Dykes Paving Blog

After Ten Years, a Community Gets a Road

It may have only been a ¼ mile long asphalt road, but for the members of a Leesburg, FL community, it was a Christmas miracle. For over 10 years, a tiny neighborhood in Leesburg has had to contend with driving to and from their homes using a muddy, pothole-ridden dirt road. This past December they were […]

Canadian City Testing Novel Paving Material

Residents of the city of Vancouver, Canada have ambitions for theirs to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. One way to reach their goal: innovations in asphalt for commercial paving. Not only is the asphalt made partially from recycled plastic material, but its installation also saves energy. The new paving material is […]

New “Smart Road” Warns Of Icy Conditions

Technology is changing roads as we know them. In fact, one day simple asphalt roads may be a thing of the past. A Dutch design firm, Studio Roosegaard, is working on a new “smart road” with a number of safety and energy-saving innovations. The initial version of the road is set to debut this year. […]

Is Coal Ash Safe For Paving?

Rural areas are not as comfortable to drive upon as the roads in the city.  Besides the forbidding cost, asphalt and other modern road building materials are not safe to use near rivers and places where food crops are grown because of their high toxicity. So what could be used as a safe road paving […]

Types of Asphalt Sealers

The point of layering your driveway with asphalt sealers is to protect the surface area from wear and tear as the UV rays from the sun can cause the asphalt binding composition to breakdown overtime whereas regular rainfall and snow can cause the pavement to turn brittle and crumble. Generally, it is recommended that you […]

Why Asphalt Recycling Benefits the Economy

Asphalt (also known as bitumen in some countries) is easily identified due to its black and sticky texture. Before it is extracted from crude petroleum or natural deposits, asphalt is also known as pitch. This highly viscous liquid is mainly used in road construction and waterproofing of roofing, as its gluey attributes make it the […]

Pros and Cons of Asphalt Parking Lots

Thinking about installing a new parking lot for your business? If so, you have a few options to weigh in terms of materials used. Concrete is always an option, however most people opt for asphalt. It also goes by the name of blacktop and is a popular choice for any space that will encounter a […]

Challenges of DIY Paving

If you’ve ever thought about doing an asphalt paving job yourself for your home or business, then you already know just how daunting a task it can be. If you’re thinking about doing it yourself, then truth be told, you’re putting yourself up against a slew of problems that would make your results less than […]

Spring Parking Lot Restoration: Recovering After A Long Winter

The bitter cold temperatures of winter can definitely do a number on an asphalt parking lot. Cracks spread easier, painted lines fade, and the overall stark black color, turns an ugly gray. If you’re up to your neck in dealing with other spring cleaning property issues, it’s easy to understand why giving your parking lot […]

Interesting Facts About America’s Most Recycled Material: Asphalt

The US recycles well over a quarter of what can be considered “solid waste” products, and it may be surprising to some people that asphalt is actually the leading recycled product. 80 percent of this black material is recycled and used again. This is known as “reclaimed asphalt pavement,” “RAP,” or just “green asphalt pavement” […]