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How to Seal Your Asphalt or Blacktop Driveway

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Sealing blacktop driveways is an easy job—if it’s done right. The project requires the right preparation before sealing, proper tools, supplies and an asphalt sealant you trust to get the job done. High-quality asphalt sealers, like INTEGRA-SEAL, reduce heat and UV damage and prevent water from penetrating pores and cracks during freeze and thaw cycles.

If you want your pavement to last for years, follow these steps to learn how to seal your asphalt driveway.

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How to Repair Asphalt Potholes with UPM® Cold Mix

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It’s no surprise that potholes appear in asphalt blacktop and concrete. These year-round holes not only blemish driveways, sidewalks and roads but also create unsafe driving conditions for motorists. However, repairing a pothole doesn’t have to be impossible. Pothole patching is an easy repair that nearly anyone with the right tools can accomplish. (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 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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How Cold Mix Changed the Way Canada Repairs Potholes

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Successfully repairing potholes requires more than simply filling the damage using pothole filler and hoping your repair holds up. Cities, municipalities, and homeowners alike must research pavement repair solutions and gather information about each product to find the right fit for their pothole repair needs.

Niagara Falls is one such location. The municipality wanted a way to relieve the pothole damage, daily wear-and-tear, and general road stress potholes were having on cars in its community. Niagara Falls started leveraging Unique Paving Materials’ cold mix solution. According to CHCH News, cold mix is a new product in Canada this winter and has been producing positive results on the roads.

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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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How a Road is Paved

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Have you ever stopped to think about the different steps needed for safe road maintenance?

There’s little doubt that most of us view road construction and road maintenance as an extreme annoyance. It’s something that slows us down as we try to make our way to our final destinations. But, when you stop and think about it — with a truly unbiased opinion — the sight of a road construction crew rolling out a brand-new batch of asphalt or concrete patching products should be a cause for celebration, wonder and awe, not frustration, annoyance and anger.

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