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Let's Talk About Drainage

Jon Baggett 26 Jan 2015

When water falls on your parking lot or roadway, where does it go? Questions like this probably don’t keep you up at night, but when deterioration and/or damage to your surface affect the proper drainage your pavement was designed to have, it becomes an issue that needs to be addressed.

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On The Twelfth Day of Paving

Jon Baggett 23 Dec 2014

On the twelfth day of paving, my contractor gave to me...

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Asphalt Resurfacing 101: Slurry Seal vs. Microsurfacing

Jon Baggett 15 Dec 2014

Slurry seal was invented in Germany in the early 1930s as a new technique to cost-effectively maintain roadways. In the late 1960s, German scientists began experimenting with conventional slurry seal to help with the wheel ruts on the autobahns. By introducing different polymers, emulsifiers and better aggregate, microsurfacing was born.

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Understanding Microsurfacing's Role in Pavement Maintenance

Lea Porras 26 Nov 2014

A few posts ago, we debunked the following myth: when a parking lot or other asphalt-paved surface has deteriorated — but not to the point of replacement — only an overlay using asphalt can remedy the problem. While an overlay usually offers the longest lifecycle improvement, there are other options available to add life back to the existing surface. One of these maintenance options is microsurfacing.

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When to Prioritize Facility Maintenance Decisions

Jon Baggett 17 Nov 2014

In case you haven’t heard, Christmas is next month! Priority #1 is making a list, checking it twice, and figuring out how much to spend on presents — you know, making a budget. Without it, come Christmas morning, my kids will be playing with toys from Disney’s Frozen while Aunt Betty and Uncle Fred are left out in the cold.

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Who Says An Overlay Has To Be Asphalt?

Lea Porras 07 Nov 2014

Mother Nature and Father Time have a funny way of making an asphalt surface go from new and black to old and cracked in no time. And don’t forget about Uncle Traffic – he’s played a major “roll” in it too. The traditional, long-lasting approach to pavement restoration is to overlay it with a new layer of asphalt. For some situations, alternative approaches can be considered.

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Does Chip Seal Have You Stuck in the Stone Age?

Lea Porras 31 Oct 2014

Have you ever met anyone who has fond memories of chip seal? Me neither! There’s nothing pleasing about the sound of small rocks pummeling your car’s wheel wells, or the sudden fright you experience when one of those loose stones “chips” your windshield at 40 mph. We know the cosmetic damage chip seal can potentially cause so why is it used, and is there an economical alternative to this “stone age” surface? Let’s take a look.

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Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Asphalt

Lea Porras 22 Aug 2014

Champs Elysees
Ask a group of 5-year-olds what asphalt is and you’re sure to get a hodgepodge of interesting responses: That black stuff that Daddy likes to drive really fast on. Or, Mommy told me not to say bad words. Or the most probable response, I don’t knowREAD MORE

The Zebra Conundrum

Lea Porras 15 Aug 2014

My kids have watched the movie “Madagascar” more times than I can count. One of the main characters is a zebra named Marty who lives in the Central Park Zoo but longs to experience the wide-open spaces of the wild. At one point, he tells his friend Alex the Lion, “My life is half over and I don’t even know if I’m black with white stripes or white with black stripes.” Marty’s identity crisis is rooted in three areas: life, appearance and purpose. Like Marty, your property has an identity crisis of its own … and it might just start with your asphalt surfaces. Let’s take a look.

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Acronyms, Acronyms Everywhere

Lea Porras 08 Aug 2014

We live in an acronym-crazed culture! I can read a text message like “BTW BFF, RSVP ASAP!” and understand it. Even corporate America subscribes to this madness. Companies such as IBM, CVS, AT&T, and IKEA would hardly be recognized by their unabbreviated names. Every day, many people buy car insurance from GEICO not knowing it is short for Government Employees Insurance Company. So it is not surprising that the asphalt industry has a few acronyms of its own. One of these is TRMSS.

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