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Harsh weather does a number on driveways, roads, and parking lots — but we need to build them anyway.When you choose to install asphalt in a cold climate, understand how weather affects asphalt so you can make wise, informed choices and also feel good about them.

1. It's a Good Choice for Cold Climates

Especially compared to concrete, asphalt is a great choice for colder climates. Concrete is more easily damaged by quick expansion and contraction, and it is prone to frost heaves. While asphalt is not immune to the effects of cold temperatures, concrete deteriorates much more quickly.In cold climates, antifreeze and salt must be spread across roads, driveways, and other surfaces to he...

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Do you have crumbling asphalt driveway edges? The good news is that a crumbling asphalt edge on your driveway is predominantly an appearance issue and doesn't usually affect the structural integrity of your driveway. Regardless, you likely don't want to leave it alone since it can be quite unsightly. Fortunately, the edges are repairable. Further, by understanding why the edges crumbled, you can avoid the problem from occurring a second time.

Causes

Asphalt edges can crumble for a variety of causes, but the result is always the same — a weakened edge that is both unsightly and unsound.

Thin Pour

A thinly poured edge, particularly if it is exposed and extends beyond the compacted gravel ba...

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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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