Asphalt is much like human skin. When freshly laid, asphalt is strong, flexible, and very appealing. However, as it ages, and with continuous exposure to natural elements and weather, just like our skin, signs of stress and decline start to show. Here and there, you will begin to see cracks, discolorations and fading, sagging, and pockmarks. You will also notice that more vegetation start growing out of cracks and potholes after each winter. Don’t wait until your asphalt pavement is completely destroyed before taking action.
Here are 4 of the most common signs of deterioration on asphalt, and our experts’ recommended methods of restoration.
Knowing the best temperatures when applying crack filler, pavement sealer and line striping traffic paint is a key factor in making sure that the outcome is satisfactory and long-lasting. This means that when applied at proper conditions, these products will last a long time. The material won’t peel off, flake or crack after a week or a month from application, especially after getting exposed to extremely cold weather.
This handy guide will provide you the most ideal temperatures based on product, so you don’t have to rely on guesswork when working on a project.
Keeping your asphalt driveway in good shape means addressing problems the moment they appear. Waiting until the last minute before taking action can be hazardous to you and your family.
Small children or elderly members of the family can trip on uneven sections of the driveway if not repaired in a timely manner, and get seriously injured. Constant vehicular traffic on collapsed or sunken portions of your asphalt driveway can tear them open, turning these depressions into potholes.
For property managers and homeowners, maintaining an asphalt driveway or parking lot and keeping it in good shape is a wise and rewarding investment. Just like our skin, asphalt also ages and matures as time goes by. To maintain its fresh appearance and prolong its life span, asphalt needs care and attention. Below are some tips and best practices in caring for your asphalt pavement.
Asphalt driveways are beautiful and will last long when properly maintained. However, asphalt surfaces are prone to damage caused by exposure to snow, rain, UV rays, oxidation (the greying and loss of its deep black color), and constant pressure from vehicles driving over it. This begs the question of whether or not it is a good idea to sealcoat your asphalt driveway, and when would be the best time to do so.
Here are some common indicators that you need to seal your driveway:
One of the biggest challenges you’ll face when you start your own asphalt business is creating a steady client base of repeat customers. Winning a couple of contracts might mean a good start for a new company, but how do you stay in the game and build a strong presence in the industry?
Wouldn’t you want your company to be the first – no, the only! – choice when property owners want their parking lots reopened for business? How about getting paid top dollar for your services, while getting repeat clients and new ones faster than your fiercest competitor? What makes a business more successful than others?
The secret is to build a powerful brand that makes customers immediately think of your company when they need sealcoating and other pavement services. This discussion between Judson Burdon, founder of Asphalt Kingdom, and Alex Lucic, owner of Black and Yellow Pavement (Canada), will give you a roadmap to creating a branding strategy that actually works.
Finishing projects on time and on budget is only half the battle when it comes to creating a successful business.
The other half? Hiring the right people for your team. In today's tight job market, it feels harder than ever to attract and retain top talent.
Hiring the perfect crew while trying to grow your business can be a struggle. Going through stacks of resumes or online applications can cost you a great deal of time and energy. Out of the 30 people you shortlisted, 20 to 25 of them seem promising – on paper! Resumes and portfolios can be made to look appealing enough for you to hire any average Joe, and end up getting an employee who’s sloppy, lazy, and uninterested.
Years of experience and expertise may be key factors to consider, but that doesn’t mean that you should disregard probable candidates that may not have prior experience in the field, but have great potential.
The key to finding the right type of people for your business is to “feel” them out before deciding to hire. Below are some tips and strategies on how to put together a strong crew.
Painting a parking lot is not the same as painting on a canvas. The semi-flexible surface of asphalt makes it impossible to use just any type of paint. You need a more durable version that can withstand high foot and car traffic, as well as different weather conditions.
If you want to achieve the best results, you need to invest and use dedicated parking lot paint supplies. You should also know the proper method on how to paint a parking lot so lines and signs will last.
There's nothing more frustrating than putting time and effort into line striping, only to find those lines fading and peeling within weeks. To save you from repainting costs and more work, you will need the right parking lot striping paint for the project. But, with so many options, how do you find the right one for the job?
Oil and grease don't only leave nasty stains on driveways and parking lots: if left untreated, they will saturate your asphalt and dissolve the pavement's binder. Over time, this will lead to cracks, potholes, and an early deterioration of the asphalt.
This is why removing oil stains from asphalt should be done regularly. It isn't only for aesthetic appeal. It also avoids expensive asphalt repairs and improves the lifespan of your driveway or parking lot. So, what do you do to have your asphalt stain-free again? Don't despair! Action Seal is here to help. We've made an easy step-by-step guide for you.
Before we jump to removing the stains, let's find out the condition of your pavement first. Take a screwdriver and poke the stain. If it goes through, then the asphalt has already sustained significant damage. You should repair it as soon as possible to avoid further damage. Before applying a