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How to Repair Asphalt Damaged by Seasonal Weather Shifts

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Car tires drive on a road with asphalt damageYear-round weather threatens the structural integrity of homes, commercial buildings and roads. Asphalt roads and driveways take the brunt of heavy rain, snowplows and hot, ultraviolet rays. Learn how seasonal shifts in weather affect your asphalt driveway or parking lot and what you should do to prolong the life of your pavement. (more…)

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What Is Sealcoating and When Do I Need It?

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Close-up of a worker sealing asphalt cracks with sealcoat and squeegee Sealcoating is a defensive layer designed to protect your driveway from harmful elements. Sealant mixtures are bituminous- or acrylic-based liquids. The liquid base is mixed with water, silica sand, polymer additives and other fillers to achieve a premium formula. When applied on a regular schedule, sealcoating doubles the life of a driveway or parking lot. (more…)

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How to Maintain an Asphalt or Concrete Parking Lot

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Asphalt preventive maintenance worker using asphalt patch repair technique in a parking lotRegular parking lot upkeep doesn’t just involve fixing cracks or repairing potholes—it helps ensure guests or customers have a safe surface on which to drive, park and walk. With the right maintenance plan, you’ll improve your parking lot’s appearance, functionality and longevity. And you’ll make a difference for your wallet, too.

So, how should you care for your parking lot? Check out our recommendations for a concrete or asphalt preventive maintenance plan. (more…)

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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 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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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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Save Money with an Asphalt Rejuvenator

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Consider Pavement Rejuvenation Before It’s Too Late

Think of pavement as you would skin. A baby’s skin is resilient, smooth, unblemished. Over time, harmful UV rays and general wear and tear will leave unprotected skin dry, cracking, wrinkled. Pavement rejuvenation products, like properly applied skin care and sunscreen, will help preserve the resiliency of the pavement and delay the need for costly complete resurfacing.

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