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If you own a park, wooded area, or outdoor athletic complex, you may have trails and paths guests use on a regular basis to walk, run, and enjoy the outdoors. You have multiple ways to manage the trail area, including the installation of an asphalt pathway.

Learn about the benefits of laying down an asphalt trail and how an asphalt installation can expand and improve the use of your trails in the future.

1. Longevity

An asphalt paving installation will add years of life to the trails on the property. You do not need to worry about overgrowth in the area, like weeds, wildflowers, or larger plants filling up the trail. Part of the paving process will include seal coating. A seal coating layer a...

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Once your new asphalt parking lot is installed, your job is to keep it in good condition. How can you contribute to the good appearance and health of your asphalt? Here are a few protective habits to begin.

1. Protect Long-Term Parking

Asphalt is a durable substance for normal parking lot use, but it is at some risk if something is parked on the surface for long periods. The primary danger is that divots, impressions, or cracks could form if an object's weight is not evenly distributed. A quick and easy way to avoid this problem is to keep some plywood or other wide boards handy nearby and place these underneath tires, jacks, or support struts.

2. Avoid Harsh Driving and Turns

The way you driv...

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Over time, patio concrete may crack, chip, or lose its original color. You could choose to repair or cover up the concrete already there or completely replace the patio area. A complete replacement comes with several benefits beyond just the looks of a new and smooth concrete patio.

Check out some of the reasons to completely remove old concrete.

1. Level Ground

Rain, adjustments in temperatures, and plant growth could all result in landscape changes in the areas underneath the concrete. Weeds could have grown up through the concrete and resulted in cracks or holes.

When you hire a contractor to remove all the concrete, you will have direct access to the ground. You may remove plants and weeds...

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A concrete parking lot makes parking easier for your customers. They don't have to worry about dealing with muck and mud when they get out of their cars. Concrete also makes their drive into and out of your parking lot smoother and more comfortable. But, concrete doesn't last forever and will need to be repaired or replaced eventually. Here are six signs that you need to replace your parking lot.

1. Cracking

While small cracks that don't connect aren't a huge problem, they are a sign of concrete damage. If your lot does have those kinds of cracks, then you will to need to repair it before the damage gets worse. But, if you see huge cracks that connect or that look like spiderwebs or alligator ...

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Damage to an asphalt driveway doesn't necessarily mean that you need to tear it out completely. Many types of damage are repairable by resurfacing, which is when the contractor installs a fresh layer of asphalt over the old. The following guide can help you understand common asphalt driveway issues and their causes and determine whether you should resurface or replace your driveway based on each issue.

Cracks

Cracks can come in many forms. Your driveway may develop a few hairline cracks you can barely see or a few large cracks big enough for plants to take root in. Sometimes, a whole network of cracks will appear.

Causes and Issues

Cracks on driveways are typically from weathering and the weigh...

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A solid, smooth driveway is an investment in the comfort and curb appeal of a home. A paved driveway eliminates the dust and mud of a dirt driveway and creates a tidier and more upscale look to the yard. To enjoy the investment for as long as possible, homeowners must prevent any damage to the driveway from the surrounding landscape.

Avoid Drainage Issues

Yards that do not drain properly could cause driveway problems in a couple of ways. Water can collect on the surface of the asphalt or concrete and eventually erode the material. Sealcoating the surface helps, but water can enter gaps and cracks if some spots do not have coverage or you don’t reseal the surface often enough.

Water may a...

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Asphalt is an important part of many homes and business properties. The benefits of recycled asphalt product (RAP) also known as Millings have grown in popularity. Not sure what RAP is and whether it is right for you? Discover a few answers.

What Is Recycled Asphalt Product?

Most people know what asphalt looks like and how well it works. But that asphalt material sometimes must be pulverized and removed. For instance, a landowner may need to move a driveway or parking area. The asphalt may have outlived its useful life and needs replacing by new, undamaged material. Or someone might need to dig it up in order to get to utilities or soil underneath.

When hardened asphalt is broken up or pulver...

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A dog run is a great way to let your dog get some exercise while still keeping your dog contained. If you have a lot of land that isn't fenced in, a dog run is simply safer — otherwise it's too easy for a dog to get away. You have many ways to create a dog run.


Read on to learn some of the benefits of paving a dog run outside of your home


Should You Choose a Built-In or Portable Run?

A portable run does have some advantages, but if you have a dog that's high energy, a built-in run is usually better. Portable runs are often put up on grass temporarily, and they're modular in nature. They can be moved by a heavier dog, and may not be able to stay long-term. A built-in run will be a paved ...

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If you have an asphalt parking lot, you need to educate yourself on some of the terms used when discussing asphalt damage and repair so that you are prepared to maintain your parking lot. You can protect your investment better after checking out these asphalt parking lot terms you need to know.

1. Sealcoat

Sealcoating is a process of applying a new top layer of asphalt. A professional should perform this about once every two to four years, and it helps protect the asphalt from damage. Sealcoating also covers and fills cracks and potholes.

If your parking lot isn't too damaged, but you've spotted a few small cracks or potholes, an asphalt overlay may be a better job. During an overlay, a thin...

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You want your home to stand out from others in your neighborhood but aren't sure how to achieve that effect. Utilize decorative concrete to make your home more appealing. The following information will help you understand this pavement option and why you should let professionals handle the installation for you.

Types of Decorative Concrete

The many types of decorative concrete on the market include these options:

  • Stamped – Uses molds to press a texture directly into the wet concrete
  • Stained – Colors the surface with a stain after the concrete dries
  • Colored – Mixes various dyes in the wet concrete to create unique colors
  • Overlay – Applies a new top layer to the concrete fl...
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