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

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

Why Brick Adds Value to Your Business

If you own a store front, you know how important first and lasting impressions impact your business. From your signage and employee uniforms to your décor and parking lot, every detail is important in creating the brand identity you want your customers to equate with your product or service. So, when it comes time to build a new walkway or to pave a courtyard in front of your business, you want to use a material that will make a good impression. Here are a few reasons brick is an excellent choice to add value to your business.

  • Classic appeal. When you think of old towns, you think of brick storefronts and cobbled streets. Brick gives your business a classic appeal, even if your business is high-tech and modern. After all, there is a reason they still refer to storefronts as “brick and mortar” after the centuries of stores built from brick.
  • Sense of permanence. Businesses come and go. Let your customers know you intend in being in business for many years to come. Brick sends a message of longevity, giving even new businesses a sense of permanence.
  • Beauty and style. There is a reason brick is still popular after hundreds of years of use – it is stylish, beautiful and very durable. A perfect fit for a business or home is to add a tasteful brick paved surface.

Next time you want to build a new patio for your restaurant or add a courtyard at your hotel, consider using brick. It is a timeless material that can add value to your business and help create a positive image that your customers will remember.

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

3 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Paver Contractor

Are you considering upgrading to a tumbled marble paver driveway or adding a new paver pool deck? Pavers are a beautiful way to add value and function to your home in many ways. However, it is a significant investment into your home, so you want to ensure the paver contractor you hire will do a quality job that will last. Here are three questions to ask and get the right answers to before you hire a paver contractor for your next paving project.

  1. How many years has your company been in business? If you are investing in your home with a new paver driveway, patio or pool deck, you want a company that has many years installing pavers. Choose a paver company that has 20 or more years in business with a solid reputation.
  2. What level experience does your team offer? It is important to discuss the level of experience and expertise of the workers that will be installing your new paver surface. Quality companies have dozens of years of combined experience under their belt.
  3. Are you licensed and insured to do contractor work? You would think that every company would have the proper licenses and insurance needed, but never assume. With any contractor, you want to ensure they are licensed in your state and city, with insurance to cover any accidents or damage that may occur while they are on your property installing your paver surface.

Choosing the right paving contractor is a vital part of planning your paver project. Make sure to research your contractor to get the best results and quality work for your money.

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Tri County Pavers & Design
1925 Park Place
Boca Raton, FL 33486
(561) 738-5522

Difference Between Asphalt and Concrete Driveways

Are you considering paving your driveway? Two of the most popular options are concrete and asphalt, each with their own benefits. Both offer a durable, functional paved surface that is much more stylish and enjoyable than a gravel driveway. However, there are considerations when trying to decide which is the best option for your needs. Here are some basics on both driveway types to help you decide which is better for your needs.

Cost

If budget is your main concern, asphalt tends to be less expensive than concrete. However, both are less expensive than paver driveways. If you choose a stamped option, they can both cost more; but plain concrete and asphalt are both affordable, with asphalt having the edge for the budget-conscious.

Durability

Both concrete and asphalt can handle heavy loads; however, concrete slabs can be more likely to crack from extreme pressure. If commercial vehicles will need to drive on your pavement, it is best to discuss this with your paving company. Concrete can be reinforced to handle heavy loads, but asphalt is also a good choice.

Maintenance

Asphalt should be sealed every few years to protect the surface for maintenance, but beyond that, asphalt is easy to maintain. Concrete can be sealed, but it is not necessary. Cleaning both is easy, but concrete does tend to stain easier, which may require cleaning it more often.

Longevity

Both asphalt and concrete can last decades, with concrete having an edge in longevity. Most asphalt driveways need to be replaced or resurfaced after about twenty years; concrete driveways may need repairs, but can last over thirty years.

Concrete and asphalt run neck and neck with benefits. For longevity and low maintenance, concrete may be the best choice. For cost and durability, asphalt may be the winner. Talk to your local paving company to help decide which is best for your needs.

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

How to Keep Cracks from Forming in Your Driveway

Two of the most common driveway paving materials, asphalt and concrete, are both prone to cracking. Nothing is more frustrating than noticing a big crack in your new driveway. While cracks can be repaired, the surface never quite looks the same. Prevention is key to keep cracks from forming. Here are a few ways to protect your asphalt or concrete driveway from premature cracking.

Limit Vehicle Weight

Residential driveways are not usually designed to handle large commercial vehicles. They can handle a few passenger vehicles, but a large septic tank truck or a delivery of propane can split the surface. Concrete is even more susceptible to cracking under heavy weight than asphalt; limit vehicles that are over a few tons to prevent damage to your driveway.

Manage Tree Roots

Tree roots are often the cause of cracks and upheaval of paved driveways. Placement should be considered before installation – large trees bordering the driveway could pose a risk. Do not plant big trees near the borders or consider installing a root barrier.

Correct Installation

Unfortunately, many driveway cracks are caused by poor installation. A new driveway that cracks within a few years is usually due to a lack of a proper base before paving. Choose a quality paving contractor that has many years of experience with an excellent reputation in your community. It can save you frustration later by ensuring that your driveway is installed correctly to minimize the appearance of premature cracks.

Protect your investment in your driveway by considering the elements that can cause cracking from the beginning. Proper installation and placement by paving professionals can prevent many cracks, as well as continued maintenance, keeping your driveway looking and performing great for many years to come.

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

How to Know if You Should Patch, Resurface or Replace your Asphalt Driveway

Asphalt driveways can last twenty years or more when maintained. However, asphalt will not last forever and it will eventually need replacement. But there are options to consider before replacing your old asphalt driveway. Patching, sealcoating and resurfacing are options before complete replacement. Here are some tips to help you determine what type of service your asphalt driveway needs.

Sealcoating

Most driveways need sealcoating about every 2-3 years. If you just have some slight cracking on the surface, but no pot holes or crumbling, you may just need to fill cracks and sealcoat your driveway.

Patching and Repairs

If you have pot holes or crumbling edges on your driveway, patching your driveway may be an option. Smaller holes or limited surface erosion can be patched to repair the asphalt. However, larger pot holes and more extensive issues may need a resurfacing or complete replacement.

Resurfacing

When pot holes become bigger and cracks are covering your surface, resurfacing may be an option. Resurfacing replaces the top layer of asphalt, extending the life of your driveway by several years at a much lower cost than total replacement.

Replacement

If your asphalt driveway is riddled with patched areas or deeper pot holes are occurring, you may need a complete replacement. Driveways that have foundation erosion cannot be resurfaced to fix the issue – the entire driveway needs to be replaced from the foundation up. If your driveway is twenty or more years old, replacement is usually the advised option over resurfacing or repairs.

Not sure what your driveway needs? Call your local paving contractor to have your driveway inspected to determine what options are available to improve the surface.

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

Paving Options for Your Home’s Walkway

One of the first features guests to your home notice is the walkway to the entrance. If you have a cracked or unlevel paved walkway, or no paved surface at all, a new walkway or sidewalk can add beauty and function to your home’s front yard. There are a few different options you can use for paving your walkway, each with their own pros and cons. Here are a couple options for sidewalk paving that you can consider.

Pavers

Concrete or stone pavers can create a solid, stunning walkway. Pavers add a touch of elegance and are particularly well paired with homes with paver driveways or natural stone siding. Paver walkways are easy to maintain and repair. The main drawback of pavers is cost – they can be more expensive than concrete.

Brick

Follow the brick pathway right to your front door. Brick is a classic option that looks beautiful and is also easy to maintain. Bricks do tend to shift and break easier than pavers but can be easily repaired and replaced. Brick is also more expensive than concrete, but on-par with pavers.

Concrete

The concrete sidewalk or walkway is a popular option as it creates a solid surface and is more economical than other choices. However, concrete can crack, and sections can settle. While this can happen to any paved surface, it can be more work and expense to repair concrete than pavers or brick.

Any of these three options will make a functional walkway for your home and add to your curb appeal. Talk to a local paving company to determine which material will work best for your needs, style and budget.

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

Comparing Four Popular Driveway Materials

Are you paving your driveway? There are many options available to create your new surface, each with its own pros and cons. The right surface depends on the style you want, your budget and other factors. Here are four of the most popular paving materials for driveways to help you make your decision.

Asphalt

For driveways, asphalt is an economical and durable paving material. Asphalt can last for over 20 years and is less expensive than most other options. However, it does require sealcoating every few years for maintenance.

Concrete

Concrete is another economical solution for paved driveways. Although it more expensive than asphalt, it is still less expensive than bricks or pavers and offers a durable, long-lasting surface.  Concrete can last up to 30 years, but repairs can be more expensive than asphalt.

Pavers

Pavers come in many varieties, from man-made concrete pavers to travertine and tumbled marble. Pavers can create an elegant and unique driveway, with many pattern and style option. Maintenance is also simple, and repairs are easy as pavers can be replaced if needed. However, pavers are more expensive than concrete or asphalt.

Bricks

A brick or cobblestone driveway has a classic and stylish appearance, making it a beautiful way to pave your driveway. Maintenance is light and like pavers, individual bricks can be replaced when repairs are needed. However, brick is one of the more expensive paving options, but it can add value to your home.

Regardless of the material you choose, a paved driveway is a great asset to your home and can add value, convenience and style. Talk to your local paving contractor to learn more about these options and which would best suit your needs.

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Sunshine Services
8371 McAllister Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
(561) 945-018

Benefits of Brick for Your New Driveway

There is something timeless and classic about the look and style of brick. Brick has been used for centuries due to its durability and incredible beauty. If you are considering paving your driveway, consider the benefits of brick. While it may be more expensive than asphalt or plain concrete, it may be worth the investment. Before choosing a material for your driveway, here are some benefits of brick that may sway you to choose this classic look for your home.

  • Added value. Aesthetics are important when it comes to your home. Your driveway is a big part of your home’s curb appeal. Brick paving enhances your home in a way concrete or asphalt cannot.
  • Durability. Bricks can last for decades when properly maintained. Sealed brick driveways look fantastic and can withstand weather, wear and vehicle traffic. They also are less likely to crack due to weather like concrete or asphalt.
  • Ease in maintenance. Brick is easy to maintain, just needing occasional cleaning to keep it looking great. Another benefit is that if it needs repair, you generally only need to replace individual bricks, not the entire surface.
  • Style. While you often see asphalt, concrete or even paver driveways, brick is more unique and stylish. You don’t want your home to look like every other one in your neighborhood. A brick driveway gives your home an advantage, especially when it comes time to sell.

While brick driveways are a bigger investment, they can be worth the cost in the value they add and the affordability in maintenance. Talk to your local paving company that offers brick paving to find out if it is the right option for your new driveway.

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Sunshine Services
8371 McAllister Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
(561) 731-1722