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

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