Sandblasting Basics

Sandblasting 101: What You Need To Know

Do you want precise and quality cleaning of your property? If yes, then sandblasting is just the perfect choice for you and your residential hub.

Sandblasting, also known as abrasive blasting is an effective way to get rid of dirt particles and foreign materials that might have accumulated on your residential property. Apart from cleaning, it is also used for the removal of paint. Since sandblasting is a pressure-driven process, it is highly recommended to get it done by a professional expert. It is faster, easier and effective when performed by a professional. The expert also makes sure the cleaning is done correctly and all the dust is cleared post the completion of the process. Here are a few more sandblasting basics to help you understand the process better:

1) Materials that Can be Sandblasted

There are several materials that can be sandblasted. Wood and concrete, however, are the most common materials that are put to use. Here’s a closer look at the types of materials used for sandblasting:

  • Wood – At times, painted wooden surfaces slowly start fading away or peeling off with time. To prevent the chipping of paint, sandblasting is used to give finishing to these wooden items and preserve their lusture.

  • Concrete – When commercial builders want to remove parking lines and refigure a driveway or a parking lot, they use sandblasting.

  • Brick – The technique of sandblasting can make your brick looking new and clean for a longer period of time.

  • Cast iron – When you invest in cast iron railing materials, there is always a risk that its paint might peel or chip off. Sandblasting can be used to prevent the paint from peeling.

2) Process of Sandblasting

Sandblasting is one of the most commonly used procedures for cleaning materials. Here’s a closer look at the process of sandblasting:

  • STEP 1: The first step of sandblasting is identifying the type of material that needs to be cleaned. Also, to determine the equipment that is required like a sandblasting gun, an air nozzle or a hopper.

  • STEP 2: The second step includes preparing the surrounding area that has to be sandblasted. Remove or cover all the delicate surfaces from your property that do not require sandblasting.

  • STEP 3: Once you have figure out the area that has to sandblasted, your contractor will start with the procedure.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Sandblasting

Sandblasting has numerous benefits. Here are a few of the many advantages of sandblasting:

  • Paint removal – Sandblasting is not only an effective procedure for cleaning but is also useful for the removal of paint. If you do not want to repaint your property, use this method to simply get rid of the old paint.

  • Surface profiling – A metal component in your property usually needs profiling for its surface to preserve its shine. Sandblasting is the ideal way for creating this profile in an efficient manner.

Sandblasting has certain cons too. It is good to evaluate the disadvantages of sandblasting before making an informed decision:

  • Abrasion – If proper care is not taken post-sandblasting, then the substrate material might get damaged.

  • Heat generation – Sandblasting is an act of propelling highly abrasive materials which in turn generate heat, sparking and static electricity. If the heat is not controlled, it can give to breaking out of a fire. Hiring a professional contractor can help you mitigate these problems easily.

Understanding the sandblasting basics is important before you begin the process. If you do not have the appropriate skills, equipment, and expertise, contact a contractor for the same. Our experts at Blacktop make sure your property is cleaned correctly and there is no damage to the surface.

Benefits of Sandblasting

Why Opt For Sandblasting Cleaning For Your Commercial Space?

Using sandblasting to clean or etch a surface is the ideal cleaning process for every commercial property. As a business owner, you know how valuable it is to have a clean and polished office space and parking lot. A burnished and well-maintained commercial space not only reflects well on your company but also increases your employees’ productivity.

So, why is sandblasting the best option for this? Sandblasting as a cleaning technique has many advantages over other alternative cleaning methods. Its process consists of the act of propelling tiny bits of materials at high-velocity on a surface to ensure thorough cleaning. Due to its affordability and versatility, sandblasting is considered by a majority of business owners as the ideal method for cleaning their commercial property. Here’s a closer look at the benefits of sandblasting to help you make the right choice for your space:

1) Affordable

Affordability is one of the major benefits of sandblasting. Since the process of sandblasting requires less equipment, it is comparatively cheaper than other alternatives of cleaning. Moreover, it does not incur any additional costs during the cleaning process.

Blacktop Paving offers with high-quality services at an affordable price range that can fit the budget for any business. Request a quote at our site to get accurate estimates for your commercial space.

2) Versatile

Sandblasting is a versatile method that can be used for a variety of purposes. Apart from cleaning and polishing the pavement, it can be also used as a technique for paint removal. It not only polishes and refines the surfaces but also removes dirt and other contaminants. Sandblasting can be perfect for cleaning large surfaces such as driveways and parking lots as well as delicate ones like tables and countertops.

3) Efficient

Sandblasting is an optimum technique for cleaning commercial properties. This is because finding a cleaning process can be difficult to repair the kind of wear and tear that machinery and surfaces of offices face. But with sandblasting, this cleaning can be made easy. Whether it is dust, rust or grease, it can be efficiently removed from even the hardest of the surfaces using sandblasting.

4) Effortless

Hiring an experienced professional to complete the sandblasting of your property can make sure the process is not overly strenuous or long. Additionally, the expert also ensures the clean-up is quick and easy as well. Since a professional lays a tarpaulin (heavy-duty, waterproof cloth) underneath the surface that is being sandblasted, all you have to do is remove the extra material when you’re finished.

There were just a few of the many benefits of sandblasting which make it the right process for cleaning your office. Contact our team of professionals to get the best out of your sandblast cleaning and get perfect results.

Road Construction Companies Edmonton

Making Roads For Our Oil

Alberta accounts for almost 79% of Canada’s oil production. However, the oil boom of the 80s has grown sluggish due to low oil production output and the oil price crash. NWR Sturgeon Refinery is trying to change all of that. The Sturgeon Refinery is the first refinery to be built in the last 30 years, and it’s only just completed its first phase of construction.

Blacktop Paving Inc. was more than glad to play a small, yet critical part of this journey.

NWR Sturgeon Refinery

With the oil industry is on a downturn in Alberta, NWR Sturgeon Refinery has infused new life into the industry. The Refinery is set for three phases and each phase will employ over 8,000 Albertans. The purpose of  the Sturgeon Refinery is to convert bitumen, which is low crude oil, into high-quality synthetic crude oil. Sturgeon Refinery is all set to process as much as 79,000 barrels per day.

Our Job

We were tasked with a crucial task of hardscaping the Central Administrative Building and the Firehall Warehouse with asphalt and concrete. The project required 14,500m2 of asphalt parking lot, 2100 lineal meters of curb and 2200m2 of concrete sidewalk and pads.

Time was a critical factor since both the Central Administrative Building and the Firehall Warehouse were essential for NWR Sturgeon Refinery to operate.

Safety

During any project, safety is always a priority to ensure that no one is injured due to the operation of heavy equipment. However, since NWR Sturgeon Refinery is deemed as a high risk industrial site, it demanded extreme and stringent safety expectations that even we weren’t adapted to.

The number of safety requirements threatened to interfere with our timeline. However, through good teamwork and coordination from site managers and employees, everyone fully embraced the stringent safety plan and stuck to it. Additional resources were assigned to this project to ensure sufficient equipment and materials were on site. A full-time HSE officer was assigned to the site and this allowed everyone to operate without getting bogged down in safety red-tape.

Completion

Even though the constant routine of the heightened safety procedure was new and tiring, the Blacktop Paving team quickly got used to it. The project was completed on time with no injury and without compromising on our high-quality work.

Concrete Maintenance Tips

5 Ways to Protect your Concrete Driveway through the Summer

Although concrete is a long-lasting and durable pavement material, it starts eroding with time and heavy usage. When your concrete driveway gets damaged, it results in cracks and potholes. Hence, to make sure it remains operational throughout the summer, you need to take proper measures and maintain your driveway efficiently.

A key advantage of having a concrete driveway is that it requires very little regular maintenance and repairs to maintain its smooth appearance. However, timely maintenance of a concrete pavement is crucial. Taking care of your driveway can also extend its lifespan and enhance its beauty. A well-kept pavement also adds value to your property. Here are a few concrete maintenance tips to get you started:

The best way to maintain your driveway is by hiring a professional contractor to do so. Hiring a skilled contractor ensures that your driveway is repaired and maintained correctly. A pavement expert not only cleans your driveway properly but also examines the cracks in your pavement and repairs them early-on to avoid unnecessary damage at a later stage. Our experts at Blacktop take the necessary driveway maintenance measures to create a high-quality concrete slab for both residential as well commercial purposes. Contact our paving experts to schedule a maintenance check today.

  • Keep the Driveway Clean

Before summer hits, make sure you take part in some spring cleaning. If you plan to clean your driveway manually, see to it that the concrete is dry before you start washing, Use a broom to clear away the dust, leaves, sticks and so forth. The best way to ensure efficient cleaning of your driveway is by calling a professional concrete cleaner to power wash your driveway. Power washing is a thorough and deep cleaning of a pavement surface that cannot be done by a single broom. Consult our professionals to know more.

  • Seal it on Time

Sealing your driveway is a good way to protect it from the summer heat. It is highly recommended reseal your driveway in summers after every two years. This is because, during this season, the concrete is exposed to intense heat and radiation from the sun resulting in cracking and fissuring of the surface. Sealers help to preserve the concrete from wearing out as well as protect the surface of the pavement. If your driveway is excessively damaged, get it repaired by an expert before sealing it.

  • Take Care of the Cracks

Cracks in your driveway can occur due to natural settling or shifting of the ground. If they are left unrepaired, it can lead to their expansion or in the emergence of potholes. This, in turn, allows weeds to take root and results in permanent damage to your pavement. Use concrete patching products to seal these cracks or consult a pavement expert to get them repaired permanently.

  • Keep Sharp Objects Away

Metal-edged shovels or metal ice chippers damage the surface of your driveway. So, it is best to keep them away from your pavement. Replace these chippers with plastic ice shovels as they won’t nick the surface of your driveway and are also a better option for clearing snow. If you have a snow blower, then raise its blades high while cleaning in order to avoid scraping of your driveway surface.

Keep these concrete maintenance tips in mind to ensure the safety of your pavement through the summer. If your driveway is really damaged, it is recommended to book a complete re-pavement to protect it from the cold season. You can consult our experts or request a quote online for the same.

Asphalt Driveway Repair

How Do You Prevent Asphalt Damage?

Asphalt is one of the toughest materials to use in construction of your driveway. But even the toughest can be broken when subjected to natural forces. If you have observed rocks on the riverside, you will see that they have been withered away due to the water splashing across them constantly.

How do you prevent asphalt from cracking? Here are a few ideas to help you prevent your asphalt from getting damaged.

Prevent Water Damage

To prevent your asphalt from cracking, the best thing to do is to prevent water intrusion through or under the pavement as much as possible. Water is susceptible to freezing and thawing, which prematurely damages the pavement. Try to get good drainage away from the driveway as well. Your paving contractor can help with this as they are going through the paving process. Do not let water collect on your driveway.

Clear the Way

As mentioned above, to keep your pavement intact, it is important to move rain or flood water off the surface and into the drains as fast as possible. To accomplish this, remove debris from pavement and clear out blocked drains. It is also crucial to check and correct pavement slopes and flow lines to ensure asphalt driveway safety.

Level the Field

No, not the playing field but your driveway. You want your pavement and the people who walk on it to be safe. Your parking lot should be free of dips, depressions, and potholes that not only allow further water damage, but could also cause someone to trip and fall. Different types of solutions are available. It will depend on the root cause of the damage and also the type of environment you reside in. You will need the help of a professional contractor in this case.

Fixes? Maybe

If there are cracks in the pavement, seal them as needed. Sealcoating periodically will help keep the elements from oxidizing the surface. However, do not over-seal, as that will reduce the life of the pavement. Sealcoat only when the previous sealcoat is worn off by traffic to a point where significant portions of the bare pavement below the sealcoat are showing.

If There is a Lot of Damage

If your pavement still looks worn out, it may be time to think about replacing the asphalt. A lot of times, there are problems with the structure or there are problems with the foundation. Depending on the cause, you may have to replace the asphalt if it stops functioning mechanically, meaning it does not drain properly, is bumpy, or there is too much settling.

Contact a professional who will be able to repair your driveway if you have potholes or cracks developing. Avoid DIYing your asphalt driveway repair because it will be troublesome and apart from that, you may commit some mistake which might cost you your time and money.

Paving Contractor

Paving For The LRT

Edmonton Light Rail Transport (LRT) started in 1981 and today has 18 stations. If you are a resident in Edmonton, you know what a blessing LRT can be. It’s an efficient way to move from one part of the city to another, completely avoiding the terrible traffic on the roads during peak hours.

If you have visited the stations of MacEwan Station Plaza, the Kingsway Station Plaza and the NAIT Station Plaza, then you’ve been walking on the finest paving handiwork! We constructed the concrete sidewalks and plazas in these stations.

The Project

Blacktop Paving was a subcontractor of the North Link Partnership, a joint venture between Graham Construction and SNC for LRT. We were asked to pave concrete plazas and sidewalks for the MacEwan Station, the Kingsway Station and the NAIT Station.

The Challenge

For any public project, deadlines are a challenge as they are already set and not easily changed. It was similar to this project. However, the timeline was not our biggest challenge. The biggest challenge was the amount of work and the sheer volume of concrete required.

At the end of the project, we poured over 2200 cubic meters of concrete. We also had to give specific finishes to the concrete pavement.

In addition to that, for such a massive project, coordination was a linchpin to ensure the success of the project.

The Execution

Some of the concrete finishes were new to us and while the saw cuts were numerous, they had to be highly accurate and precise. Since the concrete finishes were new to us, we created samples and worked with the project architects to ensure that we delivered as expected. This greatly reduced any chance of errors and prevented any possible wastage of time and costs.

We also worked closely with the contractor’s management team to ensure milestones were met and the overall project schedule was maintained.

We have given back to the city in a way no other project of ours has. Hundreds of people use the plaza at these stations and we’re glad to say that we delivered quality work that will last for decades to come. This was a very challenging project and through hard work and effective teamwork, we were able to deliver the quality we’re well known for.

If you’re at MacEwan, Kingsway or NAIT Station, you’re walking on the best quality pavement!

Decorative Concrete Paving

Why Opt For Decorative Concrete Paving For Your Office Area

Decorative concrete is known for its style, strength and stability. With commercial decorative concrete, your business can change that dull gray slab of concrete pavement into a piece of art, making concrete an excellent pavement option for office areas.

You must have seen this kind of concrete at a lot of commercial spaces. Decorative concrete comes in a variety of styles like acid stained, knockdown, stamped overlay, etc. Therefore, you don’t have to settle down for a single pattern. The aim of this concrete is to give an ordinary pavement a complete makeover, transforming it into a new space without having to replace it.

While there many benefits of decorative concrete, here’s a look at a few key ones:

It’s Flexible

Decorative concretes can be applied to a new or an existing slab of concrete. It offers design flexibility that is not possible with any other floor finishes. You can choose from the following styles as per your needs:

  • Acid-stained: This concrete is a mixture of water, hydrochloric acid and acid-soluble metallic salt. Once applied, it leaves behind patches of acid that penetrate permanently inside your concrete. It does not fade away or peel off.

  • Stamped: This concrete is textured to resemble bricks, stones, tiles, etc. It is pushed into the concrete and removed later, to leave behind a stamp pattern.

  • Polished: This type of concrete is everlasting. If your existing concrete has faded, get it varnished with high-gloss polish and never bother about the finishing again.

Due to advances in concrete mixing and setting, contractors can create any color or texture that you want for your office. Contact our expert contractors to help you select the pattern ideally suited to your needs.

It’s Durable

Decorative concrete is not only durable and strong but it also can easily withstand the pressure of heavy traffic. Hence, adding decorative concrete to your existing pavement gives it an extra layer of protection and gives you a stylish floor backed by the strength of your original concrete below.

It’s Affordable

Decorative concrete may look fancy, but its price is not. Affordability is one of the major benefits of decorative concrete. Also, once installed, it does not require frequent replacement or repair, which in turn saves you money. It also does not need any additional floor covering further easing your expenses. Decorative concrete can be a really cost-effective option due to its low maintenance requirement. You can also estimate the cost of your repavement by directly requesting a quote from our contractors.

It’s Low Maintenance

Decorative concrete requires very little maintenance. In order to clean it, all you need is a little water and soap. The other part of its maintenance requires waxing and sealing it every 3 months. This can be easily done by booking a maintenance check with a pavement expert.

It’s Recyclable

Even if your decorative concrete is demolished, it doesn’t need to be sent to a landfill. There is a process of recycling which involves grinding and breaking down of its materials for reuse in the future. These recycled materials can be used for other commercial purposes. The smaller pieces can be used for residential construction whereas the bigger pieces can be used to combat the erosion of shores.

If you want to explore the other benefits of decorative concrete, contact us our experts today.

Asphalt Driveway

How To Protect Your Asphalt Driveway From The Heat

Your asphalt driveway can’t escape the sun, it’s out in the open and exposed. Asphalt is one of the most commonly used materials for driveways as it is economical as well as requires low maintenance. An asphalt driveway is also really durable and can last up to 10 years – if maintained properly. However, asphalt is a material which is can be damaged by heat if not protected properly. Obviously, you cannot cover your driveway, so how do you protect your asphalt driveway from the heat?

Use these tips to protect your asphalt driveway to maintain a long-lasting and safe driveway on your property:

1) Clear the Debris

Over time, pebbles, glass and other debris will collect on your driveway. Ensure that you sweep and clear your driveway regularly. During the hot seasons, debris adds to the stress on the driveway.

2) Conduct Repairs

Your driveway might have developed cracks or potholes over time. If it has, immediately get it repair. Prolonged exposure to the sun causes asphalt to expand. Take action and repair it immediately. this will prevent the problem from getting worse.

3) Applying a Coat of Sealing

Seal coating preserves asphalt so it continues to look new for many years. It keeps the moisture away and blocks harmful UV rays, which in turn reduces the risk of cracks and potholes. Typically, a new seal should be applied every 3-5 years. If your driveway is need of a seal, apply it before winter or rainy months arrive.

4) Hire a Professional

Whether you are looking to install a new asphalt driveway or wish to re-pave your current driveway, having professional assistance is a wise choice. Hence, schedule a routine maintenance check for your asphalt driveway to ensure its smooth operation. Reach out to our team of professional contractors today for more information or simply request a quote for your asphalt driveway.

Harsh sunlight will eventually wear your asphalt driveway. Utilize these tips to protect your asphalt driveway and ensure that it lasts longer.  If your driveway is covered with cracks and potholes, consult our re-pavement experts to repair your pavement.

Workplace Parking Lot Space

4 Tips To Maintain A Safe And Smooth Parking Lot

Parking lots are usually overlooked by business owners’ space of a commercial property. However, a slip or a fall can occur almost anywhere, at any time and even in parking lots. This is because, many a time, parking lots are poorly maintained, lack proper lighting, have potholes, no signs boards or have improper stairways; all of which affect its smooth functioning. When a parking lot is not safe, a person might fall and hurt himself. Hence, keep these tips on workplace parking lot space to maintain a safe and smooth parking lot:

1) Provide Adequate Lighting

Proper lighting and visibility can not only improve parking lot safety but also reduce the likelihood of any injury, property damage, theft or damage. Hence, make use of exterior lights behind buildings and entrances. If you have any lights in your parking space that are fused or broken, replace them with new ones. Keep an eye out for trees or shrubs that block the lighting fixtures.

2) Establish Clear Traffic Flow

Install signage or directional arrows to guide vehicles in the right direction. Especially near blind spots! Without the correct signage, cars can move the in the wrong direction and even hit unaware pedestrians. Utilize highly-visible striping and paints that can identify two-way traffic, parking spaces, emergency vehicle lanes and pedestrian crossways. Also, speak to your employees and reinforce the need to be aware of their surroundings when driving.

3) Pave the Driveway

Paving your driveway is the most crucial step for workplace parking lot safety. This is because it ensures that there are no cracks or potholes on your driveway. Over time, your driveway will wear out. Therefore, contact a professional contractor to fill in the cracks and seal the potholes. This will make sure that there are no unnecessary slips and falls.

4) Keep Heavy Vehicle Away

A heavy vehicle can weigh upwards of 7000 kg. That puts a lot of pressure on parking driveway. This is a common cause for quick wear and tear of parking driveways. Heavy vehicles cause cracks and potholes. Ensure that heavy vehicles keep away from parking driveway.

Creating a workplace parking lot safety requires ongoing efforts from both the managers as well as the business owners of the business to proactively address any hazardous threats. For more information on safer commercial parking space, contact a professional contractor for a better understanding.