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Are Potholes and Road Salt Damaging Your Car?

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Road salt on an asphalt road with pothole damagePotholes are an inconvenience to drivers, especially in regions with cold, harsh winters. Potholes form when water seeps into cracks, expands, and erodes the pavement. Damaged pavement can force drivers to slow down, stop, or swerve across traffic lanes.

While road salt helps prevent accidents on icy roads, it also exacerbates pothole erosion and causes rust on vehicles over time. Learn how potholes and road salt can harm your car this winter—and what you can do to stay safe and prevent further damage. (more…)

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How Do I Prevent Snow Plow Damage on Asphalt?

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A tractor plowing snow causes damage to asphalt parking lot in the winter

Residents in the snowbelt, a name given to the Great Lakes region in North America, experience heavy snowfall season after season. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see 60–110 inches of lake-effect snow per year. Even if you live outside of this cold and blustery area, unexpected wintery conditions can still wreak havoc and cause delays for drivers.

As snow accumulates—sometimes up to several inches per hour—you need to react quickly.
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What Causes Potholes and Road Deterioration?

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A dump truck scattering road salt on a busy highway during winterIt’s no surprise that potholes and road deterioration increase during winter and spring. While harsh winter weather contributes to pothole formation, it’s not the only culprit. Did you know that road salt plays a part as well? Road salt can further damage already deteriorated roads—especially in areas impacted by frequent freeze-thaw cycles. Explore how potholes are formed by road salt, and learn what you can do to keep your pavement in good condition.
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Asphalt or Concrete Driveways: Which is Right for You?

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concrete vs asphalt driveway

If you’re building a new home or simply refreshing aspects of your current home, using the right driveway material is essential. For driveways, there are two essential paving materials to choose from: concrete and asphalt. The first question many ask is: “What is the difference between an asphalt vs concrete driveway?”

Though these materials vary in many ways, they also have some similarities. First, both asphalt and concrete have a gravel base. They are both made with stone and sand. The primary difference involves their adhesive materials. Asphalt is petroleum based while concrete is made of cement.

This simple variance leads to a variety of differences between the materials. Here are five ways asphalt and concrete driveways differ.

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Asphalt vs Concrete: Which paving material should you use?

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2It can be hard to know whether to use concrete or asphalt pavement when performing repairs. Neither material is better than the other, and some are ideal for specific projects. When deciding between concrete vs asphalt roads or parking lots, you’ll need to consider a few pros and cons.

Often, people choose their paving material based on upfront costs. Many people want an economical or cheap solution. Sometimes the right pavement choice can also be a bargain; however, this is not always the case. The costs of concrete and asphalt fluctuate regularly, you will end up with a short-term solution and added material costs if you select a paving material that satisfies your wallet but not your paving needs.

 

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Repairing Cracks in Your Asphalt Driveway

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asphalt crack fillerWondering how to fix cracks in your asphalt driveway? Driveway cracks are commonly caused by cycles of aging, a settling subbase and/or freezing and thawing. Untreated cracks will lead to moisture entry and eventual erosion of underlying subbase under your concrete or asphalt.

The best way to avoid these cracks is to be proactive and take action before they extend and worsen. Some of the tools necessary to fix asphalt driveways are available at your local hardware store. So, purchase the right crack filler and tools for your driveway and follow these instructions for the best results.

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You Want a Product that Works in Wet Conditions; We Went a Step Further

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Testing UPM® Permanent Pavement Repair Material Underwater

Permanence. When it comes to pavement repair products for filling potholes, patching utility cuts and repairing roadways, the ideal solution is a permanent one.

There are a number of factors that influence the permanence of a pavement repair solution: workability, cohesion and film thickness to name a few. One of the most important factors, given the unpredictability of both Mother Nature and potholes, is stripping – or whether or not the mix will perform in wet conditions. (more…)

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A Common Language for Pavement Preservation

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Which Approach to Pavement Preservation Do You Take?

blog01In order to have efficient conversation regarding pavement preservation, it’s probably best that we get on the same page in regard to the types of maintenance being undertaken. Regardless of how little or well-prepared any agency is, they probably take part in each of the three types of pavement preservation related to managing the assets that are your roads.

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