Existing materials can be excavated to help determine what would be required to create a solid and stable stone base for new asphalt. Stone driveways or parking lots can also be installed.
Removal of existing vegetation or pot holes and re-compact the stone to create a smooth and hard surface for future use. New stone can be added to improve the appearance or provide a compact surface.
Stone or dirt can be placed along new or existing asphalt to create a sound and stable berm. A berm will allow better drainage and support the edges of the asphalt in most cases. This will also keep water from pooling right next to the asphalt, which can cause the stone base to soften and allows for premature failure.
Asphalt paving can be done for lots and drives of new construction, as well as additions to existing drives and lots. Paving can be done over suitable existing stone or a new stone base. If there are no specifications, we can assist the owners in deciding what would be necessary to support projected traffic. The thickness of pavement is typically 2- ½” to 3” for most car traffic and 4” to 5” for heavy truck traffic. The types of traffic will also determine the type of asphalt that should be used.
Existing pavement can be removed to allow for a new asphalt surface to be placed. This is usually done if an overlay would trap water or the existing asphalt is too deteriorated to be a suitable base. The stone base has to be examined to determine if it will be in good enough condition to pave over; if it is not it would need to be replaced.
An overlay is used when the surface shows significant deterioration but is still suitable as a base and allows proper flow of water. We can determine what areas have to be milled to allow for smooth transitions between the overlay and the surrounding asphalt or concrete. A layer of tack is sprayed to glue the new surface to the existing asphalt; followed by the asphalt overlay. Fabric is sometimes used to help reduce the chance of cracks coming back through the new asphalt surface.
Patches are used when isolated areas within a lot or drive need to be repaired. These problems can arise from any of the following: water damage, vegetation in cracks, roots heaving the surface, stone base softening or utility repairs. Weakened areas can either be sawed out, excavated and replaced or the unstable surface can be milled off and new asphalt placed. Sealing the edges is important to keep water out of the asphalt and base so that it does not become a pot hole in the future.
Sealing is necessary to protect asphalt and slows its deterioration. It protects the surface from spills (gasoline, oil and antifreeze), keeps water from penetrating and prevents oxidation. Sealer also improves the appearance of the asphalt.
We use Brewer Cote® coal tar sealer that has been manufactured for over 75 years. Brewer Cote® makes a high quality commercial grade sealer that we fortify. Latex and black slag sand are added to increase the traction and durability of the sealer.
The sealer is applied by either a broom or spraying. We usually broom residential drives and small lots. Larger areas would be edged with a broom and then sprayed with two coats of sealer.
Paint Striping Services
- General Parking Lot Striping
- Athletic Field Marking
- Band Practice Fields on Parking Lots in Contrasting Color
- School Logos
- Stop Bars
- Speed Bumps
- Railroad Crossings
- Playground Painting
- Tether Ball
Crack filling is actually crack sealing. Unlike concrete, that has controlled joints sawed into it, asphalt does not. So when asphalt naturally cracks over time there is no set pattern.
It is important to seal these cracks and keep water from entering the base stone. This can cause the stone or sub-base to soften and become unstable. Then the asphalt flexes more and can cause more extensive damage. We provide crack filling for residential projects all the way up to high production on roads. The cracks do not have to be filled all the way to the top, just enough to seal and keep water out.
There are many different types of crack fillers and we use three of the most common ones. They are: Cold Pour, Direct Fire Hot Pour and Oil Jacketed Hot Pour. These products all have different characteristics which make them ideal for different customer needs.
We use cold pour crack filler on small cracks on residential driveways. It penetrates into smaller cracks and blends in better once it is seal coated. This product is not as flexible as the hot pour crack fillers.
The first type of hot pour crack filler is the direct fire crack filler. It sets up firmer than other hot pour crack fillers, which make it less likely to allow car tracks to be visible in it. Longer lasting than cold pour crack filler, it is more noticeable through sealer. This product is used on some residential drives and small parking lots.
The last type available is oil jacketed crack filler. This is used primarily on large lots and roads because it is the most flexible product. Oil jacketed crack filler is the longest lasting and is the most visible through sealer. Car tires can also leave imprints in it on hot summer days.
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