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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.

The Benefits of Adding Fiber to your Concrete Mix

The Benefits of Adding Fiber to your Concrete Mix

The Benefits of Adding Fiber to your Concrete Mix?

Your mother always told you to get enough fiber…she wasn’t wrong! Fiber is beneficial to your health, and believe it or not, it can prolong the life of your concrete. So, is concrete fiber the same as dietary fiber? Not even close!

Fiber-reinforced concrete is concrete that contains fibrous material which helps to maintain the structural integrity. Concrete fibers are manmade materials that are typically made from steel, glass, and organic polymers. When added to the concrete mix (usually at the plant), these fibers help to reduce the cracking that naturally occurs with concrete. Since concrete is a rigid material, it is susceptible to cracking. The goal of these fibers is to “hold” the concrete together and to “hold” the cracks together. Fibers are a part of the system to reduce or control cracking and extend the life of your concrete pavement.

Cracking of concrete can occur due to changes in temperatures. Cracks can also arise as a result of density changes from setting the concrete. Fibers will not keep cracks from forming. Instead, the fibers are designed to hold the concrete together and prevent it from falling apart. When concrete is going through the curing process, the water inside the concrete evaporates. The method of water evaporation can cause cracks in the concrete. Fibers such as polypropylene reduce cracking by protecting the concrete from stress. Steel fibers reduce cracking by intersecting cracks and stopping their growth.

Fibers assist with freeze-thaw stress concrete that is exposed. Water expands when it is frozen, and water inside concrete is susceptible to freezing. If the water freezes, it creates pressure in the pores of the concrete. Once the pressure exceeds the tensile strength of the concrete, the concrete can rupture. Prolonged freeze-thaw cycles can cause cracking, scaling, pitting, and crumbling. When fibers are added to the concrete mix, its freeze-thaw resistance will improve.

So, you can see, fibers are an important part of extending the life of your concrete, and they cost very little to add to the mix – usually less than $0.20 cents a square foot.

The pavement preservation pros recommend adding fiber to your concrete mix in order to extend the life of your pavement. With 45+ years of experience, Byrne & Jones Construction has the horsepower and expertise to help. Ready to prolong the life of your concrete? Give us a call at (314) 254-9766.

Interns wanted: Byrne & Jones seeks areas best and brightest at school Career Fairs

Interns wanted: Byrne & Jones seeks areas best and brightest at school Career Fairs

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Interns wanted: Byrne & Jones seeks areas best and brightest at school Career Fairs 

This year’s summer interns at Byrne & Jones Construction featured students from a variety of midwestern colleges along with one local high school student. Shown in the photo are: Kaelen Small (front), and, from left in back row, Mats Kozicz, Lauren Kimes, Emma Schleeper, Rachel Wakeman (inside cab) and Dalton Loos. 

Any student looking for an internship that could lead to full-time employment at one the St. Louis area’s leading commercial asphalt, concrete and sports-related construction firms should mark their calendars when Byrne & Jones visits their school’s career fair this Fall. 

“This is an opportunity to get hands-on experience either out in the field, in the office or in some cases, both,” said Danielle Rozycki, an HR Generalist at Byrne & Jones Construction.  “We’re looking for individuals that want to go above and beyond the norm,” said Rozycki. “Whether they’re pursuing a degree in business or engineering, this is a place where they can really shine.” 

Rozycki emphasized that the available internships aren’t just for those in their junior year of college. “We’re interested in meeting with freshman and sophomores, too,” said Rozycki. “Many of our interns come back for a second year, gaining even more valuable experience.” 

 Byrne & Jones Construction will also be visiting area tech and vocational schools. “Crew members can be making $20-$30 an hour right out of school. This is a chance for vocational students to gain a real edge before joining the work force” Rozycki added. 

Byrne & Jones will also be looking for potential interns at the high school level. “We’ve had at least one high school intern for the past two years,” said Rozycki. 

So what’s the key quality all of these interns share – whether they’re from colleges, vocational schools or even from high school? “They’re all highly motivated and self-starters,” said Rozycki. “The number one thing we look for is someone who wants to push themselves to be the best. This is a place that rewards performance and believes in getting our interns involved right from the start. We’ve had a few interns actually act as Project Managers on job sites. Many interns have become full-time employees upon graduation and gain valuable on-the-job experience that prepares them to launch their career. If that sounds like you, we should definitely talk.” 

Byrne & Jones had seven interns working on staff from a variety of different schools in the summer of 2018 including one high school senior. If you’re a student at any of the listed schools, consult your career fair board for further information.  Details regarding Byrne & Jones participation at area vocational schools, including the CCDI program, should check with their counselor while interested area high school students should consult with their guidance counselors about potential participation.