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Does Your Subdivion Need New Sidwalks? Reasons To Consider Asphalt

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Does Your Subdivion Need New Sidwalks? Reasons To Consider Asphalt

If everyone in your subdivision is complaining about the condition of the old sidewalks, it may be time to consider replacing them instead of repairing the concrete. If people like to run, use strollers and bike around your subdivision, concrete may not be the best paving option. Instead, asphalt could be the best solution. Asphalt can be poured over the existing concrete to reduce time and removal costs when changing out the sidewalks and it cools quickly and be used within hours of being poured, depending on thickness and temperature outside. Here are a few reasons you should get an estimate and talk with your neighbors and the HOA about making the change to asphalt. Smooth Ride The asphalt will be seamless, so it provides a smooth ride or run, to help prevent falls and tripping. You don’t have to worry about bikes getting jolted because of cracks, or little kids tripping on ledges or splits in the concrete. This makes rollerblading or riding a scooter easier as well, and reduces wear on tires compared to textured concrete. This keeps people on the sidewalks instead of trying to use items with wheels or run on the roads because they don’t like uneven surfaces. Weather Resistant Asphalt will adapt to changing temperatures by expanding during hot days when the sun is hot, and by contracting when temperatures lower. This prevents breaking, potholes and separation throughout the year. Frost and ice won’t affect the asphalt either. No Staining If a child drops a snow cone on concrete or a car parks over the concrete and oil leaks, there are going to be stains. You don’t have to worry about staining with asphalt because it’s black, and sealing it over the years will help keep it impermeable and protected from staining and fading. Easy Maintenance If a pothole forms or there are any blemishes or issues with the asphalt, asphalt is easy to repair. New asphalt can easily be placed over the spot where there are flaws. If concrete gets damaged, the entire area has to be dug out and poured, which is expensive and time consuming. If you are going to an HOA meeting or you are talking with the neighbors about getting the sidewalks in your neighborhood redone, talk with everyone about the possibility of having asphalt paths installed instead. There are many advantages that will help make your subdivision more enjoyable for everyone to use. Contact Precision Lawn & Landscaping for more...

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Four Alternative Paving Materials For A Greener Driveway

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Alternative Paving Materials For A Greener Driveway

Driveways are so ubiquitous and unassuming that many homeowners never stop to consider their options when a renovation is necessary. But the standard asphalt driveway is beginning to receive some scrutiny for its contributions to the heat island effect, flash flooding, and manufacturing pollution. Thankfully, there are now several alternative driveway paving materials that can both combat these negative effects while still providing a sturdy, long-lasting and attractive driveway.   Recycled Glass The idea of using crushed glass to pave a driveway may call to mind unfortunate images of popping tires, but recycled glass is actually an efficient, safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of all those old bottles. The glass is usually crushed and then smoothed down so that no sharp edges remain, and then bound with other materials with resin. The result is a beautiful, hard surface that can range from standard gray or black to vivid shades of blue and green. Furthermore, this form of paving is porous, allowing water to flow into the ground rather than down a storm drain.  Crushed Seashells Seashells are another seemingly counter-intuitive material for driveways, but they can be an elegant, all-natural replacement for pavement. Shells are ground up to a gravel-like consistency and then applied thickly over a gravel base. As your car travels over the shells, they are eventually worn down to a hard-packed powder that stands up well to regular wear and tear and harsh weather. Not only are these shells permeable, but they also contain vital nutrients that seep into the soil over time, feeding any nearby plants.  Tiles and Grass Tile driveways are an old favorite, but some creative landscapers have devised a way to create perhaps the greenest driveway of all: one that incorporates living plants into its driving surface. By installing tiles with grass in place of grout, you can have a strong, functional driveway that still manages to keep the ground below healthy and unpolluted. Better yet, your driveway will become its own form of landscaping and a centerpiece of your yard, a living testament to your commitment to help save the environment.  Recycled Asphalt If you want to install a more eco-friendly driveway but are still hesitant to move away from traditional asphalt, you still have options. Recycled asphalt is collected from old streets and driveways, broken down into small chunks and then compacted together again to form a newer, stronger surface. Although this pavement still contributes to environmental problems like heat radiation and water runoff, the use of recycled materials removes some of the pollution involved in manufacturing asphalt and gives already-manufactured asphalt a longer lifespan to offset its initial pollution contribution. No matter what you end up choosing, consult with your paving contractor to get a better idea of what is accessible, affordable and feasible for your home’s driveway.  For more information on driveways, talk to a professional like Branche...

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What Is Alligator Cracking In Asphalt Driveways And How Can I Fix It?

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Is Alligator Cracking In Asphalt Driveways And How Can I Fix It?

Heavy cracks often appear in asphalt, a problem which can significantly decrease the curb value of your home. One of the most destructive types of these cracks is alligator cracking. Identifying this problem and taking steps to remedy it can help you get your driveway looking as good as new. Identifying Alligator Cracking The first thing you need to do is identify whether or your asphalt is truly suffering from alligator cracks. After all, there are multiple types of asphalt cracks and each of them should be assessed and repaired in slightly different ways. Alligator cracks look a lot like the skin of an alligator: they generally form a series of connected cracks that form small polygons of similar shape and size. Generally, these polygons are less than a foot or so wide. Alligator cracks are common in parking lots and other areas of asphalt where vehicles regularly drive. Alligator cracking is so destructive because it is so widespread across the surface of your asphalt. Common causes of alligator cracks include: Poor construction Weather conditions (i.e. extreme cold or heat) Wet conditions under the asphalt weakening the soil More weight added to the asphalt than it was designed to hold Killing the Weeds Between Cracks After you’ve identified alligator cracks, you need to get ready to repair them. First of all, you need to kill any weeds or grass that may have grown in between the cracks. They will push the asphalt slabs apart and can cause even more extreme damage. Start by hand picking any weeds or grass that you can and throwing them away. Now, spray some vinegar on the weeds to dissolve the plants and kill their roots. After you’ve applied the vinegar, pour boiling water in the cracks to further damage the structure of the plants. If that doesn’t do the trick in a few days, add a chemical herbicide with a spray applicator. Once these plant growths have disappeared, you can work on repairing the alligator cracks. Sealing the Cracks Generally speaking, cracks in asphalt need to be sealed sooner, rather than later. However, if you’ve developed alligator cracks, it’s already a little too late to eliminate the damage. Some people may prefer simply removing the cracked sections and repaving it with new asphalt. However, fixing alligator cracks can help them from spreading and save you money on a new paving job. Start by cleaning off the surface of the alligator cracks with a broom and then measuring the width of the cracks. If they are no larger than one-eighth to one-half an inch, you can simply use an asphalt-emulsion crack filler. Fill a caulk gun with this substance and carefully spread it throughout each of the cracks. Add a little more than necessary to overflow the crack. Even the top with a putty knife and remove any excess. Let the filler dry for at least a day or two. Cracks larger than one-half an inch need to be inspected for depth. If it’s deeper than two inches, fill it up to the two inch mark with crushed gravel. Push this gravel down with a piece of wood and then fill the crack with blacktop. Level the blacktop off with a putty knife, and let it dry for a week or two. Implementing these...

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How To Prepare Your Driveway For Sealcoating

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Prepare Your Driveway For Sealcoating

Asphalt is a good building material for a driveway. It is hard enough to hold its shape even if it gets wet, yet flexible enough that it won’t crack when subjected to stress. On the other hand, weather can have an adverse effect on an asphalt driveway. In order to make sure that your driveway remains in good shape, you have to take steps to protect it from the elements, and this is where sealcoating comes into play.  What Is a Sealcoat? The impetus for a sealcoat is the need to improve on the weaknesses of a driveway while building upon its strengths. To accomplish this, engineers will typically use coal tar, which is a byproduct of burning coal to smelt iron. Painting this tar onto a driveway will provide it with protection against the elements.  What Does a Sealcoat Do for a Driveway? The UV rays of the sun will bake the volatiles right out of your asphalt in your driveway. This will make you driveway brittle and prone to cracking. A sealcoat will seal the volatiles inside of your driveway so that your driveway remains flexible, and this is only the beginning.  Water that pools up on your driveway can get down into the cracks between the pebbles that make up the driveway. If this water then freezes, it will expand and create a wedge that will eventually tear apart your driveway.  A sealcoat will create a waterproof coating that will prevent frost wedging.  Finally, petroleum products can dissolve asphalt tar, which will allow the pebbles in your driveway to separate. A sealcoat will prevent petroleum products from tearing apart your driveway. How to Prepare Your Driveway for a Sealcoat If you have any sort of damage to your driveway, your sealcoat will not be able to adhere like it should. Thus, if you have cracks, you need to remove any loose or organic materials from them and then fill them with a rubberized joint-sealing compound. If you have potholes, then you need to fill them with a patching compound. If the work is too hard for you, you can hire paving professionals to do the work for you. In any case, you will need to take steps to protect your driveway from damage. After all, it will be cheaper to pay to repair and protect your driveway than to replace your driveway when it is damaged beyond...

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Places in Your Landscape That Can Benefit from Curbing

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Places in Your Landscape That Can Benefit from Curbing

Curbing refers to decorative borders that paving contractors can place on your property. There are many benefits to your landscape in using curbing, such as helping to define certain areas or protect against weed growth. Here are some areas of your yard that can benefit from curbing. Trees Your trees can benefit from curbing around their trunks. Not only is the effect appealing, but curbing protects your trees against lawn mower blades and weed whackers and allows for more effective watering. Gardens Gardens that are large tend to blend into your grass, giving them a wild look that is hard to enjoy. Curbing helps tame your garden and give it boundaries so the eye is drawn to the natural beauty you have created rather than the monstrous blooms overtaking your yard. Curbing around your front porch blooms has the same effect and allows your plants to shine in their own glory without looking out of place. Pathways If you have a dirt pathway or even a concrete sidewalk leading to your home or garden, curbing is beneficial in these areas as well. Curbing takes a simple path and turns it into a more professional design that helps break up the monotony of a large yard. Decorative curbing makes a walking path to your front door more charming and inviting. Your paving contractor can help you choose what kind of curbing will work best for pathways. Driveways Your concrete driveway can be given a modern makeover by the simple addition of curbing. Curbing can help existing brick pavers along your driveway remain in place and create a decorative driveway that will last for many years. Property borders If you don’t have a fenced yard, your yard may blend in with your neighbors’ without any kind of definition. Curbing around the edges of your property helps create a more streamlined property line that you can enjoy. You can place curbing along your side of a public sidewalk as well to help people passing by recognize when they are venturing too close to your grass. Whether you want curbing to protect your trees or to help border your property, there are many benefits to this landscaping technique. You can talk to a paving contractor to see what kind of curbing will work best for your needs. With the right curbing in place your landscape can look modern, clean, defined, and beautiful. What’s not to...

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Asphalt Versus Concrete Driveways

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Asphalt Versus Concrete Driveways

When putting in a new driveway, people usually choose between asphalt paving and concrete.  Each material has its pros and cons, so it’s important to understand these before making a decision. Appearance An asphalt driveway has a black surface that will look more like the road, allowing it to blend in more. A concrete driveway will be more of an off white color, although there are surface treatments that can be used to give it a different look and it can even be stamped to give it a different texture. Stains are more likely to show on the lighter color of concrete than on the darker asphalt. Durability Although concrete is initially more expensive, it can last about twice as long as an asphalt driveway if it’s properly maintained. Asphalt can get a bit soft in high heat, but concrete can crack in very cold temperatures, so which driveway surface is better also depends in part on the climate where you live. Salt and certain de-icing products can also damage concrete driveways. Also, either option needs a good foundation if it’s going to last. This is especially important for concrete driveways, which can crack if not placed on a solid and even foundation. Maintenance A concrete driveway doesn’t need much in the way of routine maintenance, although it can be sealed or degreased from time to time. An asphalt driveway needs to be resealed every few years. Asphalt driveways are easier to repair and can be resurfaced, however, while concrete driveways are hard to repair and can’t be resurfaced. Cost If you’re choosing by initial cost alone, you’ll want to put in an asphalt driveway. A concrete driveway can cost as much as 45 percent more than one made of asphalt. However, given its longer lifespan it may be worth it for people who live in the right climate. Other Considerations Oil leaks won’t be noticeable on asphalt, as they would be on concrete, but gas leaks can damage asphalt. Be aware that if you install a concrete driveway, you won’t be able to drive on it for about a week because the concrete needs to cure. This isn’t the case with asphalt, which you can drive on almost right away that same day. If you live in an area with a homeowners’ association, there may be restrictions on what materials you can use for your driveway. There may also be local building codes that could specify what type of driveway materials can be used in an area. Contact a contractor like Construction Asphalt Paving Services Inc for more...

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Troubleshooting Common Problems When Attempting DIY Pavement Crack Repair

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Troubleshooting Common Problems When Attempting DIY Pavement Crack Repair

Your driveway is easily one of the first things people see when they arrive at your home and for this reason, most homeowners deeply care about its aesthetic appearance. While a paved driveway is almost always the preference, over time, damages and cracks can start to show up, making your drive appear neglected. If you are like a lot of homeowners, you will head off to the local home improvement store and pick up a pavement crack repair product to fill in the gaps. While even the instructions on these products sound simple, repairing cracked pavement can bring about a few problems.  Problem: The crack filler material will not adhere to the existing pavement.  Cause and Solution: You have to make sure that the crack you are trying to fill is free of debris and does not have any grass or vegetation growing through, or adherence will be almost impossible. Crack filler products contain poly-resin ingredients that are designed to adhere to pavement, and if anything gets in the way, it will not stick. Further, some pavements are not as accepting to crack filler because it is not very porous. If you have tried filling a crack and the material just hardens and breaks loose, you will likely need professional attention.  Problem: The crack filler is a totally off color tone than what you expected.  Cause and Solution: It is very difficult to match the color of a crack filler to your existing pavement. At most, you will find just a few color choices of dark gray or even off white. Therefore, if you choose to do crack filling on your own, you still may have to use a dyed sealer to make the drive a uniform color again. Professionals use various techniques to match crack repair material as closely as possible to the existing color of your drive and can usually get much closer than a store-bought product.  Problem: After the crack filler has cured, it pulls away from the edges and sinks down into the crack.  Cause and Solution: In most cases, this is caused by trying to fill a large gap with the filler material. Most pavement crack filling material purchased in stores is only good for a gap that is narrow, and if you try to use it on anything very wide, you will see dramatic shrinkage after the product has dried. Of course, you could continually apply more filler until the gap is filled, but this can be time-consuming and expensive.  For more information, contact a paving contractor in your...

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Two Questions About Bleed Water And Your Asphalt Pavement

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Questions About Bleed Water And Your Asphalt Pavement

When asphalt pavement is constructed, it is very important that excess water (bleed water) evaporates. If there is too much bleed water left inside the concrete mixture, it can cause the surface of the asphalt to be weak. You will notice scaling that will happen quickly, which will ruin the look of your new asphalt. Here are two questions you may have about bleed water. Why Is It So Important That bleed Water Evaporates? Bleed water that hasn’t evaporated will have an impact on how durable your pavement will be. The water rises from the very bottom of your asphalt, and eventually gets to the top. By not allowing water to properly evaporate prior to using gravel to finishing your asphalt surface, the bleed water will stay under the surface and weaken your pavement. This happens because of the excessive pressure that water creates may cause the gravel to scale. Asphalt used in a driveway can scale faster, because the extra weight of a car can add to that pressure. The best way to ensure that your asphalt was installed properly is by hiring a professional asphalt contractor that can handle the installation for you. Can I Prevent Premature Scaling From Happening? The best way to prevent premature scaling from happening is by properly performing the installation process. If a mistake has been made and bleed water was left behind, you are not completely out of luck. Scaling can also be prevented by being selective about what products you use on your asphalt. For examples, sodium chloride is found in many deicers, and you should avoid them if you want to keep your asphalt looking good. You should also avoid getting fertilizer on your asphalt to avoid scaling from occurring. While fertilizer isn’t a product that you will use directly on your asphalt pavement, it may easily get onto the surface if you just applied some to your law and are walking between the grass and pavement. The water found in the fertilizer makes the material harmful to asphalt pavement, because it will cause the aggregates in the asphalt to weaken. It’s unfortunate that not allowing bleed water to evaporate will cause asphalt to deteriorate after being exposed to. Thankfully, there is always a solution to the problem at hand. If you need help ensuring all the bleed water is gone from your asphalt in the installation process, contact a local contractor and have them do it for you. To learn more, contact a company like Loflin’s...

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How to Freshen the Appearance of Your Asphalt Driveway

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Freshen the Appearance of Your Asphalt Driveway

Asphalt is a great material to use for driveways because it is budget friendly, easy to install, and can last a long time with proper care. When you get asphalt installed, you enjoy the clean appearance and sleek look, but this can fade over time. With regular use and age, asphalt has a tendency to fade in color, get cracks, and lose its overall luster. Cleaning and sealing the driveway is a great way to improve its appearance and keep it looking new for many years. Wash it Thoroughly Start the process of improving your driveway by washing it thoroughly. If you have oil or grease stains, tackle those first. Use a good oil cleaner on the driveway, being sure the type you choose is safe to use on asphalt. Apply it liberally to all stains and use a stiff brush to scrub away the grease stains. Once that is done, use an asphalt cleaner over the entire surface and rinse it away with a hose. If you have a pressure cleaner, even better. The high pressure helps to remove dust, debris, and any lingering oil that you weren’t able to remove. When cleaning the driveway, choose a day when it isn’t windy so you don’t end up with more dirt and dust on the surface. Clean and Fill the Cracks You might have some cracks on the surface of you driveway that need to be addressed before you apply the sealant. Make sure you clean them out before filling them. Larger cracks often get dirt and debris caught inside, including small pebbles, weeds, and sticks. Remove all debris from inside the cracks and pull any weeds you find. Use a trowel to gently remove debris caught deep in the cracks, but be careful not to widen the cracks. You can use a hose or pressure washer to clean them out further if necessary. Once they have been cleaned out, fill them with an asphalt crack filling product. The filler should come ready to use right out of the package with no special mixing involved. Apply the crack filler to the cracks and let it dry completely before continuing. Seal the Driveway Sealing the driveway not only protects it from further damage, but it gives your driveway a sleek look that improves its overall appearance. With sealant, you need to choose the right day to apply it. Avoid a day when inclement weather is expected, including rain or heavy winds. Also avoid high heat, as this can cause the sealant to dry prematurely, which will not give the driveway a smooth appearance. An overcast or cloudy day is ideal for sealing an asphalt driveway. When applying the sealant, always start going parallel to your house. Start at the top of the driveway near your house or garage, and gradually move in lines across the driveway until you reach the end of it near the street. You will then apply an additional layer on the driveway, but this type going perpendicular. When applying each layer, use a squeegee to smooth out the surface and avoid bubbles or uneven areas. Let it dry completely before you drive or walk on it afterward. If you would prefer to have a professional handle this job, contact a company in your area like Superior...

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