Posts Tagged ‘asphalt paving’

Don’t Forget to Evaluate Your Asphalt This Fall!

Friday, October 6th, 2017
Don’t Forget to Evaluate Your Asphalt This Fall!

In the winter months, the precipitation and repeated freezing and thawing can really take a toll on your asphalt surfaces.

At Tristate Paving, your asphalt surfaces are our business. We want to keep your asphalt driveways, walk ways, and parking lot looking good and functioning well all year round. In the winter months, the precipitation and repeated freezing and thawing can really take a toll on your asphalt surfaces. Fall is the best time to evaluate your asphalt surfaces so that you’re ready to stand up to old man winter. (more…)

Asphalt Paving: A History

Friday, September 29th, 2017
Asphalt Paving: A History

These days, asphalt is extremely common. Roads, parking lots, and most driveways are all made of asphalt paving.

These days, asphalt is extremely common. Roads, parking lots, and most driveways are all made of asphalt paving. In fact, 96% of all the paved roads and streets in America are asphalt. It’s hard to imagine, but asphalt in America is less than 200 years old! Back then, it was considered genius and a revolutionary concept. Today, asphalt is so common we almost never spare it a second thought. (more…)

Top Tips for Repairing and Cleaning Your Parking Lot

Friday, August 11th, 2017
Top Tips for Repairing and Cleaning Your Parking Lot

Your parking lot is the first impression that visitors have of your commercial building or property.

Your parking lot is the first impression that visitors have of your commercial building or property. If they pull into the lot and are jostled by potholes and get out of their car only to step in a large crack, they are going to have a very negative first impression of your business. Regularly repairing and cleaning your parking lot is one of the most important parts of owning a parking lot. Here are some of our top tips for repairing and cleaning your parking lot, so you can make a great first impression every time. (more…)

The Winter Weather Benefits of Hot-Mix Asphalt

Friday, November 18th, 2016
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Hot-mix asphalt can help prevent cracks that occur during winter.

The worst of winter weather is not simply the need to remove ice and snow. The cold temperatures can cause poorly constructed concrete and asphalt driveways or parking lots to crack. If you want pavement that you can count on to hold up, consider paving with hot-mix asphalt. (more…)

11 Interesting Asphalt Facts You Might Not Have Known

Thursday, October 20th, 2016
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Did you know that asphalt represents more than 90% of all roads and parking areas in the U.S.?

Road construction is often seen as more of a nuisance than a necessity, and most commuters take for granted just how valuable asphalt is to our roadways, economy and environment. Asphalt is perhaps one of the most crucial materials available in the country, representing more than 93% of paved highways and roads. Asphalt is also highly recyclable and has little to no negative effect on air quality. While five-year old you might have just said, “that black stuff we drive on,” there’s so much more to it than that. Here are a few interesting asphalt facts you might not have known about. (more…)

The Basics of Infrared Asphalt Repair

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
infrared asphalt repair

Did you know that infrared technology can help maintain asphalt surfaces?

Infrared technology is an effective way to repair asphalt defects. The process is actually quite simple, but some of the details can get complex. You should be aware of a few important factors when properly repairing asphalt pavement. (more…)

How Decorative Asphalt Can Transform Your Pavement

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
stamped asphalt

Decorative asphalt can beautify your pavement, hassle-free.

Technology related to pavement has improved greatly over the past few decades–it is now easier than ever to make your asphalt exciting and different.  Processes like stamping let you pick and choose what design you want on your asphalt with the minimal amount of effort; you won’t have to lay every brick, and it will look as though your materials are pristinely made and laid.  Read on to find out if decorating your asphalt with stamping will help jazz up your pavement.

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Asphalt Parking Lot Installation: What to Know

Monday, January 4th, 2016
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The condition of your asphalt says a lot about your property or business. Keep it in great shape!

A functional parking lot is a key part of any home or business. The outside of your property is the first thing that potential customers and passersby will see, and first impressions are everything. What does your parking lot say about your property? Is it clean and free of debris, potholes, and cracks? On a purely functional level, if it isn’t, this will not do. These can cause safety concerns for pedestrians and drivers and damages vehicles. When considering asphalt and paving, these are the key things that you need to know.

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What is Infrared Asphalt Repair?

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Asphalt pavement has become so universal primarily because it is extremely durable, highly cost effective, straightforward to install, and consistently strong. Used for parking lots and roadways the world over, asphalt can last for a long time, provided its given careful maintenance. When it comes to repairing serious asphalt damage one of the most effective methods is infrared repairs.

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What is Infrared Asphalt Repair?

Infrared asphalt repair uses a combination of asphalt technologies to make fast repairs to severely damaged pavement. Infrared asphalt repair uses hot asphalt and extreme pressure to perfectly mix the new asphalt with the old. If you start spotting potholes or pavement cracking, infrared asphalt repair may be the solution.

How does it work?

First, the area in need of repair will have all its debris, loose aggregate, and water removed. Then infrared machinery will heat it to 325 degrees Fahrenheit for somewhere between 5 and 10 minutes (depending on how deep the area is and the level of asphalt integrity). After heating, the machinery will rake the area to eliminate failing aggregate before injecting specially formulated oils to bolster the strength of the existing asphalt. New hot asphalt will be poured in before a several-ton roller-compactor presses it flat.

Infrared Benefits

Infrared asphalt repair is popular largely due to its effectiveness at deep, subsurface repairs that maximize the reuse of old asphalt and minimize waste without causing asphalt/ aggregate separation or burning. Infrared asphalt repair is also incredibly affordable, using less raw material than traditional repair methods. The speed and thoroughness of the process minimizes both traffic interruptions and water penetration.

Interested in Infrared Asphalt repair?

Call Tristate Paving. Our experienced paving professionals have plenty of experience with, and access to, infrared asphalt repair equipment, and can take care of your asphalt installation or repair needs quickly, and at an affordable price. At Tristate Paving we take great pride in our customer service and we’ll be more than happy to sit down and figure out what asphalt repair option works best for you.

Our area numbers are:

West Chester: 610.563.9456

Oxford: 610.932.3566

Delaware: 302.757.4100

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Asphalt vs. Concrete Driveways

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

If you’re constructing a new home, or are just in the market for a brand new driveway, you’re doubtlessly faced with a lot of tough decisions. The most important decision you can make is selecting between the two most popular driveway paving materials: Concrete and asphalt. Tristate Paving is here with the differences between these two materials so that you can make the best choice possible. It’s important to know that asphalt and concrete do have many similarities. They both need well compacted gravel bases, need time to set before use, and are made from stone and sand. The main difference in their composition is the adhesive used to bind them together. Asphalt is adhered with tar, while concrete uses cement. This small difference in the material composition of the two substances ripples outward, resulting in drastic differences between the two.

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Appearance

Different people will have a preference as to whether they’d like concrete or asphalt better. Asphalt driveways appear as natural extensions of the road while concrete ones have a distinctly different appearance. However, both can have their looks modified.  You can stain, etch, and engrave concrete as well as apply a variety of finishes to customize your driveway to match your home. Asphalt is somewhat more limited and cannot be stained. Although, tint may be added to the mixture to alter the color slightly.

Climate

Climate can play an important part in selecting what to pave your driveway with. Concrete is more likely to crack or fracture due to extreme cold. It can also be damaged by defrosting salts. Conversely, asphalt performs less well in hotter climates because intense and prolonged exposure to heat can cause the tar to melt and potentially lose its form. Consider your climate carefully when paving your driveway.

Maintenance

Both materials have drastically different maintenance requirements. Asphalt requires the application of a protective sealant about every three years, which can increase its lifespan to roughly 30 years. Concrete driveways do not need sealant but can benefit from it greatly, preserving their appearance for longer. Concrete driveways do stain easier than asphalt and must have degreaser applied to them to take care of oil spills. Asphalt is typically easier to repair and can be affordably resurfaced rather than replaced, an option that is not available to concrete driveway owners.

Price

Asphalt is typically a good deal less expensive than concrete to install. On average asphalt will run between $2.50 to $4.00 per square foot. Concrete, on the other hand, usually runs between $4.00 to $6.00 per square foot for a basic installation and can cost more if you’re looking at applying special finishes.

Need Help Making the Decision?

Call Tristate Paving. Our experienced paving professional have a  long history installing both concrete and asphalt driveways and we’ll be more than happy to sit down and figure out which option works best for you.

Our area numbers are:

West Chester: 610.563.9456

Oxford: 610.932.3566

Delaware: 302.757.4100

Check back here for weekly updates on current projects, important paving facts and info, and smart ideas for homeowners interested in concrete, asphalt or hardscaping work.

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