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Asphalt Sealcoating: Fundamental Ingredients

Asphalt sealcoating is an extremely effective and economical way to extend the life of asphalt pavement by as much as twice the life of a comparable pavement that is not sealed. Furthermore, sealcoating causes only minimal disruption to traffic; most parking lots can be fully operational no later than the day after the sealant is […]

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Asphalt Pavement, Property Management & ROI

When you are a property manager, there are probably times when you feel like the only “responsible” person on the site. After all, you are the one responsible for attracting new tenants, pacifying existing tenants, maximizing the owner’s profits and keeping the property properly maintained. There is one area of your property that can help […]

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May Sealcoating in Lexington

Asphalt sealcoating is a highly effective and economical way to help achieve the longest life possible for your asphalt pavement. Sealcoating acts as a barrier against potentially damaging elements, including UV rays, automotive fluids and deicing chemicals. In addition, sealcoating refreshes the color and improves the appearance of asphalt pavement. However, although there are some […]

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Tips After New Pavement Installation

A stretch of new asphalt pavement is a beautiful sight. The color is rich, dark and lustrous, pavement markings stand out in vivid contrast and the surface is smooth and even. If you have recently had new pavement installed, you may be wondering how to take care of it so that it retains its beauty […]

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Sealcoating & Lexington Weather

Most asphalt sealing professionals feel that the most difficult part of their job involves interpreting the weather conditions. If they make the wrong decision, the results may not be satisfactory or a job that could have been completed might have been postponed. Obviously, if it is raining, sleeting or snowing, sealant cannot be applied, but […]

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Asphalt Paving & Durability

Asphalt pavement is remarkably durable when installed and maintained correctly. Some cracking or other signs of wear must be expected, but there are many factors that can contribute to premature aging of your asphalt pavement. Here are some common challenges that your pavement may face. Asphalt Paving & Durability  – The Sun The sun can […]

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Asphalt Parking Lot Safety

Whenever you have an area where pedestrians and motor vehicles are sharing space, accidents just seem to happen. Asphalt parking lot safety is often ignored, but to stay safe, here are a few simple rules to follow. Asphalt Parking Lot Safety -Pay Attention Whether driving or walking through the parking lot, pay attention to your […]

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Winter Conditions on Your Asphalt Parking Lot

Winters in Central Kentucky can be unpredictable. During most winters, sleet and rain are more common than heavy snowfalls, but snow usually falls on 11 or 12 days, and heavy snowfalls are far from unknown. Three months out of the year, average overnight temperatures dip below freezing before climbing into the mid- to high-40s the […]

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Decisions -Sealcoating, Asphalt Resurfacing or Repaving

Although asphalt pavement is a remarkably durable surface, like any other pavement, it will need attention at some point. As the pavement ages, it may incur damages that mar its beauty. When it comes to repairing these damages, asphalt contractors find that customers are sometimes confused about whether to sealcoat, resurface or repave. Decisions -Sealcoating, […]

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Sand Improves Safety on Sealcoated Pavements

Although some fly-by-night or inexperienced contractors may try to get away with not adding sand to a sealcoating mix, no ethical sealcoating professional would do so. Sand is a vital ingredient if you want a sealcoating job done properly. Contractors who want to ensure that their customers obtain the longest life and best performance will […]

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Green Asphalt Paving

Asphalt pavement can be found on more than 94 percent of America’s paved roads. Interstate highways, urban streets and rural lanes all depend on asphalt for durable, smooth, economical pavements. Asphalt pavement is also the most popular choice for parking lots. Despite the fact that asphalt pavement is already environmentally friendly, the asphalt industry has […]

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Puddles Can Damage Your Asphalt Paving Lot

During a storm, puddles of water on your asphalt pavement are to be expected. However, these puddles should disappear soon after the storm ends. If they do not, you might have a problem that could lead to expensive repairs. Water collecting on asphalt pavement can lead to a destabilized base, potholes and alligator cracking. If […]

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Asphalt Paving Over Concrete

The ancient Romans were famous builders. They needed an extensive network of roads to facilitate troop movements and trade across a vast empire. However, a great deal has changed in the 1,500 years since the Roman Empire fell. Today, asphalt pavement is the leading choice for roads as well as parking lots, racetracks, driveways and […]

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The Value In Your Asphalt Parking Lot

Whether the property is a retail location, an apartment complex or a manufacturing facility, no organization can afford to spend money unnecessarily. Installing or replacing the pavement on your parking lot can represent a sizable cash outlay, so it makes sound business sense to take steps to protect your investment. A correctly installed parking lot […]

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There Is More Than Just One Type Of Pavement

The asphalt pavement industry has evolved a great deal over the last few decades. There are now more that one type of pavement available, but most of them can be categorized as either porous, stone matrix or traditional hot mix. Type Of Pavement – Porous Asphalt As you might infer from the name, porous asphalt has […]

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Preparing for Spring Parking Lot Striping

Spring is a time of renewal. Seeds begin to sprout, trees begin to leaf and flowers begin to bloom. The cold winds and icy roads are gone for a few months. Spring is also the perfect time to have your parking lot striped; temperatures are optimal for applying fresh paint as well as new sealcoating […]

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Choosing Your Asphalt Paving Contractor

Asphalt paving is a long-term investment that you expect to provide you with many years of trouble-free service. The best way to ensure that you maximize the return on your investment is to choose the right asphalt paving contractor. The following tips can help you select the best contractor for your project. Ask Your Asphalt […]

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Why APM Makes Asphalt Paving Safe

Asphalt paving crews work in what is consistently ranked as one of the riskiest of all construction trades. However, the hazards can be mitigated by proper training and an employer who promotes safety awareness as mandatory for all workers. At APM, we ensure that all of our workers receive ongoing training to ensure the safest […]

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Asphalt Paving Deterioration

When you install asphalt pavement, you naturally want to see it reach its full life. Given enough time and use, all pavements will eventually deteriorate. Unfortunately, pavement can sometimes deteriorate prematurely. Here are the major causes of pavement deterioration and tips on preventing early deterioration. • UV Rays: Just as UV rays can prematurely age […]

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Potholes and Cracks

Once the leaves begin to change color, you can be assured that colder temperatures will be arriving soon. Before winter hits, you should inspect your asphalt pavement and have any potholes or asphalt cracks repaired. Here is why this is so important. Potholes and Cracks – Preparing for Winter • In Lexington and Louisville, the winters […]

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Cracks In My Asphalt Pavement

Sealants should never be used to fill cracks in asphalt pavement. Simply stated, sealers cannot take the stress of traffic and temperature changes; the crack will return quickly and you may wind up with a larger repair bill than you would have faced if you had chosen to have the crack repaired properly. Cracks In […]

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See A Recent Survey That Shows What U.S. Drivers Want!

A recent survey asked almost 3,100 drivers which of 14 items they considered priorities for American roads. Participants included professional truckers as well as “typical” drivers. The results may surprise you. • 84 percent of the drivers considered well-maintained roads to be of prime importance, but they want the work performed during non-peak times to […]

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To Pave or Not to Pave

If you have ever driven down a gravel road, you have probably cringed at the sound of tiny rocks bouncing off your car and wondered how much damage they were doing to your paint job. Traveling down a dirt road can be even more “interesting.” Try it soon after a heavy rain and you may […]

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Can Asphalt Sealcoating Be Applied At Night

The real question is not whether sealer can be applied at night — it is whether sealer should be applied at night. Theoretically, it is possible to apply asphalt sealcoating at night under certain conditions, but it is never a good idea and it is always risky. Can Asphalt Sealcoating Be Applied At Night – […]

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Paving and Drainage

Drainage is definitely an important consideration when you are planning your driveway. Without adequate drainage, water could flow into an area where it is not desirable, such as into your garage or around your foundation. It can also contribute to a shorter life for your pavement, and it can make your driveway less safe for […]

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What Is Milling

Asphalt milling is a technique used to precisely remove existing pavement to a specific depth by using a milling machine to grind down the asphalt. The milling process produces recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) that can be used in place of “virgin” materials to make new asphalt. What is Milling Used For- • Adjust the depth […]

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Why Parking Lot Striping and Pavement Marking is Important

New parking line striping and pavement markings can be an economical way to give your parking lot a fresh, inviting appearance. However, the benefits extend far beyond merely improving your parking lot’s looks. A well-striped lot with the proper pavement markings is also safer for your visitors, whether they are walking or driving, and can […]

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Why Sealcoating Works

Sealcoating is one of the best ways to extend the life of an asphalt surface and keep it looking “young” throughout its life. To understand why sealcoating works so well, think about a wooden dining table in your home. Imagine that the table has not been stained, varnished or painted. Every meal poses a hazard […]

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Will sealcoat make the pavement slippery?

If improperly applied, sealants can make asphalt pavement a bit more slippery, especially when wet. This can leave the property owner liable should someone suffer an injury, such as a slip-and-fall accident, while on the premises. However, if the contractor applies sealcoating correctly, there will be no noticeable difference in slickness between bare pavement and […]

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How To Remove Pavement Markings

  Removing pavement striping and markings is a common task for asphalt contractors. Whether a parking lot needs to be reconfigured or traffic lines must be altered on a roadway, removing existing markings before applying new markings can provide a better-looking, less confusing surface. Asphalt contractors can choose from a variety of methods, but the […]

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What is Alligator Cracking

Alligator or crocodile cracking is a term used to describe a specific cracking pattern that can form in asphalt pavement. The name is derived from the resemblance between the damaged asphalt and the skin on these animals’ backs. Some people also liken the appearance to the shell of a hard-boiled egg after you tap it […]

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How do you handle oil stains on asphalt

Cleaning oil stains on asphalt may not be your idea of fun, but it is an essential part of maintaining your asphalt driveway or parking lot. For one thing, you cannot apply sealant over an oil stain; the oil will “eat” its way through the sealant. More importantly, however, the stain will continue to penetrate […]

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The Best Time to Perform Patchwork

A properly maintained asphalt surface will last longer than one that is neglected. Patchwork is a critical part of the maintenance process. The Best Time to Perform Patchwork – Is Winter Ok? Patchwork should be performed as soon as cracks or potholes are noticed. However, the most satisfactory results are obtained when repairs are made […]

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Asphalt -Tale or Truth

Much misinformation continues to be circulated concerning asphalt. Its many valuable properties are sometimes overlooked, and negative beliefs are sometimes enhanced in the telling. Following are some of the most common myths about asphalt — and the truth about the statements. Asphalt -Tale or Truth 1.  Asphalt is an outdated material that is seldom used […]

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Why Safety Is Important When Hiring An Asphalt Contractor

When businesses and individuals use contractors for asphalt repair and maintenance, they are concerned about punctuality, reliability, workmanship, and cleanliness.  All of their concerns are influenced by the safety precautions that their customer, and the employees are safe and healthy. Why Safety Is Important When Hiring An Asphalt Contractor – The Reasons Asphalt contractors work with […]

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When Sealcoating, How Many Coats Are Needed

Sealcoating applications differ depending on the project. Some sealants recommend two coats, but the condition of your paving influences the necessary number of coats. Additionally, it is unnecessary to use the same number of layers for the entire surface. For example, a busy parking lot suffers the most wear and tear near the exit and […]

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Does Crack-filling Really Work

It’s important to understand the function of crack filling to offer a complete explanation of why it works. Crack filling is used to protect the overall integrity of the asphalt surface, including the packed base that lies underneath. Asphalt relies on its hidden base for its strength and ability to bear heavy loads. Anything that undermines […]

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The History of Asphalt

Asphalt has a very long history as it has been used for thousands of years for a number of different purposes. We know that the ancient Greeks were familiar with the material, because the material’s very name is derived from a Greek word. The ancient Romans used asphalt in many of their building projects, such […]

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Is Coal Tar Safe

Customers frequently want to know the best ways to maintain and protect asphalt paving. A coal tar sealant will serve as a barrier against the sun’s rays and prevent water from seeping into the pavement. Coal tar sealant also helps prevent damage from fuel and grease. At the same time, it darkens the asphalt to […]

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What Happens To “Old Asphalt”

Customers who need to repair or replace asphalt paving may wonder where the asphalt debris goes or how old asphalt is used. The extensiveness of the removal job influences the size of the pieces. Smaller repair jobs involve removing a few layers of asphalt that result in small particles while removing asphalt in its entirety […]

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Why Compacted Asphalt Thickness Is Important

Compacted thickness is the final thickness of an asphalt overlay after it has been compacted with a roller. Some companies will state that they will lay 1.5″ of asphalt and roll. While it may seem that you are getting 1.5″ of asphalt, in fact, you are really getting between 1″ and 1.25″ of compacted asphalt. Our […]

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How To Fix A Pot Hole

There are several factors when determining the best way to repair a pothole. From an owners standpoint, the two most important are price and repair longevity. The important thing to remember is that by fixing the problem the correct way the first time, you save money in the long run (although you might spend more up […]

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Water In My Parking Lot – But It Hasn’t Rain

Central Kentucky has what is referred to in geology as “Karst Topography”. What this means in laymen’s terms is that there are lots of cracks and holes in the underlying bedrock which sometimes acts as an avenue for underground water to come to the surface. Water In My Parking Lot – But It Hasn’t Rain […]

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The Best Time To Get a Bid On Asphalt Work

In general, the best time to bid work is during the off season (December – February). Asphalt companies want to get off to a good start with plenty of work in the spring so they are generally more competitive in price during this time as compared to the mid to late summer when most good […]

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