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

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

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

Maintaining Your Asphalt Driveway

An asphalt paved driveway brings a clean, pulled-together look to your entire property when it’s maintained properly and subjected to regular maintenance. Just like any other home improvements, your asphalt driveway will require a bit of special attention from time to time in order to keep it looking its best. 

Hairline cracks can appear in your paving as a result of base or subsoil movement during a normal freeze and thaw cycle. Improper drainage that causes water to seep under the surface of your driveway can also cause cracks. Whatever the source of the hairline cracks in your driveway, it’s important to make sure that you arrange for asphalt driveway repairs. In the meantime, be sure that any grass or weeds taking root within those cracks are killed immediately, as vegetation growth within an unattended crack can actually become worse. 

Some cars may leak gasoline and oil, which can break down the surface of an asphalt driveway and cause deterioration. Asphalt is actually an oil-based material, and can easily be affected by the spill of these and other chemicals. Making sure that spills are promptly cleaned up is important to the integrity of your driveway’s surface. 

One of the best ways to maintain your asphalt driveway and keep it looking pristine is to invest in driveway edging. Because driveways without edging have a significant lack of side support, the asphalt along the edges of your driveway are susceptible to cracking and crumbling. Making sure that you avoid driving over the edges and building up the soil near the edge of the driveway can make a real difference, but discussing edging options and regular re-sealing maintenance with a local paving and asphalt professional can help you determine the best course of action.