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

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

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 Is the Best Time to Sealcoat?

Sealcoating is the best way protect your investment into your asphalt driveway or parking lot. Whether you have a short residential driveway or a large commercial parking lot, you can extend the life of your asphalt with sealcoating. However, there are better times than others to perform this protective service on your pavement.

Frequency

Most asphalt surfaces should be sealcoated every 2-3 years, but this is not set in stone. New pavement may need sealcoat once a year for the first two years, but not within the first few months after the asphalt is installed. Sealcoating too often can cause an abundance that can crack; talk to your asphalt contractor about setting a schedule for your sealcoating based on your use, weather and other factors.

Time of Year

While sealcoating can be done almost any time of year in mild regions, there are times when it is better to perform this service. Spring through fall tend to be the best times, when temperatures are moderate. You want the temperature to be above 45 degrees, including the temperature of the ground and have dry weather for three days after the coating is applied. Temperatures too hot are not ideal, so spring or fall when the temperatures range 50-80 degrees and the weather is dry is the best time.

Sealcoating can protect your asphalt from oxidizing and helps prevent cracking. Another benefit is that it gives your asphalt a beautiful new surface that makes it look like new again. If it is time to sealcoat your driveway or parking lot, plan a time in the late spring or early fall to call your local paving company to have your service performed.

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ACE Paving & Maintenance
3465 Francis Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 686-375

When to Sealcoat Your Driveway

When you have an asphalt driveway, one of the best ways to protect it and make it last is by sealcoating it as needed. Asphalt sealcoating protects the surface from moisture, heat and chemicals, making it last longer before it will need repaving or an overlay. Knowing how frequently to perform this maintenance and the best conditions can help you ensure your investment lasts twenty years or more. Here is what you need to know about sealcoating your asphalt driveway for the best results.

How Often to Sealcoat Your Asphalt

There is not a set schedule for sealcoating as different circumstances can require various frequencies. For those that live in more extreme climates, especially frigid winters, sealcoating may need to be done more often. Heavy precipitation can also impact how often sealcoating should be done. In general, most asphalt driveways need sealcoating every 2-3 years.

What Time of Year to Sealcoat

For sealcoating to adhere properly, warm, mild temperatures are best. The ideal temperatures range from 60-80 degrees, with dry conditions. In most regions, April through October tend to be the best months to sealcoat, but you will want to monitor the upcoming weather to ensure it will be warm and dry for a few days after the sealcoating is applied.

When Repaving is Needed

There does come a point where sealcoating is no longer enough. When the asphalt begins to dry out and crack deeper, it may be time to repave or add an overlay. It is important to have your asphalt inspected to determine when repaving is the best option, versus wasting money on sealcoating a surface that needs more extensive protection or repair.

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

3 Tips on How to Maintain an Asphalt Driveway

One of the many advantages of owning an asphalt driveway is that it is easy and cost-effective to maintain. It does not take much time or effort to keep it looking beautiful or to keep it in good repair. However, low maintenance does not mean no maintenance; you still should be doing the minimal maintenance tasks to help extend the life of your asphalt driveway. Here are three tips on ways to maintain your asphalt and ensure your driveway lasts for many years to come.

  1. Cleaning. Asphalt is easy to clean and is excellent at resisting stains. Sweep or blow away debris as needed and pressure wash or use a garden hose to clean away moss, oil or chemicals. If there are any stains, a mild soap, water and scrub brush can usually dissolve them away.
  2. Sealcoating. One maintenance item that can make your driveway last longer is sealcoating. Depending on the traffic level and the climate where you live, most driveways should be sealcoated every 2-3 years. It is a small expense to maintain your driveway and prevent premature deterioration.
  3. A small pot hole in your driveway can become a big, crumbled mess quickly. If you notice any cracks or crumbles in the surface or on the edges, call your paving company right away. A small repair can stop the damage, costing much less than repaving or resurfacing your driveway.

A little cleaning throughout the year and sealcoating or repairs as needed can help your asphalt driveway last for decades. Talk to your local paving service to determine how often to sealcoat for your region to stay on top of your driveway maintenance.

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

How Often Do I Need to Sealcoat an Asphalt Driveway?

One of the most common questions new owners of an asphalt driveway ask is how often they will need to sealcoat. Depending on who they ask, they may get different answers. Like many services, the answer will vary depending on the driveway. Here are some factors that can impact how often you need your driveway sealcoated.

  • Is your driveway new? For new driveways, the first sealcoating should be applied as soon as the driveway cures. This can be in a few months, but usually within the first year. For most new asphalt, between 6 months and one-year is a good estimation of when the sealcoat should be added.
  • Traffic and use. A driveway that only holds one or two cars will need less sealcoating than a busy driveway accommodating several vehicles or trucks. It makes sense that the amount of use will increase the amount of maintenance needed on your driveway.
  • Weather. Where you live can impact how often you need sealcoating or other maintenance. Areas with extremes in temperature will notice more issues with asphalt, including cracks and potholes. Sealcoating more often in extreme weather areas can help prevent cracks and other issues.

In general, most paving experts will suggest having your asphalt driveway sealcoated every other year. However, this can vary depending on the factors above. Some may need new sealcoat every year while others can go 3-4 years between new coats.

Sealcoating is the best maintenance option you can use to protect your asphalt driveway and extend its life. Talk to your local paving company to determine the right sealcoating schedule for your needs.

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

Sealcoating: Protection from the Elements

The cumulative effects of traffic, heat, moisture and cold can take their toll on your pavement. Whether it’s asphalt, concrete or aggregate, the extremes of weather and the rigors of vehicular wear and tear will gradually erode the surface of any paving.

Sealcoating provides a layer of protection for your asphalt pavement that will seal the surface and shield against water and oil intrusion. Your asphalt paving is petroleum-based and the sealcoating prevents oil and gasoline form vehicles seeping into the asphalt.

Sealcoating needs to be of sufficiently high quality to resist water damage that will eventually lead to cracking. A good sealcoating application will keep your driveway or parking lot looking good for a long time.

If you are a property owner or manager, business owner or homeowner, you owe it to yourself to consider sealcoating your asphalt pavement to protect your investment. If your property needs to be repaved, be sure that the contractor you choose offers sealcoating with their paving service. Check to be sure the sealcoating is backed by a strong warranty in case of defects or cracking after the sealcoating has been applied.

Before making any repairs, your pavement should be inspected to reveal any substrate issues that may be underlying cause for cracks in the asphalt needing to be repaired. These should be corrected first to prevent further cracking and erosion from beneath the asphalt surface.

Heavy rains and heavy traffic are a constant threat to the lifespan of asphalt paving. Make sure yours was made to last and have it sealcoated by a professional paving company. Find a local professional paving company who offers sealcoating with their paving services.

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