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Asphalt’s 5 Enemies and How to Fight Them

The top enemies affecting your concrete are not very far off. Let’s consider the top five natural and manmade elements that can greatly damage your asphalt and then what preventive measures you can take:

Water. Water is everywhere! Natural rainfall or from sprinklers or wells. But the kind that most affects your pavement is what stays behind. Standing water that sits in collected areas of your asphalt breaks down the top layer chemicals seeping into the base layers of the concrete. Worse yet, if there are already cracks or holes in your asphalt, the water will seep into and enlarge these areas. Resulting damage can includes larger cracks, alligator cracks and potholes.

Vehicles. Wait, aren’t these the reasons we have pavement? Vehicles’ constant travel on pavement can wear down the surface. Especially do larger-sized, heavier cars and trucks over time depress asphalt material and it can begin to sink.

UV Heat. The regular exposure to UV heat has the same effect on asphalt as it does on human skin, it discolors and ages the surface. The resulting oxidation process of the tar disintegrates the hold on the aggregate, resulting in a decomposure.

Tree Roots. Extending as far as 70 feet, roots can grow up underneath asphalt. If the concrete has been laid near a tree or on top of existing roots, over time the shifting of them beneath the pavements can result in cracks and bumps.

Oil. Oil, specifically from cars quickly penetrates and breaks down asphalt’s surface. This is even more so, when a repeated oil spills in the same area. If the surface breaks, it’s easier for cracks, crumbling and holes to begin to form damage.

Prevent and Protect with Us

Atlas Construction is devoted to helping you preserve the life of your asphalt and fight against its natural enemies! We offer maintenance plans to ensure your payment on the life of your concrete:

1. Sealcoating

Sealcoating maintains the integrity and strength of your asphalt by slowing down the process of reduction, resulting in rusting. It adds another layer of protection and acts as a barrier between elements and the surface layer. Our sealant is applied by squeegee or spray. This process can also greatly extend the life of your asphalt.

2. Crack filling

Cracking fills the asphalt with moisture induced from natural elements and traffic. It affects the base layer and when it freezes, the damage expands. Through our site assessment, we identify early cracks and fill with our specially formulated material that reduces spread. We fill your cracks and alligator cracks with material that’s flexible and strengthens the base layer from moisture exposure which can lead to further cracks and potholes. This can save you expensive maintenance and repair costs.

3. Asphalt Laying

In comparison to other Denver-based companies, at Atlas Construction, we employ the latest and greatest techniques to ensure your project is done right to last longer.

Our Thermo-Lay Asphalt Machine is a highly modern, efficient equipment allows us to do all our asphalt repair with one truck and two people. It’s the fastest and most efficient method available utilizing less labor and resources. Through this machine, we also promise superior repair work. The Thermo-Lay asphalt machine keeps the asphalt at an even, constant temperature. These techniques are faster and cost a significant less amount than another company performing the same project.

Contact us now for more information.

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Pavement Maintenance: To Maintain or Not To Maintain

To maintain your pavement or not to maintain and as the line finishes, “that is the question?”

At times, it may be difficult to find an assured answer to this question, especially if you are not familiar with all aspects behind concrete maintenance.

As the property manager of your commercial or residential property, though, you are concerned with the the longitude of your concrete, from intentional and unintentional damage. Some of these induced elements include but are not limited to:

  • Oxygen
  • UV Heat
  • Wind
  • Rain
  • Snow
  • Traffic

Though the average lifespan of your concrete and asphalt project can be anywhere from 20 to 30 years, the maintenance during this time is critical in preventative action against damage. These should take place intermittently every three to five years.

These are some main maintenance options you should consider during those periods of time:

Sealcoating the surface.

An average lifespan of pavement will include several seal coats. Sealcoating is applied either by squeegee or spray to the surface of the pavement slowing down the reduction process. It also protect the top layer from the above common elements of damage and even, color fading or decomposition.

Repairing cracks and fissures.

Cracks, whether great or minor, will spread and lead to further cracks or holes. While still isolated, it’s good to address these, while resources for repair are manageable. Crack fills the asphalt with moisture induced from natural elements and traffic. It affects the base layer and when it freezes, the damage expands. We offer an assessment for your concrete that can detect early sights needed of repair on cracks and alligator cracks. Our specially formulated material for fill reduces spread or further damage.

Replacing concrete.

Asphalt is classified by its chemical composition and physical properties. Our asphalt’s physical components contribute to its effectiveness.

Our process for replacing concrete sets us apart from other construction companies. Our Thermo-Lay hot asphalt paving truck allows us to quickly perform asphalt repair. This highly modern, efficient equipment allows us to do all our asphalt repair with one truck and two people. It’s the fastest and most efficient method available utilizing less labor and resources.

In addition, it allows us to keep asphalt at an even temperature and ready to use for a longer duration. This process is quicker and faster to complete the job than any other common methods used which require more equipment and resources. With us, you receive a superior service for less.

A Long-Term Plan for your Needs

At Atlas Construction, we provide you the best services fitting your project needs, with steady delivery and at a reasonable cost.

Atlas Construction has been operating in Denver, Colorado since 2010 and has gained the reputation as the best choice for all your asphalt, concrete and residential repair needs.

These are more common problem Atlas can assess for you:

  • Surface cracks
  • Grooves, fissures and rusting
  • Sinking or compaction
  • Potholes
  • Patches needed
  • Aggregate
  • Streaks and Fading
  • Uneven surfaces

Still not sure if you need maintenance? We can help you determine this and assess your property whether it be commercial or residential to give you the best option possible for your pavements’ needs.

Atlas Construction is your best choice for asphalt, concrete, and residential repairs in Denver. We also offer a free estimate!

Ensure your pavement maintenance plan with us. Today. Call 303.590.4555.

 

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What’s the Right Season?

Ever wondered what the right season is to begin your construction project? There’s several things to consider beforehand. One of the largest factors is how weather conditions will affect and either facilitate or delay your plans to pave, repair or install. Consider these different areas and why you should examine carefully not just the season, but the right season to begin your project.

To Pave Your Patio
We usually think of patios as a great way to bring together family and friends, soak up some extra sun in the summer and enjoy relaxing on in the fall. Paving your patio is a project worth pursuing for any homeowner. Before paving your patio with concrete, though you should consider a few key details about concrete:
First, concrete is made up of a mixture of cement aggregate and water. These elements are mixed and poured onto the ground’s surface wet. Later, it hardens onto the ground — the ground’s temperature and surrounding air temperature affects the hardening process of the concrete.
Secondarily, concrete’s components cause it to completely harden after its liquid molecules settle and evaporate. If temperatures are too cold while pavement is laid, this can affect the settling of the molecules. The cold can cause them to expand and crack onto the surface during the drying process.
On average, it takes 28 days for concrete to completely dry in warm weather. Colder temperatures, less than 40 degrees to freezing can considerably lengthen this duration. Also, increasingly hot temperatures, greater than 85 degrees can cause the surface layer to completely dry while the underneath layers remain moist. This leads a finished product of brittle, cracked patio pavement.

So, what is the ideal season to pave your patio? While colder temperatures are not as conducive to pouring concrete, with the assistance of insulation and heating elements, it can be accomplished. However, the ideal season to start your project would be either spring or fall, while majority of locations experience medium temperatures. Good planning will ensure the best job with the best results and a beautiful looking patio to enjoy for years to come.

To Repair Your Driveway
Repair your driveway with asphalt! As we have previously discussed, your driveway pavement can break down and begin cracking when exposed to elements like ice, snow and increased heat. Considering the best season to repair your driveway would include your answer within some of these areas:

How long since my driveway was first paved? Most quality asphalt can last for up to 20 years!

What damage does my driveway have? Assessing the extent of your driveway and comparing the size of your damage can help you determine the urgencies of your repairs. Read more about how to assess your repair needs.

What is the ideal season to repair your driveway? The Asphalt Paving Handbook recommends temperatures an average temperature of 50 degrees. The best seasons have been said to be during the early part of summer or fall, when their is little moisture but still warm enough weather conditions.

To Install Your Walkway
Why should you install a walkway? Here’s a few considerations:

  • Adds pleasing design appeal
  • Brings a convenient ease for guests
  • Creates a safer environment in bad weather
  • Increases the sale value of your property

What is the ideal season to install your walkway? The installation process involves laying of stones and adding mortar. Mortar is best laid in temperatures above 40 degrees when the ground is level and relatively dry. Frost and moisture can shift the ground and lead to an uneven instatement. Warmer weather is preferred for this grade of installation. We recommend the summer or fall season.

For more information and construction advice, contact us today.