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How To Repair Damaged Concrete

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Repair Damaged Concrete

Concrete is a very durable material that is used for a number of different things around your home including your home’s foundation, garage floor, and maybe even your porch, patio or driveway/walkway. Just because it’s a durable material doesn’t mean it won’t crack or chip at some point over time. The good news is that it can be repaired, just don’t let the cracks and chips to get too out of hand, then you may need to call in a professional. Superficial Cracks If your concrete begins to get small superficial spider cracks running through it or begins to show wear, you may want to apply a concrete resurfacer for all-over coverage. You can find a concrete resurfacer at your local hardware store, some that are quick-drying and can cure in just a few short hours. Sweep away loose debris first, then clean the concrete using mild detergent and water, rinse thoroughly, then allow it to dry completely. Mix the concrete resurfacer as instructed in the manufacturer’s directions, then apply it to any cracks to help fill them evenly with the rest of the concrete. Once that has set for a few minutes, apply the concrete resurfacer to the rest of your concrete working in small sections at a time. Apply it in an even layer all over your concrete using a long-handled squeegee. Deep Cracks Deeper cracks in your cement walls or even on a floor/patio/porch can all be repaired by cleaning out the crack using a chisel. Chisel at an angle to remove as much loose cement as possible. You want to have a clean surface to work with and for the fill to have something solid to attach to. Use a stiff bristle brush to help remove the loose cement and dust, then vacuum up the loose debris with a shop vacuum. Next, you can use either a cement repair material (rapid set) applied directly to the cracks (follow the manufacturer’s directions for mixing), or you can use a concrete caulking. Cut the caulk opening as large as needed to fill in the cracks, then smooth the caulk using a metal spoon or a gloved finger. Allow the caulk to dry, then apply a second layer if need be. Damage to your concrete will happen over time due to weather, poor installation, or from wear. Be sure to take good care of it by keeping it clean of debris and spills that can cause a breakdown of your concrete, and repair even small superficial cracks before they become a bigger problem. For more information, talk to a professional like Gann Asphalt &...

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3 Things To Do To Get Your Parking Lot Ready For Winter

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things To Do To Get Your Parking Lot Ready For Winter

With winter coming, you need to make sure that your parking lot is ready for winter. Not only will it save you money to do that, but it also keeps you and your customers safer. There are several things that you should do before the snow flies.  Clean Your Parking Lot You want to make sure that all the debris like gravel, trash, pieces of parking lot, and so on cleaned off your parking lot. If there is any of that, and it gets caught under the snow, your parking lot could get damaged, as well as your car and the cars of your customers. If your parking lot is small enough, you can do it using a large push broom. Otherwise, you may want to contract with a service that can come in and sweep it for you. That service can also help you to remove any chemical spills. Things like gas and oil can damage your parking lot and create potholes over the winter.  Fix Cracks If your parking lot has a lot of cracks in it, you want to get them patched before it starts to get too cold. That’s because when water freezes, it expands. That means when it gets into the cracks and freezes, it can cause the crack to start to expand. In the early winter and late winter when the temperatures fluctuate a lot, the water may freeze overnight and then thaw during the day. That thaw allows the water to get further down in the crack. As that happens each day, it causes the crack to expand minutely. Over a few days or weeks, the crack can become very big. Patching the crack before it really starts to freeze can keep that from happening.  Check Your Seal Coat If your parking lot hasn’t been seal coated in the last couple of years, it may be time to get that taken care of. The seal coating just adds another layer of protection to your parking lot. As part of the seal coat process, cracks and holes will be patched and then the protectant will be put on the parking lot.  Making sure your parking lot is ready for the freezing weather, ice, snow, and salt of winter will make it easier on your come spring. Your parking lot won’t have a lot of damage that you will have to repair and your customers won’t have to worry about damage to their...

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What Causes Car Tires To Make Dents In A New Asphalt Driveway?

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Causes Car Tires To Make Dents In A New Asphalt Driveway?

Asphalt is very tough, but for a while after it’s installed it needs special care in order to look and function its best. This FAQ will address a problem that some people experience as a result of improper asphalt care. What causes car tires to make dents in a new asphalt driveway? When asphalt is first installed, it is relatively soft. During that time, asphalt is easily dented or warped by heavy or pointed objects. Asphalt is especially vulnerable to these problems when the weather outside is very warm and the sun is shining, because heat causes asphalt to soften. If your car’s tires have put dents in your new asphalt driveway, this is likely because the car was parked for too long or too many times in the same location on the asphalt. This caused the asphalt to change shape and mold itself around the shape of the tires, creating dents. What can you do to fix the problem if your tires put dents in your new asphalt driveway? If your tires have made dents in the asphalt, the only way to fix the problem is by working with a residential paving contractor. Contact a reputable paving contractor in your area. How can you protect your driveway in the future? There are many things you can do to prevent this from happening again. For example: Avoid parking your car in the same position every day. If you drive your car every day, make a point of parking the car in a different location each night when you come home. Avoid placing placing pointed objects on your driveway. For example, do not use a bike or motorcycle kick stand on your driveway. Also avoid placing card tables and folding chairs on your driveway. If you must place something pointed on your driveway, distribute the weight over a wide area. For example, if you choose to sit in a folding chair on your driveway, place the folding chair on top of a board. This will distribute the chair’s weight and help prevent the chair from sinking into the asphalt. Will your driveway always be soft enough to be dented by heavy objects? Asphalt goes through a curing and hardening process over the course of a couple years. After about two years, the asphalt will have hardened enough that you can leave heavy objects parked for long periods of time on the asphalt without any...

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Having Your New Residential Driveway Paved? Here Is What You Need To Know About Costs

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Having Your New Residential Driveway Paved? Here Is What You Need To Know About Costs

If you are in the process of having a new home built, there will eventually come a time when you will have to start thinking about the access path to get to your house. While many people simply stick with gravel, paving the drive of a residential property is always the more feasible option because this offers longevity and a more permanent solution to your access needs. If you have little experience with driveway paving and the installation of a newly paved driveway, you are bound to have some questions where cost is concerned. Here are just a few of the more common questions and the answers you will want to know.  First off, how much will this cost? The costs associated with installing a new paved driveway can vary greatly because there are so many variables, including: the amount of work it will take to prepare the area the length of the driveway the slope of the driveway the type of paving material you choose One of the primary factors in cost will definitely be the material you choose. Concrete, which is perhaps the more popular choice, will cost you about $75 for every cubic yard of material used. On the other hand, asphalt to cover a drive that is 600 square feet would run you roughly $830.  What factors will make the installation process higher than usual? When you are trying to figure a rough estimate for how much a paved driveway is going to cost, you have to keep in mind that there will naturally be some properties that will be harder to install a driveway on than others. For example, if the area where you will be installing a drive must be cleared of trees, this will mean a crew will have to come in and remove the trees and the stumps before the paving can take place.  Is it true that a layer of gravel must go down first? It is true that you may also have to pay for a layer of gravel before the driveway is paved, but this is not always the case. If the soil in your area is not very stable, the pavement needs a more stable surface to adhere to. Adding and compacting a layer of gravel onto the dirt pathway will help to prevent ground shift down the road. Even though this will be an added cost to the project, it is a cost that will protect your investment in the driveway in the end.  Contact a paving contractor for more...

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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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