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How Weather Can Affect Asphalt & Concrete Surfaces

How Weather Can Affect Asphalt & Concrete Surfaces

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How Does Weather Affect Asphalt and Concrete Surfaces?

Did you know that extreme winter temperatures can affect your asphalt and concrete surfaces? Those new cracks and potholes in your pavement are probably due to the precipitation and undulating temperatures above and below freezing.

How is Asphalt Affected By Weather?

When winter temperatures start to drop, asphalt contracts, which builds tension and allows the material to crack. If there is water present beneath the pavement and it freezes, then the ground is vulnerable to crack as water expands once it freezes.

It is important to note that the weather can also affect the paving process. Construction should take place in warmer weather where conditions are optimal for avoiding damage. If the weather is too cold, then the asphalt will not compact correctly, leading to issues later on.

How is Concrete Affected By Weather?

Concrete is similarly affected by the weather as it presents challenges in colder temperatures. According to the American Concrete Institute (ACI), cold weather affecting concrete is “a period when for more than three successive days in which the average daily air temperature drops below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and stays below 50 degrees Fahrenheit for more than one-half of any 24 hour period.” Concrete requires a hydration reaction, which is slowed down in colder weather and reacts quicker in warmer weather. That is why it is ideal to pave in warmer conditions.

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How do you fix pavement damage caused by weather?

If this is the case, we recommend the most effective means of pavement preservation for your surface. This could involve crack repair and pothole patching, or it may call for a more dramatic means such as asphalt pulverization or full depth reclamation. In the Midwest, the winters can be brutal on your pavements and can cause a significant amount of damage. The key to preventing larger issues from occurring is to be aware of arising issues and take action when necessary.

Our goal at Byrne & Jones Construction is to provide the most effective means of preserving the life of your pavement by taking a pro-active stance that ultimately helps you get more years of service while saving you money over the long run. We have the newest equipment, multiple crews, and exceptionally trained project managers in addition to operators who will be ready to get your surface in top operational condition. All it takes is one call to the asphalt-paving and asphalt maintenance professionals at Byrne & Jones Construction to set the wheels in motion. Don’t fret over all those cracks and potholes in your asphalt surface. Call today for a free consultation at (314) 254-9766.

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Tips for Keeping Your Asphalt Parking Lot Looking Great

Tips for Keeping Your Asphalt Parking Lot Looking Great

Tips for Keeping Your Asphalt Parking Lot Looking Great

A parking lot welcomes customers into your business. As the main entryway, it is important that your lot looks inviting. If there are giant potholes, cracks that look like an earthquake has struck, and accidents waiting to happen, this will reflect poorly on your business. It is vital to fix these issues before costly repairs add up and more importantly, before there are any liabilities caused by the faulty lot. Knowing when and what to repair is important for keeping customers happy and for saving you time and money. Check out these important tips below for a better understanding of how to keep your parking lot looking great and up to date!

1. Inspect Your Lot Regularly

Damages are small annoyances but can become even worse liabilities if not taken care of. If you notice cracks starting to form, it may be time to start crack filling. Crack filling is the single greatest way to extend the lift of your asphalt. Other indicators that your parking lot needs maintenance include potholes, loss of color, lines fading, and/or pools of water forming after rain. If your asphalt curb is broken or crumbling, that is also subject to repair. If you notice any of these signs, it is time for some maintenance. If these damages are left unresolved, they can become worse, which means a more costly repair that no one wants. Parking lots that need more than 30% of patch work should probably consider an asphalt overlay instead!

2. Clean Up Trash and Other Debris

A trash filled parking lot is a great deterrent to customers as that reflects poorly on your business. As mentioned earlier, a parking lot is the main entryway for customers. That is why it needs to be regularly maintained. If there is excess debris such as leaves, rocks, and trash, it can restrict your access to spotting damages in your lot. Excess debris may also clog your parking lot drainage system and cause puddles or dips of water throughout your lot. This can contribute to surface erosion, leading to cracking and potholes. Having excess trash and debris may also add to the pollution in local waterways, which is not eco-friendly. To clean this debris, consider power-washing the pavement and sweeping it regularly. This tip may not seem like much, but it can make all the difference.

3. Seal Coat Your Parking Lot

Seal coating is the process of adding a protective layer to an asphalt pavement to safeguard it from water, oils, and U.V. damage. By doing this, the life expectancy of pavement is extended. We recommend that you seal coat your parking lot every three years in order to preserve your pavement. This step is important for extending the life of your parking lot.

4. Restriping When Lines Are Faded

Restriping is essential for keeping your lot safe and organized. If your customers are able to easily see these lines, this can help to increase safety and decrease liability. Restriping offers many benefits apart from creating a safe lot. It can offer a nice curb appeal, which is important for creating and keeping a good impression on your customers. One good practice of restriping is to paint lines in different areas each time. This can help to prevent weak spots in your lot as people won’t be driving in the same areas time after time. Restriping can offer your business a simple makeover and can create a welcoming entryway for your storefront.

5. Clean Up Oil Stains Right Away

Oil and other harmful liquids can create long lasting stains that have the ability to deteriorate the asphalt and paint if not taken care of. That is why it is important to clean this up as soon as you see it. By wiping the liquid off the surface once the spill occurs, this can prevent it from seeping further into the layers of the pavement. Oil stains that have been sitting for a while can affect the asphalt composition and create potholes if ignored. This larger repair can be prevented if cleaned up right away.

With these tips, you can extend the life of your parking lots. Paying attention to these signs now will save you time and money in the long run. By also understanding what causes asphalt to deteriorate, you can prevent issues before they happen. Create a warm welcome for your customers and maintain your parking lot. To learn more about asphalt, click here.

Ready to give some TLC to your parking lot? Byrne & Jones offers the highest quality asphalt mix in St. Louis. Trust the pavement preservation pros and get your repairs today. Click here to contact us.

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Discover the many benefits of Full-Depth Reclamation

Discover the many benefits of Full-Depth Reclamation

Discover the Many Benefits of Full-Depth Reclamation

Full-depth reclamation is a technique that can offer various advantages. This process is a cost saving, environmentally smart solution to extend the life of your asphalt surface.  

What is full-depth reclamation? 

Full-depth reclamation (FDR) is the process of pulverizing asphalt pavement, resulting in a stabilized course. During this process, the pulverized layers are able to be reclaimed and used as pavement. This technique is commonly used with pavements that have major issues.  

What are the types of Full Depth Reclamation? 

  • Mechanical Stabilization: includes the addition of aggregate materials 
  • Chemical Stabilization: includes the addition of lime, cement, or fly ash 
  • Bituminous Stabilization: includes the addition of asphalt based emulsions or foamed asphalt  

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What are some of the advantages of Full Depth Reclamation?

Cost-Effective

This process has proven to be cost effective as it creates long lasting pavement, lending to less repairs down the road. The FDR process creates a higher load carrying capacity and also reduces moisture susceptibility. The result is a stronger, longer-lasting surface. Combine that with the cost-savings, and Full Depth Reclamation becomes an even more attractive alternative to completely removing and installing a new asphalt surface.
More owners are discovering they can save 30%-50% of total project costs when they let the experts at Byrne & Jones Construction perform the Full Depth Reclamation process on their worn-out asphalt parking lots.

Environmentally Friendly  

Since this technique uses reclaimed material, it has less of an impact on the environment. Head of Byrne & Jones Construction Asphalt Division, Kevin Klette says, “Instead of having to dig up and remove the old asphalt surface before installing a new one, FDR pulverizes the old surface, compacts it, and then we mix an additive that creates a stronger base for the asphalt mix.” According to the National Asphalt Pavement Association, 2.4 million metric tons of CO2e were spared from the atmosphere in 2019 through the use of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) in new mixtures.  

This technique allows for the conservation of energy and material. According to Klette, “Full Depth Reclamation offers more than just cost-savings. It helps conserve energy since there’s no need to haul away or import new materials. It saves natural resources and energy since it recycles existing material and it eliminates material disposal concerns, making it a much more environmentally-friendly route to take.” 

Full Depth Reclamation requires a variety of specialized equipment that most asphalt paving contractors simply do not have. Byrne & Jones Construction not only has the equipment, but also has the know-how to perform the variety of steps involved throughout the process. If you are interested in seeing Byrne & Jones Construction’s work in person then call and ask about our jobs at Watlow Electric or Ladue Middle School. To schedule a live recycling demo, contact Brett Gaither at 314-254-9766. 

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What causes a pothole to form?

What causes a pothole to form?

Potholes: 101

Have you ever cringed and braced for the worst when you see a pothole in your path? Potholes can not only be a nuisance to avoid but can cause serious damage if driven over. According to AAA, pothole damages cost U.S. drivers $3 billion in vehicle repairs each year. These problems in the pavement are terrible for drivers and should be repaired as soon as possible, but first it is important to understand where they come from.  

What causes potholes to form?

Potholes are more susceptible to forming when the weather starts to cool down during the winter and spring time. These issues are the product of water freezing and expanding. When water finds its way beneath the surface, it can expand and contract, affecting the strength of the pavement. When water expands, it can crack the pavement. As the pavement contracts, or the ice melts, gaps are left in the surface. This process can happen over and over, weakening the pavement each time while also creating a larger issue. With drivers on the road, these spots can weaken even more from the weight when driven over time after time. This stress can help to create potholes.

How to repair potholes?

The first step to repairing a pothole is cleaning it. It is important to make sure that loose debris is removed from the area before it can be repaired. A high pressure water tool can help to clear the area. The next step to the repair is measuring the pothole to ensure there is the correct amount of pavement to fix the hole. Once that amount is determined, the cracks and holes can be filled and sealed. Proper repairs are necessary to preventing further damage in the future. 

How can I reduce the number of potholes in my parking lot?

If you are looking to extend the life of your asphalt and reduce the number of potholes, you should seal any cracks present to prevent water from getting underneath your asphalt. Hot pour rubberized crack sealer is an extremely successful and cost-effective approach to maintaining your pavement.

Tired of your potholes? We are here to help. At Byrne & Jones Construction, we have the horsepower and expertise to mend your pavement problems. Call the surfacing experts today at (314) 254-9766

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Asphalt or Concrete: Choosing the Best Surface For Your Parking Lot

Asphalt or Concrete: Choosing the Best Surface For Your Parking Lot

Asphalt or Concrete: Choosing the Best Surface For your parking Lot

Both asphalt and concrete make for great parking lots, roads, and driveways. One material is not necessarily better than the other, it just boils down to the type of use, budget, and ongoing maintenance. Ultimately, it is up to what will work best for your project. Answer these questions below to determine which material is best for you.

Amount of Usage

What type of vehicles will be used on this surface, and how many vehicles will be using this on a regular basis?

The number of vehicles and weight can make a huge difference in what type of material to use. If you are looking to use your surface as a loading dock or for heavy vehicles to rest on for long periods of time, concrete may be the better option for you. While asphalt is durable, it can become flexible under heavy loads, which can, in turn, create indentations in the surface as heavyweights can be too much. Asphalt is typically the better option for parking lots and roads that have lower volumes of traffic. 

Total Cost

What’s your budget?  

Concrete will generally cost more than asphalt as the installation is more expensive. Asphalt is faster to install and can be used the same day that it is laid. These factors lend to a less expensive cost, but one must also consider maintenance costs.  

Maintenance

How often do you want to maintain your surface?

Ongoing maintenance is needed for both asphalt and concrete. However, asphalt requires more ongoing maintenance as it should be resealed every 3-6 years. While asphalt may require more maintenance, it is typically less expensive than concrete repair. With concrete repairs, one must replace an entire slab as opposed to just patching cracks or holes. 

Pavement Lifecycle

How long do you want your pavement to last?

Each surface will last a long time provided routine maintenance is done. A concrete driveway for example can last from about 30-40 years while an asphalt driveway can last 20-30 years. While a concrete driveway has a longer lifespan, it will be more expensive to replace than the asphalt. 

Weather

Do you live in a warm or cool climate? 

If you live in an area with a warmer climate, you might want to consider choosing a surface that accounts for this. Asphalt retains heat more than concrete, so asphalt surfaces can get hotter than concrete. Concrete does not absorb as much UV radiation and can be easier to walk on in the heat compared to asphalt. Another thing to consider is living in a cooler climate. If it snows a lot, it is good to know that concrete cannot have salt on it or it will be damaged. In general, concrete does not perform as well in cold weather as it can be subject to cracking from the cold. Since asphalt is able to absorb more heat from the sun, it allows snow to melt faster on its surface. Both surfaces react differently to weather conditions, so it is important to consider your climate before making a decision.

Appeal

What do you want your surface to look like? 

Some people tend to prefer concrete as it can be colored to change the look while asphalt does not have that ability. While this is the case, it is important to note that oil stains are much more noticeable on concrete than asphalt.

Site of Project

Does the parking lot, road, and or driveway have the proper drainage and slope?

Whether concrete or asphalt, one must consider the amount of slope and drainage your project has. If water is able to collect and pool, this can damage the surface. Certain types of asphalt can help with water drainage, which can not only benefit you but also help the environment.

Now that you have read through the different factors to consider, which do you prefer: asphalt or concrete? Whichever pavement you choose, Byrne & Jones Construction is ready to help. Contact us now for a free consultation at (314) 254-9766.

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A Useful Plan For Your Parking Lot Repair

A Useful Plan For Your Parking Lot Repair

A useful plan for your parking lot repair

First impressions are lasting impressions. Does you parking lot make a good first impression? Landscaping, painting, lighting, and exterior building appearance says a lot about an owner’s commitment to continuous maintenance. The condition of your parking lots and roads do too. In order to keep your asphalt and concrete in pristine condition, it must be maintained on a regular basis. By having a paving maintenance plan in place, you can save yourself from costly repairs and safety issues down the road. 

What repairs are needed for a parking lot?

Parking lot repairs will vary depending on the amount of damage that is currently there. If there are cracks throughout your lot, those will need to be patched up. According to the Pavement Preservation & Recycling Alliance, 75% of unsealed cracks develop into potholes within 3 years while only 1% of sealed cracks develop into potholes in the same timeframe. Crack sealing may be the best option to fix those cracks. With this undertaking, we will go in and fill in those cracks to ensure that they do not expand any more. Crack sealing plays a significant role in extending the life of your pavement as it can add on 3-5 years.

After any cracks have been mended, we also recommend sealcoating your asphalt. Sealcoating will provide a protective layer to your pavement, helping to preserve it from harsh weather and UV rays, therefore extending the life of your lot. We recommend that you sealcoat your pavement every 3 years or whenever you start to notice the pavement turning to a grey color.

Midwest asphalt repair experts

At Byrne & Jones Construction, our job is to ensure that you are able to make a good first impression. With over 5 decades of pavement experience, we possess the horsepower to help you reach your project goals. Our office is filled with intelligent individuals who are construction and engineer-minded, all of whom are trained in all things asphalt and concrete. Our team regularly attends industry focused and educational events in order to keep up with new technology, pavement innovation, and maintenance solutions. We are committed to being the experts, so we strive to provide the best for you. 

In order to ensure that you are getting the best long lasting surface, the equipment and machinery used to install asphalt and concrete need to be well maintained and in good working order. With our newest state of the art equipment and new asphalt material plants in St. Louis and Nebraska, we can provide you with a superior finish. Byrne & Jones Construction has several pavers and crews to handle any size project. Big or small, we cover them all.

When you contact our pavement consultants, they will point you in the right direction – providing you with accurate, professional advice to help you establish a pavement plan. Our team will address the pavement surface condition and go deeper. We will explore what’s taking place below the surface as most pavement issues start within the foundation or base. An unstable base will lead to a lifetime of maintenance headaches.

If you are interested in making a good impression, saving money, and having a safe surface at your property, we want to talk to you. Call Byrne & Jones Construction at (314) 254-9766 and request to talk to one of our pavement consultants for your NO COST consultation.

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