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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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The ABC’s of Pavement Maintenance

A, B, C. 1, 2, 3. Installing commercial or residential pavement is one thing, but maintaining it is quite another. Often times, many property owners will skip this step, reasoning that maintenance is not necessary or can be put on the back burner. However is that true? How necessary is pavement maintenance? What can Atlas Construction offer you for your pavement needs? Keep reading and learn about our top paving techniques and why you need our expertise today. It all begins with A, B, C.

ASSURED SERVICES. Our advanced construction techniques ensures you receive the maintenance attention for your pavement needs. In comparison to other companies, Atlas provides you with a technique that helps your pavement last longer in the first place. Our Thermo-Lay Asphalt machine equipment allows us to do all our asphalt repair with one truck and a few select workers. This greatly reduces your and our resources’ to maintain and repair your concrete. This machine keeps an even, constant temperature through its work, allowing for a faster, more thorough and cost-effective surface lay. The result, is less need for immediate future maintenance.

BETTER SOLUTIONS. You may have heard of sealcoating and crack filling? At Atlas, we see the importance of regularly checking your pavement to see if you have problem areas that require this kind of attention. How do we do it?

At Atlas, we make use of techniques to fill your cracks with the most flexible material to strengthen and reduce natural exposure to further damage.  By applying sealant, we are able to maintain the integrity and strength of pavement while reducing the process of rust and decomposition. Replacing concrete at times, is the best solution. Our process for replacing concrete sets us apart from other construction companies. This process is quicker and faster to complete the job than any other common methods used which require more equipment and resources. As a result, we guarantee  a superior service for less.

Additional repairs can be costly, so we work early on to assess you area and detect any potential hazards to your pavement. 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

COMMITMENT TO YOU. 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.

At Atlas we get the job done right, perform in a timely manner, charge reasonably based on the project and most importantly work with you to fulfill your construction needs.

We are not just Atlas Construction. We’re Construction at it’s Best.

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.

Call us 303.590.4555.

 

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Why Should You Seal Your Pavement? 3 Potential Damages

Why seal your pavement?

Sealcoating benefits your concrete against three main causes of damage:

Sun Damage

Roads are subject to increases in temperature, due to natural and artificial heat during convocation with the surface. The surface layer of asphalt can reach a calefaction of 172 degrees Fahrenheit. This reaction with the material melts down the top layer which can result in sinking, potholes and cracks.

Sealcoating aids in the maintenance the integrity and strength of your asphalt. When you decide to sealcoat, you are adding a layer of sealant to the surface layer which acts as a protective solvent much like sunscreen does to our skin. Even more so the same, sealcoat will extend its longevity and slow down its aging process, that would result through its reduction.

Liquid/Moisture Damage

Pavement is extensively affected by natural elements of moisture (like rain and snow) leading to cracks, potholes and its base layer’s degradation. An accumulation of liquid pools seep into the pavement resulting in depression of the surface layer.

Sealcoat helps eliminate these issues and proactively prevent future ones from occurring. Potholes, sinking and alligator cracks can be avoided as a result of the application’s properties working against oxidation, chemicals and water penetration. In addition, this process will fortify the primary layer’s strength and durability against moisture.

Traffic Damage

Not usually thought an impairment, the travel of vehicles often leaves the mass beneath them affected. Larger traffic loads, oversized vehicles, including garbage and delivery trucks’, and tire tracks summate pressure on the pavement. Over time, this layer begins to oxidize and lead to cracks and decay in the road.

The wear and tear of natural and manmade elements greatly can affect the surface of the material. You can think of sealcoat as a barrier against these elements and also an abettor against friction, rust and skid. This process will greatly extend the life of your asphalt and  leave it with a clean, fresh appearance.

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. It is important to consider this service every 3-5 years to lengthen the lifespan of your pavement. Need help getting started?

At Atlas Construction, we understand the importance of reliable, fast services for asphalt repair and maintenance. We recognize that a variety of circumstances call for our expertise. Whether you’re looking to lay, maintain or repair your asphalt, you can trust Atlas to be able and ready to offer quality, reliable service.

Worried about cost?

At Atlas Construction, we can help you reduce your costs and get the most out of your blacktop or asphalt repair. Our experienced team can help you access your project and give you multiple option for repair and restoration. Atlas Construction has the tools and expertise to ensure a superior paving project regardless of the scope.

Learn more about our concrete and asphalt services.

Protect and prolong with us! Contact us now by filling out this form.

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Why ATLAS? Construction At It’s Best

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.

What should you look for in a Denver construction company? At the very least, you want to look for a team who is going to:

1. Get the job done right.
2. Perform in a timely manner.
3. Reasonably charge.
4. Work with you and your needs.

Awesome, we already do all that and much more. You may be asking, there’s more? Yes, there is! We are not just Atlas Construction. We’re Construction at it’s Best.
So, why choose Atlas?

1. We employ advanced construction techniques.
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.

One such technique is our Thermo-Lay Asphalt Machine. 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.
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.
Our other technique is crack filling. 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. These larger damages can be more costly and consuming to repair. Taking advantage of our early assessment can help detect and save your asphalt from these problems developing later.
Contact us now for more information.

2. We have extensive expertise for Denver-area services.
As a Colorado-based company, we understand how to work with the dry seasons we experience here and which measures to take for projects to ensure the longevity of the concrete. Services we offer include:

    Concrete Caissons. Retaining structures built for deep foundations and helical piers.
    Post tension slabs. Used on grade and raft foundations.
    Minimum Dead load footings
    Conventional spread footings

We also have great experience in cast-in place concrete construction for foundation and retaining walls, architectural concrete, matt foundations and structural decks.
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3. We extend the life of your asphalt.
We offer maintenance plans to ensure your payment on the life of your concrete.
The process of sealcoating allows us to provide another layer of protection against natural elements on the road, including liquids like water and oil or from UV heat damage. Sealcoat acts as a barrier between these elements and the asphalt. Sealcoating can also act as anti-agent against friction and skid properties on the asphalt.

4. We provide free estimates. Don’t hesitate, get started today. Call us at 303-590-4555.

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3 Budgets to Consider

Are you considering a pavement project? Are you in need of asphalt repair? With the changing of seasons and the effects of natural elements is it important to survey your asphalt needs. Here’s three different areas and their determining budgets:

Parking Lot
No matter the size of your parking lot, as a property owner or manager, maintaining your pavement can be stressful. You’ll need to take into account the current state your parking lot is in and the regular repair work it will need. Here’s a simple evaluation to take:
1. How many years old is your parking lot pavement?
2. When was it last restored or surveyed?
3. What is the distance of well-traveled areas and how are those areas holding up?
4. How has traffic and natural elements affected your pavement?

There are two things to budget for: preventative maintenance and major repairs. Breaking these down into two distinctive categories will help you measure your own work that needs to be done and how you can best extend the life of your pavement. Possible services needed could include: Crack Filling, Sealcoating and Striping, Concrete Flatwork.

Sidewalk
Though at times, sidewalks make use of different materials, it’s important to have a plan for traditional or special paving treatments. Determining the best plan for a sidewalk usually works best if you first measure the amount of damage. Here’s some questions to consider:
1. Has your sidewalk become uneven or sunken down in certain areas?
2. Is it teared or cracked in due to prolonged time and elements?

Often instead of a full replacement, an easy fix of a specific area can be performed in one service. Budgeting for this leveling can save you almost half or more of the cost to replace. Possible services needed could include: Crack Filling, Sealcoating, Concrete Flatwork.

Driveways
Whether for residential or commercial projects, driveways often need repair for sinks, cracks and/or full slab replacements. Often natural elements, including those from soil settling beneath, can affect the lifetime and appearance of a driveway. Here’s some things to consider:
1. Does your driveway need to be resurfaced?
2. Does it need a complete refinish?
Possible services needed could include: Crack Filling, Sealcoating, Asphalt.

At Atlas Construction, we can help you reduce your costs and get the most out of your blacktop or asphalt repair. Our experienced team can help you access your project and give you multiple option for repair and restoration. Atlas Construction has the tools and expertise to ensure a quality product for any paving project you have in mind. Regardless of the scope of your project, we can provide you quality, professional results.

Learn more about our concrete and asphalt services.
Protect and prolong with us! Contact us now by filling out this form.

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Atlas Construction: Standing Behind the Asphalt

At Atlas Construction, we understand the importance of reliable, fast services for asphalt repair and maintenance. We recognize that a variety of circumstances call for our expertise. Whether you’re looking to lay, maintain or repair your asphalt, you can trust Atlas to be able and ready to offer quality, reliable service.

Our process sets us apart from other construction companies. Our Thermo-Lay hot asphalt paving truck allows us to quickly perform asphalt repair. In addition, the Thermo-Lay equipment we use 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. Hence, we say with us you receive a superior service for less.

Asphalt is classified by its chemical composition and physical properties. Our asphalt’s physical components contribute to its effectiveness. Here are the most important considerations:

Endurance. Asphalt mix should hold an adequate film thickness amidst the aggregate particles. The mix should also not have high air voids, which accelerates age hardening. Depending on the age of its physical properties, it can begin a process called binding. Viscosity grading is actually based on these binding characteristics. This state results in an increased thickness, stickiness, and semi fluidity—which creates a more stiff and brittle mix. It’s important that the mixture have a high element of workability to be placed and compacted.

Security. When heated, asphalt gives off vapor, which is a common component of many materials. The higher the temperature, the higher increase in vapor release in concentration. Also, known as its flash point, it becomes highly flammable. For this reason, our crew takes extra safety precautions during these processes. The purity of asphalt also is important in its security. The more pure the asphalt properties are (when it contains a greater percentage of bitumen), the higher its quality and performance.

Resistance. Asphalt has to be resistant enough so that it will not distort or displace over time with heavy traffic loads and changes in temperature. Another factor is when it is subject to moisture— it must be able to withstand potential damage and have skid resistance from travel. The wear and tear of natural and manmade elements greatly can affect the surface of the material and move down into the mix. This can result in minimum to maximum damage.

You may be wondering, How can you extend the life of your asphalt?
It’s important to know when to repair your asphalt. Here are some top techniques we make use of and some keys to know when which ones right for you:

1. Sealcoating
Sealcoating can maintain the integrity and strength of your asphalt by slowing down the process of reduction, resulting in rusting. Our sealant can be applied by squeegee or spray. This process can also greatly extend the life of your asphalt. Is your pavement a fading black and the surface is decomposing? It’s time to get sealcoat!

2. Crack filling
Unlike rusting, 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. This can save you expensive maintenance and repair costs.

3. Striping
Striping your asphalt is the last but not the least important. We feel this is the final step that completes your investment. As part of our services, we offer this with a range of customized markings. Do you need to direct traffic and add safety precautions? We can do this for you and make sure you’re also ADA compliant.

We are ready to help! Get in contact with us at sales@atlasconstruction.build or call 303-590-4555.