A Closer Look at Construction Estimators

A construction jobsite has a lot more going into it than simply the workers on-site doing the work. There is a ton of planning and preparation that goes on before the first block or brick is laid. The construction estimator is responsible for a fair amount of that planning, so much so that a construction project would likely not be done in time or under budget without a construction estimator. Explore the ins and outs of this important role.

The Importance of a Construction Estimator

A construction estimator determines the materials, machinery, and manpower a construction project will require and comes up with a total cost for the project, factoring in profit, overhead, and other costs. It’s a role that requires an eye for details, an analytical mind, a mathematical aptitude, considerable communication skills, and a deep understanding of many different types of construction.

A construction estimator would start out with reviewing a project’s Scope of Work. The Scope of Work lists all of the parts and phases of a construction project from start to finish. The construction estimator will use this document, along with plans, blueprints, specs, and possibly a trip to the worksite, to create a list of needed materials. This list is generally called a quantity takeoff.

The quantity takeoff lists, line-by-line, the materials needed to complete the construction project, including the amount needed and the cost of the materials. This can also include finding the best or most cost-effective materials to complete the job.

Additionally, the construction estimator will also calculate the equipment and machinery costs, labor costs, and any other cost or expenditure a construction project may have. Then, he or she will factor in things like overhead, profits, and other unforeseen costs to arrive at the total cost to complete a construction project. 

Once these calculations are complete, a construction estimator will then present the data to others involved in the planning of the project. Strong communication skills are a must, as a construction estimator must also communicate with many different people. They may need to communicate with vendors, contractors, labor unions, and other suppliers to factor in accurate prices; designers, engineers, and architects to get accurate project information; and others concerned with the construction project—such as clients, builders, contractors, managers, and others—to present the final cost estimates for a project.

In short, the details and costs of a construction project are nailed down by a construction estimator, helping the project to stay on-time and within budget.

Tucker Paving offers pre-construction services that utilize professional software and digitizing equipment to provide complete, accurate, and detailed site construction proposals to our customers. 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 project! 

 

Supply Chain Woes and the Florida Construction Industry

The pandemic has had a big impact on many industries, and the construction industry is no exception. While the pandemic has exacerbated issues that the construction industry was already facing, like concerns with materials and labor, the long-lasting effects are likely to be felt by those looking to build or buy a home in Florida for the foreseeable future.

Supply Chain Concerns

Supply chain issues are affecting a number of industries all over the country, with the construction industry suffering from severe delays because supplies and materials are in such short supply. 

When supply can’t meet demand, prices go up. So, the home construction industry is dealing with both a scarcity of materials and materials prices that have soared well above pre-pandemic averages. Those in the industry are reporting that materials have been delayed for up to three months. Delays in materials from windows to concrete blocks and trusses mean that a construction project cannot move forward.

Those wanting to have a house custom-built are looking at double the time from start to finish due to issues with the delay in supplies and materials. For instance, for a home that would usually take six months to complete, homeowners are looking at a full year for the build to be completed. This has also led to a housing shortage as new homes construction has been delayed.

Labor Issues

The construction industry is also dealing with a shortage of skilled labor, but that issue predates the pandemic for many years. While a shortage of skilled labor is not a new issue for the construction industry, it certainly is not helping the supply chain and delay issues.

Recommendations 

Construction industry experts advise those looking to build new construction to resign themselves to a delay. Other recommendations included choosing contractors with good relationships with suppliers and to choose materials and supplies that are in stock, rather than things that need to be special ordered.

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!

Understanding Design-Build and Design-Assist Services

Among the services offered by Tucker Paving are design-build assistance services. This means that if your project is over budget or otherwise not designed to your preferred specifications, we have the knowledge and resources on hand to come up with effective solutions for you. Design-build and design-assist are slightly different services, however, and we’d like to clarify the difference now.

Build Versus Assist in Design Services

When Tucker Paving does a design-build project, we are starting from the very beginning with the client. This means that we are involved in every step of the designing of the project, working with the client and any pertinent partners, such as architects, electricians, or other contractors. We’ll make sure that everything is up to code and within budget. 

On a design-assist project, the client comes to Tucker Paving with some amount of planning already completed. It could be entirely designed already, or a work in progress being primarily designed by another company. Either way, the client trusts Tucker Paving to weigh in on feasibility, efficiency, and other aspects of the project’s design. Our engineering team can evaluate the plans and make relevant suggestions to keep the project on schedule and within budget. 

This flexibility in the design process allows our clients to work closely with whatever companies they believe will best serve their needs. Tucker Paving is a team-oriented company, and we always have our clients’ preferences at the forefront of our approach. At the end of the day, we want you to be completely satisfied with the work you’re having done.

Tucker Paving Can Design For You

When you’re considering which company to have design your next project, remember that Tucker Paving offers a multi-stage approach that allows you to streamline the process while maintaining control over your investment. This provides great value for your time and money.

A Digital Future for Construction

It is the digital age, and industries across the board are reaping the benefits. The construction industry is utilizing an array of digital technologies to overcome obstacles, manage daily operations, oversee worksites, and more. Explore the numerous ways the construction industry is realizing its digital future.

Construction and a Digital Future

Recent events have definitely played a role in giving the construction industry a little push towards digital technology, namely the Covid-19 pandemic. The ways the construction industry is stepping into the digital age include:

  1. Fixing the Supply Chain. While there were definite issues with the supply chain pre-pandemic, those issues were exacerbated tenfold when industries and whole countries shut down. While things have improved, many in the construction industry are utilizing supply chain management software to mitigate product shortages, gain insight into processes within the supply chain, track materials, and to better manage the problem.
  2. Finding New, Sustainable Construction Materials. Consumers like the idea of having a home, workspace, or other space that is both digitally advanced and made with eco-friendly, responsibly sourced materials. The construction industry will continue to see developments into buildings and construction materials that are ethically sourced, sustainable, environmentally friendly, and more energy efficient than ever before.
  3. The Rise of the Robots. Construction has long faced labor shortages, especially skilled labor. Robotics are being developed to complete repetitive, menial tasks, leaving human workers more time to take on those tasks that require more skill.
  4. Digital Monitoring with Telematics. This technology allows construction companies to keep track of vehicles, machinery, and even tools to have everything where it is needed, to lower theft, and to manage their fleets.
  5. Advancing Analytics. An array of technology is being developed that allows the facets of a construction worksite to be analyzed as data, including sensors, drones, apps, and more. These analytics can be utilized for numerous benefits, such as improving productivity and increasing worker safety.
  6. Communication and Collaboration. Keeping everyone on the same page is paramount during a construction project. Digital technologies are creating new and innovative ways for everyone involved in a construction project—clients, managers, foremen, workers, and more—to communicate and collaborate better than ever before.

Tucker Paving has more than 25 years of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving construction industry, and we’ve seen a lot of changes in the construction industry in that span, and we look forward to what’s to come! Contact?us?at?(863) 299-2262, or?contact us online, for help with your next?asphalt or concrete construction project!? 

Tracking Technological Advancements in Asphalt

Technology continues to evolve in virtually every aspect of our lives, and the construction industry is no exception. You may not realize it, but even asphalt paving has had its share of advances in technology over the years. As pros in the paving industry, Tucker Paving makes it a point to keep up with what’s new in asphalt technology.

The Latest Advances in Asphalt
Tucker Paving has been in business since 1994, and in that time, we’ve already seen some fascinating improvements in the way asphalt is prepared and put down.

  • Premium asphalt starts at the plant. Gone are the days of asphalt being made the same way for every location. Climate plays a big role in the durability of a paved surface and is now taken into consideration during the asphalt manufacturing process. Quality testing is more prevalent as well.
  • Site preparation. Laser-guided transits have replaced the traditional site glass and plumb bob method of determining site slopes. This ensures a higher degree of accuracy for drainage. The machines used for removing old asphalt have also improved greatly.
  • Stabilizing the sub-base. Whereas previously all projects started with a sub-base being laid and compacted with no way to check that the sub-base was structurally sound throughout, now nuclear density testing can determine the solidity of the base and surface. Correcting compromised sub-base is also more efficient and effective now, utilizing fabric or geo-grid to provide shallow support, rather than having to dig down several feet to rill the area with aggregate.
  • Preventative maintenance. These days, the value of preventative maintenance is more recognized. Crack filling and sealcoating can drastically extend the lifespan of a paved asphalt surface.

 

For Lasting Results…
Tucker Paving uses the most up-to-date technology and best practices to provide our customers with paved surfaces that will stand up to the test of time. Give us a call for all of your commercial and residential paving needs.

Asphalt Curing: The Basics

The process of installing asphalt pavement is a straightforward procedure that has a lot of important details going on behind the scenes. Curing is one example of the elements of asphalt installation that aren’t obvious to those unfamiliar with the process. However, curing is an important part of the asphalt installation process because it ensures the asphalt pavement will hold up for years to come.

Details of Asphalt Curing

Once an asphalt pavement has been installed, it is time to let it dry. This is not what is meant by the term “curing,” but it is the first step. Drying is where the liquid solvents evaporate, leaving the asphalt surface free of tackiness or other wetness.

Most asphalt pavements need to dry somewhere between a full two or three days. During this drying time, you cannot walk or drive on your asphalt pavement. Your asphalt paving company should let you know the exact drying time for asphalt for your region. 

After the asphalt pavement has dried, it is safe to walk and drive on it. However, the asphalt still has to cure. During the curing process, the materials in the asphalt mixture fuse and oxidize. This makes your asphalt hard and strong, and it allows it to stand up to the elements and wear and tear. In most instances, asphalt fully cures within six to twelve months.

There are some rules of thumb to keep in mind while your asphalt is curing. These include:

  • Don’t park in the same place all the time for at least a month. Since the asphalt is still not completely hardened during the curing process, continually parking in the same spot could create a depression in the asphalt that will collect water and cause problems down the line.
  • Don’t put too much weight on it. Similarly, since your asphalt has not fully hardened, putting too much weight on it—such as driving a large, heavy vehicle on the uncured asphalt—could cause uneven depressions.
  • Don’t allow excess traffic. Avoid having a high volume of traffic on your asphalt pavement as much as possible until the asphalt is fully cured.

Tucker Paving is an asphalt and concrete?paving?construction company?with?over 25 years of experience?in?the asphalt and concrete paving industry!?Contact us online, or call us at?(863) 299-2262?for?help?with?your asphalt paving project.???

 

5 Reasons You Should Use Asphalt Paving for Your Driveway

There are many different options to choose from when it comes to paving a new driveway, but make sure you give asphalt a second look. We at Tucker Paving have over 25 years of experience in the paving industry, and we know that asphalt is a great paving option for your driveway. 

Benefits of Asphalt Paving for a Driveway

There are multiple reasons why you should use asphalt paving for your driveway.

  1. It’s a fast installation. All pavement options require a solid base foundation, but after a foundation is established, asphalt is the fastest choice for installation. Asphalt requires two or three days to dry to where you can drive on it, versus the week of drying required by concrete or the 5 to 7 days to install pavers. 
  2. It’s long-lasting. The average lifespan of an asphalt driveway with adequate maintenance—such as sealcoating every three to five years—is about 20 years. However, asphalt can last much longer if it is maintained and issues like cracks or puddles are fixed quickly.
  3. It’s durable. Asphalt is a flexible material that is able to withstand the elements, high traffic, and more. That makes it much less likely to crack or form potholes under stress than concrete paving.
  4. It’s environmentally friendly. Asphalt is one of the most recycled materials in the US as old asphalt is easily broken up and used to make new asphalt.
  5. It’s easy to repair. Asphalt pavement can easily be repaired by filling in cracks and potholes, resurfaced with an overlay, and/or renewed and protected with a sealcoat layer. Essentially, asphalt pavement can be repaired quickly and cost-effectively, making your driveway like new again. Such options are not available with concrete or pavers.

Tucker Paving has over 25 years of experience in the?concrete and asphalt paving?construction?industry, and we offer installation, sealcoating, pavement resurfacing, and asphalt repair and replacement.?Call us at?(863) 299-2262, or?contact us online, for your next project!?