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Lake Mary Local Parking Lot Repair and Sealcoat

At All County Paving, we are proud to be a top paving contractor serving Lake Mary, Florida and its residents. We have continuously made professionalism, craftsmanship, and customer service our main priorities.

Our team recently received an online request from a customer we had worked with many times before. The property manager contacting us was looking for asphalt repair in Lake Mary. A number of small potholes had begun to form in the parking lot. The manager explained that it had been a number of years since their last parking lot maintenance work had been done. We assured him that we could handle the parking lot repair work efficiently and effectively.

We sent a crew to evaluate the asphalt parking lot later that week. We determined that pothole patching would be necessary. The asphalt surface had also begun to fade and was quite brittle. We agreed to sealcoat the parking lot and restripe it after the asphalt repair work was complete. The client was very happy to know that one asphalt company could handle all of his parking lot paving needs. 

By the time we had completed the parking lot repair project, we were able to sealcoat the asphalt and restripe it to the desires of the property manager. The parking lot looked nearly new by the time we had finished our final asphalt maintenance. The client was very pleased with our work and the schedule and pricing that was involved with the asphalt repair.

 

PROPERTY MANAGER CHECKLIST

A Parking Lot Checklist

The 10 most-important boxes property managers should check before signing off on a job

Just before a job is finished, most contractors work through a “punch list” of things they check before leaving the site – just to make sure the job is complete, the work is finished to their satisfaction and the area is cleaned up.

Just like contractors have a list to review before they send the bill, property managers should have their own list to work through to make sure the job is completed to their satisfaction and that they get what they’re paying for – before they pay for it!

Here’s a checklist to get you started. Following these tips and checking off these boxes will confirm a job well done or will enable you to identify – and have your contractor fix – any of your concerns before the contractor moves on to his next job.

1. Know the job.

This is the first step every property manager should take before reviewing a project. Often the time between signing a contract and the final day of the job are weeks or even months apart – so it’s in your best interest to make sure you know what it is you actually hired the contractor to do. Sealcoating and striping are easy to remember because they’re easy to see. But were there any crack repairs? What about pavement patching? A quick scan of the contract will tell you all you need to know and put you on the right track to approving the job.

2. Were there any change orders?

Alterations of the job once the initial contract has been signed and work has begun are common. Make sure you review any work added so you can check it in the field and look for it on the invoice.

3. Walk the site before you meet with the contractor.

This is something few property managers do but it gives you an opportunity to review the job at your leisure. So take the time to walk the site – and don’t just wander it.  Start in one location and systematically walk where the work was done. Bring you cell phone and make notes in the phone about what you see and any questions you might have.  If you discover areas of concern use your phone to take a photo – then you can even email the photo with your question to the contractor.

4. Walk the site with the contractor.

If your contractor offers this, take him up on it. If he doesn’t, suggest it yourself. There’s no better way to get a good feel for the success of the job than by having the contractor show you what he did. This also enables you to point out concerns and ask questions – and it gives the contractor an opportunity to address those concerns immediately, letting you know how he will satisfy you. This also gives you some insight into your contractor and reaffirms the relationship you have with him.

5. Liability Issues.

You just did a nice job upgrading the appearance of your property and extending the life of your pavement. Don’t make the mistake of leaving your property (and the contractor) open to a lawsuit because you overlooked a potential liability issue. While this is rare, especially following procedures to improve the pavement, make sure to keep liability concerns foremost in your mind as you walk your property. Trip-and-fall hazards should be a primary focus, but pay attention to anything that pops up on your liability radar.

6. Sealcoating.

When sealcoating is finished your parking lot will look great! Minor hairline cracks will have been filled, the surface will have a smooth, even texture, and it will be a consistent blackish color. Check to see that all this is true. Also, take note of areas where asphalt butts against brick or concrete (walls, island curbing, parking stops, sidewalks). There should be no sealer on the concrete or brick.

7. Striping.

This is the finishing touch for parking lots – and it should look that way. Lines should be straight and edges of markings should be crisp and clean, and ends of stripes should line up with one another. Handicap symbols should be a bright blue, squared up nicely with the white universal wheelchair icon, and the squares should be centered between the parking stripes and should line up with one another across adjacent stalls. Cross-hatching in “no parking” areas should be striped in the same direction, parallel to one another and spacing between crosshatches should be equal. And when you step back and take a look at your entire lot, stripes should line up all the way across the lot. And if they don’t (occasionally architectural design requires shifting of rows of stalls) they should certainly line up within each double row of stalls.

8. Crack Repair.

Crack repair material is placed into the crack and then a squeegee forces it in and creates a “band” on the pavement surface. This band should extend no more than 2 inches on either side of the crack and the entire repair should be flush with the surface.

9. Pavement Repairs.

These are structural improvements – patches – that required removal and replacement of the asphalt subbase, base and asphalt surface. What you should find is a nice, clean, flat asphalt surface with straight (not curved), edges surrounding the patch. Edges of existing pavement should not be cracked or chipped.

10. Drainage.

If drainage improvements were part of the job take a look at those areas. If a change in slope is not evident to the eye, a bucket of water should make the improvement clear.

11. ADA Compliance.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) outlines federal requirements to assure that people with disabilities can access public buildings. These requirements – which range from specifications for accessible parking stalls, to the Access Aisles immediately adjacent to accessible stalls, to the Access Routes that lead from the accessible stall to the doorway, and more – are the minimum requirements your parking lot must meet. However, many states and communities have established their own more-stringent standards. Your contractor should be up-to-date on what your parking lot requires.

All these are fairly simple and straightforward reviews you can – and should – make before signing of on the finished job and paying the bill. You manage the property, you let the contract and you hired the contractor. There’s nothing wrong with making sure you got what you needed.

UNDERSTANDING ADA REQUIREMENTS

Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act:

How to Make Sure Your Parking Lot is ADA Compliant

The Americans with Disabilities Act, which celebrated its 27th anniversary in 2017, has been a milestone for those whose lives it made easier but it’s been a bit of a headache for property managers who are required to implement the ADA guidelines.

Among the first things to realize is that the ADA requirements are federal requirements. As such they represent the minimum properties must do to accommodate persons with disabilities. It is entirely possible that the ADA requirements in your state, city, county or even local community are more stringent than the federal requirements. So knowing the federal ADA requirements, while important, might not be enough.

It’s important to have a basic understanding of the ADA guidelines because, as a property owner or manager, you are responsible for your property. And if the ADA requirements aren’t met it’s your property and company that could be held responsible in a lawsuit.

But while it’s your responsibility to see they are met, it can’t be your job. That’s what contractors are for.  And it’s why you need to hire a reputable contractor you can rely on to be your ADA expert.

Here’s an example why that’s the case:

Federal ADA guidelines do not require the international handicap symbol painted on a blue background on the pavement of the parking stall.  Did you know that? You see them all over in almost all parking lots, but that blue square and white stick figure are not required by the ADA. However, many communities do require that symbol, and some specify where it should be placed in the stall. So that blue symbol is common either because of nonfederal laws or just because people expect them to be there, so property managers have them painted. But they’re not an ADA requirement.

What the federal government does require is a sign on a post (or on the wall if the parking space butts against a building) indicating that a space is reserved for accessible parking. There are specifications for that sign (such as how high off the ground), but there’s nothing in the guidelines about a symbol on the pavement. Some cities, counties and states require only the specific sign that the ADA requires, but others require the symbol and a notice of the dollar amount of the fine for a parking violation. It varies from location to location.

Think about it. You face ADA guidelines concerning your parking lot how often? Maybe once a year when it’s restriped? Every year or two when it’s sealcoated and striped? And less often when structural alterations (in the form of pavement repairs) are made? Why would you want to be responsible for knowing what your property needs in terms of the ADA? You’d have to research it each time any work is done on your property! And if you own or manage properties in different cities, counties or even states you’d need to know the ADA requirements specific to that property! And you would need to redo your efforts for each property each time you sealcoating, stripe or make any structural repairs!

Why should you be the ADA expert?

A contractor who maintains parking lots for a living and who is an ADA expert, however, has this information in his head or at the very least at his fingertips. He deals with the ADA on virtually a daily basis, so he should know exactly what your parking lot needs – from a federal, state and local perspective. He should be able to detail what you need – and why.

If he can’t, find yourself a new contractor. Seriously.

That said, let’s look at some of the ADA basics that apply to almost all parking lots. This will at least give you some ammunition when talking with a contractor to see if he’s the ADA expert you want to partner with.

1. How Many Accessible Parking Spaces Must Your Property Have?

According to the ADA, every public parking lot has to have at least one handicap-accessible space for cars. Once you have the one, the number of additional accessible spaces increases based on the total number of parking spaces in the parking lot (1 space per 25 spaces; 2 spaces per 50 etc.) Parking lots must also have a van-accessible space – and the car-accessible space can double as a van-accessible space provided the correct measurements are used.

2. Accessible spaces require certain measurements and specific striping.

Your contractor will know the details but suffice it to say that immediately adjacent to the accessible parking space there must be a No Parking area – termed an Access Aisle – and this Access Aisle must be marked as such with crosshatch striping. This provides space for a person with disabilities to maneuver with a walker or wheelchair once outside the vehicle.

3. Parking stalls are only part of the ADA requirements of which property managers need to be aware. Once a person with a disability parks in a stall and exits the vehicle, he still needs to get to the building. This, according to the ADA, requires a designated Accessible Route, which also must be striped appropriately. This route must be the shortest possible route from the parking lot to an accessible entrance; must be at least 3 feet wide; must have no stairs or curbs; must have a firm, stable, slip-resistant surface; and must have a slope no greater than 1 in. over 12 ft. in the direction of travel.

There is also a difference in ADA requirements depending on whether you are modifying an existing facility or making alterations (usually some type of physical construction) to an existing facility, which would trigger more-extensive ADA requirements.

The point is this: The federal ADA Guidelines are a fairly complex set of rules that often require cross-referencing of definitions and comparison with state or local requirements. Rather than tackle the task of sorting out what your property needs and then trying to include those needs in a bid spec, it’s well worth your while, both from a dollars-and-cents standpoint and a peace of mind standpoint, to hire a contractor who is an ADA expert to tell you what your property needs. That’s the best way to make sure your parking lot is ADA compliant!

And if you really want to make sure you’re compliant, contact a local advocacy organization for people with disabilities. They’ll be more than happy to visit your property and help you and your contractor determine where accessibility improvements are needed.

Neighborhood Patch, Sealcoat, & Re-Stripe

We received an estimate request from a client who we have worked with a number of times before. A local property manager was in need of parking lot paving in Sanford. We had previously worked in the neighborhood performing various asphalt paving jobs. The manager explained to us that a number of areas in the neighborhood were in need of some asphalt repair. There were a few potholes that had formed, as well as fading striping. After speaking with the manager, we were able to determine a date to meet at the property. Our crew was familiar with the location and what type of work the job would likely require.

Our crew arrived the following week to the project site and quickly began to evaluate the job. It was clear where the problem areas were, and what work would need to be done. We agreed to patch the areas where potholes were forming. We also decided to restripe the specified parking spaces, as well as sealcoating the current asphalt. Altogether, the project would only take a few days to complete. However, with consistent traffic, we had to plan accordingly. We did not want to hinder the residents in their daily routines.

The pothole patching was completed within the first day. In order to seal coat the asphalt paving, we needed to section off specific areas to allow it to dry. Finally, we re-striped the specified parking locations to make them more aesthetic and easily visible. By the time we were finished, the asphalt looked nearly new. The property manager was very satisfied with our craftsmanship and efficiency.
  

 

 

BECOMING A TOP CONTRACTOR

We’re a “Top Contractor”… Here’s what that Means!

Whether you’re a customer of ours or a property manager we hope will soon become a customer, you’ve probably noticed we proudly proclaim in our marketing efforts and on our website materials that we’re a “Top Contractor” for various industry services.

We thought we’d tell you exactly what that means.

The Top Contractor status is a recognition conferred on companies by the paving & pavement maintenance industry’s flagship trade magazine, Pavement Maintenance & Construction. It’s a bit like being a Fortune 500 company in that the Top Contractor list is based on sales volume for each fiscal year.

But a major difference between the Fortune 500 and Pavement’s list is that the Fortune 500 are public companies whose revenue is available for all to see. Paving and pavement maintenance contractors, however, are almost exclusively privately held companies who do not have to reveal their revenue to anyone but the IRS.

So, to qualify for one of Pavement’s Top Contractor lists (there are four), contractors like us have to complete a confidential survey and send it in to be considered. So the first thing to understand is that participation in the list is voluntary; any contractor in the country can participate. We like to participate because we like to see where we stack up. (We stack up well!)

The second thing to realize is that Pavement magazine doesn’t just take a contractor’s word on what his annual revenue is. The magazine requires any contractor that participates to support that revenue figure with some type of third-party verification of the sales number (usually by the company’s accountant on the accountant’s letterhead). So the magazine invites all contractors to participate and then holds up a hoop they need to jump through to be considered.

Doing the “Top Contractor” Math

After that it all comes down to the magazine’s math. Here’s how it works:

Let’s say Contractor A reports revenue for fiscal year 2018 of $100,000 (working with small round figures will make this easier). Contractor A then tells the magazine that Paving generates 50% of that revenue, Sealcoating generates 30%, and Pavement Repair generates the remaining 20%.

The magazine then multiplies the total revenue ($100,000) by the percent generated by each service to determine the amount of revenue each service contributes to the total, so:

  • $100,000 x 50% = $50,000 generated by Paving work
  • $100,000 x 30% = $30,000 generated by Sealcoating work
  • $100,000 x 20% = $20,000 generated by Pavement Repair work

It’s those dollar figures that are used to determine if a contractor qualifies for a Top Contractor list.

Pavement magazine conducts these calculations for every contractor who completes the Top Contractor survey and provides third-party verification. The magazine then lists, in each service category (Paving, Sealcoating, Pavement Repair, Striping) the companies from largest sales to smallest – then they draw a line after company #75 and those companies above the line make up, for example, the Paving 75.

So using our example above, if the cutoff for the Paving 75 at company #75 was $55,000 (in other words if Contractor #75 had paving sales of $55,000), Contractor A would not make the Paving Top Contractor list. But Contractor A could still make the other service lists; if the cutoff for the Sealcoating list was $25,000 Contractor A (with sealcoating sales of $30,000) would qualify for that list.

The magazine does all these calculations internally. Once the lists are determined, Pavement magazine reorganizes them alphabetically and announces them to the industry in its June/July issue.

What Being a Top Contractor Means

So that’s how the Top Contractors are determined. But what does being a Top Contractor mean?

Well, mainly it means we’re one of the highest revenue-producing contractors in the industry. That means we do a lot of work – and it means the people we work for continue to invite us back to do more! Because there’s virtually no way a contractor can be one of the Top Contractors in the country without generating a significant amount of repeat business. So yes, we do good work, but we have our customers to thank for enabling us to become a Top Contractor!

Awards are great. Everyone likes to be recognized for what they do – and we’re no different. But we don’t take this recognition lightly. We know how hard we’ve worked to become the contractor of choice for most of our customers, and we’re going to continue working that hard to justify the awards and to make sure we stay on the Top Contractor (and preferred customer) lists.

So what’s the best thing about being a named a Top Contractor? It fires us up!

EMERGENCY SERVICES

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 FIRST!

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.

POTHOLES

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
Email: dschalm@allcountypaving.com
Website: www.allcountypaving.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ALL COUNTY PAVING ANNOUNCES NEW VP NATIONAL SALES DIRECTOR 
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 dschalm@allcountypaving.com.