Monthly Archives: August 2021

Hurricanes Are Inevitable; Havoc in the Aftermath Shouldn’t Be

Tucker Paving has been in the asphalt and concrete paving industry in Central Florida for over 25 years, so we are no strangers to the havoc a natural disaster like a hurricane can wreak on a construction site. Storm surge, rain, and high winds can all cause a significant amount of damage to a construction site. Exacerbating the problem is the unfinished nature of a construction site, the large amount of materials that are usually found that can be turned into projectiles in high winds, and utilities that are more exposed than in finished construction. See what should be on your to-do list for your construction site after a storm has passed.

What to Do After a Hurricane Hits the Construction Site
Having a Hurricane Recovery Team should be part of your company’s overall plan for preparing for and dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane. Your company’s plan should include having a team for preparing the construction site for an oncoming storm and another team—the Hurricane Recovery Team—to deal with the aftermath of a storm. Steps the Recovery Team should take include:

  1. Assessing damage after a safety all-clear. Once it is deemed safe for people to travel to and visit the construction site, the Recovery Team should visit to take an assessment of the damage and formulate a plan for recovery. The team should look at standing water, debris, and the instability of anything that has already been erected, and the status of machinery, tools, and materials.
  2. Plan for water removal. Having standing water on a construction site is dangerous for numerous reasons, including posing a danger to workers and materials, it softens the ground and the fact that the water could be polluted.
  3. Check for unseen hazards. The Recovery Team should also check for leaking gas lines, look for downed power lines, and ensure fire protection systems are in working order, if applicable.
  4. Clean up and resecure. The Recovery Team should clean up any dangerous debris and resecure any materials, machinery, or tools that became exposed during the storm.
  5. Call back the crew. Lastly, there should be a process in place for calling the construction crew back to work once the site is safe, clean, and secure.

Contact Tucker Paving online, or call us at (863) 299-2262, for assistance with your next asphalt or concrete paving project!

The Many Benefits of Recycling Asphalt

Asphalt is the most recycled product in the US, beating out glass, aluminum, and paper products. There are many benefits to using recycled asphalt, for both the environment and invested parties. Those invested include taxpayers, paving companies, and customers/clients! Explore the many benefits of using recycled asphalt.

Benefits of Using Recycled Asphalt
Asphalt is made from bitumen, which is a sticky, black, thick liquid made from petroleum. Referred to as asphalt binder, it is mixed with an aggregate—sand, gravel, or stone—to form what is known as asphalt concrete or asphalt pavement. This final pavement product is also referred to as “asphalt.” 

To recycle asphalt, old, reclaimed asphalt is broken into pieces and remixed. According to the National Asphalt Paving Association, in 2019, 94 percent of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) was used in new pavements for a total of 89.2 million tons of recycled asphalt. Some companies perform in-place asphalt recycling, meaning they utilize machines that process that site’s old asphalt using machinery at the job site to recycle and lay the new asphalt.

Using recycled asphalt has numerous benefits. Environmental benefits of using recycled asphalt include:

  • Reduces the demand for crude oil, a limited resource.
  • Reduces the demand for aggregates.
  • Keeps asphalt out of landfills.
  • Reduces the need for transportation for aggregates and oil, which lowers the use of oil and the release of greenhouse gases.

Using recycled asphalt also has benefits for paving companies, their clients, and those taxpayers who are essentially footing the bill for asphalt-paved roads and highways. Savings include:

  • Reduces the cost of an asphalt paving project through the lower cost of new raw materials, transportation of those materials, landfill costs, etc.
  • Reduces the cost of upkeep and maintenance of existing pavement structures like parking lots, roads, and walkways.

Tucker Paving is a paving construction company with over 25 years of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving industryContact us online, or call us at?(863) 299-2262 for assistance with your asphalt paving projects. We also accept clean concrete and asphalt debris for recycling

5 Signs It’s Time to Call Your Local Paving Pros

Pavement is an important part of any residence or business, but it’s often taken for granted until things start to go awry. Whether your pavement is asphalt or concrete, it’s necessary to perform routine maintenance and upkeep that can keep it in pristine shape, but many neglect this step. Oftentimes, small problems are ignored until they are bigger problems, and eventually, it’s necessary to call in a professional paving company like Tucker Paving. Explore the five signs that let you know it’s time to call your local paving company.

5 Signs You Need to Call a Paving Professional
While pavement maintenance and upkeep are chores that a homeowner or business owner is likely able to do—such as keeping pavement free of dirt and dust and cleaning oil spills—there are many jobs that require a pavement specialist. Look for any of these five signs that let you know it’s time to call in a paving company: 

  1. Significant cracking. Small cracks usually can be easily addressed, but oftentimes small cracks are ignored until they become big cracks or there are multiple cracks. Cracks wider than ¼ of an inch should be addressed by a professional paver.
  2. Warped and/or buckling pavement. Pavement that looks wavy, has high or low spots, or has an uneven surface may have issues with the base structure or the weight being put on it. A paving expert can get to the bottom of the issue and help keep it from becoming a bigger problem.
  3. Standing water. Puddles and standing water are very damaging to both asphalt and concrete as water can degrade seal coating and protective top layers, seep into cracks, and affect the integrity of the pavement. A professional paving company can assist you with figuring out the drainage issues your pavement is having.
  4. Crumbling pavement. Pavement can crumble and erode for a number of reasons. Whether it’s at the edges of the pavement or creating a pothole, crumbling pavement is a serious issue that needs to be addressed by a professional paver.
  5. Unsightly fading or stains. Not all stains are easily removed, and most pavement will fade over time if not maintained. A pavement specialist will be able to share the options available to renew your pavement to looking pristine once again.

Tucker Paving has been in the asphalt and concrete paving industry for over 25 years! Contact us online, or call us at?(863) 299-2262, for assistance with any problems your asphalt or concrete pavement may have!

Tips for Maintaining Your Asphalt Driveway

When you make an investment in your home or commercial property, you want to know that your money was well spent and that the upgrades you’ve made will continue to add value to your property for many years to come. If you’ve recently had Tucker Paving install a new asphalt driveway, we have a vested interest in making sure that you have the information you need to protect our work. Therefore, we present the following tips for maintaining your nice, new pavement to keep it looking great for a long time.

Protecting the Pavement
It goes without saying that an asphalt driveway is going to be subject to some rough conditions. Between vehicle usage and the unforgiving Florida weather, that pavement is going to take a pounding! Tucker Paving works hard to provide you with a quality product, so with just a little extra care, you can keep your driveway in good shape for quite a while.

The first thing to do is keep it clean. Don’t let dirt, gravel, leaves, grass, or other debris accumulate on the surface. This rubbish can trap water that damages the asphalt over time. The same goes for oil spots and other fluids that can leak out of vehicles, except these liquids can actually weaken the chemical bonds of the paving mix much faster than water does, leading to cracks and holes. Standing water on asphalt can still be a big problem, so make sure that your driveway has adequate drainage.

Keep an eye out for cracks and potholes, and as soon as you see something, get it repaired. Small cracks will grow, and any cracks will allow more water and other fluids to seep into the asphalt. If you notice grass or weeds sprouting up through the pavement, you know there is some kind of breach there. Call Tucker Paving right away for repairs.

Trust Tucker Paving with Your Asphalt Needs
Whether you need a home driveway or a plaza parking lot paved, you can count on Tucker Paving for top-quality work and outstanding customer service. Call us at (863) 299-2262 to discuss your next paving project!