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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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