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

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

Pros and Cons of a Gravel Driveway

Gravel has long been used for driveways, creating a more appealing and functional surface for parking vehicles than dirt alone. Gravel comes in many shapes, sizes and colors, from tiny pea gravel to shimmering white polished stones. If you are considering options for your driveway, gravel may be on the list of choices, along with concrete, asphalt and paved stones. Here are some of the pros and cons of using gravel for your driveway to help you make your decision.

Pros of Gravel

Gravel is a popular choice for driveways for a few reasons. Most likely the number one reason is cost. Gravel is much less expensive than paving, whether you use asphalt, pavers or concrete. When installed correctly, it can create a level parking space. Plus, it can be done and ready to drive on in just a few hours. When it comes to quick and inexpensive, gravel is a great choice for driveways.

Cons of Gravel

While gravel is a budget-conscious way to put a driveway in place quickly, there are quite a few cons to add to the small list of pros. Gravel does not have the beauty, value or functionality that is enjoyed by those with asphalt paved driveways. It is also high maintenance. It must constantly be leveled and gravel will need to be added to it over the years. Plus, the pebbles that end up in your shoes, your car and in your home, can be a pain.

Gravel driveways are a better option that dirt, but may be more work than most people prefer. Both asphalt and concrete are cost-effective options that can create the durable, low-maintenance driveway that most people desire and that will add value to the home.

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

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