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Why Should You Choose Asphalt Paving?

There are many options out there when it comes to paving, but for the most part, asphalt paving is the best choice. Whether you are paving a road, parking lot, driveway, or walkway, asphalt pavement is usually the best option. There are many advantages to asphalt paving, and you should consider all of the features and aspects of a paving choice before making a final decision. Explore all of the reasons why you should choose asphalt paving for your next asphalt project.

The Advantages of Asphalt Paving

Asphalt pavement offers many advantages over other types of pavements; there are so many benefits that 94% of roads in the U.S. are paved with asphalt! Benefits of asphalt pavement include:

Asphalt roads are less expensive. Asphalt pavement is fast and relatively easy to build, saving time on labor costs and roadway delays. It is also easier to maintain and repair, which only increases asphalt’s cost-effectiveness.

Asphalt is environmentally friendly. Every part of asphalt pavement is recyclable, making it the most recycled material in the U.S. Asphalt pavement is sustainable and more environmentally friendly than other kinds of pavement.

Asphalt is durable. Asphalt offers a flexible pavement that is able to withstand a variety of uses and conditions. With regular maintenance, asphalt’s lifespan is practically never-ending.

Asphalt is better for vehicles. Asphalt’s high skid resistance makes it a safer option for vehicles. Its smoothness also reduces the friction between vehicle tires and the pavement and improves fuel economy. Asphalt also offers a quieter, smoother ride. Asphalt both reduces the wear and tear on a vehicle and offers a safer driving surface.

Asphalt is attractive. Asphalt’s dark finish looks good, and its black color reduces glare on the road. Furthermore, asphalt’s dark color also offers a higher contrast between the roadway and road markings, meaning road marks are easier for motorists to see and follow.

Tucker?Paving offers over 25 years of experience in the?concrete and asphalt paving?construction?industry.?In addition to asphalt paving, we offer?site clearing, site grading, stabilized subgrade, base work, underground utilities, and?concrete curbs, sidewalks, slabs, and tie beams.?Call us at?(863) 299-2262, or?contact us online, for your next project!?? 

Land Clearing Isn’t One Size Fits All

Preparing a raw piece of land for construction usually involves land clearing as an initial step, and it can be a very involved process. There is an array of types of land clearing that can be utilized to clear the land of trees and bushes, other vegetation, rocks, and other debris, and adjust the topography of the land. The goal of land clearing is to create a clear and clean land area that provides a base for construction with an eye towards controlling water runoff. Explore the different land clearing methods used on construction sites.

Types of Land Clearing

The methods used to clear and prepare a piece of undeveloped land for construction will obviously depend on the features of the raw piece of land. It’s an important first step that has a big impact on the finished construction site. Types of land clearing include:

  • Chain Saw Clearing. A piece of land that is densely wooded will likely first be cleared with chain saws. Basically, trees are cut down and the trunks removed. Larger sites may utilize bigger machinery for cutting down trees. Some trees may be left to be a part of the landscape of the finished construction.
  • Bulldozing. Heavy machinery such as bulldozers, backhoes, and skid loaders or skid-steer tractors are used to remove tree stumps, small trees, bushes, rocks, and any other debris that may be present that needs to be removed.
  • Earth Grading. Heavy machinery such as bulldozers is utilized again to adjust the topography of the land to form a stable base for construction and to control the flow of rainwater runoff on the completed site. This may include adding in gravel or sand, moving large amounts of earth, removing soil and rocks from the job site, digging drainage ponds and ditches, and more. Planning and digging for future utilities for the finished construction can also be a part of Earth Grading.

Land clearing is an important first step that preps the site for construction. Tucker Paving offers construction site services that include site clearing, site grading, stabilized subgrade, base work, asphalt paving, and underground utilities in addition to concrete curbs, sidewalks, slabs, and tie-beams. We have over 25 years of experience in construction, including land clearing, land preparation, and asphalt and concrete paving. Contact us online, or give us a call at?(863) 299-2262, for assistance with your next site clearing project!

What Is the Worth of a Good Paving Company?

If you find yourself needing to choose a company to lay asphalt for you, Tucker Paving would like to offer some advice. Any paving work is going to be a significant investment, so you want to make sure that you are getting your money’s worth – without breaking the bank. You also want to be confident that your investment is going to last a reasonable amount of time. To that end, we have a few points to consider when picking which asphalt company to hire.

Not All Asphalt Companies Are the Same
Of course, you want to use a reputable company that is properly licensed and insured, like Tucker Paving. Don’t be afraid to ask a company what their insurance coverage is like. They’re going to be working on YOUR property, so if they only carry the minimum required by law, you could still be on the hook for some expenses in the event of a mishap.

Next, inquire what their selection of asphalt is. Different grades of asphalt will contain different amounts of recycled material, and the higher the grade, the better the finished product will look. Determine if the company offers a suitable asphalt for your specific needs. If not, call someone else.

You should find out what type of equipment will be used, and what condition that equipment is in. What about the crew? Does this company have sufficient, experienced employees to complete the job on schedule? Tucker Paving would never accept a job that we weren’t prepared and qualified to handle professionally.

Once you’ve presented your project, ask if they see any unique challenges with it. You don’t want to be surprised when they hand you a bill for extra work that could have been foreseen. While we’re on the topic of billing, request itemized billing to ensure that you know exactly what you’re paying for.

Consider Tucker Paving
When shopping for a reliable asphalt company, don’t forget to put Tucker Paving on your list. Our team of asphalt experts won’t let you down. Call us at (863) 299-2262 to schedule a consultation for your paving project.

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!

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!??