How Your Contractor Can Help with More than Your Pavement

No one can predict when a natural disaster or some other type of man-made emergency might occur, but having a relationship with a paving and pavement maintenance contractor can be beneficial in those unexpected circumstances. That’s because in the aftermath of emergency situations the contractor can utilize his fleet, his expertise – and his labor – to provide emergency services to help you out.

Following hurricanes, tornadoes or floods, for example, one of the biggest problems is debris cleanup as lumber, trees, and just about anything else you can imagine might have found its way to your property. And before you again invite your tenants into their stores or the public onto your property it’s essential that you clean it of debris that is not only unsightly but which can be a safety issue.

Your contractor can be your emergency relief valve in such situations. Not only does he have the workforce to get all sorts of jobs done, but those workers are familiar with working outdoors, they’re conditioned for physical work, and they are skilled in the equipment you’re going to need.

And the contractor has that equipment, including:

  • Pickup Trucks – Essential to haul workers from one place to another on roads (or, depending on the disaster, off roads). These vehicles can carry not only workers they can carry tools, small equipment, supplies, generators and more.
  • Dump Trucks – Depending on the scale of the event, there could be so much debris that you’ll want it removed from your property.
  • Skid Steer Loaders – This piece of equipment is the Swiss Army Knife of construction equipment. Not only can it traverse just about any area, it’s highly maneuverable. In the hands of a skilled operator skid steers can accomplish just about anything in the field. And skid steers have a powerful hydraulic system that enables them to use a variety of attachments from pavement saws to rakes, sweepers, pavement breakers and cold planers – making them possibly the single most-important and adaptable piece of equipment on any fleet. If your contractor has a skid steer (or two) in his fleet, you’re in good hands.
  • Bulldozer – These are valuable pieces of equipment that can be used to carry debris to a central location on your property and pick it up into the dump trucks.
  • Sweeper – Not all contractors own a sweeping truck, but they at least work with a sweeper subcontractor they can rely on. And while sweeping is one of the last cleanup steps your property will need, it’s an essential step to make sure the pavement is free of glass, nails, sharp metal and other objects that could damage vehicles, tires or be a safety hazard to pedestrians.

It’s also important to note that once you have engaged a contractor to remove debris from your property, he needs a place to put it. A public agency might have secured a site to accept debris and the contractor can haul debris there. If that’s not the case, contractors know where the dumps are and probably have a line of credit with them. Another option, at least temporarily, is to remove the debris to the contractor’s yard where he can parcel it out to dumps steadily – but get it off your property immediately.

Repairs Are Next

Once the debris has been removed, you might need to make repairs. It’s good to work with a full-service contractor who offers paving, striping, sealcoating, patching, and signage – pretty much everything a parking lot needs – because he’ll have the expertise to assess damage and present repair options in all areas. If you are working with such a contractor his team can solve all the disaster-created problems from pavement repairs to restriping.

So as soon as the debris is gone you’ll need to conduct an evaluation of your parking lot. You can do this yourself but it’s probably best to have the contractor evaluate the property and then present a proposal. (If you prefer to walk the site with the contractor on his initial visit, go ahead. Any contractor worth his salt will appreciate your involvement.) Either way, once you have the proposal in hand, walk the property with the contractor and ask any questions you like.

Pavement damage might be structural and could easily require extensive repairs; other damage might be purely cosmetic. A full-service contractor, expert in a broad range of services, can explain the damage to you and help you prioritize the repairs you should make.

Clearly the first repairs should be safety related. This means any uneven pavement, broken concrete, exposed rebar, potholes or anything that could be a trip hazard, damage a tire or cause a driver to have an accident.

But after safety repairs have been made your contractor can help you determine which other repairs need to be made soon – and which can wait. If you have short- and long-term plans for the property make sure to let the contractor know as that could influence the priority of repair.


Safety: Drivers, Pedestrians… and Yours

Even though contractors are usually hired to construct or maintain a pavement, there’s another, more crucial, step on which they can offer guidance and that is safety. The safety of pedestrians and drivers should be of paramount importance and as with other regulations such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, it’s important to rely on a contractor who knows the regulations and can provide what you need.

Safety on Roads

Pavement marking, signage and traffic control in general is governed by the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), which sets minimum standards for traffic control and safety throughout the country. Developed over the years by traffic control professionals and organizations “to provide safer, more efficient travel” on the country’s roads, the MUTCD is administered by the Federal Highway Administration and is updated as needed to account for new technology, traffic control tools or traffic management techniques.

Any materials put down or signage installed on roads must comply with MUTCD guidelines, which cover a broad variety of situations and requirements, including marking material color for specific circumstances, line width, retroreflectivity requirements (the ability of a sign or marking to reflect back to a driver), signage, crosswalk measurements and more.

MUTCD specifications are included in, for example, signage or pavement marking bids, and contractors must know and understand the specs to bid the work and complete the job per the guidelines.

Safety on Parking Lots

While traffic is moving at a much slower pace and traffic volume is significantly lower on parking lots, the addition of pedestrians, public transportation vehicles, and service or delivery trucks complicates safety issues. And where roads are generally straight until off-ramps or intersections, parking lots can have row upon row of parking stalls and it’s important to make clear to drivers through signs and pavement markings how to navigate what can look like a labyrinth. It’s also important to make clear to pedestrians the safe routes they can walk to and from their vehicle.

Here are some tips to consider regarding safety in parking lots:

For new construction, engineering plans often indicate which pavement markings go where. Ask your contractor to look these plans over prior to applying markings to make sure the traffic flow makes sense, gets vehicles in, through and out of the parking lot easily, and is generally safe. Architects and engineers who develop these plans think they know how traffic should flow – but often they don’t. This doesn’t mean their plans aren’t going to be correct – just that you’re better off getting a second opinion from someone who installs markings for a living before the paint is put down.

For restriping, don’t be afraid to reevaluate the layout and traffic flow of your parking lot. This is a perfect opportunity to look back at any complaints, traffic or pedestrian accidents, ADA compliance and other layout issues that can be easily fixed following an overlay or a new coat of sealer. Your contractor can tweak or completely redesign your parking layout if need be.

Liability Protection for You

In addition to providing a safe parking lot for drivers and pedestrians, proper and timely installation of signs and pavement markings can go a long way in protecting you from liability issues resulting from accidents. Injured parties who can claim markings or signage were confusing (or faded and difficult to see) can cost thousands in liability payments – and result in increased insurance premiums for you. To protect yourself from frivolous lawsuits:

Install all pavement markings and signage before opening your property to the public following new construction, an asphalt overlay or sealcoating.

Restripe your parking lot regularly. How often varies depending on your climate, traffic and type of marking material, but it’s much less costly to restripe than to settle a liability lawsuit and pay the increased insurance premiums.

Conduct a sign inventory regularly. Do this at least once a year but more often if you have concerns. Oftentimes property managers don’t know they have sign issues until it’s too late. If, for example, a garbage truck clips and bends a sign, making it unreadable to drivers and pedestrians, that sign needs to be replaced. The same is true of signs damaged by accidents or even vandalism. By conducting a regular sign inventory, noting the location of each sign and each type of sign, you can make sure signage is replaced in a timely manner.

Enlist the aid of service contractors who are on your property regularly – landscapers or sweepers, for example. Because they are on your property regularly they are an extra set of eyes that can let you know when something is amiss, whether it’s a damaged sign or faded striping.

Replace signs after accidents.

Replace signs that have become faded or that aren’t easy to see at night.

Use MUTCD-approved signage. According to the MUTCD website, “Owners of private roads open to public travel, such as those in shopping centers, theme parks, airports, sports arenas, and the like, also rely on the MUTCD to assure that road users invited to travel on their roads see messages consistent with those on public roads.” There are plenty of signs available that are less expensive, but they are often smaller, different colors and less reflective than MUTCD-approved signs.


Why Does My Parking Lot Have Potholes? And What Can I Do to Prevent Them?

Your asphalt pavement is designed to last more than 15 years with timely, proper maintenance. Potholes can occur when that maintenance has been ignored or when maintenance procedures have been delayed or performed poorly.

Potholes occur when the supporting material beneath the asphalt pavement surface has been weakened. That means the aggregate base is probably wet and, if the damage is severe enough, the subbase (dirt or clay) beneath the aggregate is wet also. Simply put, water weakens.

As asphalt pavement ages it oxidizes and becomes more brittle; this is normal. As with any material that is brittle, it can begin to crack; this is normal too. These cracks start out small but if left untreated will grow longer and will widen. Climate and traffic can speed cracking, and cracks will expand during the winter.

If you neglect the cracks in your pavement you eventually will begin to see potholes…because here is how to make a pothole:

First, the pavement becomes damaged. This can be the result of some unusual trauma – a car accident, for example, where a light pole falls and gouges the pavement – but it is usually the result of age. As explained above this can be accelerated by poor or improper maintenance, but the result is that the damage creates pathways for moisture to work its way beneath the pavement surface.

Once the moisture is beneath the surface it weakens the base and subbase because that’s what water does. Then, if you live in the right climate, it will freeze.  And as we all learned in Junior High by filling and freezing a glass jar with water, water expands when it freezes. In Junior High the water cracked the glass, but as water freezes and expands beneath the pavement it basically pushes the pavement surface up, a little.

As temperatures rise, the frozen aggregate and subbase warm and contract. What do they leave behind? A small space beneath the asphalt surface. This means that a small area of asphalt pavement is no longer supported by the base and subbase.

In many areas of the country where the temperature fluctuates above and below freezing this can happen many times over the course of a winter. These are termed “freeze-that cycles.” Each time the temperature rises not only does the pavement’s support system contract but there’s another opportunity for more moisture to find its way beneath the pavement. When the temperatures drop and the base and subbase freeze again, they expand and push the pavement up even more (and even more again if there’s more moisture to work with). Then when temperatures rise again the pavement’s support system contracts again, leaving behind an even larger space beneath the asphalt surface. You can see where this is headed. It’s easy to understand the havoc that numerous freeze-thaw cycles can wreak on a damaged pavement.

But that’s only opening the door to the real problem. Eventually the weakened pavement surface collapses into the small space beneath it. This can be caused by traffic or, if the pavement is weak enough, it can just happen on its own. Now you have the very small beginnings of a pothole.

But, and this is important, now with the collapsed pavement you have an even bigger opening for moisture to seep beneath the surface! So the process not only continues, it is exacerbated and happens progressively faster. The small crack that was left unattended has created a small pothole, which, if left unattended, will create a bigger, more costly and unsafe pothole.

And this pothole problem is contagious. Water finds its way, so once it’s found a way beneath the pavement surface it continues to move. As it moves down it further weakens the structure directly beneath the small pothole. As it moves horizontally it extends the weakness of the pavement structure across a broader area. This can create more potholes but is often likely to create extensive “chicken-wire” or “alligator” cracking (so called because it looks like chicken wire or alligator skin). If your pavement gets to this point you have a major job ahead of you that could be both complex and costly.

While it is impossible to prevent all potholes – the brutality of winter combined with traffic and aging asphalt virtually guarantees your pavement will experience damage – you can delay their development, you can restrict their growth, and you can repair them ASAP.

Here’s what you need to do to prevent potholes and the surrounding damage.

1. Remove and replace damaged areas

If you already have potholes or if any areas exhibit chicken-wire cracking, those areas probably need to be removed and reconstructed. (Ask your contractor.) That process involves saw-cutting around the damaged area, removing all damp or weakened substructure and replacing it with new material, then constructing an asphalt concrete surface patch to protect the new support structure. Failure to take this step will certainly lead to much more extensive and much more costly repairs in the too-near future.

2. Repair cracks

Cracks are the easiest way for water to find its way beneath the surface so it’s essential to fill them. Basically cracks ¼-inch wide or wider need to be filled. They can be filled using an unheated cold-pour material, but in most cases a hot-applied, rubberized material provides better protection and lasts longer. Cracks need to be clean and free of grass and other debris, and their sides need to be sound to accept the material.

3. Sealcoat your pavement regularly

This is the easiest, most cost-effective maintenance approach to protect your asphalt pavement investment and to delay deterioration.

Note: Maintaining your pavement will cost you money, but it’s much less costly to make regular, minor maintenance and repairs than to wait and make larger, more complex repairs later. Preventing potholes through regular maintenance reduces the life-cycle cost of your pavement investment by helping it last longer.

All hands on Deck!

Thanks to the Boy Scouts of Troop 204

in helping with the layout and striping of the parking lot at the American Legion Post 47… Professionals in the making!

All County Paving Announces New VP National Sales Director

Contact: Deborah Schalm
Telephone: 561.455.0453


Company to expand and relocate national office

Delray Beach, FL –
All County Pavement Management Solutions is delighted to announce they have retained the talents of Dean DePhillips, appointed as VP, National Sales Director.

Dean has extensive national retail sales and business development experience, with a specialty in developing and fostering relationships with his customers. He is a motivated leader with strong and effective sales management skills. 

Prior to joining All County Paving, Dean was the manager of Sales & Business Development at Strategic Power Systems, a global energy and information technology company; and held positions as VP Business Development, at Safety Tubs; and VP Sales & Marketing, at Giagni Enterprises. 

Ken Goldberg, President and CEO stated, “We are pleased to have Dean join All County Paving, working to expand our national footprint. His experience will be an integral part of our growth and will allow us continued expansion throughout the nation.” 

Dean will also be bringing in a team of national experts and helping to relocate the national office to a major centrally located region.

As a leading asphalt paving contractor for over 30 years, All County Paving has been developing unique solutions for clients, with projects for Fortune 500 companies, regional property management, homeowners associations, healthcare organizations, and more. All County Paving gives customers an unmatched experience, using the highest quality materials and providing cost-effective solutions, earning us the reputation of the premier and most reliable paving contractors.

If you would like more information, please contact Deborah Schalm at 561.455.0453 or email

December 2016 Newsletter

December 2016 Newsletter

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All County Paving Named 2016 Company of the Year

Contact: Deborah Schalm
Telephone: 561.455.0453

December 8, 2016

Celebration to take place Saturday, December 10th at Corporate HQ

Delray Beach, FL – December 8, 2016 –
All County Pavement Management Solutions was honored to be awarded 2016 Company of the Year, in recognition of its Outstanding Commitment from the Underground Contractors Association of South Florida (UCA). The award was presented on December 7th at their annual event in Boca Raton.

As a leading asphalt paving contractor for over 30 years, All County Paving has been developing unique solutions for clients with projects for Fortune 500 companies, regional property management, homeowners associations, healthcare organizations and more. All County Paving gives customers an unmatched experience, using the highest quality materials and providing cost-effective solutions, earning us the reputation of being one of the most reliable paving contractors.

All County Paving will be celebrating this Saturday at their holiday party, and expect to have more than 400 employees and their families attend our western BBQ at our Delray Beach headquarters.

Ken Goldberg, President and CEO stated, “We have experienced unprecedented growth here at All County Paving, and are honored to have been awarded ‘Company of the Year’ from UCA. We started as a small local company and will now be celebrating with more than 400 team members at a major company event this weekend. We take pride in our team and our work; it’s a true testament to our organization.”

If you would like more information, please contact Deborah Schalm at 561.455.0453 or email

Maintenance Project in Weston

Weston Sealcoating job was finished on schedule by All County


A condo association was needing a professional commercial sealcoating in Weston for all of their units’ driveways and parking lots. The condo association manager called All County Paving to make their asphalt shine like new. The All County Paving specialists met with the condo association manager to get the location address, so we could provide an estimate.
All County Paving did a sealcoating in weston

The All County Paving experts provided an estimate that the manager was happy with and our crew was to start on the project as soon as possible. The crew showed up bright and early each day and left at dusk each day, so we could get the job done on time and on budget. When the crew had the project completed the condo association manager contacted the office to let us know that the All County Paving work exceeded their expectations, and that they were very happy with the end result. The manager went on to say that they would tell all their clients that if they needed any professional commercial sealcoating in Weston, then to contact All County Paving, because we provided the best commercial sealcoating Weston residents would appreciate. We were pleased that we exceeded the expectations of the customer as each crewmember thrives for excellence with each sealcoating project that we are scheduled to do. All County Paving is the only commercial sealcoating provider Weston businesses can trust and depend on to make their asphalt look brand new again along with adding durability and strength.


All County Paving completed Weston Sealcoating


Paving maintenance job in Weston is done - All County Paving


Condo paving sealcoating was done in Weston - All County Paving

Daytona Beach Sealcoating for Local Lot

Recently, All County Paving received a call from a management company needing sealcoating in Daytona Beach. The management company owned a strip mall and the businesses were complaining that the parking lot was looking terrible and they wanted it repaired quickly. The All County Paving team arrived at the strip mall to meet with the owner and to look over the parking lot, so we could give an accurate bid.

The All County Paving team inspected the parking lot thoroughly and let the owner know that sealcoating would be an excellent option for the parking lot. We gave him a bid that he was pleased with, so we scheduled to start on the sealcoating in Daytona Beach first thing the following morning. The team arrived promptly on time and started cleaning the parking lot and filling any cracks that were present, then the team applied the sealcoating on the parking lot. The team made sure we didn’t interrupt any business with the customers attending the strip mall. The job was completed that same day. The business owners and the management company were all very pleased with All County Paving’s work and quickness. The business owners told us that the parking lot looks brand new again and all their customers can safely park without fear of damages to their vehicles. All County Paving is the sealcoating expert in Daytona Beach.

New Retail Space seeks Best Paving Contractor in Orlando

A few weeks ago All County Paving was contacted by an owner of a paint shop. The owner of the paint shop was planning on opening his shop as soon as possible. He wanted to have his parking space paved by the best Orlando paving contractor, so he called All County Paving. We were able to set them up with great services and no problems. We met with the customer and looked over his parking lot. The parking lot was in good shape, but needed to have several cracks filled, then sealcoating applied. We gave the customer an estimate, and he hired us on the spot.

The All County Paving crew arrived at the location as scheduled and started cleaning the parking lot thoroughly to remove any dirt and debris from the surface, then the crew filled the cracks. The crew added a coat of sealcoating to the lot, then striping, so the parking spaces would stand out and provide safety to the customers. The shop owner pulled up just as the crew was cleaning up to head out. The customer just wanted to thank the All County Paving crew for doing a quick, effective, and affordable job for him. He said that he can open up his business sooner than he was expecting because he hired the number one Orlando paving contractor All County Paving. He thanked us for doing a great job and said he looked forward to working with us again in the near future.