Is it Ever Too Hot or Too Cold to Pour Asphalt?

Summer is paving season – all over the country, more roads, driveways and parking lots are paved during the summer than any other season. The reason is the hot-mix asphalt is easier to install and create compaction when the air and ground is warmer. If you have a paving project you are planning, weather is a factor. But you may wonder whether it is ever too hot or too cold to pour asphalt?

Cold Weather Can Impact Asphalt

The basic rule is that asphalt is best poured when the temperature of the air is at least 50 degrees and rising. This is due to the affect the cold air can have on the hot asphalt, cooling it too quickly can make it difficult to create the right compaction. The ground temperature is even more important – if it is still too cold even on a warm spring day, it can impact the quality of the asphalt.

Hot Weather is Perfect for Asphalt Paving

Hot summer days make it easier for paving with asphalt. The air helps slow the cooling process and the ground is well above the needed temperature for quality compaction of the asphalt. While asphalt can be poured regardless of how hot the air temperature gets, extreme heat can be dangerous for the workers doing the paving.

Seasonal Asphalt Installation

In mild regions, asphalt can easily be completed year-round with great results. Those who live in areas with cold winters should plan their paving projects for late spring, summer and early fall for the best chance of success. Striving for temperatures between 70-90 degrees in dry weather is ideal time to schedule your asphalt paving project.

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

Can You Use Overlay Over Cracked Asphalt?

When asphalt becomes worn and cracked, replacement is not always the only option. Asphalt overlay is used to create a new surface over the existing asphalt, extending the lifespan. However, when asphalt is severely cracked, sometimes the cracks can work their way up through the overlay, ruining the new surface. New technology in the paving industry now offers overlay options that can be used on cracked surfaces and prevent cracks from the underneath asphalt affecting the new surface.

The Perma Flex® overlay system is a new option in repairing old asphalt and an alternative to replacement. When old asphalt driveways, roads or parking lots become cracked and worn, they often need to be completely removed and replaced. With the Perma-Flex overlay system, the existing asphalt is used as a base for the new surface. The technology used in this system is made to prevent reflective cracks, or the cracks that migrate up from the old asphalt underneath.

Since removing and replacing asphalt is labor and material intensive, it can be expensive. Replacing asphalt can be more expensive than paving a surface for the first time. Using asphalt overlay is less expensive than replacement and can add many years to the lifespan of a driveway, parking lot or road, making it a wise investment.

If you have a cracked asphalt surface you want to resurface with an overlay but are worried about reflective cracks appearing, find a paving company that offers the Perma-Flex overlay system. This can make your asphalt look like new again and add many years to the life of your surface while saving you money over the cost of replacement.

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

Interesting Facts About Asphalt

You drive or ride on it almost every day – asphalt. It covers roadways, driveways and parking lots all over the world, but how much do you know about it? This substance is made from aggregates like sand or gravel, binder (often bitumen or cement) and fillers to make a durable, yet flexible surface. It is estimated that 93-96% of roads in the U.S. are paved with asphalt, about 2.27 million miles. Here are some more interesting facts about asphalt:

  • There are three main types of asphalt mixes: hot, warm and cold.  Within each type are many subcategories and different combinations aggregates, fillers and binders.
  • Asphalt is recyclable. Most asphalt in the U.S. is recycled, with an estimated 80% being reused.  The EPA has estimated that 73 billion tons of asphalt are recycled each year.
  • Asphalt creates a smoother surface without joints like concrete. Not only does this create a smoother driving experience, it can enhance a vehicles fuel efficiency, traction and braking performance.
  • Many studies have proven that asphalt is a more economical option for roadway paving than concrete.
  • Although roads have been paved as far back as 4000 BC, the first asphalt road was installed with asphalt blocks in France in 1824. However, New York City was the first place to have a version of the modern asphalt road in 1872.

Asphalt is one of the most popular paving surfaces. It is recyclable, economical, durable and smoother than almost any other surface. If you are considering paving a residential or commercial surface, take the time to research the benefits of using asphalt. Call your local asphalt paving contractor to learn more about this timeless material.

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

 

Stages of Asphalt Failure

Asphalt is a very durable paving surface and can last for decades when maintained properly. However, eventually the material will begin to deteriorate and comprise the sub-base underneath. This is usually a slow process and often when the first signs of damage appear, they can be repaired and extend the life of the asphalt. Knowing the stages of asphalt failure can help you catch and repair issues in the early stages to delay replacement.

Hairline Cracks

The first stage of asphalt failure is the formation of small, almost invisible hairline cracks across the surface. At this point, resealing the asphalt could prevent further damage. If those cracks are left unchecked, they will deepen to the next stage.

Noticeable Cracks

Once the cracks are noticeable, the asphalt is no longer water resistant. Water will penetrate the asphalt and begin destroying the sub-base. Every time a vehicle drives on this asphalt, it is wearing away at the foundation that is holding the asphalt in place.

Potholes

Once the sub-base is compromised, mud and soil from under the foundation will begin to work its way up through the asphalt. Eventually, the asphalt will crumble and create a pothole. If the pothole and asphalt is not repaired, the damage will spread until there is complete asphalt failure, possibly creating a sinkhole.

The best solution is to extending the life of your asphalt driveway or parking lot is to routinely have it sealed by a professional asphalt paving company. They can inspect your asphalt for the appearance of hairline cracks and give you recommendations on how to care for your asphalt. With proper repair and maintenance, you can add many years to the life of your pavement.

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ACE Paving & Maintenance
5665 Atlanta Highway
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 451-3226

Asphalt Driveways: Repair or Replace?

If your asphalt driveway is 10-20 years or older, there is a good chance there is some damage to the surface. While asphalt is a durable surface, it does have a limited lifespan, even with the most diligent maintenance routine. So when do you only repair problems versus spending the money to replace or repave your driveway? Here are a few common asphalt problems and whether they are repairable. 

  • Grooves and dips. Over time your asphalt can form dips, grooves and depressions in the surface. These are especially noticeable if water is pooling on the surface. While this condition does need to be repaired, it does not necessarily mean the whole driveway needs replacement. In most cases these grooves can be patched or filled by your local paving contractor.
  • Potholes. Crumbling holes in your asphalt is a bad sign, but it does not always mean it is time to repave. As long as the foundation is still good, most potholes can be repaired. However, if you have too many potholes, it may be a better investment to repave.
  • Cracks. Most cracks are easily repaired as part of normal maintenance. It is only when the cracks are a symptom of larger issues underneath that repaving may be needed.
  • Narrowing driveway. If your driveway has noticeably narrowed over the years, it may be time to repave. The edges are where the most deterioration occur and eventually you may lose too much width to just repair. 

Your local paving contractor can inspect your asphalt driveway and give you a professional opinion on whether it is still worth repairing. Keep in mind that if your driveway is over 20 years old, it most likely will need to be repaved soon, so spending more money on repair may be a wasted investment.

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

Spring Maintenance for Your Asphalt Parking Lot or Driveway

The hot days of summer are just around the corner, with temperatures that can put stress on your asphalt driveway or parking lot. Spring is the perfect time to schedule maintenance for your asphalt surface to ensure it is ready to handle the high temperatures summer can bring.  To get your asphalt ready for summer, here is a spring maintenance checklist to follow.

  • Inspect your asphalt. Spring is a good time to inspect your asphalt for damage caused during the winter months. Fluctuating temperatures, snow, rain and other elements can deteriorate your asphalt. Look for cracks, crumbling edges and pot holes that need repair.
  • Schedule repairs. If there are any surface problems, schedule repairs now before the summer is here. Summer is a busy time of year for paving companies, so beat the rush and schedule your repairs now.
  • Check your sealcoating. When was the last time you had sealcoating added to your asphalt driveway or parking lot? Most asphalt surfaces need to be sealcoated every 2-3 years to protect your investment and increase the longevity of your asphalt. Think of it as sunscreen for your driveway or parking lot.
  • Resurfacing. If your asphalt is beyond general spot repair, it may be time to resurface your driveway or parking lot. Asphalt can last 10-20 years, depending on maintenance and weather conditions, but eventually does need to be replaced or resurfaced.

There is still time to get your asphalt driveway or parking lot ready for summer. Call your local asphalt paving company now to schedule your spring maintenance services before the hot temperatures arrive.

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

New Driveways: Choosing Between Asphalt and Concrete

If one of the projects on your list for this spring and summer is paving your driveway, you may still be stuck on what material to use. Most homeowners either use asphalt or concrete, the two most affordable options. While both are excellent choices and will be a great improvement over a gravel driveway, there are pros and cons to each.

Pros of Asphalt vs Concrete

Before making a choice on your paving material, consider the positive aspects of both asphalt and concrete:

  • Asphalt. The main pros of asphalt are the initial and maintenance costs. Asphalt is usually less expensive to install, plus is cheaper to repair. In colder climates, asphalt can often hold up better to freezing temperatures than concrete.
  • Concrete. Many people prefer concrete due to its flexibility. The pros of concrete are that it can be stamped or colored, giving you options in your design. In addition, concrete usually will last longer than asphalt and doesn’t necessarily require sealing.

Cons of Asphalt vs Concrete

Once again, both asphalt and concrete have their benefits; they both also come with their specific drawbacks:

  • Asphalt. Asphalt driveways do need sealcoating every few years as part of their ongoing maintenance. Asphalt also has a shorter life than concrete, usually lasting approximately 20 years if maintained.
  • Concrete. Concrete can be twice as expensive as asphalt, often putting it above some homeowner’s budgets for a new driveway. Repairs can also be more expensive down the road.

Both asphalt and concrete will give you a beautiful, smooth driveway that’s a joy to park and drive on every day. It comes down to your personal preferences and the budget you have to spend. Either way you go, you can benefit from added value and convenience to your home.

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ACE Paving & Maintenance
5665 Atlanta Highway
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 451-3226

 

Five Reasons to Pave Your Driveway in 2015

Tired of your old gravel driveway? Why not add a new paved driveway to your New Year’s resolution list for 2015? If you’re having trouble justifying the added expense of this particular home improvement, consider the benefits that a new paved driveway can offer. Here are five great reasons to make the investment in a new driveway surface for the New Year: 

  1. Add value to your home. A paved driveway is not a wasted investment. Homes with paved driveways are more desirable, increasing the value of your home. If you are considering selling your home in the next few years, this is an excellent home improvement project.
     
  2. Curb appeal. Let’s face it: a paved driveway is much more attractive than a dirt or gravel driveway. Whether you use asphalt or concrete, a paved driveway adds a touch of class to your home’s appearance.
     
  3. Convenience. Tired of getting a rock in your shoe or stepping in a mud puddle when getting out of your car? Nothing beats a paved driveway for convenience when getting in and out of your car.
     
  4. Easy maintenance. Believe it or not, paved driveways are easy to maintain. While gravel driveways need constant raking, leveling and filling, paved driveways are simple to maintain. Periodic sealcoating or crack repair will be needed, yet not as often as most gravel driveways need maintenance.
     
  5. Function. A paved driveway is smooth to drive and park on, functioning better than any bumpy gravel driveway. Once you switch to a paved driveway, you will wonder why you waited so long to make the investment. 

Make 2015 the year you upgrade your driveway to a paved option. Talk to your local paving company to discuss whether an asphalt or concrete driveway will be best for your home and budget.

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

Time For Fall Asphalt Maintenance

With fall in the air, it’s time to start preparing for the colder, wetter months ahead, including maintaining your asphalt driveway or parking lot.  While asphalt can last for decades, it still must be maintained to protect it from erosion and the elements. Summer can be too hot for some types of asphalt maintenance, making fall the perfect time to give your parking surface a little TLC. 

Asphalt Maintenance Checklist

Winter is typically the roughest on asphalt, with cold temperatures which can freeze moisture in the ground, cause it to expand and contract. Add to this rain, snow and other precipitation with the potential to erode the earth surrounding your asphalt, causing weak areas that can turn into potholes and crumbling edges. Take the time now to inspect your asphalt driveway or parking lot for any problems, and make a checklist of items that need to be repaired before winter. 

  • Closely inspect the surface. Potholes start as small cracks and crumbling in your pavement, and worsen as vehicle drive over these weak spots. Look for any signs of possible weak areas which may need reinforcement.
     
  • Check the edges. The edge of a driveway or parking lot is exposed to more erosion, water run-off and other elements, causing pieces of asphalt to begin breaking away and degrading. Look for any signs of cracking or crumbling near the edges.
     
  • Check your records. When was the last time you added sealcoating to your asphalt? If it’s been three or more years, it may be time to schedule another coat to protect your surface. Fall weather is usually perfect for sealcoating. 

Once you have your checklist of necessary repairs and maintenance items, call your local paving company to have these issues resolved before the winter months arrive. Doing maintenance now can stop further deterioration, and prolong the life of your asphalt surface.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Driveway Repair

Is Your Asphalt Falling Apart?

Most asphalt driveways and parking lots will last for 10-20 years, sometimes more. However, if you have an asphalt surface which is falling apart after only a few years, it’s not necessarily the asphalt creating the problem. For asphalt surfaces to last, they must be installed on a reliable subgrade or base rock surface that provides an even, stable base. If your asphalt is cracking, crumbling or sinking after only a few years, it may be what’s beneath the asphalt that’s causing the problem. 

Causes Of Subgrade Deterioration

There are a few reasons your subgrade or base rock may be deteriorating under your asphalt. To fix the problem, you will need to have a professional paving expert inspect your asphalt and surrounding area to find the cause of the issue. Some of the causes include: 

  • Water erosion. Depending on where your asphalt is located, it may be in the path of water runoff from higher ground, causing erosion of the earth below and around the laid asphalt. There may also be a water source, such as an irrigation system, which is directing water toward and under the asphalt surface.
     
  • Poorly constructed subgrade, If the subgrade or base rock was not properly constructed before the asphalt was installed, this might be why it’s prematurely disintegrating. A solid well-designed base is essential for long lasting asphalt. 

There are other possible reasons for asphalt breakdown, including insufficient depth for the traffic load and improper mixing of the asphalt components. To find out what the exact issue is, schedule an inspection with a reputable paving contractor who can find the source of the problem. It may be possible to repair and fix the problem before it ruins your asphalt, saving you the expense of complete replacement.  

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