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Three Reasons To Use RAP When You Can’t Patch Anymore

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Reasons To Use RAP When You Can’t Patch Anymore

If you have an asphalt driveway or private road on your property, you know that this is one of the easier materials to deal with because you can easily patch cracks and replace sections, rather than having to repave the entire driveway to fix a broken section. However, there comes a point when you just can’t patch anymore because you’ve already patched so much of the driveway. Should you reach this point and decide to repave the whole thing, you may want to use recycled asphalt product, or RAP. Old sections of asphalt are ground up and reused as both filler and the asphalt layer. Here are three reasons why you might want to use this. Less Wasteful By grinding up and reusing the asphalt, you’re wasting less material. Less goes to landfills (where it would just sit forever because asphalt doesn’t degrade like paper), less needs to be manufactured from scratch — and that also means less pollution enters the atmosphere from that process — and less needs to be transported from a main factory far away. Much Cheaper RAP is also going to save you money because the overall costs that go into making it are less. Just as there’s less manufacturing needed to create asphalt from scratch, there’s less money that’s needed by the company to cover the costs of creating RAP vs. new asphalt. You’re not paying for new materials, either. If you want a budget-friendly way to repave your driveway or road, RAP can help you keep those costs down. More Durable Because RAP is made from old asphalt, it contains bits of the tar and binders used in the original paving. This benefits you when you reuse the asphalt because that tar and those binders help keep the asphalt particles together, reinforcing the new binders and tar added by the workers who are repaving your driveway. Plus, RAP tends to have better drainage, allowing water to trickle through to the ground below. Without that drainage, water can be trapped between the particles of asphalt, and in winter, the water can freeze and cause cracking. If the water can drain away though, then there’s less worry about ice expansion ruining the asphalt. If you want to know more about RAP, contact paving contractors and construction supply companies. The staff at both of these types of companies should be able to tell you about what they’ve seen work well for other customers. Click here to learn more about asphalt...

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2 Signs Your Cement Mixer Needs Repair

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Signs Your Cement Mixer Needs Repair

If you are in the middle of a remodeling or renovation project, you are probably well aware of all the different machinery you are going to need to make it happen. While you expect your machinery to work like it should, you have to do your part to make sure your machines are in top operating condition at all times. One of the main pieces of machinery you will often need when doing an add-on project is that of a cement mixer. The mixers allow you to form the foundation of your project. To help you better understand what might be going on with your mixer, here are a couple common problems that might be to blame. Your mixer isn’t turning on. Before you can begin mixing cement, you have to get the machine to turn on. Otherwise, it is a useless endeavor. Most of the time, these large pieces of machinery are powered using an engine that resembles that of a lawnmower. Over the course of time, those engines can end up having problems with their spark plugs, just like that of a vehicle or a lawnmower. Start by removing the old spark plug and replacing it with a new one. If the spark plug was to blame, your machine should power right up. Otherwise, you will need to start investigating other possible options for why the mixer isn’t powering up. The mixing drum isn’t turning. Even though you might have power to the mixer, you need the drum to turn to mix everything together and produce the cement mixture. Inside of the drum, the blades mix the sand, water and cement mix to form the perfect consistency to complete your project. One of the main reasons why that drum isn’t turning stems from a problem with the belt. Over time, that belt can stretch or break. The best way to rectify the problem is to replace the belt with a new one. Another thing to look into is whether there is anything inside of the drum that could be holding the barrel in place and preventing it from moving. The concrete and sand could easily have gotten into one of the pulleys and caused it to seize up. If that is the case, you will have to take your machine into a professional for them to take care of the problem for you. If you are ever in doubt about what might be going on with your mixer, call upon someone who is experienced in heavy equipment repair, like AAA Paving and Sealing, to take care of it for...

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Want To Keep Your Driveway Looking Sleek And Smooth? Doing These Three Things Will Help

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Want To Keep Your Driveway Looking Sleek And Smooth? Doing These Three Things Will Help

As the owner of a new asphalt driveway, you might drive around town and notice older driveways and parking lots that are fading and have large cracks. You pledge to never allow that to happen to your own driveway, but you may be unaware of what you can do to avoid it. Use the following suggestions to help your driveway stay sleek and smooth.  Get Your Driveway Sealcoated One of the reasons that asphalt driveways start to fade is because of constant exposure to sun, rain and snow. After being exposed to these elements, your driveway could start to take on a dull gray appearance instead of the sleek black look that it had right after it was poured. To provide your driveway with some protection, it is a good idea to have your driveway sealcoated by a professional asphalt contractor such as Asphalt Maintenance. During this process, your driveway is covered with a chemical seal that will prevent damage from the elements, as well as from any leaks or spills that end up on the driveway surface. It is important to remember that the sealcoat will not last forever. It is a good idea to have the process redone every other year at least. Take Tiny Cracks Seriously If you notice small cracks on the driveway every now and then, you may ignore them. However, it is important that you realize that water can infiltrate even the smallest of cracks in your driveway. That may not sound like a big deal, but over time, as water travels through the crack, the dirt underneath your driveway might shift by little every time you drive on the surface. This might lead to bigger cracks that may look unattractive. If you notice small cracks in your asphalt driveway, take the time to go to a retail store and purchase a commercial crack filler. If your cracks are already starting to be too big, you might consider getting in touch with an asphalt contractor. Clean Your Driveway It is easy to overlook the most simple way of maintaining your driveway’s looks: clean it regularly. You may ignore leaves as they build up on a portion of the driveway that is unused, but that pile of leaves can collect moisture over time, and that moisture can have a negative impact on that part of your driveway.  To avoid a problem, take a bit of time every so often to sweep the driveway and pick up debris. With the information in this article, you can keep your driveway jet black, smooth and attractive. Be sure to talk with an asphalt contractor to get more ideas you can...

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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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