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.

The Increased Need for Caution in Work Zones

Safety should be the leading priority on any worksite, but it’s especially important in roadway and highway safety zones. Work zones present risks for both workers and those within the vehicles traveling adjacent to work zones. Additionally, those vehicles are out of the workers’ control, and oftentimes there is not much between a road worker and an oncoming vehicle. Unfortunately, work zone fatalities have been on the rise. Explore the increasing importance of safety in work zones as the summer season kicks off an increase in work zones on roadways.

Work Zone Fatalities Increase
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), state Departments of Transportation, and other organizations issued an entreaty in late April for drivers on U.S. highways and roadways to do their part to decrease work zone fatalities.

According to FHWA data, 842 people lost their lives in accidents in highway work zones in 2019, an 11.2 percent increase over the 757 deaths in 2018. The FHWA maintains that it’s the largest increase in work zone deaths since 2006.

The FHWA also maintained that four out of every five of those deaths were actually vehicle drivers or vehicle occupants, meaning that highway work zones are a danger for both those working in them and those in vehicles driving through highway work zones.

Causes of Work Zone Fatalities
The FHWA’s data points to distracted driving as the chief cause of most highway work zone accidents. Drivers who are not paying attention to the numerous signs, traffic cones, and safety barriers that announce work zones and lane closures are more likely to crash into other vehicles, highway equipment, and safety barriers.

Drivers should stay alert when driving, avoid distracted driving by ignoring text messages and phone calls (which is the law in many states and cities) while driving, and should slow down when approaching and going through highway and roadway work zones.

One life lost in a highway work zone is one too many, and we can all do our part to lower the number of fatalities in roadway and highway work zones.

At Tucker Paving, safety is always our leading priority! We have?over 25 years of experience?in the?asphalt and concrete paving industry, and we know the importance of safety in highway work zones. Contact us by calling?(863) 299-2262, or?fill out our?contact form?online, for help with your upcoming concrete or asphalt paving project!?  

What Happened to My Pavement?

Asphalt paving has a long life if properly installed and maintained. However, there are many issues that can arise if asphalt is not properly installed or maintained, and many of them can lead to your asphalt pavement becoming cracked, broken, and degraded if not corrected soon enough. If you’re having issues with your pavement, it’s likely caused by one or more of the issues outlined below. Contact a trusted asphalt pavement specialist like Tucker Paving to help remedy your asphalt driveway or parking lot’s issues.

Asphalt Pavement Problems

These are the most common issues you’re likely to see with your asphalt driveway or parking lot:

Cracks and Other Structural Issues. If your asphalt pavement has problems with any part of its structure—the surface layer, base, or sub-grade—then the overall structure will fail. You’ll see this in longitudinal cracks that run parallel to each other in the same direction. Eventually, latitudinal cracks will also form; these are called alligator cracks because they resemble the scales of an alligator. Cracks let in water and more that cause your asphalt to deteriorate and break apart. Asphalt that is cracking needs to be patched or sometimes replaced altogether.

Issues With the Elements. While Floridians don’t need to worry too much about water freezing in cracks in their asphalt and causing damage, extreme heat and high levels of rain can also pose problems for asphalt. The sun’s UV rays can degrade asphalt, and water that pools on the asphalt or gets into cracks will eventually erode the asphalt. Sealcoating is a good option for protecting and maintaining your asphalt driveway or parking lot.

Excessive Loads. Asphalt is designed to withstand a certain weight, but it can become damaged if too much weight is put on it or if too much weight is put in one spot for too long. Asphalt experts like Tucker Paving can help you to ensure you are not putting too much weight on your asphalt driveway or parking lot.

Oil and Gas Leaks. Both driveways and parking lots are prone to collecting oil and gas from leaking vehicles. Unfortunately, both are corrosive to asphalt, and these leaks can degrade it. Sealcoating and cleaning up oil and gas stains are both options that can combat the corrosive nature of oil and gas if used in a timely manner.

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 asphalt repair or paving! 

Great Topics on Tap for 2021 NAPA Midyear Meeting

The National Asphalt Paving Association’s (NAPA) Midyear Meeting is slated for July 18-21. It’s an event for contractors, DOT personnel, construction managers, environmental managers, engineers, designers, estimators, business executives, upper management, young professionals, vendors and more. The event will be filled with committee meetings and educational sessions that are focused on promoting and advancing the asphalt pavement industry. See details of the event below.

What to Expect
Keynote sessions and micro-sessions that highlight innovative projects, regulatory updates, and technological advances.

Sessions planned for the NAPA Midyear Meeting include:

  • Workzone Safety Micro-Session: WatchForUs: Raising Awareness to Protect Workers
  • Environmental Health & Safety Micro-Session: Developing a Silica Respiratory Protection Program for Asphalt Mix Plants
  • Asphalt Marketing Micro-Session: Countering Concrete’s Competitive Claims: What’s Working?
  • Legislative Micro-Session: What the Emerging Infrastructure Bills in Congress Mean for the Asphalt Pavement Industry
  • Pavement Economics: LCCA Micro-Session: Reevaluating Life-Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA)

Sitting in on select committee meetings to learn about the industry and share your input and expertise. Examples of committee meetings at the NAPA Midyear Meeting include:

  • Communications Committee meeting 
  • Political Action Committee Meeting
  • Committee for Engineering Application and Practice
  • Legislative Committee

Create and strengthen relationships with fellow members and NAPA’s leadership. Networking opportunities at the meeting include:

  • Refreshment breaks
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and general sessions
  • A networking reception

Participants can attend in person or virtually. Save on registration fees by registering before June 30. Those wishing to attend can register here.

At Tucker Paving, we offer?over 25 years of experience?in the?asphalt and concrete paving industry. We put our expertise to good use for residential, commercial, and municipal clients. Contact us today by calling?(863) 299-2262, or?fill out our?contact form?online,?to let us know how we can assist you with your next concrete or asphalt paving project!?

 

Construction Site Is No Place for Distracted Driving

A lot of people taking driving for granted, whether it is driving a personal vehicle to and from work, taking a leisurely joy ride on a day off or using a work vehicle on the job. People will eat, fiddle with the radio, or use their phones for texts or calls while behind the wheel, and this behavior is simply not safe. Driving any vehicle is a potentially dangerous task that requires an individual’s full attention at all times, and this is especially true on any construction site. At Tucker Paving, we are serious about safety.

Distracted Driving Is Just Dangerous
Because construction sites are typically filled with heavy machinery, loud noises and people moving about, precautions need to be taken to ensure everyone’s safety. There is a lot of driving required in construction, too, whether it’s moving people from site to site or transporting materials from one area to another.

What Can You Do?
Take these steps to combat distracted driving on the construction site:

  1. Put your phone away. Eliminating the temptation to check social media and text messages can help you maintain your focus.
  2. Stay aware of your surroundings. Just because you aren’t distracted doesn’t mean others aren’t. Stay aware of your surroundings and watch for others who are not paying attention.
  3. Set aside a time for tasks. If you find that you’re always checking your phone messages to secure childcare or make appointments, set aside a time when you can devote your attention solely to those tasks.
  4. Stop what you’re doing. If you do happen to get a call or text while driving, pull over to answer.

 Tucker Paving is committed to the safety of our workers and the public, and we do everything in our power to prevent accidents, including leaving our phones alone while we are operating any kind of motor vehicle. We strongly encourage all of our fellow construction workers, no matter what their specialty, to do the same.

Count on Tucker Paving for Our Undivided Attention
You know that when you hire Tucker Paving for a job, we are going to give every detail our full attention until the work is done. This ensures the quality of our projects and decreases the incidence of accidence. Demand nothing less from any company you do business with!

Construction Sites Need Hurricane Prep, Too

The Atlantic Hurricane Season starts on June 1, and most storm forecasters are calling for a busy year with many storms and a higher-than-average number of strong storms. Being prepared is key to weathering a tropical storm or hurricane, and it’s not just homeowners who need to be ready if a big storm hits. Preparing your construction site for a hurricane is important to minimize damage and liability if a strong storm makes landfall. See the recommendations for securing your construction site ahead of a hurricane or tropical storm.

Preparing Your Construction Site for a Hurricane
Being prepared for a big storm minimizes damage to a construction site and reduces a construction company’s liability. Both save time and money, allowing construction to resume faster after a storm has passed. It’s advised that a construction company write a Hurricane Preparation Plan before any storm is near that outlines what must be done to prepare and who is responsible for doing it. This may also include working with local building departments.

Your Hurricane Preparation Plan should include:

  1. Securing the job site. Materials, machines, and tools must be secured or removed so that they do not become airborne in the high winds of a tropical storm or hurricane. Include any signs, construction fencing, trash, dumpsters, and portable bathrooms in the plan.
  2. Secure paperwork like plans and other documents, and electronics, in a safe location.
  3. Protect in-progress utility systems from sand and water, both from rain and storm surge.
  4. Cut power to the site and enact plans for utilizing power generators and fuel after the storm.
  5. Enact plans for water removal, such as placing pumps in basements or excavations so they are ready to go as soon as it’s safe.
  6. Remove or secure hazardous chemicals as construction companies are on the hook for cleanup if any hazardous chemicals make it into the environment.
  7. Ensure the security of buildings or structures. Take steps to make sure your construction projects and adjacent buildings are boarded up and secure.

Remember to assess the damage to your construction site after the storm has passed with extreme caution.

Tucker Paving has been in the asphalt and concrete paving industry for over 25 years in the Sunshine State, and serving Central Florida for over 50 years, so we’ve seen our share of major hurricanes! Contact us online, or call us at?(863) 299-2262, for assistance with your next asphalt or concrete paving project! 

Sealcoating Considerations for Central Florida

Living in Central Florida comes with many benefits — theme parks, beaches, sunshine, and fresh seafood, just to name a few! However, there are also so important considerations for living and working in the world-renowned Sunshine State, especially if your work involves construction projects. For example, asphalt sealcoating requires a little special attention if you want the end result to be top-notch. At Tucker Paving, we hate to see a good job gone bad, so we want to draw your attention to just a couple of details.

Asphalt Sealcoating in Central Florida
First off, you should be aware that the ultraviolet rays from the hot Florida sun can wreak havoc on your asphalt. The intense radiation will dry out the surface of the paving and evaporate the oil out of the asphalt, leading to unsightly cracks. Sealcoating will help prolong the life of your asphalt by providing a protective barrier against the brutal UV rays. 

Another benefit to sealcoating your asphalt surface is that it provides a sealant to keep water and other fluids from soaking into the pavement and causing damage. Since many areas in Central Florida are prone to flooding, this is a clear benefit. However, since Central Florida is also prone to sudden, severe rainstorms, especially at certain times of the year, you’ll need to watch the weather report before you conduct your sealing project. Rain can easily wash away a fresh sealcoating, nullifying all that work you just put in.

Tucker Paving recommends sealcoating an asphalt surface about six to 12 months after the initial paving. You should also allow the fresh asphalt to cure through an entire summer before coating it. After the sealcoating has been applied, you’ll need to keep all traffic off of the pavement for about 48 to 72 hours.

Tucker Paving for Asphalt Care
Whether you need a driveway resealed or a parking lot freshly paved, Tucker Paving can handle the job. Big or small, Tucker Paving is ready to tackle any and all of your paving projects – so give us a call today!