To make your concrete surface last as long as possible and save money, follow these four steps.
Use a sealer. Sealing the concrete surface aids in repelling water and preventing stain absorption.
Clean your concrete at least once a year. Your concrete contractor can help recommend the right cleaning process for your concrete.
Remove gas, oil, and grease as soon as possible. Sometimes a simple pressure wash with water is all that is needed. For a deeper cleaning, though, consider using cleaning chemicals. Alkaline cleaners are usually recommended for removing grease and oil. Hot water helps lift oil from concrete and can be combined with an alkaline cleansers for a more thorough cleaning. Continue reading “What You Can Do to Maintain Your Concrete” »
You probably paved your driveway or parking lot to make it kinder to vehicles, but it’s thanks to vehicles that driveways and parking lots take such a beating!
It’s not unusual for a leaky car to spend time on your driveway at some point.
Or perhaps it was an at-home repair gone wrong. Continue reading “How to Clean Up Gas and Oil Stains from Asphalt” »
After experiencing some heavy rains and possibly flooding, many businesses and homeowners in the Ft. Lauderdale area are worried about their paved surfaces.
Paving is a significant investment so it can be a real financial blow to lose your driveway or parking lot to water damage.
Here are some of the signs that your asphalt isn’t holding up well to water exposure. Continue reading “Signs of Water Damage to Your Asphalt Parking Lot or Driveway” »
A concrete deck around your in ground pool will last a long time. It’s easy to clean and you don’t have to worry about weeds growing in. Concrete provides a level surface for lounge chairs, tables, and even grills, if your deck extends into an entertainment patio.
But concrete also poses a danger: it can get quite slippery when wet.
How can you keep your poolside concrete surfaces safe? Continue reading “Swimming Pool Deck Safety” »
Laying down new asphalt or concrete can be a weather-sensitive project.
When is the right time to pave if you live in Florida?
Florida Climate and Paving
Our state is subtropical and tends to be very humid. We get lots of rain between May and October, so those months may not be ideal for planning a major project. Continue reading “When is the Best Time to Pave a Driveway?” »
In some cases, it’s possible to just put down a fresh thin layer of asphal right on top of an existing layer to restore it. This is called an overlay. It might sound like a simple solution, but it’s not best one in each situation.
How Does Overlay Work?
An overlay is not quite the same as a full pavement repair. It shouldn’t be done at all in cases where the asphalt needs true repair or complete replacement. An overlay is more of a refresher for a paved surface that’s already in good shape.
This is what happens when overlaying asphalt. Continue reading “Can You Fix Your Driveway With a Fresh Overlay?” »
You’ve had the same dirt-and-gravel (or sand) driveway for years. Why bother changing it now?
At U.S. Pave, we know the true value of a high-quality asphalt or concrete driving surfaces. Don’t underestimate all the potential benefits that come with paving your home’s driveway!
Continue reading “5 Reasons You Should Pave Your Driveway” »
What is sealcoating? It’s a protective measure that helps you guard your parking lot or drive against everyday exposures like sun damage, water seepage, or oil/gas leaks. Residential and business owners who sealcoat their asphalt tend to see their areas last 50% longer than asphalt that isn’t sealcoated on a routine basis.
Most developers will need to have sealcoat applied within the first 12 months of having their lot paved. Don’t worry…U.S. Pave will schedule the maintenance to be done around your business’ schedule. The area being sealed will need to be protected from traffic for at least 1-2 days and planned around the weather, of course! Continue reading “Sealcoating Your Driveway or Parking Lot” »
A paved driveway adds cosmetic appeal to your home’s appearance and is kinder to your vehicles than one made of dirt and gravel or sand. The smooth surface also provides that perfect playground for your kids to learn basketball or rollerblading on so that they don’t end up playing in the street.
But before you can make another decision, you face this one: asphalt or concrete? Continue reading “Should I Pave My Driveway with Concrete or Asphalt?” »
Over time, all blacktops need maintenance. There’s no question of if, but when. You’re concerned with keeping your pavement looking a nice as possible for as long as possible without breaking the bank.
So when your parking lot starts looking need of a little TLC, you want a cost-effective solution. It doesn’t seem reasonable to just redo the whole thing.
Will a little resurfacing be enough? Continue reading “Can I Just Resurface My Parking Lot?” »