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Why Is My Asphalt Driveway Sinking?

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.
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How to Fill Potholes

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.
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Why Should You Sealcoat?

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.
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Your Parking Lot Signage – Lovable Feature or Liability?

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.

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Maintaining Your New Asphalt

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.

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Rain and Hurricane Damage to Your Parking Lot

It doesn’t take hurricane force winds and rain to wreak havoc on your pavement. Living in Fort Lauderdale, FL, a lot of us see rainstorm damage to our homes and places of businesses year after year.

Once the storm is over, your business or school will likely be open and ready for normal activities. But if your parking lot or driveways have experienced washout from extensive rainfalls, it can create a parking or driving headache for both employees and your guests.

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School Parking Lot Repairs

Do parents complain about the pot holes in your school pick-up line? Are your teachers dodging craters in the parking lot when they’re making their way to class every morning?

Heavily traveled zones like school parking lots are often one of the most common areas for pot holes and worn asphalt to rear their ugly head. At U.S. Pave, our asphalt experts work with your school district maintenance department or facility managers to identify the sources and problems causing the issues in your lot’s problem areas.

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U.S. Pave Featured on the Office Spaces Television Show

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If you happened to tune into the Office Spaces television show on June 27, you may have caught a glimpse of U.S. Pave!

Your go-to company for the highest quality, professional grade concrete and asphalt maintenance and repair services was featured on a segment of the Lifetime Network’s television program as part of a parking lot demolition and remodel of the BrandStar Corporate building.

As part of the project, U.S. Pave worked to beautify the lot, taking into consideration lot leveling, water flow and city compliance. An extended curb, old soil removal and refilling, new asphalt pouring and sealcoating all helped to create a dazzling, safe, and professional new lot for BrandStar employees.
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U.S. Pave Can Help Keep Your Parking Lot Up to Code in Coral Springs, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach

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Is your parking lot in compliance with area ordinances?
Many aren’t, according to their city’s requirements, and several cities and municipalities are now requiring area businesses and properties to bring their parking lots up to code.

This could mean fixing broken or damaged signage, correcting errors in striping, making sure lots meet the requirements of the American Disabilities Act, and other general repairs.

Don’t risk being fined and cited.

From permitting to work completion, inspection and maintenance, U.S. Pave can help you bring your parking in compliance with your city or municipality.
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3 Reasons You Should Sealcoat Your Asphalt

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There are few things more beneficial to protecting the life and look of your asphalt or pavement than sealcoating – a technique that works as a type of preventative maintenance, sealing small cracks to prevent water from leaking down into the base material and potentially compromising the foundation underneath.

Sealcoating from U.S. Pave also provides several other benefits:

Improved appearance.The sheen of new sealcoating on a parking lot or pavement helps hide and patch small, unsightly cracks, divots, and rough spots, giving it a smoother, cleaner appearance. It also makes the driveway, parking lot, or pavement look darker, and nearly brand new – good news for you or your business.

Guards against harsh weather. Extreme heat and sun are some of the biggest threats to asphalt. Extremely hot temperatures soften the asphalt, making it more susceptible to cracking, chipping, scuffing, and damage done by heavy traffic. Sealing asphalt can help reduce exposure to damaging UV rays – and protects against oil, gasoline, and other chemical spills.

Reduces the need for costly repairs. Sealcoating helps not only fill cracks and other damage, but also helps to prevent new ones from forming by keeping out damaging moisture, chemicals, and heat. All of this slows asphalt deterioration, extending the life of your pavement by up to 50% and saving you big money in terms of pricey asphalt repairs down the line.

For more information on protecting your asphalt, consider US Pave. Our professional team is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality asphalt and concrete repair solutions, on time and on budget. Call today for a free estimate!

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