If you have new asphalt laid then it is important to maintain the asphalt with sealcoating. Sealcoating helps to protect your new asphalt pavement and will help to ensure that it lasts for years to come. Sealcoats can be applied with a broom, spray or squeegee.
While asphalt driveways are usually able to be driven on within 24 hours of being laid, it is best to wait to get your asphalt pavement sealcoated in order to ensure that it is fully cured prior to sealcoating. In hot and dry areas it could take as little time as 1 month for the asphalt to be cured and in moist and colder areas it could take up to 6 or even 12 months before it is ready. You can tell it’s not ready yet if you spray some water on the ground and the water beads up or has a rainbow tint to it from all the oil.
Sealcoating is important because it helps to protect your asphalt from the elements. Asphalt is made from aggregates and has an oil based binder. The sealcoating helps to keep the oil base from drying out, allowing it to remain flexible rather than brittle. The reason asphalt dries out is due to the process of oxidation. Oxidation starts happening as soon as the asphalt is laid. Some oxidation is necessary in order for the asphalt to cure as the excess oil is being removed. However, too much oxidation will cause the asphalt to become too brittle, which allows for cracks.
Water is a big enemy of asphalt. Once the asphalt begins to oxidize and the binder loses its grip then water is able to get into the pavement. As it settles in the pavement it helps to create larger cracks. Sealcoating helps to keep water from penetrating inside the asphalt pavement.
The sun’s UV rays also helps to accelerate the process of oxidation. As the sun’s UV rays shine on the asphalt it distresses the asphalt pavement. Sealcoating helps to protect the asphalt from the intense UV rays so that it does not make the asphalt brittle.
Sealcoating helps to protect the asphalt from the elements, but it also fills in small cracks. Once the small cracks have become large cracks sealcoating will no longer be a solution for maintaining your asphalt and you will need to consider getting your asphalt repaired or repaved.
Sealcoating should be done every 3-5 years in order to help maintain your property and make sure that your asphalt pavement will last. It is best to be proactive and protect your asphalt in order to avoid cracks and other structural damages to your asphalt. It is best to monitor your pavement, as in parking lots with heavy traffic may need to have sealcoating done more frequently.
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With most things in life, foundation is everything. Whether you are building a 3-layered cake, starting a new business or training a new puppy, your foundation matters. If you want something to last you have to have a solid foundation. Otherwise get ready for the mess you’ll have to clean up or the things you’ll have to fix.
The same is true when constructing a new parking lot or driveway. A solid foundation will be a big factor in how long your parking lot or driveway lasts. Without a solid foundation, cracks and potholes become a problem a lot quicker. Without a solid foundation, the pavement won’t be able to handle the weight of what it will be required to.
When having concrete or asphalt paved there are 2 terms you should know in reference to the foundation: subgrade and subbase.
When contractors refer to the subgrade they are talking about the bottom layer which is the native soil on which everything is built off of. It is also sometimes called the formation level. The subgrade needs to be compacted tight. If it is not compacted tight then certain areas can later be depressed causing an uneven subgrade.
The second layer is known as the subbase. The subbase is usually made up of aggregates including recycled concrete, stone or crushed bricks. The subbase is what ensures that the pavement can carry the weight it is supposed to. It helps to evenly distribute the weight, not putting too much pressure on one area. It also helps with drainage and protection from frost. In addition, the subbase helps the workers from dealing with mud if it rains during construction. The important aspect of the subbase is that it is uniform across the base.
It is important to work with a contractor who will build a solid foundation for your pavement. Often times contractors will cut costs on the subbase in order to provide you with a cheaper estimate, but it will cause you more troubles in the long run. If you are getting the work done it is best to get it done right.
Becoming a homeowner can be overwhelming with the amount of things you need to consider for your home. There are many aspects of your home and unfortunately you don’t all of a sudden become an expert on all maintenance things required for new homes when you sign those papers and become a homeowner.
While we can’t help you with everything, we are experts to help you with your driveway and patio needs. If you are considering getting a patio or reconstructing your driveway, here are some of the options you have:
The most common type of driveway and patio is concrete. Chances are your current driveway is probably made of concrete. Concrete is an age-old material that is strong, sturdy and durable. It requires little maintenance and will look nice for years to come. One of the beautiful things about concrete that has changed over the years is that you don’t have to settle for bland gray concrete anymore. Concrete is now more customizable as you can put patterns and designs in your concrete as well as have various color options.
Another option for your driveway is asphalt. Asphalt is often times cheaper than concrete, but does require maintenance every 3-5 years in order to keep it in good condition. With asphalt you only get one option: black and flat. Designs are not possible in asphalt like in concrete. Sealcoating your asphalt every 3-5 years helps to preserve its strength. Asphalt is often times a better alternative to concrete in colder climates as it is better able to handle the freezing better than concrete.
Pavers: Stone & Brick
If you want a little bit more creativity in your driveway or patio you can have pavers installed. Pavers help to create different looks and feels for your home. With pavers you can create any design you want and create beautiful patterns that adds to the sophistication of your home. The one thing to note is that in colder climates it is harder to clear snow off of pavers.
The beautiful thing about our dear state of Georgia is that we do not have to worry about the colder climate conditions that other states have to deal with. We offer asphalt and concrete paving solutions to residents in the metro Atlanta area. If you have any further questions feel free to give us a call!