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?” »
Collapsed driveways are a common problem. But that doesn’t make it less frustrating when it happens to you.
A bowed section of your driveway may not seem to be a big deal . . . at least at first.
Bit by bit, dips can dramatically deepen and if a crack forms, water leakage will only cause more damage. Not only does this make your home or business look shabby, but it can be downright dangerous to vehicles.
Continue reading “Why Is My Asphalt Driveway Sinking?” »
If you find missing chunks of asphalt that are at least two inches deep, then you have a genuine pothole problem.
Potholes usually form as a result of water seeping under the asphalt or simply from the lack of a base material. Water gets in if your asphalt is not properly sealed.
At this point, however, it’s too late to worry about that – you’ve got a project on your hands.
Continue reading “How to Fill Potholes” »
Your new asphalt may look durable, but it is only a matter of time before oxidation shortens its lifespan. That’s where sealcoating comes to the rescue.
What Is Oxidation?
UV rays in sunlight cause the asphalt binder to deteriorate by removing oils from the mix. A little oxidation is good in the beginning; it helps the material to set and harden. Too much of it, however, will make your asphalt brittle and fall apart more quickly.
It’s a similar process to baking a pan of brownies or cake. You need the oven’s heat to cook the batter. But if it bakes too long, your dessert will get tough and cracked. At U.S. Pave, we recommend that you seal your asphalt before it oxidizes too much.
Continue reading “Why Should You Sealcoat?” »
Did you ever realize just how much your parking lot could influence your company?
Whatever your business objectives may be, you can’t forget to pay attention to the small details. You want to offer an efficient system inside your facility, but it all has to start on the outside.
There’s something so satisfying about seeing that tidy sea of freshly laid asphalt. How do you keep your newly paved parking lot or driveway looking this sharp?
Over time, intense sunshine will cause the blacktop to oxidize, creating small cracks in the binding material. Left unkept, these cracks can soon harbor water and weeds which make them widen even more. Before you know it, you’ve got a patch of new potholes in your beautiful asphalt.