Dykes Paving Blog

Important Reasons To Keep Your Business Parking Lot Clean

Your parking lot is one of the first things that people will see when visiting your business. If it is filled with litter and/or other debris, it is certain to make the wrong impression. Moreover, poorly maintained asphalt is far more likely to deteriorate before its time than is asphalt that is diligently cleaned. It […]


Why True Professionals are best for Commercial Pavement Issues

Cracked or uneven parking lot paving isn’t just an eyesore; it’s a threat to your customers, your inventory, and your bottom line. If you leave parking lot damage unattended, customers won’t want to risk driving on it, and will quickly flock to your competitors. An uneven parking lot also makes it more difficult for suppliers and […]


Reducing Safety Hazards With Resurfacing and Rehabilitation

Many Atlanta area businesses require the use of large parking facilities to accommodate both customers and employees. The volume, concentration, and vehicle-pedestrian mix typical of large, commercial parking lots, however, creates major safety hazards. Slip and fall accidents are also very common in parking facilities and can lead to serious injuries as well as expensive lawsuits. While […]


The Dangers of Sealcoating

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) may seem an odd place to begin a discussion about asphalt, but the USGS deals with hazards to health such as volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides and sealcoating. Yes, sealcoating of asphalt is a major health hazard, according to the USGS, because of the risk of exposure to cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic […]


Parking Lot Drainage

When building or repairing a parking lot, drainage is a critical issue. An improperly paved lot that leaves pools of standing water after a rain can result in problems for drivers and pedestrians as well as for the businesses that rely on the lot. Water allowed to stand for lengths of time in one place […]


Fatigue Cracking in Asphalt

Fatigue cracking is that cracking and chipping we see on our roads almost anywhere we go. It seems to be quite harmless but a smart road manager knows this is a sign that the pavement is on its way to failure. Fatigue cracking in asphalt is generally recognizable by what’s known as alligator cracking, so […]


History Of Asphalt Roads In The US

Asphalt occurs naturally as rock asphalt that is a mixture of sand, limestone and asphalt and also occur in asphalt lakes. Today, most of the asphalt comes from crude oil as a by-product of the refinery of crude oil. Today, over ninety percent of US roads are made of a mixture of asphalt and other […]


Reusing Broken Concrete

Recycling your concrete can be a great way to re-purpose old parking lots or driveways, without needing to invest in a brand new paving project for something new. The process works by taking out what is currently installed by breaking it up into small pieces. The concrete, or asphalt, is then taken to a different […]


The Origin and Composition of Asphalt Concrete

Everyone today knows what asphalt is: the black material that paves roads, parking lots, and driveways all over the world. Yet, the origin and composition of asphalt concrete is more elusive to the average person. Understanding the origin and composition of asphalt concrete can help you determine the best type of asphalt concrete to lie […]


How Does Pavement Milling Work?

Pavement milling, also known as cold planing, is a process that removes part of a paved surface, such as a parking lot or road. Milling can remove just the surface of the pavement, or anywhere up to the entire depth, referred to as full depth removal. There are many reasons to mill a paved area, […]