Category Archives: Asphalt

Basics of an ADA-Compliant Parking Lot

Striping a parking lot requires good attention to detail, from painting to controlling the flow of traffic to following state and municipal codes. This also includes ensuring your parking lot is ADA-compliant. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990, making discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other characteristics against the law. Because of this, public accommodations—such as public parking lots—must meet certain accessibility requirements. Explore the basics of an ADA-compliant parking lot.

Ins and Outs of an ADA-Compliant Parking Lot
The ADA is a federal law so all parking lots must adhere to it no matter the state. However, municipal or state building codes may be more intense than the ADA’s regulations.

An ADA-compliant parking lot, as outlined in the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, must have:

  • There must be one accessible spot, painted as such and with signage, for every 25 parking spots. 
  • A car-accessible space must be at least 8 feet wide with an access aisle of at least 5 feet, for a total width of 13 feet.
  • For parking lots with 501 to 1,000 spaces, accessible spaces should make up 2 percent of all spaces.
  • For parking lots with 1,001 spaces or more, 20 spaces must be accessible, plus one for every 100 spaces over 1,000.
  • Accessible parking spaces should be located at the shortest acceptable route to the building, which offers the easiest access.
  • A minimum of one of every six accessible parking spaces must be van-accessible, which is 8 feet wide and next to an 8-foot access aisle for a total of 16 feet; if your parking lot only has one accessible parking space, then it must be van-accessible.
  • Access aisles can be shared by two accessible parking spaces.
  • The parking surfaces in the accessible spaces and access aisles have to be firm, stable, slip-resistant, it cannot include changes in levelness, and it can only have a slope up to 1:48-inch.
  • Pedestrian routes, including for those parking in an accessible spot, must be marked with paint that contrasts with the parking lot surface.
  • Each accessible space must include a 5-foot-high sign designating it as accessible with the international symbol of accessibility, with van-accessible spaces being marked as such.

Tucker Paving has over 25 years of experience?in the?asphalt and concrete paving industry, and we are well-versed in meeting ADA requirements for residential, commercial, and municipal construction regarding parking lots, sidewalks, curbs, and more. Contact us today by calling?(863) 299-2262, or?fill out our?contact form?online, and let us help you with your next concrete or asphalt paving or striping project!? 

Patch a Pothole? Yes, You Can!

Potholes in any asphalt pavement are a danger and an eyesore, and they are usually a symptom of a larger problem. The number one thing to know about potholes is that they should be dealt with as soon as possible. A pothole will not mend itself or go away. Helped by the elements and traffic, a pothole will always get bigger and deeper as time goes on, and the repairs will always be more extensive and more costly the longer you wait. Never ignore a pothole!

The best option is to have a professional paving company like Tucker Paving to inspect your asphalt pavement and assess the potholes and other damage for the best, longest-lasting repair options. However, there is another option if a paving company cannot come out in a timely manner or the repairs cannot be done immediately.

Cold Patch Asphalt
Another option for dealing with potholes, at least temporarily, is a cold asphalt patch or filler. This option does not require the high temperatures or expensive equipment of hot asphalt. Benefits of using a cold asphalt filler include getting the pothole repaired temporarily so it does not get worse, the job is simple and straight-forward enough that most DIYers are able to comfortably complete it, and the cost of a full repair job can be deferred to a later date.

Generally, you’ll want to square a pothole before patching it, which means chiseling away any cracking or crumbling asphalt until you have a square to fill in rather than a circle. This can be done with an asphalt saw or a hammer and chisel.

Next, remove any debris or plant matter. Add a mixture of course gravel and sand, or even broken asphalt pieces, into the square hole until it is an inch away from the top of the existing asphalt pavement, tamping it down as you go.

Then, add in the cold asphalt filler, tamping down each layer, until it is slightly overfilling the hole. It is best to then tamp it down with a vibrating plate, though a metal tamper or lawn roller will work as well. Lastly, after the appropriate curing time, add a layer of seal coat over the repaired patch of asphalt.

Most cold-filled asphalt potholes are temporary fixes and should be looked at by a professional asphalt paver like Tucker Paving as soon as possible.

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.????  

Asphalt Overlay vs. Asphalt Sealcoating

Asphalt is a paving option that has minimal maintenance, but it is not maintenance free. Similarly, while asphalt pavement generally holds up well against the elements and vehicle traffic, problems can arise from time to time. Two maintenance and/or repair options you have with asphalt pavement is an asphalt overlay or asphalt sealcoating, but they are not the same thing. The use of either depends on the state of your current asphalt pavement.

Overlays vs. Sealcoating

There are a few differences between sealcoating and overlays, and they are related to how each option is used. Sealcoating is a thin coat of liquid that is added over the top of existing asphalt pavement in order to protect it. Sealcoating is not meant to work as a repair or patch for cracked or crumbling asphalt. It renews the attractive dark color of the asphalt pavement and protects the pavement from the sun’s UV rays, water, dirt, and liquids from vehicles. It is recommended to have asphalt sealcoated every three years or so to protect the asphalt pavement. Sealcoating should also be done to asphalt pavement that has recently had any cracks or potholes repaired.

Overlay, on the other hand, is meant to act as a temporary fix to asphalt pavement that is cracked or has potholes. It is a fresh layer of asphalt that is laid over the old, damaged asphalt pavement. It can generally extend the life of damaged asphalt pavement for a year or two, but the underlying damage will eventually resurface. An overlay is basically a lifeline for asphalt pavement to extend the life of the pavement for a year or two until a complete asphalt replacement can be done.

An experienced and reputable asphalt paving company life Tucker Paving can assess whether your asphalt pavement would benefit most from asphalt sealcoating, asphalt overlay, repairs and sealcoating, or a complete replacement of the existing asphalt. Using a knowledgeable company is the best option for ensuring your asphalt lasts for years to come.

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.

Making Your Concrete Driveway’s Curbs More Appealing

A concrete driveway can add serious curb appeal to your home, and there are many design options for the driveway itself that up the curb appeal factor beyond just a standard concrete driveway. Concrete is a strong, affordable, and low-maintenance choice for a driveway, and it can boost your home’s value as well. Adding additional embellishments on top of the many advantages of a concrete driveway can really make your home a stunner that is the talk of the neighborhood.

Embellishments for a Concrete Driveway

Your concrete driveway doesn’t have to be plain; there are many options for upgrades and embellishments that will increase the curb appeal of your home. Options include:

  1. Resurfacing. If your concrete driveway is in good shape, an experienced concrete company like Tucker Paving should be able to resurface your concrete driveway to give it a facelift. Additional embellishments can then be added to make your concrete driveway really pop.
  2. Stamped designs. Special stamps can be used in the drying concrete to give the driveway the look of brick, slate, or stone but without the higher price of those materials!
  3. Stains and tints. Your concrete driveway can be stained or tinted to a variety of colors and combinations to accentuate your home and landscaping. There are a variety of colors in many hues and shades to choose from to compliment or contrast with your home and landscaping.
  4. Texture. The wet concrete of your driveway can be given a texture to add interest and a touch of distinction to your property, making your home really stand out. Textures can be as subtle or as bold as you want.

All of these embellishments can be used together to create a concrete driveway that is truly unique and that adds interest to your home and landscaping. Designs can be created using stamps, stains, and texture to all work in tandem. You can complement your home’s colors, design, and overall feel to create a one-of-a-kind concrete driveway that makes your home a showcase!

Tucker Paving has over 25 years of experience in the concrete and asphalt construction paving industry. We offer concrete paving as well as many other concrete construction. Call us at (863)299-2262, or contact us online, for your next parking lot project!



Hot-Mix and Cold-Mix Asphalt: What’s the Difference?

There are a variety of different kinds of asphalt mixes available, and research into new mixes is ongoing. Hot mixes and cold mixes are two of the most common forms of asphalt. Explore the pros and cons of hot mix asphalt versus cold mix asphalt. 

Hot Mix Asphalt
Hot mix asphalt is so named because it is mixed—when the aggregates like gravel and sand are combined with the asphalt binder—at high temperatures, upwards of 300 to 500 degrees. It is also laid down at similarly high temperatures. This form of asphalt is best suited to large projects like parking lots, roads, and driveways.

There are numerous benefits to using hot mix asphalt. Hot asphalt is better able to withstand the pressures of weather extremes—both hot and cold temperatures—and it has greater durability overall. It is also more flexible, and it is more likely to shrink or expand rather than crack. In short, hot mix asphalt can stand up to pressures of both the elements and repeated use by heavy vehicles.

Additionally, hot mix asphalt may be laid down at high temperatures, but it cools down rapidly. This means that it can be laid down quickly and the asphalt pavement can get back to being used by vehicles and pedestrians in a timely manner.

On the flip side, hot mix asphalt is generally more expensive due to the nature of needing to be mixed and laid down at such high temperatures. Also, it should not be laid down at temperatures lower than 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cold Mix Asphalt
Cold mix asphalt is best suited to small-scale jobs, especially for temporary patches and repairs. With no need to be heated, it can be applied directly to problem areas like potholes and crack.

Cold mix asphalt is significantly less expensive than hot mix asphalt, and it can also be applied in temperatures lower than 40 degrees. However, cold mix asphalt is not nearly as durable or as flexible as hot mix asphalt, so it is generally used as a patch to temporarily fix problem areas.

Tucker Paving is a 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 assistance with your next asphalt paving project.   

Weather Can Wreak Havoc on Asphalt

Asphalt is a durable, long-lasting paving option, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not affected by the weather. Florida’s extreme heat, intense UV rays, and high rainfall all pose a triple threat for asphalt. While Floridians don’t need to worry about the damage extreme cold can do to asphalt, they do need to make sure to mitigate the effects of Florida’s heat, intense sunshine, and high rainfall on asphalt pavement.

Florida’s Climate and Asphalt
Florida’s extreme weather poses damage risks to asphalt pavement. The Sunshine State’s high temperatures and intense UV rays can cause a number of issues with asphalt. Common issues include:

  • Oxidation. Intense UV rays can break down asphalt’s surface on a chemical level, causing it to become brittle. This can lead to other problems, like cracking and raveling.
  • Cracking. High heat can cause asphalt to form cracks, especially pavements that see a lot of heavy traffic, such as parking lots.
  • Raveling. Raveling is the disintegration of the asphalt’s structure as the aggregates—the stones, gravel, and sand—are dislodged. This compromises the structure and the integrity of asphalt as a driving surface.
  • Tracking. This is when asphalt gets so hot that parts of it essentially turn back into a liquid-like state and can be “tracked” around by shoes, tires, and more.

Florida’s high rainfall in the summer months can also cause damage to asphalt. It can form pools in low spots, which can weaken the asphalt from repeated exposure to the water. It can also get down into cracks and at pavement edges and have an erosive effect on the asphalt.

Protecting Asphalt From Florida’s Climate
Protecting your asphalt from the wear and tear of Florida’s wet season, heat, and UV rays is as easy as having sealcoat applied to your asphalt pavement every few years. As an added bonus, regular sealcoating also protects your asphalt from damage from dust and debris and liquids like fluids from a vehicle. Having a reputable paving company perform sealcoating and other basic maintenance is a good idea as it can be a messy job!

Tucker Paving has over 25 years of experience in?the asphalt and concrete paving industry, and we offer sealcoating services as well.?Contact us online, or call us at?(863) 299-2262, for?assistance with?your next asphalt or concrete paving project!?


Potholes Are More Than Just Eyesores

Potholes can be a real nuisance. They can cause damage to vehicles, cause injury to pedestrians, and plus, they can be a real eyesore. When you’ve invested in a parking lot for your place of business, you don’t want potholes in it giving the public a negative impression of your space. Tucker Paving can fix those unsightly pockmarks on your paved surface for you.

The Pitfalls of Potholes
What causes potholes in the first place? Usually, what has happened is that water has worked its way through small cracks in the pavement. As the embedded water expands and contracts with temperature changes, the foundation is weakened. Traffic over the weakened area then causes the asphalt to collapse, forming the loathsome pothole.

If left unrepaired, a pothole will enlarge. As more vehicles drive over the affected area, more asphalt will crumble away. So the longer you wait to cause Tucker Paving for a repair, the more damage you are risking. 

Customers who trip and fall due to a pothole can hold you liable for their injuries. The same goes for drivers whose cars are damaged from driving over a pothole in your parking lot. Even if they don’t choose to hold your company financially responsible, they are still walking away from your business with a sour taste in their mouths. 

The development of potholes can indicate that there is a problem with the paving foundation or with the parking lot’s drainage system. Having Tucker Paving out to take a look can not only prevent inconvenience or injury to your customers and employees, but we also can assess the overall condition of the pavement to determine if more than just a quick pothole repair is warranted.

Tucker Paving Fills in the Gaps
Whether Tucker Paving did your parking lot paving originally or not, we’re the people you want to call when you have asphalt problems, including potholes. With over 50 years of experience serving Winter Haven and surrounding communities, you can be assured that we’ll get the job done right the first time.

Asphalt Sealcoating vs. Resurfacing: What’s Right for You?

Asphalt is an excellent paving option that is sustainable and affordable, but unfortunately there is no paving option that lasts indefinitely. While asphalt pavement does have a long life with appropriate care and maintenance, asphalt can start to look worn and aged. Your asphalt might have faded, gained oil spots, or feature cracks or dips where water collects. Thankfully, there are options when it comes to restoring your asphalt pavement to look like it’s new. An experienced asphalt paver like Tucker Paving can let you know if sealcoating, resurfacing, or asphalt pavement replacement are in order.

Sealcoating vs. Resurfacing

Both sealcoating and resurfacing can restore your asphalt pavement to looking like new, but they have different purposes. Sealcoating should be part of the regular maintenance of your asphalt pavement, and it can give your asphalt an instant facelift.

During the sealcoating process, a thin coating of a tar-like liquid is spread over the top of existing asphalt. Sealcoating can cover up faded asphalt, returning your asphalt to that black like-new look. It can also cover up oil stains and other blemishes. 

Sealcoating protects your asphalt from the sun’s damaging UV rays, water, and dirt and debris. It cannot repair cracks or low spots. Sealcoating should be done every three to five years.

Resurfacing is an option that can address minor repair needs. Small cracks and low spots can be patched or filled in, and then another layer of asphalt called an overlay, is added to the top of the existing asphalt pavement. Mino1r flaws in the existing asphalt pavement can be fixed with resurfacing; most pavement needs to be resurfaced every 15 years or so.

While both sealcoating and resurfacing are excellent options for restoring your asphalt pavement, not all asphalt problems can be fixed with these methods. Unfortunately, sometimes asphalt damage can be so extensive—and stem from problems with the base or irrigation—that your asphalt pavement must be completely replaced. An experienced asphalt paver will be able to judge which option is best for your asphalt.

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

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!?? 

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.