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Seal Your Pavement Now, Realize Savings Later

Summer is here—time for sun, sand, and… seal coating?

With summer approaching, many folks in the Delaware Valley will start kicking their vacation plans into high gear, whether it’s walking the boards at the Jersey Shore, lounging by the pool, or cooling off up in the Poconos.  But don’t forget about your pavement!

Yes, the pavement in your driveway, parking lot, or roadway needs your attention.  Depending on the extremes in weather, usage, and other factors, your pavement will weaken over time.

But for those who plan ahead, this summer is a great time to seal coat your asphalt to help maintain your pavement in preparation for next winter and any upcoming bad weather we may experience.

Bad weather, such as snow, ice, and heavy rain, can exacerbate potholes, cracks, and crumbling.  To help reduce the chance of these problems next winter, a seal coat this summer will go a long way.

Seal coating is a process of applying an asphalt-based emulsion pavement sealer to the top of the asphalt.  This coating protects the pavement by preventing water, oil, and gasoline from penetrating the surface and deteriorating the asphalt binder, which ultimately causes the base asphalt to deteriorate prematurely.

And once your asphalt deteriorates, then you’re looking at a major expense of possibly replacing the asphalt altogether, sooner than normal.  As a result, it is recommended that asphalt should be seal coated every 2-3 years, depending on wear and tear.

So, before kicking off your shoes and sliding on your flip-flops this summer, contact APCON at 800-887-2222 or info@assocpaving.com to help with your seal coating needs… your pavement will thank you for it.  Have a fun, safe, and healthy summer. Enjoy it, whatever you may do!

PS– If you plan to seal coat or perform other paving maintenance, be sure to avoid asphalt paving scammers wherever you live, go with the pros and you will avoid lots of headaches.

 

Summer is Here… Beware of Paving Scammers

Summer brings with it a lot of great things… fireworks, swimming, barbecues, and more.

APCON workers with dump truck repaving in a residential neighborhood.

But, like clockwork, there is one annual plight for all homeowners and property managers to be aware of:  the dreaded door-to-door paving peddler.Perhaps you have seen or heard about these folks.  Out of the blue, some guy you don’t know will knock on your door and ask you if you’d like your driveway repaired.  Your best answer?  Just say “NO!”

The Better Business Bureau put out a helpful article that we thought we’d share regarding these prevalent and pesky asphalt paving scammers.  Take heed of the BBB’s precautions and be sure to alert others who may be susceptible.

Asphalt repairs should be handled by the pros and not a Joe Shmoe off the street.  Unfortunately, we’ve heard of far too many victims who have been burned by unprofessional paving scammers.  There are plenty of great paving companies out there that this shouldn’t happen to anybody else.

With all that said, enjoy your summer… and your driveway!

P.S.- Need to fix up your asphalt or concrete driveway?  Associated Paving Contractors serves the Philadelphia metro area and we would be happy to hear from you about your paving needs.  Please feel free to contact us at 215-672-8000 or info@assocpaving.comThanks!

The Number 1 Recycled Material in America is…

As you well know, recycling is a prevalent, and easy-to-practice form of environmental stewardship.  Use it, recycle it, and re-use it… it’s as simple as that.

In today’s world, recycling bins for cans and bottles can be found in virtually every public space, paper recycling is a common household process, and even CFL bulbs are recyclable.

But do you know what the most recycled material in America is, and has been since the early 1990s?

It’s none other than… Asphalt!

According to the National Asphalt Pavement Association, approximately 99 percent of asphalt is recycled here in the U.S., weighing in at a hefty 62 million tons in 2010.

These are some impressive numbers indeed, and Associated Paving Contractors is proud to have been recycling asphalt since the ’90s when the process was still a fairly new concept.  Fortunately, many other paving contractors across the country have realized the environmental and cost benefits of recycling asphalt, and we hope that trend continues.

So the next time you drive down a road and look at the pavement, remember that you are part of one of the most successful recycling campaigns in history.

And Now for a Brief History of Asphalt…

The road to perfecting asphalt has been a long and winding one.  With perhaps some speedbumps along the way.

An informative article from the National Asphalt Paving Association describes the history of a product that we take for granted in today’s world.  Indeed, we walk and ride on paved asphalt every day, and yet most of us probably never even think about how asphalt is made, where it came from, or why it’s the best option for road surfaces.  Well, correction, we here at APCON think about it!

In this article, many historical facts are brought to the surface, including:

  • “The first recorded use of asphalt as a road building material was in Babylon around 625 B.C.”
  • “Today (asphalt) covers more than 94 percent of the paved roads in the United States.”
  • In 1595, Sir Walter Raleigh discovered a “lake of asphalt on the Island of Trinidad, off the coast of Venezuela.  He used this asphalt for re-caulking his ships.”
  • “In 1870, a Belgium chemist named Edmund J. DeSmedt laid the first true asphalt pavement in (the U.S.), a sand mix in front of the City Hall in Newark, New Jersey”

Check out the article to learn more… and be sure to thank your asphalt for the great job it does day in and day out!

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In our last blog post, we talked about Philadelphia’s “Green 2015” program and how the City of Philadelphia aims to remove unused pavement in the City and install green areas instead.

An article recently crossed our desk about a related topic, and this time it was National Geographic’s take on Philadelphia’s Green City Clean Waters Program.”  The program was designed to better manage storm water runoff in a city with a sewer system that can get inundated when it rains, and subsequently draw pollution out to the Schuykill and Delaware Rivers.

This article is a good read for Philadelphia area residents, or for anybody who is interested in improving the way cities interact with the environment, as well as those of us who are into anything and everything pavement related(!).

One prime area of change that is touted in this article is the usage of permeable paving (also called “porous” or “pervious” paving), which is an asphalt surface that allows water to pass through it to the ground, while also allowing traffic to pass over it.  Permeable paved surfaces help to prevent streets from getting backed up with storm water during rain storms, minimize pollution in water runoff, and lessen the need for additional infrastructure to help move storm water safely from the streets.

And, on a side note, did you know that permeable paving was developed in Philadelphia at the Franklin Institute in 1977?   Pretty wild how things can come full circle.

And, on another side note and shameless bit of self-promotion, Associated Paving Contractors has experience with installing permeable paving surfaces throughout the Delaware Valley area.  If you would like to learn more about this innovative paving technique and how it may or may not be the right fit for your planned paving project, please feel free to give us a call at 215-672-8000 or email us today.  Thank you.