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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” […]

The Deterioration of Asphalt Pavement

Asphalt has been used as a building material for thousands of years, and for good reason –  It’s one of the most durable building components around. Still, even the most durable building materials are susceptible to deterioration, and such is the case with asphalt paving. The life of asphalt pavement can be cut short due […]

Recycled Asphalt Benefits & DIY Asphalt Paving

Eco-Friendliness is everywhere these days, and for good reason. It’s no wonder we’ve even developed “recycled asphalt,” as roads and parking lots are some of our most vital parts of modern society. Although newly laid recycled asphalt might look and feel a tad bit different than its traditional counterpart, you’ll be saving money and the […]

Recycled Asphalt for a Greener Infrastructure

The following article first appeared on Roads & Bridges, and it discusses all of the benefits of recycled asphalt systems, citing a case study of a roadway in King County, Washington where recycled materials were used. So far, they have found that is has no negative impact on performance. “Reclaiming/Recycling: The Kings Gesture Road construction […]

Asphalt Paving Equipment Essentials

Asphalt contractors use many different pieces of equipment to achieve those smooth, even roads and parking lots you drive on everyday. Here’s just a few: Surveyor Level Before excavation and paving can begin, a surveyor uses a tool called a level to determine various angles and grades relative to the earth’s horizon. This is to […]

The ABC’s Of Paving, Paving Glossary

Many people think that paving is a fairly simple procedure, that isn’t too involved.  This is not the case.  Paving contractors must know about all types of substances and how exactly to mix and apply them.  Next time you discuss your needs with a paving contractor and they start rattling off lots of foreign vocabularly, […]

The Importance of Sealing Your Asphalt Driveway

How Does Your Asphalt Driveway Start Cracking? After being exposed to sunlight for a long period of time, your asphalt driveway begins losing its fexibility.  More specifically, it is the sun’s ultraviolet rays that cause the asphalt cement to breakdown.  The mixture of the asphalt and the stone particles and sand, also known as aggregate, […]

Hiring the Right Asphalt Paving Contractor For Your Driveway

Asphalt paved driveways are very popular and are the most cost effective choice, over other paving options.  Still, hiring the right contractor can sometimes be difficult.  With a job well done though, the work should last about 30 years! What is Asphalt Paving Exactly? Asphalt paving, also known as Hot Mix Asphalt paving, consists of […]

Why Use Asphalt Instead of Concrete?

Though concrete once was used for paving roads, parking lots and other projects, asphalt paving is the preferred choice today. To begin to understand why asphalt paving is superior to concrete paving (also called cement paving), one should know how asphalt and concrete are made. Concrete is made using aggregate (like crushed rock and sand), […]