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Helpful Advice For Keeping Your Driveway In Good Condition

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As a homeowner, it is important to make sure that you are keeping your driveway in the best possible condition so you will not have too many problems with it. To help you do that, you may want to take a few moments to review the following tips. Immediately Seal All Cracks Over time, cracks are bound to form in your driveway. Until you are able to have the entire driveway resurfaced, you will want to at least fill in the cracks with asphalt. if you do not do this and the cracks are left exposed, water can get into the crack and freeze. When the water freezes, it can cause the crack to grow larger. The same thing can happen if the crack is left exposed and it fills up with a lot of debris such as random stones, sticks, and leaves. Add A New Layer Of Sealant Every Year You will want to add a fresh layer of sealer to your driveway every year. This is because over the course of the year, the harsh rays from the sun beating down on the driveway, along with the regular usage of the driveway can cause the old sealant to wear thin. Driveway sealant should be easily found at most major home improvement stores and can be applied to the driveway with a mop. Just make sure that you are thoroughly sweeping and power washing your driveway so it is perfectly clean before you apply the new layer of sealant. Never Use Rock Salt During The Winter While it is important to keep your driveway as safe as possible during the winter months, you should not want to use rock salt on it in order to melt any ice. The reason for this is because the rock salt contains chemicals that can eat away at the surface layer of your driveway. It is much better to allow the ice to melt on its own when the sun heats up the ground a little bit in the afternoon. To add traction to the surface of your driveway to prevent slips and falls, you can also spread cat litter in the area where you will be walking. The kitty litter will not cause any damage to the driveway and it is easy to sweep up once the ice melts and the litter is no longer needed. With just those three tips in mind, you should have a much easier time keeping your driveway in the best possible condition. For more information or assistance, contact companies like Construction Asphalt Paving Services...

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Is Your Damaged Brick Building And Concrete Parking Lot Scaring Away Business? What To Do

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Are you the owner of a commercial property that is run down and damaged, and the parking lot and exterior of the building look awful? It doesn’t matter what your business looks like on the inside, it’s what’s on the outside that is going to give people their first impression of your business. There are a few things you can do to improve the property appearance a great deal, and to improve the property value. Asphalt Options Can the damaged concrete parking lot be coated with asphalt? If so, asphalt is going to be cheaper than trying to get new concrete, and the job can be done in a day. The asphalt company can come put new asphalt down over the old parking lot that was made of concrete, roll it and seal it all in the same day. Concrete would have to be broken and removed before new concrete was poured. Get quotes and drying times, and find out if they do parking lot space painting as well. Partial Brick Replacement Call a mason to see if you can have some of the brick that is damaged around the exterior of the building replaced. If the brick is decades old, it will be difficult to match the brick perfectly. You may need to have new brick put up, and the brick all the way around the building painted with masonry paint so it’s cohesive. This can be an easy way to update the look of the building. Sidewalk Repairs Are the sidewalks or stairs uneven and a safety hazard? You can choose to have these replaced with concrete, or you can even do asphalt walkways. Asphalt walkways are nice because they are easy to seal and maintain, and they provide a smooth surface without cracks for pushing wheel chairs, walkers and anything else that rolls. You can get the sidewalks sealed when the parking lot is sealed every couple of years. If you know the outside of your building and the parking lot that people pull into are both turning people away, or causing people to think that you don’t care for your business, it’s time to invest some money into your property. Repairing the property is going to reduce vehicle damages in the parking lot, and making the sidewalk safer to prevent trip and falls is ideal for clients of all ages and staff. Talk with the asphalt and brick professionals (like Riggi Paving Inc ) to see what can be...

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How To Protect Your Independent Gas Station’s Asphalt Parking Lot

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As the owner of an independent gas station, it is important that you keep its asphalt parking lot healthy and protected from future damage. While you cannot control the actions your customers take on the asphalt, there are many things that you can do to help keep the surface healthy and looking wonderful. By proactively taking care of the asphalt’s surface, you will save money on repair and replacement costs in the future. Follow this yearly schedule for maintaining your gas station’s parking lot for many years to come: Hose Off the Asphalt Every Night Since automotive fuels and fluids will damage asphalt, it is necessary to nightly wash off any areas where your customers have driven or parked their cars. Take special care to wash down the areas that surround your gas pumps and coolant water filling stations. Not only will this simple step help protect the asphalt, but removing contaminants from the asphalt’s surface will also reduce the number of slip-and-fall accidents at your gas station. Remove any Landscaping or Weeds Intruding on the Asphalt Each Month Since asphalt can become cracked in areas where weeds intrude into small cracks in its surface, you should walk around at least once each month and remove any overgrown landscaping or weeds that are coming into contact with the asphalt surface. Plants that grow too close to the edge of your parking lot will cause the asphalt to lift and permanently damage the edge of the parking lot, so they should also be removed.  Have the Asphalt’s Surface Professionally Cleaned Each Quarter Every quarter, have a professional street sweeping company come through and scrub your entire parking lot surface with their machine. Street sweeping machines are specifically designed for this task and are the easiest and best way to scrub down the parking lot’s surface without a lot of human labor. Have the Asphalt Seal Coated and Remarked with Paint Each Year Finally, since your gas station has a lot of traffic moving across its asphalt parking lot each day, you should have it seal coated each year. The seal coating material is applied on top of the existing asphalt surface and helps to protect the bitumen in the asphalt from degrading and shrinking in the weather. Once the seal coating has been put down and the parking lot is once again a nice black color, then you need to have it remarked with paint to help direct the traffic flow and parking patterns of your gas station’s customers. There are different types of sealers, so talk with sealcoating services in your area for more information and...

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What You Need To Know About Applying An Asphalt Sealcoat

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When you have new asphalt installed, providing proper maintenance and care of your asphalt should be a top priority. One common maintenance task associated with asphalt is applying a sealcoat. Here are some questions you may have about it. What Does A Sealcoat Do? Applying a sealcoat will cover the asphalt with a thin later of tar emulsion, which will protect the asphalt from weather elements like the rain and sun. A sealcoat will also provide protection from motor oil and everyday wear that happens from constantly driving over the surface. When Should A Sealcoat Be Initially Applied? Applying a sealcoat is typically done around a year after your new asphalt has been installed. After that, a sealcoat can be applied when you notice the surface is starting to look dry, cracked, or colored, which is usually every couple of years. When Can A Sealcoat Be Applied? You will want to wait until the weather conditions are dry, warm, and sunny. Moisture in the air will cause the sealcoat to take a long time to dry, so pay close attention to the weather and make sure that there is no rain in the forecast around the day you plan to apply the sealcoat. Can You Drive Over The Asphalt Immediately After Applying A Sealcoat? Follow the manufacturer’s directions for how long you must wait until you can drive over your asphalt with a new sealcoat. Keep in mind that a sealcoat can be applied in sections. If you have a wide driveway, you can apply the sealcoat to half of the driveway so that you can still use it while the sealcoat is curing. Does Applying A Sealcoat Require Any Special Preparation? The surface should be clean before applying a sealcoat, so make sure this is done several days before the application to ensure that the asphalt is dry. You should also turn off any automatic sprinklers you may have to prevent the asphalt from getting wet. Will A Sealcoat Fill In Cracks In Your Driveway? A sealcoat will not fill in the cracks in your asphalt, since a sealcoat only provides a protective layer. Consider filling the large cracks prior to cleaning your driveway, which means doing it several days in advance. Filling cracks is not required to apply a sealcoat, but cracks filled afterwards will not have the protective sealcoat on them. If you need help applying an asphalt sealcoat, contact an asphalt paving company like LSC Construction Services,...

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3 Ways A Smooth Asphalt Driveway Can Help Your Car

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If you have a long, dirt driveway, you may want to consider upgrading to an asphalt driveway. An asphalt driveway does not only look more aesthetically pleasing, it also can benefit your vehicle. Here are a few ways that a smooth asphalt driveway can be beneficial. A Smooth Driveway Will Reduce Your Gasoline Usage Paying for gas easily eats up most people’s vehicle budget every month. You can actually help cut down on the amount of gas that you need by driving on smooth, paved roads and driveways instead of on dirt driveways. The smoother the surface is, the less resistance your vehicle experiences when it drives over the surface. The less resistance your vehicle encounters, the less energy your vehicle has to put out in order to move. This reduces the amount of gas that your vehicle needs to use. Over time, this can have an impact on your gas bill. Upgrading your driveway will help you downgrade your gas bill. A Smooth Driveway Will Reduce Wear On Your Tires Next, a smooth driveway will reduce the amount of wear and tear that your tires experience. When you drive over a bumpy dirt driveway every day, your tires will pay the price. By upgrading to a smooth asphalt driveway, your tires will not encounter as much resistance and will not encounter as many obstacles as they did on your dirt driveway. The miles you may drive up and down your driveway may be a fraction of the total miles that you drive, but having a smooth driveway should help extend the life of your tires at least a little bit. A Smooth Driveway Will Reduce Overall Wear On Your Vehicle Finally, a smooth driveway will reduce overall wear and tear on your vehicle. Driving on a bumpy dirt road everyday can put stress on your engine and other components of the vehicle. It can also lead to complications such as flat tires and chipped windows from debris. If you want to reduce the stress that your vehicle goes through on a daily basis when you leave or return to your house, upgrade from a dirt driveway to a smooth paved asphalt driveway this year. Talk to a local contractor today, like Superior Asphalt Paving Inc, about upgrading your dirt driveway to a smooth asphalt driveway. Not only will your driveway look nicer, it will feel nicer to drive on as...

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What Seal Coating Will and Will Not Do for Your Parking Lot

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Having your parking lot seal coated every couple of years is recognized as one of the best ways to keep it looking great and ensure it lasts longer. However, seal coating is not an all-encompassing solution or preventative measure for every issue that might ail your parking lot. Before you have your parking lot sealed, have a look at what seal coating will and will not do: Seal coating will protect against spills. When your parking lot is uncoated, or when the prior seal has worn away, any oil or gas that is spilled will sink right into the asphalt and may contribute to its breakdown as its composition is altered. When you have your parking lot seal coated, the coal tar emulsion forms a protective barrier, preventing any spills from seeping into the asphalt. Seal coating will make it easier to keep the lot clean. Seal coating smooths out the top of the parking lot, making it easier to sweep and spray clean. A dirty parking lot does not make your business look good, and it is also prone to more wear than a clean one since the dirt causes friction when people drive over it. A noncoated parking lot develops cracks and potholes much more easily. Thus, seal coating will enhance your parking lot’s looks and help it last longer. Seal coating will not repair years of neglect. If your parking lot has not been properly cared for and thus has a lot of cracks and potholes, seal coating it will not fix these issues. The cracks and crevices will need to be filled before the coating is applied at the very least, and in some cases, the entire parking lot may need to be replaced. Seal coating will not make up for otherwise poor winter asphalt maintenance. Seal coating does make it easier to remove snow from the parking lot since its dark surface absorbs heat from the sun and promotes melting. The seal coating also keeps ice removers from sinking deep into the asphalt and causing damage. However, seal coating is not a replacement for winter parking lot care. You will still need to have your lot plowed (and carefully, so the asphalt is not damaged). You will still want to avoid deicers that are not safe for asphalt. Seal coating your parking lot every few years (as recommended by a contractor like Loflin’s Paving) is an important part of regular parking lot maintenance. However, it is not a magical cure for all of your parking lot problems, so be sure to keep up with the other care essentials in between...

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Using Hydroseeding To Stop Soil Erosion

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Hydroseeding is a common method used to stop erosion because it is easier to control where the grass seeds will land and grow. To use hydroseeding to stop soil erosion, you will need to first determine that soil erosion is a threat. Then, you will need to know how to implement this treatment: Understanding Soil Erosion Soil erosion is when soil is not protected by vegetation and becomes vulnerable to water and wind. These natural forces can cause soil to become displaced. Soil erosion is influenced by the lack of vegetation, the steepness of a slope, the amount of water the soil is exposed to, the amount of wind and whether the soil has become cultivated excessively. Hydroseeding is best for areas that are a half an acre or larger. Preparing the Soil for Hydroseeding Hydroseeding is best used on areas with good soil, so if the soil is poor, it is better to amend the soil before hydroseeding. You will want the soil to be a mixture of sand, clay, silt and loam. It will need to be well-draining. Also, it will need to contain organic ingredients so that it has a rich microbial structure that can break down nutrients and make them more available to the plants. You can either try to amend the soil to introduce the characteristics that it needs or add several inches of top soil. Choosing the Right Place for Hydroseeding The hydroseeding treatment is often used to stop erosion on slopes. The hydroseed rig is used to apply seed and fiber. Then, straw is applied to the slope using a straw blower. Finally, fiber and tack are added to the slope with the hydroseed rig. How Hydroseeding Works Hydroseeding contractors come in a truck that mixes water, seed and mulch in a tank. The water serves as a carrier and also helps start the seeds growing early. Sometimes, the seeds are even exposed to water early to pre-germinate so the seeds will grow even faster. The types of seeds can be from almost any type of grass seed. Therefore, you can choose grass that matches the grasses that are already growing on the slope or grasses that you believe will perform the best. The fertilizer is used as a starter fertilizer to help the grass seed grow more quickly. More fertilizer should be added as needed. The mulch acts as a shield for the seeds and also keeps the moisture sealed in. Contact a company such as Rainbow Sweepers Inc. to learn...

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Consider These Details When Building An Attached Garage

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It’s time to get rid of the car port and build a garage next to the house. There are a lot of little details that you can add during the planning phase that will give you more enjoyment from the space. Here are some of those additions to consider before you phone the contractor to get started with the foundation. Add More Storage Space A gabled roof on the garage instead of a flat roof will give you storage space in the ceiling. Put ceiling rafters and floor joints in the half of the garage ceiling to give you a platform on which to store boxes and supplies. The open space to get up into the ceiling should be at the back on the garage. If it’s in the front, it will be covered up when the garage door is raised. Insulate the Garage Now Put up wall insulation and drywall when you build the garage. It will be much more difficult later when you have all of your personal items in the garage. With insulation, if you decide to include a workbench in the garage so you can do projects year round, a small space heater is all you’ll need to stay warm in the winter. Include a Sewer Drain in the Floor You’ll find it handy to have a drain in the floor. When you clean and scrub dirt and oil off the floor, just hose it down into the drain. Once the floor is poured, you can’t easily add a drain later. Orientation of the Garage If you can build the garage with the garage door facing either to the front or side, consider the pros and cons of each before finalizing the building plans. If the garage door faces front: The driveway to the street will be shorter. You can drive right off the street into the garage. People will able to see what’s in the garage when the door is open. If the garage door faces the side: The contents of the garage are more hidden when the door is open. You’ll need a longer driveway with room in front of the garage to make a turn toward the street. Windows and curtains in the side of the garage facing the street make the addition look like just another room. Determine how you want this addition to look from the street and if you’re concerned with privacy of the garage contents when deciding how to place the garage on your property. Adding a Parking Pad Have a paving company include a parking pad next to the driveway. This is a handy place to park to be out of the way of the garage doors. It also gives you an extra spot for guests so they don’t have to park in the street, and it’s also a good place to unload bulk items such as mulch or lumber for home projects.  Consider all of these details while planning the garage construction. Some of these decisions can’t be changed once the contractor starts putting up your new...

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How To Seal An Asphalt Driveway

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Asphalt driveways while develop cracks over time with wear and tear from constantly driving on the surface. Those cracks can eventually develop into full blown holes if you don’t take the time to apply a sealant over top. Here is a step by step list of instructions to show you how to seal the cracks in your driveway yourself. To complete the following task you will need these items: One can of driveway sealer A broom with stiff bristles Gloves A bucket Soap Spade 1 – Start by preparing the area by cleaning it to remove all the dirt and debris. Take the broom and brush away all the excess dirt and clean it with soap and water. Fill the bucket with hot water and then apply a couple squirts of dish soap before mixing the two together. Pour a small amount of water over the area with the cracks and then scrub with the broom. This will remove any dirt that is stuck to the driveway that could come in between the driveway and the sealant. Let the area dry before proceeding to the next step. 2 – Put on the gloves to ensure that the driveway sealant does not come into contact with your skin at any time. 3 – Using the spade, apply the driveway sealant to the area of the driveway with the cracks. Start at the front of the driveway and move your way to the back to ensure that you don’t go over the same spot twice. Fill the cracks and then the spade to level it out while applying pressure to pack in the sealant and form a proper seal. Do your best to smooth out any remaining rough edges and make it look as good as you possibly can. 4 – Let the sealant dry for a full 24-hour period without driving over the surface or letting it get wet. Do not apply the sealant in wet, cold or damp conditions as the sealant will not form a proper bond with the driveway. Following the steps outlined above will seal the driveway and help to slow the spread of cracks. If the steps outlined above do not fix the problem, then you need to call in the help of a professional asphalt and paving expert. Someone that specializes in asphalt and paving can also help you fix large holes that have developed in your driveway. Contact a company like Asphalt Maintenance for more...

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How To Fill Small Cracks In An Asphalt Driveway

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If you have small cracks in your asphalt driveway, you should try to fix them as soon as possible, since these kind of cracks can expand overtime. Cracks often occur when water starts seeping below the surface of your driveway. It is easy to fix small cracks once they start to appear. Here are a few guidelines you can follow to patch small cracks quickly. Clean Up The Crack You should start by cleaning up the crack before you begin the repair process. Filling a crack that is filled with dirt or debris is not a good idea, since this can prevent the crack from being properly filled. In order to ensure that debris and dirt does not get into your eyes while you are cleaning the crack, you should wear protective goggles, and follow the steps below to clean up the crack before filling it. Use a hammer and chisel to gently remove any excess pieces of asphalt that may be obstructing the crack. Use a wire brush to carefully remove any dirt or pieces of debris that may have lodged itself directly into the cracked area. Get a shop vacuum and start removing any smaller particles or debris that you may have missed. Filling The Crack Filling small cracks is easier once you have the right materials and equipment, while some of the equipment listed below are not a necessity, they can make the job easier if you have them. Here is what you will need in order to fill the cracks. Rubberized asphalt-emulsion crack filler Caulking gun Putty knife or trowel Carefully, follow the steps below to fill out the crack. Use the caulking gun to pour the rubberized asphalt filler into the crack. If you do not have a caulking gun, you can try to pour the rubberized asphalt carefully from the container into the crack. Rubberized asphalt filler can stain your driveway, so be careful not to let it spill beyond the crack. Use the putty knife or trowel to gently smooth out the surfaces of the crack. If you do not have a putty knife or a trowel, put on a pair of gardening gloves and use your thumb to smooth off the surface of the crack. Allow the filler to dry thoroughly before driving any vehicle over the fixed area. Filling out small cracks yourself is easy to do, and will preserve your driveway from further damage once you fix the cracks as soon as they appear. If you have a large job with many cracks, consider the services of a company like Central Paving & Sealcoating...

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