Concrete Cracks: Repair or Replace?

Do you have a concrete sidewalk, driveway, patio or pool deck that is cracked? Eventually, all concrete surfaces crack from erosion, pressure, climate or other factors. However, it does not always mean you need to replace your concrete. The severity of the cracking can determine whether only a repair is needed, or if you should consider replacement.

Concrete and cracks go hand-in-hand, but there is a difference between a small hairline crack and a larger, structural crack. Concrete can last for years without cracking, especially when you choose a quality contractor to pore your surface, but all concrete will split with time. Small or thin cracks can be easily repaired, and the surface can still last for many more years. However, deeper or wider cracks can be a sign of structural issues that cannot be fixed with a patch or repair.

When concrete cracks all the way through the concrete, a repair is just a temporary fix. It is likely the concrete will begin to shift, sink and upheave, causing an unlevel and unsafe surface. Look for wide or deep cracks and changes in the level of the surface. When this occurs, it is best to put your money into replacement versus spending on repairs that will not fix the problem.

Fixing concrete cracks right away can often prevent them from becoming more serious. If you are noticing cracks on your concrete driveway, sidewalk or patio, contact a local concrete contractor for repair. They can evaluate your concrete and determine whether a repair will extend the life of your surface, or if a complete replacement is a more prudent option. In most cases, if you catch the cracks early, a repair can be completed to fix your concrete.

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Sunshine Services
8371 McAllister Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
(561) 945-0187

Can I Sealcoat My Driveway in the Fall?

Summer may seem like a good time to sealcoat your driveway, but the hot temperatures and other deterrents can get in the way. When the thermometer stays above 90 degrees for weeks on end and constant events and obligations get in the way, it may be fall before you can finally consider giving your asphalt driveway the sealcoating it needs. The good news is fall is a perfect time to sealcoat your driveway and give it the protection it needs for years to come.

Asphalt Sealcoating Basics

Asphalt can last for decades, but it does need maintenance. Sealcoating every few years adds protection to the surface, deterring cracks and water penetration that leads to pot holes and crumbling. How often you need to sealcoat depends on how much you use your driveway and the region where you live. In most cases, every 2-3 years is recommended for sealcoating asphalt for routine maintenance. It will add the protective coating needed and has the additional benefit of making your driveway look like new again.

For sealcoating, you want warm, dry temperatures. A stretch of 2-3 days of 40-80 degrees without rain is the perfect scenario for sealcoating. Fall often offers plenty of weeks of warm, dry weather in most regions of the country. You can easily find a time to schedule your sealcoating with a local paving contractor to ensure your driveway is sealed and protected before winter arrives.

If fall arrived and your driveway still needs sealcoating, you still have plenty of time to ensure it is completed before the wet or cold winter weather arrives. Talk to your local paving company to find the best time to get your service this fall.

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ACE Paving & Maintenance
3465 Francis Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 686-3758

Improve the Look of Your Business with Asphalt Sealcoating

Appearances are important, especially when it comes to your business. If you have an asphalt parking lot, this is often the first thing people see when coming to your business. You may be more concerned with signage and other exterior features of your business, but it is important to keep your parking area in good shape. Sealcoating your parking area can help improve the appearance of your business and offers other benefits as well.

In most cases, asphalt surfaces should be sealcoated about every 2-3 years. This asphalt coating offers extra protection for your pavement and can help extend the life of your parking lot. An added benefit is sealcoating makes your asphalt look like new again. Customers see that you care about maintaining your business, leaving a positive impression from the moment they come to your store.

Maintaining your parking lot should be a priority, from sealcoating every few years to fixing potholes and making other repairs. Not only does it make your business look better, it can protect you from liability. Crumbling pavement and potholes can lead to damage to your customers’ vehicle or cause injury. Sealcoating is one way to prevent erosion of your asphalt and extend the life of your parking lot, saving you money in the long run. It is much less expensive to have your local paving company sealcoat and repair your parking lot regularly than to replace your pavement.

Every aspect of your business makes an impact on your customers, including the parking lot outside of your store or office. Keep it looking great with regular sealcoating and maintenance from your local paving company.

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Sunshine Services
8371 McAllister Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
(561) 945-0187

Is Concrete Right for Your Driveway?

Are you considering paving your driveway? There are many options available, from asphalt and pavers to concrete and brick. If concrete has made it into the discussion, you may be wondering if it is the right choice for your driveway. Here are some of the pros and cons of using concrete for your driveway.

Concrete Pros

Concrete is extremely durable, one of its best qualities. A solid concrete driveway that has been installed by a paving expert can last from twenty to fifty years. In addition, here are some of the other pros of using concrete to pave your driveway:

  • Simple maintenance. Concrete needs little maintenance; a broom and hose can clean up your driveway. Sealant can be used on an annual basis but in mild climates, this can be extended to every few years.
  • Cool surface. During the hot summer, concrete stays relatively cool compared to asphalt and other darker paved surfaces. This is easier on your feet and your tires.
  • No potholes. While concrete can crack, you will not have potholes like you can expect with asphalt.

Concrete Cons

When determining whether concrete is right for your driveway, you need to look at both sides of the coin. While durable and easy to maintain, there are a few drawbacks.

  • Cost. For a large driveway, concrete can be expensive. It does cost more than asphalt, which can be a deal breaker on long driveways.
  • No resurfacing. If your concrete begins to have surface issues, it is not as simple as resurfacing. Concrete must be removed and replaced.
  • Stains. Concrete is light in color and shows stains easier than asphalt or darker pavers.

Concrete is an excellent choice for many homeowners wanting a long-lasting, low-maintenance driveway. Make sure you choose an experienced paving contractor to install your new driveway to get the best quality.

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ACE Paving & Maintenance
3465 Francis Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 686-3758

When Is the Right Time to Sealcoat Asphalt?

To extend the life of asphalt, sealcoating is needed as a preventive and protective maintenance option. Asphalt is durable, but it is also vulnerable to water intrusion and exposure to the elements. Sealcoating adds a protect layer over the top of asphalt driveways and parking lots to keep out moisture, prevent cracking and extend the life of the pavement. But, when is the right time to sealcoat asphalt?

How Often Should You Sealcoat?

Every driveway and asphalt surface are different and may need sealcoating at different intervals. For most residential driveways, sealcoating every 2-3 years is sufficient, but the same may not be true for surfaces that endure heavier traffic. The weather in the region is also a factor. Extreme conditions can make it important to sealcoat more often.

What Time of Year Should Sealcoating Be Completed?

Summer is called road-construction season for a reason, especially in areas with cold or wet winters. The best time to sealcoating or do any paving maintenance is in warmer, drier weather. The best time to sealcoat asphalt is when the temperatures are consistently above fifty degrees. The perfect temperature is right around seventy degrees, but anywhere between fifty and ninety degrees with dry weather is a good time to sealcoat. Depending on the region, early fall or early summer is often the best period for sealcoating when temperatures are not extreme, and conditions are dry.

If it has been a few years since your last sealcoating, or your asphalt is starting to look worn, plan for a sealcoating during the warmer, drier months of the year. Contact your local asphalt paving company that offers sealcoating to schedule your maintenance before the nice weather goes away.

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Sunshine Services
8371 McAllister Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
(561) 945-0187

Summer Maintenance for Asphalt

Does your business have an asphalt parking lot, or do you own an asphalt driveway at your home? Summer is the best time to do needed maintenance on asphalt to improve the look and function of your paved surface. The warmer temperatures are ideal for the various maintenance tasks and repairs your asphalt may need. Here are some of the asphalt maintenance chores that are best done during the summer months.

Sealcoating

If your asphalt is still in good shape, but is starting to look weathered, it may be time to sealcoat. Most asphalt surfaces should be sealcoated every 2-3 years to prevent cracking and excessive wear on the surface. This can help protect the base from water infiltration and extend the life of your asphalt surface, as well as making it look like new again.

Pothole Repairs

If there are crumbling spots on your driveway or parking lot, get them repaired during the warm days of summer. Pot holes will only grow if not filled and repaired; you can extend the lifespan of your asphalt and save money on resurfacing or repaving by repairing pot holes quickly.

Resurfacing or Repaving

For asphalt that is beyond spot repairs, resurfacing is often an option and should be done in warmer, dry weather. If the base for your paved surface is no longer viable, you may need a complete repaving, a task that is also best done during the warmer, drier months of summer.

If your asphalt needs maintenance, repair or replacement, check your weather forecast and look for a span of warm, dry weather. Then call your local asphalt paving company to come complete your needed summer maintenance to protect your investment in your parking lot or driveway.

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ACE Paving & Maintenance
3465 Francis Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 686-3758

When Should You Consider Resurfacing Your Asphalt Driveway?

If you own an asphalt driveway, it can last for twenty years or more when properly maintained. However, even this extremely durable material does eventually require replacement. Yet there are times when people think they need to replace asphalt when resurfacing would give them the results they desire.

Resurfacing Versus Sealcoating

While both resurfacing and sealcoating can make your driveway look like new again, there is a difference. Sealcoating is a preventive measure, not meant to fix problems but to protect the surface of the asphalt. Resurfacing is used to add a layer of asphalt over a structurally sound foundation, fixing some surface issues.

What Resurfacing Can Fix

Asphalt is damaged from pressure, moisture and other elements. The top layers can crack or crumble, or indentation can occur that can lead to water pooling. Resurfacing can fix many of these asphalt issues, giving you a new top surface that is level and looks like new again. However, it is only effective when the foundation is still solid and functional; resurfacing is usually only recommended if less than 30% of the total surface is cracked or damaged.

When Repaving is Necessary

Resurfacing is a good option when damage first begins to occur, but it cannot fix all asphalt surfaces. When the problems are at the foundation level or there is extensive damage to the surface, repaving may be needed.

If you are not sure what level of repair or maintenance you need on your asphalt driveway, contact a local asphalt contractor for an inspection. They can evaluate your driveway and give you options. Often resurfacing is a cost-effective solution that can add many years onto the life of your driveway and make it functional and beautiful again.

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Sunshine Services
8371 McAllister Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
(561) 945-0187

Is it Time for a New Concrete Sidewalk?

Concrete sidewalks can last for decades, but even this durable material will eventually need replacement. Erosion, settling, water intrusion, plants and other factors can take their toll on concrete sidewalks, making them unsightly and even hazardous. Here are a few signs that it may be time to replace your old concrete sidewalk versus having it repaired.

Large Cracks

Concrete will crack, it is inevitable. Small cracks can be repaired and filled, but when larger cracks appear, it may be time to replace your sidewalk. Large cracks will allow more water intrusion, causing more settling and uneven surfaces that can be dangerous. Plus, those cracks invite plant growth, making it more difficult to keep your sidewalk looking clean and kempt.

Unlevel Sections

If one section settles, or tree roots push up a section, your sidewalk becomes a danger zone. These unlevel areas can be a tripping hazard, leading to falls and injuries. If someone is hurt on your property, you can be liable for their injuries and at risk for lawsuits.

Crumbling Edges

When the edges of your sidewalk begin crumbling away, it is time to replace, not repair. Concrete will eventually break apart due to its porous nature and will need complete replacement at this point to retain the form and function you desire.

When your old sidewalk is showing the signs of severe disrepair, it is best to put your money into replacement versus endless repairs. Contact your local paving contractor that offers sidewalk installation to create a new walkway that will look and function as it should. It can protect you from liability from fall accidents and improve the overall look of your home or business.

ACE Paving & Maintenance
3465 Francis Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 686-3758

Is a Concrete Pool Deck Expensive?

If you are installing a new pool or replacing a pool deck on an existing pool, comparing prices for decking is important. There are many different options for pool deck materials that can greatly impact the price of the project. Tile, natural stone, brick, pavers and concrete are all popular options for pool decks. But if you are on a budget, you want to choose an option that will last and still be cost effective. For many, concrete pool decks can be a reasonable price choice while still offering many advantages.

Benefits of Concrete Pool Decks

Concrete is one of the least expensive pool deck materials, yet it still offers many benefits beyond cost. Concrete is very durable, non-slip and easy to maintain; plus, it comes in many different design options. Stamped or stained concrete can have the look of pavers or natural stone, but without the hefty price tag. In addition, it is simple to maintain. Resealing a pool deck every few years helps prevent fading and cracking, extending the life of your pool deck.

Concrete is easy to pour and form to fit any size or style of pool, making it less labor intensive. Both the material and labor costs are less than most other materials used for pool decks, making it a popular option for swimming pool owners. The style options are wider than ever; you may be surprised how closely a stamped or stained concrete deck can resemble marble or other pavers.

If you are trying to stick to a budget for your new pool deck, consider the advantages of using concrete. Talk to your local paving company that offers concrete services to get a direct quote on a concrete pool deck.

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Sunshine Services
8371 McAllister Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
(561) 945-0187

Tips on How to Maintain a Gravel Driveway

Does your gravel driveway have holes, grass or puddles? While gravel driveways are the least expensive way to cover your driveway, they also can be one of the more labor intensive. The initial cost is much less than concrete, asphalt or pavers, but you do need to expect to spend time each year maintaining it for an even, solid driveway surface. Here are a few tips to keep your gravel driveway maintained.

  • Fix pot holes as they appear. Don’t let pot holes grow bigger in your gravel driveway. When a hole or dip appears, get to work on filling it. You should shovel out the hole to the base of the driveway, then fill with larger gravel, tamp it down, add medium gravel, tamp, and then add your smaller gravel on top.
  • Watch for puddles. If you have puddles, the surface of your driveway is uneven and needs to be leveled. You may need to add better drainage and more gravel as needed to keep it level.
  • Grading. Your driveway will need to be graded once or twice a year to keep it level. Small driveways can be level with a rake, but larger ones will need a tractor with an appropriate blade for grading.

Maintaining a gravel driveway can be back-breaking work. It may be worth the investment to consider paving with an affordable option like asphalt if maintenance becomes too much work. In the long run, paved driveways can save you time; also, money, if you are hiring someone to maintain your driveway. Talk to your local paving company to find out if a concrete or asphalt driveway could save you time and trouble.

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ACE Paving & Maintenance
3465 Francis Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 686-3758