Category Archives: Paving

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.

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!

There’s More to Parking Lot Striping Than You Think

Parking lot striping, the process of painting a parking lot with the lines that mark parking spaces and other signage like handicapped parking and traffic lines, might seem like a simple process. However, there is a lot more to parking lot striping than you might think! Explore all of the details of parking lot striping that are crucial for the safety and functionality of a parking lot.

Parking Lot Striping Details
Parking lot striping is what tells drivers where (and where not!) to drive, where to park, and so on. Without adequate striping, a parking lot would turn into a free-for-all with drivers parking haphazardly and driving where they shouldn’t; this increases the danger of an accident involving both pedestrians and other vehicles. Parking lot striping keeps a parking lot as orderly and as safe as possible.

There is a lot of planning that goes into designing parking lot striping, such as how wide parking spots and driving lanes (called aisles) will be, if parking stalls will be slanted, straight, or parallel, the desired flow of traffic, choosing handicapped parking, and delineating areas for pedestrians.

Stripes in parking lots are four inches wide and 15 or 18 inches long, and it usually takes at least two coats of paint to create a stripe that is 15 milliliters thick so that it is bright, visible, and long-lasting. How parking lot stripers go about painting stripes in a parking lot will depend on whether they are painting a new layout, painting restripes, or painting resurfaced restripes.

The type of paint used is also important. Usually, parking lot stripers will use oil-based paint, called alkyd, for restripes and new layouts. Latex paint is most often used for parking lots that have been resurfaced, but latex can also be used for new layouts and restriping as well.

Parking stalls, or where vehicles are parked, are usually nine feet by 18 feet to accommodate all sizes of vehicles, but cities can have different zoning guidelines that must be followed. Furthermore, handicapped parking stalls must have a minimum of eight feet of clearance width-wise and have a minimum of five feet of clearance for an access way; again, these numbers may be different depending on the zoning requirements of different cities.

Aisles usually need to be 22 feet between straight parking stalls, but many parking lots utilize 24-foot aisles throughout the parking lot to offer sufficient clearance for vehicles to back out of parking spots. Angled parking stalls require aisles that are just 16 feet wide, but aisles have to be one-way. Lastly, parallel parking stalls need 22 feet of aisle if the traffic is two-way and 12 feet if traffic is one-way.

Tucker Paving has over 25 years of experience in the concrete and asphalt paving construction industry. We offer site clearing, site grading, stabilized subgrade, base work, asphalt paving, underground utilities, and concrete curbs, sidewalks, slabs, and tie-beams. Call us at?(863) 299-2262, or contact us online, for your next project!  

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!