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When to Sealcoat or Resurface Your Asphalt Driveway

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A worker sealcoats an asphalt driveway with a broomWhile they have a fresh, black appearance and beautiful curb appeal, asphalt driveways also require proper maintenance. Many homeowners may notice their driveway doesn’t look as new as it once did—but they don’t know if sealcoating or resurfacing is the answer.

Are you asking yourself, “When should I sealcoat or repave my asphalt driveway?” Explore this guide to learn how often you should seal an asphalt driveway, what it costs to replace an asphalt driveway, and more. (more…)

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How to Keep Your Asphalt Driveway Looking New

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Yellow caution tape marks off a new asphalt drivewayA new asphalt driveway provides years of curb appeal and a smooth driving surface. Many homeowners also enjoy the dark, black color of freshly poured asphalt. However, asphalt fades over time—and it’s also susceptible to damage from heat, water and heavy equipment. Proper maintenance goes a long way in preserving asphalt driveways for years to come.

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How Do I Remove Oil Stains from My Driveway

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A homeowner learns how to remove oil stains from an asphalt drivewayIt can happen to anyone—you’re adding more oil to your car, lawnmower or snowblower, and you accidentally spill some on your driveway. Or you order a pizza, and while you’re paying the delivery person, their car leaks oil on your pavement. Now what?

There are ways to remove fresh oil spills and set-in stains from asphalt and concrete driveways. To keep your driveway looking new and clean, follow our removal tips as soon as you notice a stain on your driveway. Keep reading to learn how to clean asphalt and concrete pavement. (more…)

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Choosing an Asphalt Driveway Sealant

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A homeowner applies asphalt sealer with a stiff broomAsphalt sealers are a must-have product for homeowners or businesses with driveways, parking lots and walking paths. If you want to roll up your sleeves for a driveway DIY project, consider several types of driveway sealers on the market. Sealants come in several varieties, Here are four common pavement sealers, including the advantages and disadvantages of each. (more…)

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How to Repair Cracks in Concrete Driveways

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Concrete is a durable material, but it breaks down over time when exposed to natural elements. Concrete driveways are especially susceptible to tree roots, impact damage from heavy objects, vehicles and extreme weather.

Luckily for homeowners, small business owners and contractors, sealing cracks in concrete is an easy task with KOLD-FLO® crack filler®. With the right tools, supplies and repair material, you’ll maintain your concrete or asphalt driveway for years to come.

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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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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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How to Protect Yourself from Driveway Repair and Asphalt Paving Scams

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Driveway Repair ScamMost home improvement contractors are reputable people who do a professional job for fair prices. But if you’re thinking of hiring someone to repair your driveway (asphalt paving or concrete patching), you should take a few simple steps to ensure that you aren’t taken advantage of by a disreputable contractor.

Driveway repair is one of the most common improvement projects that untrustworthy contractors target in order to scam homeowners (for one of the many examples of driveway repair fraud arrests, check out this arrest report.) When spring arrives every year, many people discover that their driveway has developed cracks, and getting repaved or patched becomes a priority. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t do some very easy homework before paying a contractor to fix their driveways, and they end up getting shoddy repair work (or worse).

Before you hire a local asphalt repair or concrete patching contractor, make sure to get references from them from nearby homeowners who have used their services. Take some time to make sure that their required local licensing, insurance and bonding is up-to-date and legitimate. And remember: NEVER allow a contractor to start work until all agreed-upon services and charges are put into writing.

Another tip that will help out if something ends up going wrong: if you can, be sure to pay by credit card instead of cash or check. When you pay by credit card, you will have more options for recouping your money if you end up getting cheated.

conrete patchingIf a contractor insists that you pay in cash, tells you that you need to decide on services right away, or if they are from out of state, be very cautious. All of these are red flags for scammers. Professional contractors usually accept credit cards or checks, and have no problem providing you with an estimate on services that does not require immediate approval.

Another warning sign that most homeowners don’t watch for: be suspicious of contractors who say that they can give you a cheaper price because they have “leftover materials” from other repair jobs. An experienced concrete patching or driveway repair company almost never has leftover materials, because they know exactly how much asphalt paving or concrete patching product is needed for a specific job.

For more great advice on how to spot driveway repair scammers, you can check out this great article from the Better Business Bureau.

If you end up dealing with a contractor who you think might trying to scam you, it’s a good idea to make a call to the police and file a report. Not only will you be protecting yourself, but you’ll also be saving other local homeowners from falling victim to the same scammer in the future.

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