your pavement and have it sealcoated before any problems arise. If you are looking for an asphalt professional give us a call and we will come out to do a free estimate!
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!