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Asphalt Paving vs. Concrete: Best Jobs for Each Paving Material

Asphalt Paving vs. Concrete: Best Jobs for Each Paving Material

Are you in the market for a new driveway and are trying to determine whether you should go with an asphalt driveway or a concrete driveway? The following are some important factors to consider when making your choice. Asphalt Driveways vs. Concrete Driveways Concrete driveways are, in general, one and a half to two times more expensive to install per square foot than asphalt driveways. This also means concrete driveways cost significantly more to repair compared with asphalt driveways. Some paving experts will tell customers that concrete driveways will last longer, but as with all home improvement services, the end results and their longevity has more to do with quality workmanship and materials than anything else. The other factor that will significantly impact the lifespan of any driveway, whether concrete or asphalt, is frequency of maintenance. A properly maintained asphalt driveway can last decades. Here are some other factors to keep in mind when trying to decide whether you want an asphalt driveway or a concrete driveway: It takes seven days of curing before you can drive on a concrete driveway, but you can drive on an asphalt driveway nearly right after it has been applied. When cracks do appear in an asphalt driveway they can be quickly and affordably repaired and resealed while still looking great. Cracks are harder to patch in concrete, are more noticeable and may require invasive, messy and time-consuming methods to fix. Asphalt is elastic enough to expand or contract with changes in temperature or when bearing heavy loads. Concrete driveways are more prone to crack in cold temperatures or under heavy weights. If...
Asphalt Paving FAQ: Ask Your Neighborhood Asphalt Paving Contractor

Asphalt Paving FAQ: Ask Your Neighborhood Asphalt Paving Contractor

How long after asphalt paving is completed can I drive on it? The length of time you should avoid driving on asphalt varies based on the job and weather conditions, but in most cases no more than 24 hours. If the weather is especially hot, which is thankfully rare in the Seattle area, we may recommend 48 hours for proper curing.   Can asphalt be poured when it’s raining? It really depends on the asphalt paving contractors, their experience and the asphalt paving machines, materials and equipment they are using. We often have to deal with rainy or drizzly weather and can complete jobs even if the ground isn’t completely dry. The severity of rain and ground saturation may play a role in whether your job can be completed on schedule. We always strive to keep to our deadlines but never pave when the end result may not meet our high expectations.   Can it get too cold to perform asphalt paving? In some parts of the world, temperature can impact when asphalt paving can be performed, but temperature is rarely an issue for Lakeridge Paving Company. One of the main variables that impacts whether asphalt paving can be performed at a given temperature is the thickness of asphalt being poured. The thinner a layer of asphalt is, the more quickly it needs to be compacted because it will lose heat at a faster rate than a thicker layer of asphalt. Deeper asphalt pours can be performed in cooler temperatures than shallow asphalt paving.   Why should I consider asphalt paving instead of concrete paving for my driveway? Asphalt...
6 Must-See Scenic Drives in the Puget Sound Area

6 Must-See Scenic Drives in the Puget Sound Area

Those of us living in the Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia areas of the Pacific Northwest are very fortunate to be surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes the nation has to offer. There are countless breathtaking drives to be had around Olympic National Forest, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and Mt. Rainier National Park. The following are six drives that you may want to check out. Even the Islands Have Beautiful Drives Horseshoe Highway The shortest drive on this list, the Horseshoe Highway, is located on Orcas Island. Motorists who want to drive the Horseshow Highway will need to take the ferry that transports passengers and vehicles from Anacortes to Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands. The Horseshoe Highway takes motorists from Orcas Landing, where the fairy lets off, approximately 18 miles to the Mount Constitution parking lot. On a clear day, the Mount Constitution Lookout also gives visitors a breathtaking view of Mount Baker, Vancouver, Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountain Range. Whidbey Island The drive through Whidbey Island also requires a ferry ride, this one approximately 20 minutes from Mukilteo. You’ll head from the Ferry to WA-526, then you’ll head west until it becomes WA-20. This drive, approximately 47 miles long, will take you through Langley, vineyards, South Whidbey State Park, 250-year-old trees in old-growth forests, the town of Coupeville and ends at Deception Pass State Park. Along the route are multiple opportunities for exploring places like Ebey’s Landing, Fort Casey State Park and the Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens. Seattle Area Drives Cascade Valley Heritage Corridor This drive is unique because...
When Is the Best Time to Have Commercial Asphalt Paving Performed?

When Is the Best Time to Have Commercial Asphalt Paving Performed?

If your commercial parking lot is in need of repair, resurfacing or repaving, you may be wondering when the ideal time is to schedule the job. From a business perspective, it’s important to consider the impact a repaving project will have on your employees and customers. You ideally want to have the job performed at a time and on a schedule that will minimize disruption to your operations. There are other important factors to consider as well. In almost every case, warmer temperatures make for better asphalt paving conditions. Asphalt needs to be applied at high temperatures, and the asphalt mixture needs to maintain a high temperature while it’s being smoothed and compacted. Winter conditions can make doing this difficult, which can result in some asphalt companies leaving jobs with less than ideal results. For example, if the asphalt, delivered at 300-degrees Fahrenheit, is being applied 1.5 inches thick, and the surface temperature of the ground is only 40-degrees Fahrenheit, the asphalt contractors would only have about 16 minutes to compact the asphalt before it cools below approximately 175-degrees Fahrenheit, the point where it is no longer adequately malleable to finish the job properly. However, if the surface temperature were 80-degrees Fahrenheit those same asphalt contractors would have 24 minutes to compact the asphalt.1 The thicker the asphalt being applied, the longer asphalt contractors have to complete compaction, as the asphalt mixture will retain heat longer. Businesses in the Puget Sound area also have to contend with frequent moisture, which can also have a negative impact on asphalt paving results. All that being said, an experienced asphalt paving company...
5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Scheduling Commercial Asphalt Repaving or Resurfacing

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Scheduling Commercial Asphalt Repaving or Resurfacing

Property owners have a lot of options when it comes to addressing a failing asphalt parking lot or access roads. There are many potential solutions that can extend the working life of your existing parking lot, and many things to consider if complete replacement really is the best option. Questions to Ask Yourself Before a Commercial Paving Job Consider your business’s parking lot and any specifics needs or problems you currently have that should be addressed: Are there areas that tend to accumulate more standing water than others? Consider inspecting your paved areas after a rainstorm to identify areas that may have problematic draining. Does your current parking situation meet your needs? Lines can be adjusted to accommodate more vehicles or give vehicles more space in each spot. Do you have any problems with people speeding or driving recklessly in your parking lot? Having your property’s parking lot or driveways repaved is a good opportunity to add speedbumps or other traffic calming features. Do you have any major building construction projects coming up? It’s advisable to have construction or renovation projects completed first so construction vehicles don’t damage your newly paved commercial parking lot. When is the best time to have the job performed? Even if you decide to overhaul your existing parking lot, you’ll want to choose a time when the project will have minimal impact on your business’s operations. Is Repair an Option? There are some circumstances when it may make sense to have potholes professionally patched or cracks properly filled rather than pay for a larger-scale job. At Lakeridge Paving, we always encourage businesses with asphalt...
How Are Airport Tarmacs So Tough?

How Are Airport Tarmacs So Tough?

Most people probably don’t give airport paving much thought when they’re sitting in the terminal waiting for a flight. It’s one of the less thrilling aspects of an aviation industry that literally sends people soaring through the sky. But maybe we should be appreciating it more than we do, especially when taking into account just how integral they are to ensuring safe arrivals and departures. It’s pretty astonishing they seem to hold up as well as they do. Airports are one of the few places that don’t take any days off. Whether it’s Christmas Day, the middle of the night or raining cats and dogs, planes are still taking off and landing on the “tarmac.” Don’t Call Them Tarmacs in Front of an Enthusiast The folks at Aerosavvy really want you to know that “It’s NOT A Tarmac!” Tarmac is actually most commonly used as another term of asphalt. If you visit the United Kingdom you may notice people referring to what we commonly call asphalt as “tarmac.” If you really wanted to get technical about it, tarmac is its own separate paving method. Its full name is tarmacadam, which was named after John Loudon McAdam. He created a process known as “macadamizing,” wherein crushed gravel is applied to the surface of a paved road. The tarmac most people know today was actually patented by Edgar Purnell Hooley in 1901, although he didn’t really come up with the paving solution himself. Rather, he was driving past a tar factory and noticed that tar had been accidently spilled onto a “macadamized” road. Someone had covered that tar spill with more...
Is It Too Cold to Pave? How Weather Affects Paving

Is It Too Cold to Pave? How Weather Affects Paving

Paving is one type of construction that can be significantly impacted by temperature. What tends to matter more than the actual ambient temperature is the ground temperature and moisture levels. Even if it’s 45 degrees outside in the morning, the ground itself is likely colder from the night before, and its important for the ground to be adequately warm to lay asphalt. Proper compaction requires the asphalt to remain above a certain temperature during the process. If the ground is too cold it will leach the heat out of the asphalt too quickly, which means it may settle before paving crews can finish compacting and smoothing it. Evaporating rainwater also has a cooling effect, which can result in similar complications if a job isn’t scheduled appropriately to minimize these issues. There are ways around low temperatures for small scale jobs, such as filling potholes. Asphalt pavers with infrared paving equipment can utilize heaters and hot boxes to keep the asphalt dry and maintain a suitable temperature throughout the job. This equipment generally can’t be used for larger jobs, like repaving a road or an entire parking lot, because the infrared asphalt heaters don’t cover a large enough area. How Cold Is Too Cold for Asphalt Paving in Seattle? The real issue with temperature is its impact on our ability to properly compact the asphalt before it cools too much. As a rule of thumb a thin, 1.5-inch layer of asphalt needs to be entirely compacted within 16 minutes of its application if the ambient temperature is in the 40 to 45-degree Fahrenheit range. When hot mix asphalt is delivered...
Is Cold Patch or Hot Mix Asphalt Better for Pothole Repair?

Is Cold Patch or Hot Mix Asphalt Better for Pothole Repair?

The winter months can be especially hard on asphalt parking lots, roads and driveways. Nothing weakens and eventually destroy asphalt surfaces quite like the freeze-thaw cycle. Although freezing temperatures aren’t always a huge concern for the Seattle area, we do have enough rain and temperature swings to batter asphalt. When potholes do form, it’s important to fix them fast so they don’t turn into bigger problems. The last thing you want is for someone to be injured or damage their vehicle on your property – and there are few things as jarring and annoying than hitting a pothole when you’re driving. Potholes that are left unaddressed can also spread and result in further damage. The Best Method for Pothole Repair: Cold Patch or Hot Mix Asphalt? Cold patch asphalt is already mixed, which allows these repairs to be performed quickly and simply. This is the most DIY friendly option and it doesn’t take long to apply, but it’s also the less effective and short term of the two methods. To perform cold patch asphalt repair, you just need to get already-mixed asphalt from a local hardware store, pour it into the hole and pack it as much as you can with a tamper. Rest assured, a cold patched pothole will return because this solution doesn’t provide a tight enough seal to prevent future moisture penetration. The other factor that makes cold patch mix a short-term solution is its composition, which isn’t formulated to stand up to the rigors of frequent traffic. Hot mix asphalt repair is the only long-term pothole fix that will prevent the pothole from resurfacing again....
Things to Consider When Planning a Driveway for Your Rural Home

Things to Consider When Planning a Driveway for Your Rural Home

  Suburban homeowners have it easy. Many don’t need to plan for their driveways – they’re just included with the home. When your house is in the country, however, not only will you need to consider how you’ll have access to things like water lines and internet access, you’ll also need to design a functional driveway. These are a few things you’ll need to consider before beginning construction. Type of Driveway Material Your driveway should reflect your personal style while also fitting within the constraints of your home and location. Thankfully, driveway material has advanced beyond cobblestones and dirt. Today there are more durable and aesthetically pleasing driveway materials. Consider the four most common materials when deciding on the best design for your rural driveway. Gravel Many homeowners choose gravel because the material is relatively inexpensive and quick to install. When properly installed and maintained, gravel can last a lifetime. Unfortunately, maintaining a gravel driveway is time consuming and constant. Weeding becomes more difficult, and the top layer will need to be refreshed every one to five years. Concrete Concrete can last 30 to 40 years and is a solid driveway material that requires minimal maintenance when properly cared for. It’s not suited for cold and snowy regions because it erodes easily when exposed to road salt. Stains are also particularly difficult to remove from this surface. Concrete can be damaged easily by freezing temperatures, unruly tree roots and improper installation. Pavers Pavers are the most customizable of all driveway materials because they are available in a variety of colors and shapes. They provide natural irrigation for lawns and...