Written by allcountyasphalt. Posted in Asphalt Maintenance, Asphalt Paving, Blog
Winter Maintenance Tips for Asphalt Driveways, Commercial Parking Lots and Roads
Winter has finally arrived and with it will eventually come frigid temperatures, snow, salt and plowing. All seasons introduce damaging elements for your paved driveway or parking lot but the winter months offer the most challenging and damaging conditions. Ensuring that the asphalt is maintained properly will improve safety for both vehicles and pedestrians and eliminate unwelcome surprises such as ‘crocodile cracking’ that can lead to potholes. Crocodile cracking, often called fatigue cracking or alligator cracking, is a common type of distress in asphalt pavement and is characterized by interconnecting cracks resembling a crocodile hide.
A few simple steps will help keep your asphalt in top condition. First look for cracks and contact us to repair and seal them as quickly as possible, preferably before the very cold weather. A comprehensive inspection by an All County Asphalt professional can help identify early warning signs and alert you before the problem gets bigger. Simple small cracks can lead to major damage if water gets inside, freezes and thaws over time leading to the expansion of the asphalt which will increase the size of the cracks and eventually lead to potholes.
Excess water below the asphalt can damage the foundation layer, resulting in pot holes as the asphalt begins to crack and become unstable. It is critical to identify areas of concern early, properly clean out the section, and then seal the cracks to keep water from getting in. Regular inspections and maintenance will not only keep your asphalt looking its best longer, but it will also reduce the risk of structural damage and increase safety.
Snow plows can cause major problems. Inexperienced drivers can easily damage asphalt by incorrectly using the plow and scraping off the top surface during the snow removal process. An inexperienced driver can also damage driveway and sidewalk curbs; one way to reduce this risk is to install visible markers in appropriate locations. Shovels that are too sharp can also cause damage and so it is important to consider your own equipment as well as the equipment of the person doing any work on your behalf.
Using the proper de-icing agent is also vital to maintaining your asphalt surface. For example, rock salt can be damaging to porous material like asphalt and cement. Instead use a milder product such as potassium chloride and ask the type of material used by any contractors you hire.
These asphalt maintenance tips will help to make sure that your pavement or other asphalt surfaces are well maintained and safe year round. You can direct any questions or concerns about your driveway, street or parking lot to us by calling 845-356-4800 or completing our on line form found on this website. We look forward to working with you.
Written by allcountyasphalt. Posted in Asphalt Sealcoating, Blog
NY Asphalt Sealcoating | New York Paving Contractors
If you have asphalt at your retail business, shopping mall, apartment and condominium community, industrial park, school, airport, or other location, it is important to maintain the asphalt to make it last as long as possible, especially since you have already invested so much money into the initial paving. One critical part of the maintenance program is sealcoating the asphalt. Sealcoating acts as a barrier against materials like oil and gasoline that can react with the surface of the asphalt and damage it. It also can prevent oxidation, guard against cracking, protect against the harsh ultraviolet rays of the sun, and increase the curb appeal of the property by making the pavement surface look like new.
Written by allcountyasphalt. Posted in Blog, Parking Lot Striping
NY Parking Lot Striping | Asphalt Contractors New York
Maintaining parking lot striping is key to having a safe environment outside your business. Striping and parking lot markings clearly define the correct areas for parking, fire lanes, handicap parking, loading zones, and so forth. Weather, heavy traffic, sunlight, and other factors can slowly fade striping, causing confusion for your customers as well as potential safety issues. Clear markings can reduce your liability as a property owner, since faded or missing pavement markings can lead to accidents.
Written by allcountyasphalt. Posted in Asphalt Paving, Blog
NY Excavation and Demolition | New York Asphalt Sealcoating
If you would like to clear out your property, look no further than All County Asphalt. We specialize in property excavation and demolition. Do you need to demolish a large building, or just excavate a small area to make room for another building or a parking lot? There is no job too big or too small. We will bring our nearly 50 years of combined experience on-site to get the job done right.
Written by allcountyasphalt. Posted in Asphalt Paving, Base Prep & Drainage, Blog, Grading
NY Grading, Base Prep & Drainage | New York Asphalt Paving
As with all projects large or small, proper preparation helps to ensure a better quality outcome. With our nearly 50 years of experience as leading Asphalt Contractors we take the time to understand every job and then provide the highest quality service possible.