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Why Hire An Expert For Your Asphalt Driveway Paving

Still not sure if hiring professional asphalt driveway contractors is a good idea? It certainly has a lot of benefits.

The main reason to hire a professional would be their expertise. Since it is not possible to know everything, the services of an expert are required to get the job done.

Here are a few more reasons to convince you to hire asphalt driveway contractors.

Experience

When you hire a professional driveway contractor, the most important thing they bring to the table is their experience. Professional asphalt driveway contractors have a lot of experience in this line of work. They are aware of the challenges faced. Hence, they can handle most of the challenges that come across during construction of driveways.

You can save a lot of time

When you decide to hire a professional contractor, instead of DIYing the task, you will save a lot of time. You will be able to perform your usual tasks instead of spending time in the construction of a driveway where you never know you may commit mistakes which may cost you financially as well. The job of the professional asphalt driveway contractors is renovating or building a car park in the house.

Save money

If one does not have any knowledge about road construction or driveway pavement, one may lose a lot of money unnecessarily while attempting to do it. Most home owners think that availing the services of a professional driveway installation company will be costly. It is important to understand that it will definitely help the construction since we, as common people do not have the necessary knowledge or the high end equipment necessary to carry out the task efficiently.

Expert opinions

When you hire a professional contractor, you need not keep wondering which will be the best place to construct a pavement. Before providing the services, the asphalt driveway contractors asses the total area of the house and thereby make a detailed plan for constructing the pavement.

Solve various problems

The professional companies who deal with all these issues are aware of the problems they will have to face during the construction of the driveways in a residential house or commercial property.

We hope we have convinced you about the benefits of hiring an asphalt driveway contractor. Make sure you hire a professional construction agency in Edmonton to complete the whole driveway installation process.

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Asphalt overlay

Asphalt Overlay V/S Asphalt Removal

Using asphalt in the construction of roadways is a great idea. The asphalt overlay cost is less, and more importantly it increases the safety of the people driving on it.

Here are our set of advantages of asphalt overlay and removal respectively.

Benefits of asphalt overlay

Smooth and comfortable

An asphalt road will ensure a smooth, quiet drive for the people using it. It is a flexible pavement built in multiple layers with a continuous flow of material moving through the asphalt paver. Repetitive construction joints, noisy surface texture, and blow ups are eliminated by this method of construction. Hence, the driving experience is enhanced and as mentioned before, the drive becomes smooth and quiet. These features benefit airplanes as well. Asphalt runways and taxiways mean safer landings and take offs, because such surfaces are smoother and easier to maintain.

Cost-efficient

The initial costs of asphalt are low, it lasts long, and due to its recyclability, has residual value greater than other pavements.

Reclaimed asphalt contains a lot of bitumen, and reheating and reusing it is simple. Therefore, reclaimed asphalt is a valuable raw material as bitumen is the most expensive component of asphalt. Asphalt containing reclaimed asphalt is just as good as new.

Safety

Safety concerns are addressed by asphalt overlay. New asphalt technology ensures quick dispersal and drainage of surface water, reducing water spray and therefore, improving visibility for the driver in wet conditions. The porous asphalt materials dramatically reduce blinding spray, and by dispersing surface water they also reduce the risk of aquaplaning and increase the visibility of road markings. Hence asphalt overlay helps in keeping the drivers safe.

Benefits of asphalt removal

Asphalt overlay

Removal is the excavation of existing asphalt pavement, which reveals the gravel base. If there are any areas where the sub base is soft they will need to be undercut then fine graded to proper grade. An undercut is an area that needs to be fully excavated and backfilled with aggregate

Reduces urban heat

One of the best ways to reduce the urban heat island effect is to plant trees and increase vegetation. They absorb heat rather than bounce it back to the street level, and they provide shade.

Reduces air pollution

When you depave asphalt roads and install green spaces in their place, dust is filtered and airborne pollutants are captured. A hectare of mixed forest can collect 15 tonnes of particulate matter from the air every year.

Improves health

As we reduce pollution, the health of the citizens is improved. Asthma and respiratory diseases are directly linked to airborne particulates, which are known to be reduced by trees in urban environments. Psychological benefits matter too.

Both courses of action have their benefits. But choose which one is necessary and act accordingly.

Take the help of a professional construction company which will carry out the construction or if you need a driveway constructed.

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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.

Milling and overlay

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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Ice District

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 .

Timeline:

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

Preparation:

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!

gravel driveway

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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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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Should Your Parking Lot Be Concrete Or Asphalt?

Deciding between asphalt and concrete for your parking lot is a tricky question as both seem to be an ideal choice of material. However, you have seen concrete as well as asphalt parking lots and wonder what the difference is between the two materials. We have listed the differences between both here so you can do a comparative analysis of asphalt vs concrete parking lot as well as a cost comparison between concrete and asphalt and decide on one, or not.

Concrete Cost

Concrete costs about $3 to $10 per square foot. The initial cost of concrete is higher than asphalt by 35%. However, the cost comparison between concrete and asphalt revealed that concrete costs 18-35% less on the total cost of ownership in the long term.

Durability

Concrete has a life expectancy of about 20-40 years after the first installation with the average life expectancy being 25.7 years before the first repair is needed. After initial repairs, the concrete parking lot can last for 10-20 years depending on the maintenance and upkeep.

Cost of reconstruction and repairs

Concrete reconstruction costs tend to be 35% higher than the reconstruction costs of asphalt. When the concrete paving has reached the end of its lifespan, it needs to be completely removed and replaced, which adds to the cost of reconstruction.

Cracks in concrete are harder to repair as patching is easily visible. Other repairing solutions will have to be employed which are more expensive.

Weather Impact

Concrete is inherently rigid once it sets and thus cracks are formed more easily. Extreme fluctuations in weather can crack the rigid structure of the concrete parking lot.

Asphalt Cost

Asphalt costs start at $1 and go up to $5 per square foot. Asphalt costs 35% less than concrete and repairs are comparatively low due to overlays available for Asphalt. Overlays allow for the surface of the asphalt parking lot to be replenished with resurfacing layers which increase its lifespan.

Durability

Asphalt has the life expectancy of 15-18 years but can also serve well for 20 years with the right maintenance. Asphalt is easier to maintain and easier to work with as well.

Cost of reconstruction and repairs

The cost of reconstructing asphalt parking lots is low as they can simply be patched up and repaired using crack sealing and filling procedures. If the damage is higher, overlays can be used to solve the problem and total replacement is not required.

Therefore, the cost comparison between concrete and asphalt points to asphalt as the lower and more cost effective option.

Weather impact

In terms of withstanding the weather, asphalt is the obvious choice as it shrinks and expands as per the changes in temperature and does not crack easily.

Which one should you choose?

On close analysis of asphalt vs concrete parking lot, it is clear that both materials have their set of advantages and disadvantages. However, you can get the best of both worlds and do not need to pick only one. How? Well, by using both asphalt and concrete in a single parking lot system to utilize each material’s benefits together. Consider applying asphalt for the majority surface of your parking lot: low-cost up front, and easily striped for visibility. Then utilize the more rigid concrete for loading areas, access drives, sidewalks, drainages, and curbs, taking advantage of its durability for multiple uses.

We hope that the asphalt vs concrete parking lot question will not haunt you after reading this article. Go ahead and choose both or either according to your preferences for your parking lot. Be sure to hire contractors skilled in both concrete and asphalt paving to work on your parking lot project.