Category Archives: Paving

Don’t Fall Victim to Paving Scams

Nobody likes being cheated, so protect yourself from asphalt scams by calling a REAL pro – like Tucker Paving.

It’s a sad fact that our world is full of individuals looking to make an easy buck by taking advantage of other people through lies and deception. Scam artists abound in just about every arena, including the world of construction and paving. Here at Tucker Paving, we truly abhor hearing stories about good citizens getting ripped off by shady contractors and crooked con artists.

Buyer Beware
We at Tucker Paving have heard some real horror stories of people paying thousands of dollars for shoddy work that wasn’t even completed by swindlers who had no business running any type of equipment. Protect yourself from being a victim by following a few easy steps.

  • Have the work done on YOUR terms. First off, if you need your driveway paved, call a few reputable companies for estimates and go with the one you feel most confident about. Don’t give an important job to someone who just wanders up to your doorstep unexpectedly to offer you a deal too good to be true.
  • Check their credentials. Any legitimate company will make it easy for you to ascertain their certification and credibility. If they can’t show you that they’re appropriately licensed, assume that they aren’t.
  • Be suspicious of huge discounts. Scammers often offer their services at ridiculously low prices. If someone offers to do a job at a significantly lower rate than any other company in the area, watch out. There’s a good chance they will just take your money and disappear.
  • Get it in writing. Verbal contracts are difficult to enforce, so get everything in writing. They don’t want to sign a proper contract? Tell them to get lost!

Protect Yourself
Thieves know what they’re doing, and they know it’s wrong. Don’t count on them to suddenly change. Protect yourself, your property, and your investments by knowing what to watch out for, and when you need a professional company to handle your paving needs, count on Tucker Paving.

Go Green With Your Next Paving Project

Green options can be affordable and aesthetic for patios, walkways, and more.

Going green is a big deal these days, with the increasingly worrisome news about global climate concerns. There is always something we can do as individuals to lessen our environmental impact, especially when we undertake construction or paving projects. Tucker Paving understands the urgency of taking better care of the land we use, and we do what we can to encourage our clients to use environmentally friendly strategies in their projects, like using green designs for patios and walkways.

Going Green in Paving Projects
The good news is that using green options for patios and walkways can be an affordable choice. Using bricks or pavers will have a comparable cost to good quality concrete. Tucker Paving can walk you through all of your options.

  • Use recycled materials. One of the best ways to reduce environmental impact is by using reclaimed materials instead of new ones. This drastically reduces the amount of energy and resources used to produce the materials for your project, plus it reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills.
  • Use permeable paving solutions. Driveways, walkways, and patios can be made from gravel, spaced bricks, pavers, stone, and other materials that allow more water to seep into the soil, reducing runoff that can pollute local bodies of water.
  • Use local materials. Whenever possible, opt for locally produced materials. This is another way to decrease the amount of energy used to transport materials from the production site to the construction site.

Go Green to Show You Care
The truth is, we all need to share this one planet for generations to come, so it’s up to all of us to do our part to take care of it. Tucker Paving is committed to good environmental stewardship, and we are happy to talk to you about how you can reduce your impact in your next paving project, just give us a call!

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.

Permeable Pavement Isn’t Perfect

Permeable pavement has a number of benefits, such as reducing runoff, keeping pollutants out of stormwater drains, and more—but it is not without its drawbacks. Permeable pavement, also called porous pavement, is any kind of pavement that allows rainwater to permeate through the pavement rather than running off. It can be made of concrete, asphalt, pavers, and more. If you’re considering permeable pavement for your next paving project, consider the drawbacks as well as the advantages before committing.

The Drawbacks of Permeable Pavement 

The drawbacks of permeable pavement are not deal-breakers, but they do need to be considered when planning your pavement project. Permeable pavements drawbacks include:

  1. It’s not as strong as normal pavement. Permeable pavement is best suited to low-traffic Projects like driveways, patios, and walkways. It cannot handle heavy vehicles or high volumes of traffic. Because permeable pavement is not as strong as normal pavement, it is not a good pavement option for heavy-traffic areas like roads, highways, and parking lots that see a lot of heavy traffic.
  2. It needs to be installed by a professional. There are some pavement projects that can easily be a DIY project, but permeable pavement is not one of them. There is a lot of work that needs to go into the base and subbase, and it requires special equipment. Even some asphalt paving companies may not offer it as an option.
  3. It’s not suitable for all soil types. Permeable pavement allows rainwater to pass through it into the ground underneath. If the soil underneath is not a permeable soil, such as soil with a high clay content, then the water will virtually have nowhere to go. This can lead to all kinds of issues.
  4. Permeable pavement requires more maintenance. Soil and debris can get down in the small crevices in permeable pavement over time, essentially clogging the pavement’s ability to allow water through. Debris needs to be removed periodically, such as once a year.

Tucker Paving has more than 25 years of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving business. Contact us online or call 863-299-2262 for your next asphalt or concrete installation, maintenance, or repair project.