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When is it Too Cold to Lay Asphalt?

when is it too cold to lay asphaltWhen you think of people putting down asphalt, you tend to picture that work happening during the hot weather months.

That’s because people in the asphalt repair industry tend to agree that the period between mid-June and September is the best time to lay asphalt.

Does that mean that your driveway or parking lot is off limits once October comes? Not necessarily. It’s just the question “When is it too cold to lay asphalt” is one that doesn’t have a simple answer.

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How Does Synthetic Asphalt Repair Work?

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When you think about it, your driveway sees a lot of traffic.

Maybe not as much traffic as, say, the road you take to work or even the street that goes past your house, but there’s still a steady flow of vehicles pulling into your drive on a regular basis.

You and your family members’ cars, visitors, repair crews, delivery drivers: Add in the effects of time and weather, and eventually, you’ll have a driveway that has seen better days.

That’s where synthetic asphalt repair comes into play. Some homeowners choose to use cold patch to fix their asphalt driveways, but we’d argue that synthetic asphalt repair is the better option. Here’s why.

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What is Grading and Paving?

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Asphalt is durable, but it’s not indestructible. Over time, it begins to break down, which makes things tough on your vehicles and lowers the value of your property.

That’s where an asphalt repair process known as grade and pave can help. Read on to learn whether this asphalt repair method is right for your property and to learn some of its benefits.

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What is Hot Rubberized Crack Sealing?

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Everyone has their arch-enemy. Batman and the Joker. The Lakers and the Celtics. Coke and Pepsi.

Even in the driveway crack sealer world, you’ll find a different kind of rivalry: Water vs. asphalt. We’d argue that water is perhaps the worst thing that can happen to asphalt. Consider this:

  • When water gets into cracks in the asphalt, it can erode the foundation
  • When water freezes and thaws it forms potholes
  • When cracks in the asphalt get big enough, dirt can collect and allow weeds to grow

Fixing cracks with a hot rubberized driveway crack sealer before they can turn into potholes is one of the wisest things you can do for your property, saving you money by extending the life of your asphalt.

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How to Maintain a Paved Driveway

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The asphalt that makes up your driveway is durable, but it’s not indestructible.

As anyone in the NJ driveway paving business can tell you, weather, foot and car traffic, and the passage of time all conspire to turn a surface that was once smooth and black into something grey and uneven.

That doesn’t mean you’re doomed to end up with an unattractive driveway. Here are a few things you can do to keep your drive well-maintained.

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What is Infrared Asphalt Repair?

What is infrared asphalt repair

There are a lot of reasons why people choose asphalt as a paving material: it’s cost-effective, it’s durable, and it’s easy to apply.

Treat your asphalt well and you’ll get years of use out of your driveway or parking lot. That means holding routine inspections and carrying out regular maintenance and repairs.

In today’s blog post, we’re going to talk about a specific type of fix for your paving material: infrared asphalt repair.

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How Long Does Sealcoating Last? And Common Questions About Protecting Your Driveway

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Like a lot of businesses, we get questions.

“How long does sealcoating last?”

“When is the best time to apply sealcoating?”

“How often do I need to have my driveway resealed?”

So today, we’d like to take the time to answer some of the more common questions we get to help you get a better idea of what’s involved when you add sealcoating to your driveway or parking lot.

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7 Signs Your Asphalt Needs Repair

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The past few months have been pretty rough on local drivers, with the wintry freeze/thaw cycle leaving some serious potholes in area roads.

But sometimes damage to asphalt isn’t as obvious as a crater-sized divot in the highway. That doesn’t mean it isn’t as serious. Here are a few signs asphalt driveway repair or parking lot upgrades may be in your future. Continue reading "7 Signs Your Asphalt Needs Repair"

Springtime is Driveway Sealcoating Time

driveway sealcoating njThe end of winter is just a few weeks away, but given the weather we’ve been having, it already feels a bit like spring.

It’s the time of year where our thoughts turn from winter property maintenance to springtime property improvements. And while you’re planting new flowers and putting up a new coat of paint, spare a thought for your driveway.

After a harsh winter, you can help restore your property to its former glory through a process known as driveway sealcoating.

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How Snow and Ice Damage Asphalt

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Anyone who’s spent time on the road in the wake of a Northeast winter knows the type of toll snow and ice take on our highways.

That same damage can affect the asphalt on your driveway or parking lot.

When it comes to snow and ice and asphalt repair, NJ residents should consider these factors:

  1. Constant thawing and freezing

As we write this, it’s late January. It’s 15 degrees outside, but the temperatures are expected to shoot up to 41 degrees later in the day, and then reach 50 the next day.

And while we appreciate not having to deal with frigid weather, these constant temperature fluctuations are not good for our roadways, parking lots or driveways.

When water permeates into cracks in the asphalt in the winter, it freezes, expands and causes these cracks to get wider. Worse still, the continual cycle of freezing and thawing can lead to potholes.

In places like NJ, asphalt repair services will use hot-mix asphalt, which is specially designed to withstand constant freezing and thawing.

  1. Deicers

Deicing materials such as salt, potassium acetate and magnesium acetate prevent snow and ice from freezing on asphalt surfaces. These products are invaluable to homeowners, business owners and commuters during the winter months.

But these products should be used sparingly, as they can be harmful to your asphalt, and to the environment. Consult with your local NJ asphalt repair company to get their advice on which deicers would – or wouldn’t – work with your paved surfaces.

  1. Snow melt

Because it absorbs the sun’s rays, asphalt can melt away snow faster than other surfaces. While this helps keep roads and parking lots clear, it can also lead to intense water runoff and even flooding.

Using porous asphalt allows water to drain through the asphalt and down to the stone bed below the surface, and eventually, into the soil.

  1. Snow plows

Whether it’s a private contractor or a public works crew, damage to pavement from plow blades is typically minimal, as these services set their blades high enough to avoid harming asphalt.

But any piece of equipment that scrapes your pavement is going to cause some damage, particularly when snow plows are used incorrectly.

The best way to avoid this kind of damage is by hiring a commercial snow plowing service. These services will avoid asphalt damages by using a protective rubber or plastic edge on their plow blades, and by making sure the blades are positioned above the surface.

When they need asphalt repair, NJ residents call on Beckage Sealcoating, which has spent nearly 25 years helping people protect their driveways and parking lots.

We offer a range of options to help your asphalt surfaces recover from harsh winters, as well as an expert sealcoating process that can protect your driveways and parking lots from future storms.

Contact us today to set up an appointment, and get started on protecting your surfaces from the worst winter has to offer.