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Parking Lot Safety

If you are like most people, you have probably already heard travel advisories on the radio or television that cautioned drivers to be careful on their daily commute. Highway safety always seems to take a prominent position once the first snow falls. However, parking lot safety is often overlooked by the media as well as […]

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Does crack filling really work?

Yes, crack filling works. However, it is perhaps best to explain what crack filling is supposed to accomplish. The primary idea is not to restore the surface to its pristine condition with a “patch” that will last 20 or 30 years. Crack filling is an essential part of maintaining an asphalt surface because of what […]

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The History of Asphalt

Centuries ago roads were little more than well-traveled trails. Later roads were made with stones or wood. None of these materials offered the smoothness that asphalt provides. Initially, asphalt was procured from asphalt lakes, which were created when underground bitumen seeped to the earth’s surface and accumulated. Asphalt was first used by ancient civilizations for […]

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Asphalt – Fact or Fiction

Engineers who design roadways, recreational facilities, residential communities and commercial properties know the benefits of asphalt repair and pavement. However, there are some people who believe certain myths that cast asphalt in a negative light. Following are some of the most common misconceptions about asphalt. 1. Asphalt pavement has a very short life. Actually, there […]

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Infrared Asphalt Repair and Patching

The infrared method for asphalt uses modern technology to heat existing asphalt so that new material can be added to make a smooth, seamless repair. The result is a repaired area that is virtually indistinguishable, has a very long life and can be completed quickly. Advantages of the Infrared Method • Speed. With traditional methods, […]

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Why Sealcoating Works!

A proactive approach to maintaining your asphalt pavement can help ensure that you will get the maximum life possible from your investment. An important part of your maintenance program should include sealcoating your pavement as often as is needed, based on traffic and other considerations. Sealcoating forms a barrier that helps protect your asphalt from […]

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Parking Lot Maintenance For Retail Businesses

Curb appeal describes the visual appearance of the exterior of a property. Just like a house, a retail business can have great curb appeal or no curb appeal whatsoever. Retailers need an attractive exterior — good curb appeal — to help turn potential customers into buyers. Parking Lot Maintenance For Retail Businesses – The Importance […]

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What Is Your Pavement Telling You?

Pavement distress is not the same thing as pavement wear. All pavement materials are going to wear to some degree or another although preventive maintenance (such as sealcoating) can help protect against wear. Pavement distress occurs when things go wrong that are beyond normal wear. Fortunately, your pavement will “tell” you when it is in […]

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Fast Facts about Asphalt Paving

The history of asphalt goes back much longer than many people realize. Asphalt pavement was in use long before the automobile was invented, and asphalt had many applications besides road construction. Here are some interesting facts that you might not know about asphalt. • Asphalt is the top choice for roads in the United States. […]

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Asphalt Paving And Deterioration

Asphalt pavement is remarkably durable, and with regular maintenance, it can last for many decades. In fact, there are stretches of asphalt pavement on interstate highways that have lasted more than 50 years. However, asphalt pavement does not have an infinite life. A certain amount of deterioration is normal and unavoidable, but there are other […]

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How do I find a reputable contractor?

When you’re looking to embark on an asphalt pavement project, you’ll surely want to select the best possible asphalt contractor. By doing a bit of research and following some simple guidelines, you can find a company that will provide eminently reliable service. Although relying on the data provided by the Better Business Bureau and other formal […]

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Is asphalt a sustainable material?

In recent years, there has been an increased focus on using sustainable materials for building projects. Although the precise definition of a sustainable material varies slightly between different agencies and organizations, the gist of the definition is that a sustainable material is one that can be recycled and that does not adversely impact the environment […]

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What is asphalt pavement?

Asphalt pavement is most often a simple composition of stone, sand or gravel and asphalt cement. The aggregate portion of the mix usually comprises of 95% of the composition, while the asphalt cement (or binder) makes up the remaining 5%. The binder is a product of the oil refining process and acts to “glue” the […]

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What causes asphalt tennis courts to become damaged?

Assuming the asphalt was installed properly, the most common reason for tennis court damage is the aging asphalt’s loss of flexibility. Once asphalt begins to “dry out” it is not able to expand and contract with the seasons as it did when it was first installed. This lack of flexibility causes the asphalt to crack […]

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Why should I consider asphalt driveway sealing?

Improper maintenance and/or not repairing a damaged driveway will cause it to deteriorate prematurely and become unusable. Waiting too long to repair a driveway will cost more in the long run than it will to perform regular maintenance. That’s why it’s smart to have your driveway professionally evaluated soon after it is installed to set […]

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How Much does Asphalt Sealcoating Cost?

The cost of asphalt sealcoating varies from one job to the next. It is dependent on a variety of factors, so there is no way to get an accurate idea without obtaining a quote from a qualified asphalt sealcoating company. The following factors all come into play when calculating asphalt sealcoating costs: Area – The […]

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How many handicap parking spaces do I need on my parking lot?

Enacted in 1990, the Americans With Disabilities Act is a civil rights law intended to prohibit discrimination against those with physical or mental disabilities. Any business or government agency in the process of paving a parking lot must be aware of the ramifications of this law and how it pertains to their handicapped parking spaces. […]

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How Should I Prepare for a Sealcoating Job?

Asphalt preparation is an important part of the sealcoating process. You’ll be contacted by a Fahrner representative well before your scheduled application. At that time, we’ll go over any specific preparations or actions you need to perform before the crew arrives. Please follow recommendations carefully. In addition, the following preparations should be made as applicable. […]

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What Are the Benefits of Asphalt?

Asphalt pavement is superior to concrete in numerous ways and is the ideal choice for paving roads, driveways, airstrips and parking lots. The following are some of the main benefits of this widely used paving material: Cost About 30 percent cheaper than concrete, asphalt is an inexpensive paving material to both construct and repair. Because […]

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Will Sealcoating Save Us Money In The Long Run?

Although you might be a bit hesitant to pay for sealcoating due to budget concerns, you should know that this essential service can save you a lot of money in the long run. By having your pavement sealed, you can enjoy a more appealing parking area or drive, increase in your property’s value, and delay […]

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What Is the Average Lifespan of Asphalt Pavement?

The average lifespan of asphalt pavement is somewhere between 20 and 30 years. The quality of the initial paving project will, of course, influence the length of time that the material remains viable. With proper upkeep and maintenance, beginning within the first year of installation, the pavement’s lifespan will be maximized. Fahrner Asphalt Sealers offers […]

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What causes potholes?

Potholes range in size, shape and depth, and it is not always easy to avoid them. They are more than an eyesore on roads and parking lots; they also damage a vehicle’s tires and suspension system. Flexible pavements have multiple layers with a foundation of compacted dirt and added gravel for drainage. The upper layer […]

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How Often Should I Re-stripe My Parking Lot?

Parking lot striping and re-striping is more than just adding curb appeal; it also increases the safety of the business environment. Parking lot marking help reduce accidents because they provide structure and guidance. When a parking lot has defined spaces and traffic directives, customers are less likely to block entrances, sidewalks and intersections. It even creates a […]

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What is porous (permeable) asphalt?

Porous asphalt, sometimes called permeable asphalt, is a type of pavement that lets water run through it and soak into the ground below. It reduces storm runoff and helps keep roadways and parking lots free of puddles. The system has two parts: the surface material and the stone recharge bed underneath it. Asphalt is made […]

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What causes asphalt to fail?

Assuming the asphalt pavement was properly installed, the reason for most asphalt failure is the penetration of water into the asphalt base. When left unsealed, asphalt begins to oxidize, becoming dry and brittle. Once the top layers of asphalt begin to erode, small surface cracks begin to form that eventually extend down into the base […]

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How can we prevent asphalt pavement failures?

Periodic asphalt maintenance is the key to preventing asphalt failures. Beginning soon after proper installation (no sooner than 90 days), asphalt should be maintained to protect it from harsh chemicals and the elements of time. The most common preventative maintenance techniques include sealcoating, crack sealing and infrared patching. Improper, or lack of maintenance, for asphalt pavements will […]

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