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Don’t Put Up With Pavement Eyesores

Pavement is an important part of your home or business’s hardscape, and you want it to function and look as good as possible for as long as possible. Whether it’s a driveway, parking lot, walkway, or other paved surface, you don’t want it to be ruined by eyesores. Unfortunately, since pavement was meant to be used, there are many different eyesores that could arise. Find out how to fix most pavement eyesores, though contacting an experienced pavement specialist like Tucker Paving is usually the best option.

Fixing Pavement Eyesores
Cracks and Other Damage. Pavement, whether asphalt or concrete, generally requires some form of upkeep and maintenance to keep cracks and other damage at bay. Usually, small cracks and other damage can be filled, patched, and repaired if caught in time, but they will only get worse if left alone. Having a pavement expert determine whether cracks are from a structural issue or another issue and determining how to fix them is best.

Oil Stains. Pavement that is used by vehicles is likely to come into contact with vehicle fluids like oil. If you can puncture the stained area of the pavement with a tool like a screwdriver, then the oil has already caused damage to the pavement and will need to be repaired or sealcoated. Oil stains that have not yet damaged the pavement surface can be cleaned with degreaser.

Faded Pavement. Pavement can fade or become discolored from dirt and oxidation from the sun’s UV rays. Sealcoating your asphalt pavement will restore it to looking like new, and it will protect it from further damage from the sun and the elements; asphalt should be sealcoated every few years. Concrete pavement can be pressure-washed and sealed to help protect it from dirt and discoloration; this also extends the life of your concrete pavement.

Tree Roots. Tree roots can wreak havoc with pavement when they grow under the pavement, causing the pavement to lift and crack. It’s best to consult a pavement expert and/or an arborist on whether the tree needs to be removed or not and how to best fix any pavement damage.

Tucker Paving is a pavement expert with over 25 years of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving industry! Contact us online, or call us at?(863) 299-2262 to fix any eyesores your asphalt or concrete pavement may have!

Key Benefits of Sealcoating

Sealcoating is a must if you want your asphalt driveway, parking lot, or walkway to last as long as possible. During the sealcoating process, a thin layer of a tar-like liquid is applied to the top of the asphalt. While sealcoating can’t fix existing problems like cracks, crumbling asphalt, and low spots, it does provide a protective layer as one of the many benefits of the sealcoating process. As an experienced asphalt paving company, we at Tucker Paving recommend having your asphalt seal coated every few years.

Benefits of Sealcoating
Sealcoating is an important part of the upkeep and maintenance of your asphalt driveway, parking lot or walkway. Benefits of seal coating include:

  1. Protecting your asphalt from the elements. UV rays from the sun, rain, snow, and dirt will all cause your asphalt to degrade over time. A layer of sealcoating every few years will protect your asphalt from degrading under the pressures of UV rays and water, prevent problems like cracks, and extend the life of the asphalt. This saves you money on repair and replacement costs over the life of the asphalt.
  2. Protecting the asphalt from oils and chemicals. Since asphalt usually comes into regular contact with vehicles, it also collects the liquids and chemicals that leak out of vehicles. Oil, gasoline and other vehicle fluids can also degrade your asphalt, causing damage and stains. Sealcoating protects the asphalt from the damage caused by these liquids and chemicals. Again, this extends the life of your asphalt and saves you money in the long run.
  3. Giving your asphalt a face-lift. Asphalt oxidizes and collects dirt over time, dulling and fading the appearance of the asphalt. Sealcoating will restore your asphalt’s dark, striking color. The color of the sealcoating will eventually fade as the asphalt is driven over and walked on, but it will be renewed every time sealcoating is done.

Tucker Paving has over 25 years of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving industry, and we know the value sealcoating adds to any asphalt driveway, parking lot, or walkway. Contact us online, or call us at?(863) 299-2262, for assistance with your next asphalt or concrete paving project! 

What Does Your Parking Lot Say About Your Business?

Did you ever think your parking lot doesn’t affect business? Think again!

Your parking lot is one of the first parts of your business that your customers interact with, and that first impression can affect your business. An orderly, clean and easy-to-navigate parking lot is a boon, while a dirty, unkempt, poorly organized parking lot that is not maintained tells your customers that your business is likely run with the same attitude. Explore the areas of your parking lot that may be having an impact on your business.

Parking Lot Aesthetics
You want your business’s parking lot to have both form and function—to look nice and to function in a way that makes it easy for customers to navigate. The following areas are where you need to focus:

The Pavement: Pavement that is uneven, bumpy or filled with cracks and potholes makes driving unpleasant. Get all cracks and damages fixed, and make sure the pavement presents a smooth driving surface for customers. Having a pavement expert complete repairs and sealcoat your parking lot will give your entire business a facelift.

Water Runoff: Florida’s rainy season and hurricane season can result in a significant downpour, and the last thing you want to ask your customers to do is wade through puddles to get to your business. Make sure your gutters and drain systems are in working order and keeping water off of your parking lot when it rains. Hire a paving professional with experience in stormwater system repairs if your parking lot has issues with drainage.

A Poor Layout: If your parking lot’s layout is poorly designed, then it could result in congestion, difficulty parking, dangerous situations for pedestrians in the parking lot and a higher chance of collisions. Ensure that your parking lot’s striping and signage are visible, offer enough space for parking, and are clear about which direction to drive, where pedestrian crosswalks and no-parking zones are located, and where vehicles must stop.

ADA Compliant: Your parking lot must also be accessible to those with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Ensure that you have enough designated handicap spaces, signage, and features that allow all customers to access your store, like ramps to get up and over a curb.

Tucker?Paving has over 25 years of experience in the?concrete and asphalt paving?construction?industry.?We offer asphalt paving, patching, striping and signage, sealcoating, and more.?Call us at?(863) 299-2262, or?contact us online, for your next parking lot project!?? 

As Times Change, So Do Paving Techniques

Advancements in how we pave roads have made the process more streamlined, and the end results safer and easier to maintain.

As time marches on, the way we do things changes – this is true across nearly all industries. Think about the way we used to pave roads – from the first Mesopotamian stone-paved roads 4,000 years ago, to the multi-layered roads of the Roman empire, to the first “modern” road being paved in 1824 when the Champs-Elysees in France was covered with asphalt. Many improvements have been made since then, and even in the half-century that Tucker Paving has been laying pavement. 

What’s New in Asphalt Paving
Tucker Paving has seen some changes over the years, and we are glad we have the technology to make the roads we pave last longer and be more structurally sound than in the past. Starting with site preparation, laser-guided transits have taken the place of the old plumb-bobs we used to use to establish grade.

Once that laser-guided transit program creates the grid to grade the sub-base, we now have new motor graders that can automatically follow the established grid, eliminating a lot of human error from the process. Then we can use a proof roll and do nuclear density testing to ensure that the sub-base is consistently compacted, preventing the big problems caused by pockets of unstable sub-base that used to be difficult to detect.

When a repair does need to be made to an area of sub-base, we used to have to dig down two or three feet to fill the space with aggregate and stone. Now the use of fabric or geo-grid allows us to target exactly where the problem is without having to dig nearly as large a hole or use as much aggregate.

Into the Future with Tucker Paving
These are just a few examples of how Tucker Paving is keeping up with the latest advancements in paving technology. Quality matters to us, so you can count on Tucker Paving to continue to improve the way we pave, repair, and maintain your roads and surfaces for years to come.