4 Things to Avoid In Your School Parking Lot

A high school parking lot is usually an occupied and a busy place especially, during the morning and afternoon hours. Due to this increase in traffic, your high school parking lot is subject to damage. As a result, you should have school parking lot maintenance work carried out by a professional paving service in Edmonton. The school parking lot maintenance would aid in a smooth flow of traffic and ensure the safety of your students. A poor parking lot is dangerous and so here are a few things that you should avoid in your parking lot.

1. Potholes

Potholes are formed due to the expansion and contraction of the water that seeps into the pavement. If you find some potholes, it is better to fix the potholes quickly. Potholes can cause some dangerous fall accidents and so it is the school’s responsibility to provide pothole-free parking lots. Therefore, potholes are the first thing that you should avoid in your parking lot.

2. Cracks

If the parking lot road has aged or is not constructed properly, then it develops cracks. Minor cracks do not seem to be a major issue initially, but as they widen it becomes a problem. Additionally, if the water seeps through these cracks, they can widen to such an extent that it becomes difficult to use the road. To avoid such a situation, you should fix the cracks either by crack filling or crack sealing method.

3. Faulty Pedestrian Sidewalks

It’s not just the parking lot roads for vehicles but also the sidewalks for the pedestrians that is equally important. The pedestrian sidewalks should be maintained well. A faulty or no sidewalk would make the people walk along the parking road itself. This can be dangerous if they get hit by moving vehicles. Moreover, the pedestrians would walk all around in an unorganized manner if the sidewalk is in bad shape to use. As a result, it obstructs the flow of traffic. Hence, if your sidewalks have been damaged, get in touch with a professional paver in Edmonton to repair it properly.

4. Faulty Parking Lot Stripes and Directions

Your parking lot stripes make sure that the vehicles are parked in an organized manner. Over a period of time, the stripes can fade away and it becomes difficult to park the vehicles in the right manner. This can lead to confusion and lack of parking space too for the other vehicles. What’s more is that it affects the smooth flow of traffic on the main road of the parking lot.

Also, if there is a lack of directions to guide the driver to the entry and exit points,, it would lead to chaos. The driver would move into some other lane and this would again lead to chaos and confusion. Therefore, to avoid all the chaos, it is recommended that you call in a professional paver to apply the correct markings and directions for your parking lot.

Now that you are aware of what things you should avoid in your high school parking lot, make sure that you follow them. Do not ignore school parking lot maintenance work, as it could cost you a huge sum of money when the parking lot deteriorates further. Also, a well-maintained parking lot adds to the overall look of the infrastructure and increases the life of your high school parking lot. Get in touch with a paving service in Edmonton to make a smooth, chaos-free and a safe high school parking lot.

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Paving Problems In Winter

Winter is not too far away and you may want to take a good look at your pavement. Even though, you may have used the best asphalt materials for your pavement, it is equally important to maintain it. In case you have not maintained your pavement, now is the perfect time before winter arrives. There are some winter paving problems you will experience once the season sets in. But what happens to your pavement during winter? Here are some of the asphalt pavement problems during winters that you may face.

Cracks and Potholes Widen

Due to winter the sub-base of your asphalt gets affected due to contraction and expansion. It makes the asphalt surface unstable and causes the surface to develop cracks. The constant contraction and expansion increases the gaps between the surfaces and thus widens them. This leads to development of big potholes. A temporary solution for this would be to add cold mix asphalt to fill the cracks and potholes.

Potholes Become Dangerous

The asphalt pavement problems during winters can become hazardous due to the freezing of potholes. Driving through these big potholes becomes dangerous. As a result, any accident due to these potholes will become a liability for you. Hence, it is better to have professional pavers conduct the maintenance work to avoid winter paving problems.

Growth of Moss, Mildew and Algae

Another common pavement problem that occurs during winter is the growth of moss, mildew and algae. This takes place due to the moisture that gets trapped because of fallen leaves and other organic substances. If you happen to walk through the moss or mildew, you may slip and hurt yourself. It also weakens the sealed coating of your pavement as well. Moreover, the growth of moss and mildew also results in the formation of stains on your pavement once winter is over. You may need to incur extra cost for cleaning these stains.

Problem in snow removal

If your pavement has deteriorated and resulted in the formation of cracks and potholes, then snow removal becomes a tedious task. The snowplow works effectively on a smooth surface. A damaged pavement with too many cracks and potholes only increases the length of time to clean the snow. Furthermore, you may begin to scrape the pavement surface to remove the snow quickly. This, in turn, damages the pavement surfaces even more. In such a scenario, it is better to ask a professional company for snow removal.

These are some of the common asphalt pavement problems during winters that you may face. In order to avoid these problems, get the maintenance work done for your asphalt pavement in advance. Get in touch with a professional paver maintenance company to help you out.

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4 Reasons To Fix Potholes Quickly

Imagine you’re cruising along a freeway at 100-120 km/hour, and you hear a loud bump all of a sudden and your car breaks down. What happened? Your car ran over a pothole and now it wont start.

Potholes are an unnecessary nuisance which you can get rid of with simple driveway maintenance measures. Here are a few reasons why you should consider pothole repair.

1. To protect pedestrians (if it is on the roads)

This may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of pothole repair, but it is truly one of the most important aspects to consider. Anyone who drives a vehicle also has to walk through it at times, especially if it is on your driveway or parking lot. Cracks and holes in the pavement can cause serious injury to people on foot who may trip and fall. In fact, this is such a common occurrence that entire law firms exist to serve clients in suits related to pothole injuries. Would you want to be the accused in one of these cases?

2. To protect drivers

People driving on roads are more prone to accidents if a pothole goes unnoticed and they drive over it and lose control of their vehicle. Fatal accidents could happen or people could get injured seriously. As mentioned before, if the driver loses control, it could prove dangerous for the pedestrians walking on the sidewalks, other cars, etc. To avoid such damages, it is important to fix potholes and ensure the safety of drivers and public at the same time.

3. To prevent damage to the car

While hitting one pothole one time is not enough to cause problems in vehicles, driving over potholes repeatedly can seriously damage a car, resulting in punctured tires or issues with the steering system alignment. Whether yours is the hole that caused the initial problem or not, if a customer or employee’s car sustains damage after hitting a pothole in your parking lot of your commercial complex, or your driveway, you could easily be held liable. Although it’s unlikely that you would be forced to pay a vehicle damage claim, it is still possible. It could also tarnish your business’s reputation if the customer makes their complaint public.

4. To prevent further damage

When potholes are left untouched, they tend to grow. Water continues to seep in, weakening the surrounding asphalt. When traffic drives over it, the pavement crumbles and the hole expands. It’s cheaper for you to perform asphalt pothole repair with a simple patch when you first notice the hole, rather than waiting until it’s so big that you’ll need to purchase additional supplies to fill it or even resurface your whole lot well before you planned to do so.

If you have any potholes on your driveway, or parking lot, contact a professional who will be able to gauge the damage incurred by the road and also be able to fix the problem at hand. Do not procrastinate.

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Road Rehabilitation

Road Rehabilitation At Devon

It is quite impossible for any road to last forever. The constant traffic, weight and weather on the road, all contribute to it wearing down overtime. This is what exactly happened to one such road on Michigan Street in Devon, Alberta.

There were visible signs that the road needed repair work. The road had clear signs of wear, tears and cracks. There were also some visible potholes that made life difficult for the residents of Devon.

Rehabilitation and not reconstruction

One of the questions we were asked was why not reconstruct the road. Building the road from scratch offers some advantages such as a renewed road right from the bottoms-up to give the residents of Devon a stronger and better road.

However, the disadvantages of road reconstruction were outweighed by the benefits of road rehabilitation. Road reconstruction requires a long period of time, a large section of the road needs to be shut, causing inconvenience, and it is costly. In comparison, road rehabilitation is much more cost-efficient and requires less time.

Had Michigan Street gone without any repair for a few more months, the state of the road would have reached a damage level wherein the best option would be road reconstruction.

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Road Rehabilitation

A Milling Machine

Road Rehabilitation

With today’s technology, repairing a road is not that difficult. The milling and overlay process is the most common one among road rehabilitation. We’re not going to get into the details, but here’s a quick overview:

  • The top layer of the road is removed by a milling machine. This is usually about a 2 inch layer
  • The overlay process adds a fresh layer of bituminous and asphalt pavement in place

People and the weather

There were two constant challenges that we’ve had to keep in mind when conducting road rehabilitation on the Michigan Street.

Road rehabilitation on such a large stretch is sure to inconvenience the residents of Michigan Street. We kept each and every resident informed of when the project was starting, when it was expected to end and ensuring that no vehicles were near the road rehabilitation site.

Even before starting our work, we had to have traffic control in place. Warning signs and flaggers were positioned around so that vehicles would avoid the road rehabilitation zone.

And then there was the weather, something quite beyond our control. This year’s summer has been quite wet. Almost every day had at least one thunderstorm followed by rain. Paving work during the rain is impossible. We had to wait and after the waiting, the road had to be swept to quicken the drying process, and only then could we resume the road rehabilitation.

The rains definitely brought a challenge in sticking to the schedule, something we didn’t expect entirely.

Making the deadline

Yet, despite the challenges, we completed the project on schedule. This was possible because of good planning, professionalism on the field and access to the right equipment. We used large milling machines that increased the pace of the road rehabilitation. This was more time-efficient than utilizing smaller milling machines.

So, if you are driving through Michigan Street in Devon, you won’t find any bumps soon!

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Paving At Ice District

Edmonton – the city that is home to the Edmonton Oilers and Capital of Alberta has one of the country’s best real estate markets. Ice District in Downtown Edmonton is a booming piece of property.

Ice District

Ice District is a collection of entertainment and sports facilities that are found in a single location. The district is 25 acres in the heart of the Edmonton city and it is still growing.

More and more facilities are being planned and constructed for the people. The vision is for offices, condos, a public plaza, sports, entertainment and shopping all to be found at one location.

Ice District is not an area that a person can stroll through. 25 acres is massive. If you want to get to places in Ice District, you need some wheels, and your wheels need a road to travel on.

The Job

Many parts of Ice District are still coming up. A new building was emerging on Block D of the Ice District. The building is designated to be used by the City of Edmonton. One of the few remaining things to make the building available for the City of Edmonton was the road.

The building needed an easy access and connectivity to the rest of the Ice District and in turn, Edmonton.

The Challenges

Ice District

The biggest need of our client was to build an accessible road as soon as possible. However, this posed a very big challenge as not only was the pavement project immense but also the construction detail was demanding .


A strict timeline was plotted and adhered to. This enables us to complete the pavement project within the timeline specified by the client.


Before actually starting the project, we got our resources organized. From having an available workforce to ensuring that equipment could be accessed when required, this was critical to the preparation.

Fluid Communication:

On the field, fluid communication is vital to ensure the pavement construction moves forward without any pauses or breaks.

Each challenge was tackled in the best manner possible.

The Completion

Despite the tough timeline, the immense skill the project demanded, the constant pressure and stress, and the occasional snags, we stuck to the timeline and completed the project. Our professional employees were tested to their limits and they passed with flying colors.

Not only are we, at Blacktop Paving, proud of our work, but we are also proud of our employees that made it possible. And, if you are driving through Block D of the Ice District – enjoy the smooth road!

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Why You Don’t Want A Gravel Driveway

A gravel driveway appears fancy. True. Though the disadvantages of gravel driveways are few in number, they ultimately are severe. Gravel driveways are difficult to maintain and even walking over a gravel driveway spreads dust into the air.

Here is our set of cons of gravel driveway:

Snow removal

For those who live in snowy climates, removing snow from a bumpy surface is a hassle, and removing the rocks that get pushed into the yard after shoveling or plowing is an even bigger hassle. During winter months, removal of snow can be difficult. Oftentimes, using salt or sand on top of the snow & gravel can be the only solution to make the surface slip-free. So you might want to think twice before getting a gravel driveway installed.

Ruts and sinkholes

Gravel driveways with a high level of usage may be prone to developing ruts. Gravel will shift over time, forming grooves where water can puddle. Stagnant water can create a lot of issues. Grooves are also a nuisance to drive on, unless you’re into the idea of a driveway complete with your very own speed bumps. Fortunately, these can be levelled out with more gravel.

Dirt and dust

When you drive over gravel or even walk over it, the lighter particles of air will fly into the air from the surface below. Driving over gravel can produce more dust than any other type of material. Driving down a gravel driveway can cause dust, debris and dirt to fly – especially in the dry summer months. This may cause the exterior of your home to become dirty and hence, it may require frequent cleaning.

Whenever you think about getting a driveway installed, make sure you build it with asphalt. Asphalt driveways are easier to repair and they most certainly don’t blow as much dust as gravel driveways do. More importantly, the life of asphalt driveways goes as high as 20 years, provided it is maintained properly. True, it requires more attention than a gravel driveway, but in the end, it is worth it.

Now that you are aware of the major cons of gravel driveway, ensure you make the right choice by NOT opting for a gravel driveway. Contact a professional road construction company today and get your driveway installed.

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Seasonal Change Affects Your Asphalt

Seasonal changes affect asphalt in different ways. Ultimately you might need repairs depending on the issue at hand.

Here are a few seasonal changes your asphalt pavement goes through:


Potholes are obvious signs your asphalt needs repair. Colder months cause freezing above and below the surface of asphalt which leads to potholes. Warmer months can bring pounding heat and UV rays which over time can crack and strip the asphalt roads, parking lots and driveways, also leading to raveling and potholes.

Asphalt Parking Lots

Conduct preventive maintenance on your parking lot before the rains start or before it starts snowing. Basically conduct proper maintenance before the damage causing seasons set in. Maintenance is generally planned in advance to seal the surface from water, as well as lessen the effects of oxidation and weather. Apply a sealant every few years to keep the surface layer of asphalt protected.

Steep Terrain Asphalt Erosion

If you see the rocks around rivers or in river beds, they corrode slowly over a period of time. Similarly, when it rains in steeper elevations, little by little rain washes(corrodes) away the liquid asphalt leaving bare rock and aggregate. The aggregates and asphalt break away and wind up in runoff, gutters and storm drains.

Hot Temperatures

Heat can cause cracks in the asphalt which can result in water seeping in. The water may not damage the asphalt in the same way when it freezes due to cold temperatures, but it can damage the asphalt by eroding the subsurface layers. This results in an air gap forming within the pavement. If the pavement above these subsurface gaps experiences any pressure, such as the weight of a vehicle passing over it, the top layer of the asphalt will sag, collapse, and then crumble, thereby forming a pothole.

Effect on Asphalt

All hard surfaces, including asphalt, absorb heat. This causes not only the surface temperature to rise, but also causes the ambient temperature to rise. This results in UHI (Urban Heat Island). UHI is basically an effect in which urban environments, which consists of less vegetation and more roads and buildings, have a significantly higher temperature than the rural areas directly around it. This means that when you are installing asphalt, you need an asphalt material that reflects as much heat as possible instead of asphalt that absorbs most heat.

As mentioned in the above points, a lot of things may affect your driveway. Regular maintenance may help in reducing the damage and repairs necessary as well. Altogether, it may prevent seasonal changes from affecting your asphalt road. Hire the services of a professional if you want to keep your asphalt road in the best condition.

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Choose The Right Asphalt Mix

Choosing the right asphalt mix can be really confusing. We strongly urge you to consider the advice of a professional when selecting the right type of mix. The type of mix required depends on factors like the purpose of the road being constructed, the types of vehicles that will be parked or driven on it and so on.

To break a common myth about asphalt, we would like to say that all of the asphalt is not the same. It is easy to think so if you never had to mix, roll, or lay it yourself. It is easy to think that because in a finished state, all of the asphalt looks the same. Asphalt, or bitumen, is a type of petroleum that occurs naturally.

Asphalt itself is not always the same. Different types come from different regions, so the properties can vary. In addition, some types have chemicals added in factories or labs that can help bring out certain properties over others. As you know, asphalt pavement consists of the following:

  • Aggregate mix (rocks)
  • Bitumen (a mixture of hydrocarbons)

The method of mixing the aggregate with the bitumen can vary from company to company, region to region. Altogether, there is a tremendous amount of mixes that these disparate things can create. There are mainly two types of mixes.

  • Hot mix
  • Cold mix

A professional will be able to decide which mix will be best for the pavement you need. But it’s not always easy considering that different proprietary blends are out there.

Hot Mix

Hot mixes are the most commonly used mixes. The mix is heated and rolled. This type of mix has a variety of mixes as far as types and uses are concerned. Hence, it is important to use a hot mix which has a proven track record for the purpose it needs to be used for or will be used for. For permanent results, a good premium hot mix will work best.

Cold Mix

Traditionally, cold mix has often been thought of as consumer grade asphalt. Meaning, it is often store-bought, good for DIY tasks. It is not considered as strong and durable as hot mix. But again, as mentioned above for hot mixes, there are many commercial grade cold mix solutions that work as well depending on the intended purpose and use of the driveway or pavement. They work better but not as well as hot mixes. Cold mix patches tend to cost less, and require less time to administer. They are ideal for making repairs during cool, cold, wet, or arid months.

Selecting the right mix for your task is not an easy job and you should most definitely not do it without the help of a professional as you leave a lot of room for mistakes. Consult a professional road construction company which will help you in selecting the right type of mix necessary for your pavement or driveway.

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What You Need to Know About Potholes

Potholes are something you can’t ignore. Avoid? Maybe, if there’s not so many on your road that you can make a sport out of it.

We’d like bring a few pothole facts to your knowledge.

Pothole Identification

For a hole to be identified as a pothole, it needs to be at least 40mm in depth. That is the criterion for identifying a pothole. Potholes are formed by water, freezing and freeze-thaw cycles, excessive heat, wear and tear – and time.

Areas Most Prone

Areas most prone to pothole development are where drainage is poor. Particularly where roads dip, such as the trough under viaducts, where vehicular traffic is greatest – especially heavy vehicle traffic – and where poor maintenance allows small fissures to deteriorate are the areas which develop potholes frequently.

Joint Concrete Causes Potholes

People assume that potholes are caused by asphalt failures, that poor quality asphalt is to blame, but they are wrong. Many roads, including those in Toronto, have a concrete base with 80mm of asphalt overlay to improve ride comfort and skid resistance. The concrete is joined at 3m intervals to control cracking of concrete. These joints cause cracking of the asphalt overlay within 1-2 years of placement. Without maintenance such as sealing, these cracks will form potholes at the reflection cracks in the asphalt overlay.

Asphalt and Cement Meet the Necessary Standards

As mentioned in the previous point, people assume that asphalt and cement used in the construction of potholes are of inferior quality. All of the asphalt cement used in Ontario meets the mandated standards that undergo constant review and development.

Cold Mix and Hot Mix

City crews normally use two kinds of asphalt mixes to patch the holes, namely, cold mix and hot mix. The problem is hot mix needs non-freezing temperatures for asphalt companies to manufacture. This is the reason cold mix is generally used during winter and early spring. It is hard to manufacture hot mix. Cold mix isn’t as bendable as hot mix, and it doesn’t last as long.

We are glad we were able to bust a few myths about potholes and help you with a few pothole facts. You will need to hire a professional road construction firm to fix potholes on driveway. That asphalt driveway repair won’t be needed often if you maintain your driveway or parking space regularly.

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How Do You Maintain A Concrete Driveway

Maintaining a concrete driveway takes a little effort if not much but mostly it’s about remembering a few things.

So, how do you maintain a concrete driveway? Here are some points for that.

Clear Concrete Driveway On A Regular Basis

How often you clear your concrete driveway really depends on how much use the driveway gets and how much road traffic and other pollutants the said area has. A pressure washer is the best tool for the job. You can hire a professional company. If your driveway has a lot of stains or other discoloration, this may be the best option since they’ll have special products for stain removal.

Don’t Change The Oil With Car Parked On The Driveway

If you’re like a lot of people, you may do at least some maintenance on your own vehicle when it’s parked on the driveway. But whenever you change the oil there’s a high risk that it may spill onto the driveway. If you have no other option, use a large drip pan available at an automotive store. They’re intended for just that purpose. Or altogether, you could avoid changing the oil on the driveway.

Clean And Reapply Sealer As Needed

How often do you clean and reseal will depend on the weather conditions the concrete is exposed to and the amount of vehicle traffic it receives. Usually, you should reseal a concrete driveway every two years or so, or when the finish begins to show wear. Clean your concrete driveway and reseal it when needed, which will aid you in your concrete driveway maintenance. Also, never hire crews that go door-to-door offering to seal your driveway. This is a common scam used to con you out of some of your hard earned cash.

Avoid Parking Heavy Vehicles

Yes, concrete is one of the toughest types of construction material you can use to build roads and driveways. But the residential driveway is not equipped to withstand frequent parking of garbage trucks or other types of heavy trucks. Avoid putting large construction equipment or parking large vans on the driveway.

Get Rid of Spills And Stains Right Away

You don’t want any water seeping into your concrete lying around or any oil spills causing damage to your driveway. When water starts seeping into the ground, it will spoil the foundation of the driveway slowly deteriorating the whole driveway.

Concrete driveway maintenance is an important thing you should avoid overlooking. If you carry out regular maintenance, then the chances of needing concrete driveway repair are less. Consult a professional construction company today.

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