Is Asphalt the Best Option for Your Driveway?

If you are considering paving your driveway, you have a plethora of options. Brick, stone pavers, concrete and asphalt are all possibilities, each with their own pros and cons. There is not a right or wrong choice, just the best one for your needs. If asphalt is on your short list of options, here are some facts about this paving method to help you decide whether it is the best choice for you.

Budget-Friendly

Bricks, concrete and pavers are all usually more expensive to install for driveways per square foot than asphalt. The only cheaper option is gravel. If you are looking at cost for installation, asphalt is one of the best choices for staying within a moderate budget.

Durable and Long-Lasting

Asphalt driveways can handle a heavy load and can last for 20-30 years or more when properly maintained. They are less likely to crack under heavy weights than other paving materials if you have commercial vehicles that will need to use your driveway.

Simple Maintenance

Asphalt does not require much maintenance. The color helps hide stains and it is easily cleaned with a leaf blower, pressure washer or hose. Every few years, sealcoating should be performed to help protect it from cracks and water penetration.

Best in Mild or Moderate Climates

If you live in a warmer or mild climate region, asphalt is terrific. Colder zones with frozen ground will experience more cracks and pot holes in asphalt.

If these facts about asphalt seem to fit your home, budget and lifestyle, then this may be the best material for your new driveway. Talk to a local paving contractor to determine the right paving option for you and your home.

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

What are the Benefits of Concrete Paving?

If you are considering paving your driveway, building a patio or making a pool deck, concrete is one of the oldest choices available; it has been used in some form for thousands of years. The mix of cement, rock, sand and water that makes concrete can create a solid surface that can last for decades. While concrete is a standard surface, you may wonder if it is the best option for your project. Here are some of the benefits of concrete and when it is a good choice for paving.

Longevity Versus Cost

Few paving options last as long as concrete. For driveways, walkways, patios and pool decks, you will not find many paving options that can last as long as concrete. Asphalt is cheaper for driveways but does not have the same lifespan. Pavers can last for decades, but they are more likely to need replacement sooner than concrete and cost more to install. When it comes to longevity versus cost, concrete is a definite winner for paving.

Easy Maintenance

Concrete does not take much maintenance and is easy to clean. Sweeping and pressure washing are the best ways to clean concrete; sealing once every few years can help reduce cracking.

Cool Surface

One of the reasons concrete is popular is its cool surface. Concrete reflects light, helping it stay cool in the hot sun.

Design Options

Concrete can be plain, stamped and colored, giving multiple options to create the look you desire for your paving project.

If you want a cost-effective paving options that is cool to the touch and long-lasting, concrete should be at the top of your list. Talk to your local paving contractor to find out if concrete is the best choice for your next paving project.

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

Protect Your Brick Driveway with Sealcoating

There is something classic and elegant about brick paving. If you have chosen to pave your driveway with brick, it can add beauty and value to your home. However, brick paving is expensive, which is why you want to ensure your driveway will last for decades. The best way to maintain your brick driveway is with sealcoating, adding a layer of protection between it and the elements.

Benefits of Quality Sealcoating

Sealcoating adds a glossy layer of protection for bricks. While bricks are durable, they are also porous. Wet and freezing weather can impact the structure; bricks are also prone to mildew and moss growth. Sealcoating offers protection against the elements but has other benefits as well. Benefits of sealing your brick driveway include:

  • A glossy finish brings out the beauty of the brick
  • Sealing stops moss and mildew growth
  • Sealant slows deterioration
  • Sealcoating makes it easier to clean your driveway

Brick driveways should be sealed shortly after they are installed and then periodically to keep a solid coating over the surface. How frequently may depend on the type of sealant used and the climate where you live. In many cases, brick driveways need to be resealed about every six years, but you can consult your local paving company to determine what is best for your region.

A brick driveway is a major investment in your home that helps improve curb appeal and value. Keep your brick entrance beautiful and protected with sealcoating. For the best results, contact your local paving company to schedule quality sealing for your bricks. It is worth the investment to have your sealing completed by professionals to ensure it lasts.

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

Is Your Parking Lot Hurting Your Business?

When your customers pull into your parking lot, are they welcomed with a well-maintained area to park their vehicle? You may not think your parking lot makes much of a difference when it comes to your brand, but that is not true. The first and last place in-person customers see when visiting your brick and mortar business is your parking lot. If tripping in a pot hole or other safety issues occur in your parking area, it could affect your brand and hurt your business. Here are a few ways to improve your asphalt parking area for your customers.

  • Repairs and Resealing. You want your parking lot to look good and be safe. Repair pot holes and cracks in your pavement to prevent damage to vehicles or safety issues for customers. Also, reseal your asphalt every few years to keep it smooth and attractive.
  • Painting. Keep up with parking stall painting to create adequate parking spaces for your customers. Hire a paving contractor that offers professional parking lot painting to create more stalls and safe crosswalks for your customers.
  • New Curbs. Curbs can help prevent vehicles driving onto sidewalks or other areas that present dangers to pedestrians. Maintain and replace curbs as needed.
  • Lighting for Safety. Keep your parking well-lit during all hours. This helps ensure the safety of your customers when walking to and from their car at night. Outdoor lighting can help prevent falls, accidents and deter criminal activity.
  • Keep your parking lot clean. Sweep and remove debris regularly to maintain a polished, professional appearance.

Make your parking lot a safe and pleasant area for your customers. Schedule ongoing maintenance to improve the image of your business.

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

Sealcoating for Winter Asphalt Protection

Water is the enemy of asphalt. When water seeps into and under asphalt, it can cause deterioration, settling and other problems. Winter can be the worst time for water penetration into asphalt. If it is in or under the asphalt, it can freeze, expanding and contracting. This can cause cracking and premature wear on asphalt. To protect asphalt from winter damage, routine sealcoating can be the best option.

What Is Sealcoating?

Sealcoating is the best way to extend the life of asphalt surfaces, including driveways, parking lots and basketball courts. This process should be done for the first time a few months after asphalt is installed, then every 2-3 years afterward. This coating seals the asphalt and protects it from water penetration. As the sealcoating wears off, the asphalt becomes vulnerable to moisture. If it has been over two years since the last sealcoating, it is a good idea to perform this process before the next winter arrives.

Sealcoat Asphalt in Mild Temperatures

While sealcoating is needed for winter protection of asphalt, it needs to be done when it is dry and warm. It is best to have this service performed before temperatures drop too low or wet weather is the norm. You should have a stretch of 3-4 dry days with temperatures above 50 degrees to ensure the sealcoating process is completed correctly. Besides protecting the asphalt, sealcoating can make the surface look new again, an extra benefit of this procedure.

Sealcoating can help asphalt surfaces last for 20 years or more, surviving decades of wet or cold winters. Make sure your asphalt surfaces are protected with routine sealcoating every few years.

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

Reduce Business Injury Liability with Outside Maintenance

As a business owner, you need to minimize risks that can hurt your bottom line. Maintaining a safe property is a crucial element to reduce the chance of injuries for workers and customers. This includes outdoor areas where customers and employees park and walk. Maintaining parking lots and sidewalks should be a priority to reduce the chance of injury accidents on your commercial property.

Premise liability laws cover accidents that occur on property due to unsafe conditions. There are also laws that cover safety regulations for businesses to protect employees from injury. For business owners, it is important to reduce risks of injury accidents. Outdoors, this means maintaining parking lots and sidewalks that are safe and free from tripping or fall hazards.

Parking Lot and Sidewalk Maintenance

To reduce chances of fall injuries, all paved surfaces should be maintained. Cleaning and sweeping paved walkways and parking areas can reduce tripping hazards. If snow or ice is present, shoveling and deicing is needed to prevent slips and falls. In addition to daily and weekly maintenance, there may be needed repairs. This includes leveling sidewalks that have settled or cracked and repairing holes in the parking areas. Repairing asphalt and concrete surface is important to reduce risk of accidents. Paving surface repairs also protect your property and improve the appearance of your business.

Injury accidents can be costly. Even if you have premise liability insurance coverage, you may experience higher premiums and costs when injuries occur on your property. Keeping up on outside maintenance, including parking lot and sidewalk repairs, can reduce your risk of injuries to your customers and employees, protecting them and your bottom line.

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

How to Winterize Your Asphalt Driveway

There are many items around your home that need to be made ready for winter. Your pool, yard, furnace and even your vehicles may need winterizing. One area that often is forgot is the asphalt on your driveway. Winters can be tough on asphalt and cause premature deterioration. To protect your investment, make sure to add your driveway to your winterizing to-do list.

Steps for Winterizing Asphalt

Asphalt’s natural enemies are moisture and cold temperatures. When water is allowed to get inside asphalt, it causes deterioration. Even worse, if the temperatures dip below the freezing level, water in the asphalt can freeze, damaging from the inside by expanding and contracting. To winterize your asphalt, you want to seal cracks that allow water to seep inside. Follow these steps to winterize your asphalt:

  • Clean your surface. Gas, oil and other chemicals that drip on your driveway can accelerate cracking. Clean your asphalt using a detergent and water to remove chemicals.
  • Repair cracks and holes. Inspect your driveway and fix any cracks or holes in your driveway. This can help keep water from seeping inside, slowing deterioration.
  • Sealcoat if needed. Asphalt driveways should be sealcoated every few years to keep it protected. If it has been over two years, consider sealcoating to add more protection for the upcoming winter.

If you skip winterizing your driveway, it can lead to more pot holes, cracking and ruin the sub-base underneath. Make sure your asphalt is repaired and sealed to withstand the wet, cold months ahead. If you need crack or pothole repair, or it is time to sealcoat, call your local paving contractor to help you properly winterize your driveway.

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

Is Overlaying an Option to Repair Your Asphalt Parking Lot?

Asphalt parking lots can last twenty years or more, but deterioration is bound to occur. Pot holes erupt, and cracks appear, allowing water to seep into the asphalt and cause more damage. There comes a point when you need to decide whether to replace your entire parking lot or continue repair issues as the occur. There is another option. Overlaying your parking lot can be a wise choice, repairing cracks and extending the life of your asphalt.

When Can an Overlay System Be Used?

Some deteriorating parking lot must be replaced. If the sub-base is no longer stable, it is not recommended to use an overlay system. Overlay systems can be used on asphalt that is cracked and deteriorating, but still has maintained its structural integrity. Any major holes need to be repaired before the overlay, but if the sub-base is still good, this method can be used for repairing asphalt.

Will Cracks Reappear on the Overlay?

Overlaying asphalt has been used for decades to extend the life of surfaces and delay replacement. However, one problem that can occur is cracks from the underneath pavement can move to the new surface. These are called reflective cracks. One option is to use an overlay system that is designed to prevent reflective cracks. The Perma Flex® overlay system is a perfect option for cracked parking lots, creating a smooth surface while preventing reflective cracks.

Overlaying an existing parking lot can be a big money saver over complete replacement. If you have a parking lot that is beginning to crack and deteriorate, talk to your local paving contractor about the possibility of overlaying to extend the life of your asphalt.

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Paving

Unless you work in the construction or paving industry, you may have many questions when it comes to paving. Most homeowners and business owners require some type of paving project on their property and often have questions about the process. Here are some common questions and answers about paving.

Which Lasts Longer, Concrete or Asphalt?

Both asphalt and concrete can last for decades, but concrete typically can last 5-15 years longer than asphalt with good maintenance.

Which Costs Less, Concrete or Asphalt?

Asphalt is less expensive than concrete, as much as half the cost, depending on the type of concrete.

Can You Lay Asphalt Over Concrete?

It could be done, but quality paving contractors guarantee their work and would not recommend paving asphalt over concrete. The base is a crucial element of asphalt paving and can impact the longevity and durability of the asphalt surface.

How Often Should You Sealcoat Asphalt Driveways?

Asphalt driveways should have a sealcoat applied a few months after it is installed, then every 2-3 years to maintain the surface.

Which Is Easier to Maintain, Concrete or Asphalt?

Asphalt does require sealcoating every few years to help prevent premature cracking and crumbling. Concrete does not require sealing, but if sealing is done about every five years, it can prolong the lifespan – repairs on concrete can be expensive. Both can be easily cleaned with pressure washing.

How Long Does Asphalt Need to Cure?

Asphalt typically takes 1-2 days to cure before it can be walked or driven on – depending on the temperature when it is installed.

If you have questions about paving your driveway, patio, parking lot or other surface, contact your local paving contractor for more information.

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

Why Asphalt is a Great Choice for Trails and Sidewalks

Do you think sidewalks and trails need to be concrete? Think again. There are benefits to using asphalt for sidewalks and trails instead of concrete slabs. Here are some of the reasons you would consider asphalt for your next paved walkway.

Keep it Level

One of the issues that is common with concrete sidewalks is shifting and settling that causes uneven slabs. These can be dangerous for pedestrians and create injury liability. Asphalt has the advantage of a smooth surface without “slabs” that can sink or settle.

Fast and Affordable

Asphalt is quick to install and fast to cure – it can usually be ready for foot traffic in one to two days. Plus, asphalt is less expensive than concrete, which is nice on your budget. Install a new sidewalk or trail for less money and have it ready to use in just a few days.

Weather and Eco-Friendly

Asphalt is great in all weather, providing great drainage and quick melting for ice or snow. It is also eco-friendly – asphalt is 100% recyclable when it comes time to replace it.

Durable and Easy Maintenance

Asphalt can last for 20 years or more, requiring very little maintenance. Sealcoating can be done every few years to prevent cracks, giving the surface a new appearance.

If you own a business that needs paved walkways for customers, consider the advantages of using asphalt. Walking and biking trails can be beautifully paved with asphalt for less money, with low maintenance to keep them safe for many years to come. Contact your local paving contractor to discuss the option of creating new walkways with asphalt.

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