Category Archives: Asphalt

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!

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! 

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!

Understanding the Different Types of Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning is a jarring experience that includes the loss of control of a vehicle while in motion due to wet roads. It can oftentimes result in an accident when a driver loses control of the vehicle, and the vehicle crashes into another vehicle or a stationary roadway feature, like a guardrail or road sign. Many people think that hydroplaning only occurs at high speeds when there is a lot of water pooled on the roadway, but there are actually three different types of hydroplaning. Explore the different kinds of hydroplaning below to avoid losing control of your vehicle and stay safe on the road.

Different Types of Hydroplaning
Hydroplaning does always include a wet roadway, but the amount of water needed to cause the phenomenon to occur is not as much as you think.

Dynamic Hydroplaning. This is the hydroplaning that most people are familiar with. It happens when a vehicle’s tire is completely separated from the roadway by a layer of water while in motion. Usually, a tire’s tread moves water out and away from under the tire as the tire passes over, and some water moves through the cracks and crevices of the pavement, and the tires maintain full contact with the pavement. In dynamic hydroplaning, enough water stays under the tires so they lose contact with the pavement, which results in the loss of control of the vehicle. Dynamic hydroplaning most often occurs when a vehicle is traveling at 45 mph or faster.

Viscous Hydroplaning. This sort of hydroplaning is caused when a pavement is too smooth, either through polishing by traffic or when flushing occurs, which is when the asphalt—the viscous liquid that bonds the aggregates to form asphalt pavement—has bled up through the aggregates to cover large swaths of the pavements surface. Both scenarios mean the roadway’s pavement has too little micro-texture. It only takes a very small amount of water to cause viscous hydroplaning, because the water can’t escape into the texture of the roadway. Hydroplaning can occur at any speed with viscous hydroplaning.

Tire-Tread Rubber Reversion Hydroplaning. This hydroplaning is one experienced by 18-wheelers when the wheels lock up at high speeds on wet roadways that have good macro-texture but not enough micro-texture.

Other issues that contribute to hydroplaning include higher speeds, marginal tires, and low skid resistance. The best option is to reduce speeds when traveling on wet pavements!

Tucker Paving has over 25 years in the asphalt and concrete paving industry. Contact us online or call us at (863) 299-2262 to see how we can assist you with your next asphalt or concrete paving project.