Archive for the ‘Asphalt Maintenance’ Category

Asphalt Index 101: What It Is And How It Affects You

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
Repaving Asphalt Parking Lot

Learn more about the asphalt index and how it affects you.

Have you noticed that the price of asphalt changes frequently? This is because the cost of asphalt is dictated by the Asphalt Index, which changes every month. Maryland’s asphalt index is determined by The Maryland Asphalt Association, which updates its website every month with the new price. As of June 1, 2018, the Maryland asphalt index is $516.67. Continue reading to learn more about the asphalt index and how it affects you.   (more…)

Differences Between Concrete And Asphalt

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

Learn the differences between concrete and asphalt.

Concrete and asphalt are both great for parking lots, sidewalks, driveways, and more, but the materials have many differences. Continue reading to learn what separates concrete and asphalt, and if one material makes a better pavement than the other. (more…)

Emergency Cold Tar Patching Through the Winter

Friday, December 22nd, 2017
Why Does Asphalt Pavement Deteriorate?

Damage to parking lots can be caused by the drop in temperature, resulting in cracks and potholes.

Winter has arrived in Maryland, bringing freezing temperatures, blustery winds, and icy precipitation, including sleet and snow. While it can be an exhilarating and invigorating time of year, the cold weather also presents special challenges for people who own businesses. One of those issues that you may not think of right away is damage to parking lots. This can be caused by changes in temperatures such as freezing and thawing. If you notice cracks or potholes in the parking lot of your business, you need to make repairs right away before the problem gets worse.


The Environment Effects of Road Salt and Eco-Friendly Alternatives

Friday, December 8th, 2017
How does Salt affect the Road?

Did that know that road salt has many negative environmental effects?

Road salt is used throughout the country by municipalities and property management companies to keep roadways and parking lots safe. However, road salt is not always the best thing for the asphalt or pavement that it’s being placed on. Beyond how it affects the pavement itself, it’s also important to consider the environmental ramifications of road salt. (more…)

Why Does Asphalt Deteriorate?

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
Asphalt Defects

While asphalt is one of the most durable materials used in construction, it can also deteriorate over time from errors and improper maintenance.

As one of the most durable materials used in construction, asphalt adds dependability and strength to all paving and building projects. Aside from those factors, the result is also a sleek, professional look that will make people marvel. However, like any other material, over time asphalt will start to show signs of its age and exposure. Even asphalt that is well maintained will begin to deteriorate after some time, depending on its environment and how it’s used. Here are some reasons why asphalt deteriorates.   (more…)

The Many Benefits of Sealcoating

Friday, August 25th, 2017
Sealcoating vs. Unsealed Parking Lot

Sealcoating protects a parking lot and makes it look fresh, new, and clean.

Sealcoating a thin liquid layer added over a paved surface serves to protect it from damage caused by UV rays, rain and snow, and fluids from vehicles.  Sealcoating won’t cure existing issues, like cracks, but it will help prevent such damage from forming in the first place. Aside from keeping out damaging elements, properly applying a sealcoat is important to extend the life of asphalt paving. Sealcoating protects and prolongs the life expectancy of asphalt pavement by filling surface damage and providing a protective layer to keep out damaging UV rays, vehicle fluids and water. (more…)

What Is Asphalt Seal Coating?

Friday, August 4th, 2017
Sealcoat Baltimore

Sealcoating is a crucial set in proper asphalt maintenance.

Seal coating is a true barrier between asphalt surfaces and the destructive elements. The term “seal coating” means keeping the redeeming properties of asphalt sealed in to prolong the pavement life and preserve its functional properties. The primary reason to sealcoat an asphalt pavement is to protect the pavement from the deteriorating effects of sun and water. When asphalt pavement is exposed to sun, wind and water, the asphalt hardens, or oxidizes. This causes the pavement to become more brittle. As a result, the pavement will crack because it is unable to bend and flex when exposed to traffic and temperature changes. (more…)

How to Remove Sidewalk Trip Hazards

Friday, July 28th, 2017
concrete staircase

For your family and visitors, sidewalks should be clear of all trip factors.

Trip hazards are not uncommon on sidewalks or patios where concrete may have broken, chipped, or shifted from frosts, tree roots or just natural formation. There are basically two kinds of concrete: concrete that cracks and concrete that is going to crack. Federal law requires the removal of all trip hazards from all pedestrian walkways. Because the ADA demands compliance, trip hazards present a legal liability. By eliminating trip hazards, property owners reduce their legal liability. (more…)

What is a French Drain and When is it Needed?

Sunday, July 9th, 2017
Retaining Wall

French Drains can be beneficial to irrigation and overall landscape beauty.

A French drain is a trench filled with gravel or rock or containing a perforated pipe that redirects surface water and groundwater away from an area. A French drain can have perforated hollow pipes along the bottom to quickly vent water that seeps down through the upper gravel or rock. French drains are primarily used to prevent ground and surface water from penetrating or damaging building foundations. Alternatively, French drains may be used to distribute water, such as a septic drain field at the outlet of a typical septic tank sewage treatment system. French drains are also used behind retaining walls to relieve ground water pressure. (more…)

Why Does Asphalt Crack?

Friday, June 9th, 2017
Asphalt Defects

There are many reasons that your asphalt may be cracking — and it’s always best to keep some maintenance tips in mind.

Asphalt is a sticky, black and highly glutinous liquid, or semi-solid form of petroleum. Its primary use is for the construction of driveways and road and occasionally used to seal flat roofs, where it is used as the glue or binder mixed with combined particles to produce asphalt concrete. The most common occurrence of cracked asphalt happens when water seeps into the pavement through open cracks, and potholes occur. When the water freezes, expansion occurs thus widening the crack further. During warm weather, the iced water melts away leaving the cracks with open voids. A pothole emerges when the surrounding walls fall into the void. (more…)