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Well-installed quality asphalt can serve you 15-20 years. However, this number can increase or decrease, depending on how well you do your pavement preventive maintenance (PPM). If you neglect your asphalt maintenance, elements such as the hot sun and water can easily cause damages that negatively affect your pavement's lifespan. On the other hand, good PPM procedures can help you keep your pavement attractive while also eliminating costly repairs.


Below are some ways to extend your asphalt pavement's life.


Check Your Loads


If your asphalt pavements are not designed for heavy use, any heavy vehicle you allow on your property will have adverse effects on the condition of your asphalt pavement. T...

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The cold winter weather is unforgiving to asphalt driveways and surfaces. It makes them vulnerable to cracking, contracting, and buckling, resulting in lots of costly problems. Luckily, with proper care, you can keep your asphalt in pristine condition when the temperatures plummet. Learn ways to protect your asphalt driveway from the unforgiving effects of winter.


Perform Repairs and Sealcoat


While asphalt is a durable paving material, it is vulnerable to wear due to age, traffic, and inclement weather. With time, your driveway may develop cracks, potholes, depressions, and raveling. Before the onset of winter, take time and check your driveway for damage or deterioration.


Do not ignore any ...

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For your physical business to survive stiff competition from online marketplaces, you've to maintain consistent flow of foot traffic. A good place to start is with a property upgrade which gives your customers the best first impression. If you have an unfinished parking lot, asphalt paving is a perfect idea to spruce up the property. The parking lot is the first feature customers notice when they come to your business.


With asphalt paving, you can turn the otherwise bland outdoor area into a functional and aesthetically appealing space. Read on and discover how professional asphalt paving can revolutionize your business.


1. Creating a Professional Brand Image


Customers are keen on which c...

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If you're a property owner, especially a commercial property owner, you're aware that inviting clients to such a place demands boosting looks and making the site safe and clean. Parking lots, driveways, and roads usually suffer from damaging elements like rainwater and extreme heat in any commercial property. To avoid such problems, this is where asphalt seal coating comes in.


Here are the top reasons why you need asphalt, especially for your commercial property:


Asphalt Coating Helps Keep Your Property Safe and Protected


Unlike other properties, most commercial spaces suffer from extreme heat, cold conditions, and rain exposure. Therefore, to keep such places safe and protected against pa...

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When it comes to asphalt maintenance, the two main options are milling and resurfacing. Both processes have their own advantages and shortcomings, so you might not always be sure which one is best for your business.


This blog post takes a closer look at both processes and outlines the steps involved in each one to help you make an informed decision.


Asphalt Milling


Milling is the removal of a thin asphalt layer from the outer surface of your pavement or driveway. Experienced contractors use this process to repair small potholes or other minor defects on the asphalt surface.


First, your paving contractor identifies and marks the area that needs repairs. They then use a milling machine to remove t...

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Driveways come in many forms: asphalt, concrete, and even gravel. While many homeowners still choose concrete, however, more and more are realizing the benefits of an asphalt driveway. If your driveway is getting old and you're ready to install a new one, check out these facts you should know about asphalt and concrete driveways so you can determine which is the right choice for your home.



Both Are an Affordable Option


Both concrete and asphalt driveways are affordable. However, asphalt is usually the more affordable option. Typically, you'll pay between $2,300 and $10,300 for a new asphalt driveway, depending on the size. Most homeowners pay about $2.24 a square foot.


Concrete driveways vary d...

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When you've just paid for a new coat of asphalt or a brand-new asphalt driveway, you likely expect it to stay pristine for a while. And in a perfect world, it would. But in the real world, you may notice one or more irregularities about your recently installed or resurfaced driveway.


Some of these irregularities could be from recent damage to the new asphalt layer. Others could be from a deficiency in the materials used, a poor foundation, or even incorrect paving techniques.


Discover five irregularities you may notice with your new asphalt and their likely causes.


1. Crescent Cracks


Cracks aren't great for an asphalt surface in the long run, since they can hold water that the freeze-thaw cycle ...

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Have you wondered what material to use for your driveway? Many people choose either asphalt or concrete. Even though concrete and asphalt differ in many ways, they both have a gravel base. One notable difference comes in the kind of adhesive they use. Concrete uses cement, while asphalt uses bitumen.


Know some factors to consider before you decide whether to go with asphalt or concrete.


Maintenance


First, think about the maintenance and repair costs of your driveway.


After asphalt installation, you must seal the asphalt within six months to allow the asphalt to cure fully. Subsequent sealing should happen every 3–5 years to keep the asphalt in excellent condition. On the other hand, concre...

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Asphalt is a durable and attractive choice for your home's driveway, but the effects of weathering can lead to damage. Fortunately, most weathering problems are avoidable or at least repairable if you catch them early enough.


1. Wet Season Drainage


Poor drainage is one of the most common causes of weathering damage on asphalt. Water that collects on the surface can absorb slowly over time. If that moisture seeps into asphalt pores and then freezes, the expansion of the moisture then leads to cracks or pothole development.


Your driveway may need drainage installation if water pools on the surface. An asphalt contractor will determine the best location for a drain. They can then cut into the a...

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Before working with asphalt, consider outdoor temperatures, ground temperatures, and the overall weather, as weather elements like snow and rain can affect the integrity of the asphalt. Work with your asphalt in the summer for these four reasons discussed below.


Heat Helps to Cure the Mixture Faster


Asphalt is a mixture of stone, sand, and petroleum-based bitumen or binders. During installation, the professionals start by combining the mixture at the processing plant or in a drum. The temperature for regular HMA should be about 275° F to 300°F and polymer-modified HMA about 285°F to 320°F. The mixture will likely lose heat in transit, but the mixture should remain hot or warm ...

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