Asphalt Repair: How to Know When a Quick Fix Will Do or a Replacement is Necessary

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Asphalt repair can be costly – anyone who has a large pavement or parking area to maintain will be the first to admit.

Whether the repair involves patching a hole, a crack or replacing the entire surface, an asphalt repair demands that the job be done properly the first time by a contractor with experience and a track record for success.

However, the thought of replacing an entire asphalt surface creates anxiety to both property owners and businesses. When cracks appear and grass starts sprouting on old asphalt, it can be difficult to decide whether to save money by patching the bad spots or just replace the entire asphalt surface.

The factors in the decision to repair or replace an asphalt driveway are more complicated because while a quick fix may be cost effective, a permanent solution such as replacement may be better in the long run.

Here are five major considerations to help you decide what the best option for you is.

Asphalt Repair – Your Budget and How Much Do You Have to Spend?

If there are enough funds set aside (reserve fund assets) to replace the asphalt surface, then you have more options depending on the damage, condition of the asphalt surface, and what results you expect. With little to no budget, you may be forced to consider a temporary asphalt repair that could extend the life of the pavement or driveway by weeks or months.

It is important to involve an asphalt repair company in the process to determine which is the most economical option, especially if you are carrying out the repair on a tight budget.

Asphalt Repair – Size and Severity of the Damage

No matter how well you take care of your pavement, the traffic passing over it and constant freeze-thaw cycles will certainly cause damage at some point. Damage may show as narrow cracks you can live with or potholes that an asphalt repair company must repair before the pothole grows bigger.

Depending on how severe the damage on the surface is and the risk it poses to the rest of the surface, you can determine how much individual areas cost to repair and compare with the cost of an overall replacement. Typically, cracks over a quarter inch on asphalt surfaces may show signs of deeper damage that liquid crack-fillers cannot fix.

Here’s an article we wrote a few months ago related to asphalt repair that will help you determine the types of asphalt deterioration and what to do with it – 5 Clear Signs That You Should Invest In Paving Services

Asphalt Repair – Condition and Age of the Asphalt Surface

You cannot ignore the fact that asphalt will age and deteriorate over time.

Old cracked asphalt surfaces can have deep deterioration beneath the surface that could make them very difficult to repair.  Attempting to repair severely aged asphalt may be ineffective because the older asphalt may have substrate problems causing issues with cohesion of the new pavement. Potholes are bound to re-appear where the surface is patched or where the old and the new surfaces overlap.

In cases where the surface is very old and damaged, an expert would recommend an overhaul of the pavement. However, newer pavements with little signs of cracking and flaws can be patched creating a more permanent solution.

Asphalt Repair – Traffic on the Damaged Surface

A professional asphalt repair company would use a patching material to repair damage on an asphalt surface to fix against further damage. When water intrusion starts to create new cracks and deterioration between the old material and the new one, this could be a sign that replacement is necessary.

The damage on a repaired surface is often made worse by heavier traffic exerting constant pressure on the patchwork. This means busy surfaces may require urgent or more frequent repairs to prevent further damage to pavement or vehicles traveling on the pavement.

If you are looking to repair parking lot spaces, a patch may be fine for an extended period if the repair is done effectively. However, a thoroughfare in the parking lot or the entry/exit point may demand a replacement evaluation.

Asphalt Repair – The Fix – Repair Dilemma

Many property owners are concerned with the idea of replacing a parking lot and are quick to choose a quick fix rather than deal with the root of the problem. The decision to apply a quick fix or find a lasting solution to asphalt surface damage is often dependent on how quickly the surface needs to be replaced.

The most cost-effective solution may depend on how extensive the damage is but your budget and personal preferences will determine what the best option is.

Would you like help with the decision?  Give us a call at 732-886-1940.  We are a professional asphalt repair and replacement company. We can help you by viewing your pavement, offering suggestions and taking the right approach for your asphalt repair.

Power Washing: 5 Myths About Power Washing That Everyone Thinks is True

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Many people do not value power washing as much as they should, and some commonly believed myths are the main reasons people take this service for granted. This post reviews five of the most prevalent myths about power washing and what is true instead.

Power Washing – Not As Simple As It Looks

Cleaning concrete, stone walls, and other open paved surfaces can be a very labor and time-consuming process. However, thanks to advancements in mechanical technologies, we have powerful machines to make the work easy.

Power washing has grown to be a very useful strategy for eliminating mildew and mold on concrete surfaces and even stains on a wood or brick patio. Whether such a service could be ideal to clean your walkways or maintain the sparkling image of your building, here are five myths about pressure washing that you should stop believing.

Power Washing Myth 1: Power washing is only necessary when the property is dirty, stained, or moldy

Nothing could be further from the truth. Pressure washing is essentially the forceful removal of hard stains and stubborn elements on the surface—most of which are not visible to the naked eye.

There is no reason to wait until your property is unsightly to conduct power washing; after all, preventing stains is better than waiting for it to accumulate. Power washing your property regularly removes and prevent molds and stains and leaves your home or business premises clean and presentable.

Power Washing Myth 2: Just connect the power cleaner to water and you are set to start cleaning

If it were true that water only at high pressure can remove all kinds of dirt, stains, and other unwanted elements, then you could rely on rain alone to keep your home or office looking clean. In reality, this is not the case.

The truth is that professional power cleaning involves the use of specially-selected detergents with the strength to clean stains and potential mold from a surface. For some types of stains, specific solvents may be used with hot water to successfully clean stubborn stains.

Power Washing Myth 3: Power washing is simple, in fact you can do it yourself

Yes, you can do it yourself, if you have the right machine, knowledge, and experience to safely and efficiently remove specific types of molds, dirt, and stains. Most people hire the experts to save money and time because of the required experience and knowledge of using the correct equipment safely and effectively. Besides, the best cleaning professionals today use environmentally friendly products and they know which types work best to remove which types of stains or growths.

Power Washing Myth 4: Everything everywhere can be power washed

There are some areas of your house that should be very carefully (or not) power washed because of how sensitive they are to pressure or to water. For instance, overhangs, windows, decorative fypons, and door openings should receive more gentle power washing (or none at all depending on their location, condition, and materials).

There are some types of wood which can easily be damaged by high pressure or can absorb water which could lead to water intrusion or water damage. An experienced cleaner knows what areas and materials can be pressure cleaned and which ones shouldn’t be.

Power Washing Myth 5: The cleaner with the lowest bid is fine

As with many other service contracts, when it comes to power cleaning, you get what you pay for. Since you value your property, then it deserves the best care. Compare the various professionals offering pressure cleaning in your area and choose the most experienced with the right equipment, and a track record of satisfied customers. Although cost is an important criteria, it should not be the only factor when selecting a professional for power washing your home or office.

Many people rely on assumptions rather than facts when keeping their properties clean, and that is the reason they are disappointed and often spend more than they should. These five myths will certainly help you understand more about pressure washing and help you make the right decision the next time you need it.

Looking for advice on power washing?  Give us a call at 732-886-1940, we’ll give the facts you need for effective, efficient power washing.

Street Sweeping – One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

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As a professional street sweeping company, we’re actually glad that the modern world is a messy place.  Here are some startling facts about the trash:

  1. Our modern society produces an enormous amount of waste. And that waste production is increasing. By 2030 the amount of household waste will almost double to 3000 million tons annually.
  2. Every bag of household waste has produced approximately 70 bags of waste from the production process used to produce the goods that we used and then throw away.
  3. Most waste goes to landfills or is burned. Burning waste creates the world’s largest source of dioxins, which is one of the most toxic chemicals known to science.

And as a responsible street sweeping company, we would like to see waste disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.  We like to believe that we’re leading the way with effective street sweeping practices (we’ll list those in another post) and by using environmentally safe cleaning solutions in our street sweeper and garage scrubbing equipment.

In our opinion, the best way to help with effective waste management is to pay attention to up-to-date practices, keep equipment in tip top shape and constantly measure our street sweeping practices.

Street Sweeping Trash – Different Types for Different Places

One of the most interesting forms of measurement (at least to us) is the different types of waste that are generated by different environments.  That is, what type of trash, garbage, and debris does our street sweeping find in the different areas that we sweep?

We conduct street sweeping throughout New Jersey.  Depending on the different areas, we have to plan and prepare our equipment for different types of materials.  Here’s some interesting statistics based on our equipment management and reports from our street sweeper drivers.

Urban Trash

We are contracted to provide street sweeping in cities such as Newark, New Brunswick, Trenton, Princeton, and Freehold.  Ok, some of those locations are smaller, but interestingly, produce similar items for street sweeping.

Here are the common types of trash and debris we sweep up in urban (city) environments:

  • Paper – newspapers, flyers, brochures, menus
  • Aluminum cans – people drink a lot of soda
  • Cigarette butts – we’re seeing fewer and fewer as time goes on, but there’s a lot of butts
  • Food wrappers – people like eating on the run
  • Seasonal items – People in a rush leave these behind
    • Hats
    • Gloves
    • Umbrellas (mostly broken)
    • scarfs
  • Plastic bottles – Mostly water. Cities have lots of thirsty people
  • Overflow from poorly contained trash – Sloppiness is everywhere
  • Car parts – People are not aware when something falls off
  • Oil – Old cars
  • Grease – All cars

Jersey Shore Trash

We also have contracts with many different New Jersey shore towns.  The NJ shore areas we cover include Stafford township and street sweeping in Long Beach Island, Surf City, Harvey Cedars.

We cover some of the beaches in Monmouth County as well including Cliffwood Beach and Laurence Harbor.  The debris from street sweeping in shore locations is quite a bit different in type and quantity from our urban street sweeping and includes:

  • Sand – of course
  • Cigarette butts – the beaches are the world’s biggest ashtray. The butts get blown from the beach onto the roads
  • Food wrappers – Many picnics and tailgates at the shore
  • Plastic bottles – Both water bottle and lots of ice tea bottles
  • Plastic bags – stores all those picnic items
  • Cups, plates, knives, forks, spoons – Again for the picnics
  • Straws, stirrers – People like straws
  • Glass bottles – Mostly beer
  • Aluminum beverage cans – Beer again
  • Paper bags – It’s funny, people put all their trash into a paper bag and then don’t throw away the bag!

Suburban Trash

Moving from the cities to the suburbs creates trash challenges as well.  We’re contracted by many municipalities in New Jersey such as Edison, Woodbridge, Old Bridge, Hamilton, Middletown.  Here some of the street sweeping goodies we find there:

  • Grass – Must keep our lawn looking nice, but you shouldn’t throw the grass in the street (many do)
  • Leaves – Lot of trees, lot of dead leaves
  • Cigarette butts – Nobody’s allowed to smoke inside anymore
  • Food wrappers – A lot of people eat in their cars and throw the wrapper out of their cars
  • Plastic bottles – Mostly water
  • Paper bags – The leftovers from fast food
  • Bugs – Ick, can’t be helped
  • Dead birds – We feel bad for this, we love birds
  • Household waste – Lots of people don’t use a cover on the trash cans. A little breeze and there’s trash all over.
  • Dead shrubs – Guess what…garbage trucks don’t pick up this type of trash in many towns

Rural Trash

We have a few very rural areas where we conduct street sweeping.  Not as many as cities and suburban areas, but we perform street sweeping in areas including Monroe Township, rural parts of Freehold, Old Bridge and many others.  Here some of the things we find with street sweeping in these rural areas:

  • Leaves – Where’s there’s trees, there big piles of them
  • Dead vegetation – Why does it seem to end up on roads?
  • Tree branches – Where there are leaves, there are lots of branches
  • Animal carcass (birds, rodents, squirrels, etc.) – Sad to find these
  • Plastic bottles – What…are the squirrels drinking bottled water too?
  • Sand – Mostly from rain runoff
  • Pallets – Yes..the wood pallets you find in warehouses.
  • Pine cones – We have lots of pine trees in New Jersey

Construction Trash

And finally, we have street sweeping contract for many different commercial and residential construction sites throughout New Jersey.  The street sweeping debris from a construction site is our biggest street sweeping challenge because some of it is so large (and potentially dangerous).  Here’s what we find in construction street sweeping jobs:

  • Dried mud from runoff – Generally big chunks of it
  • Sand from runoff – Similar to rural areas
  • Concrete pieces – All different kinds from cinder block to drips from a concrete truck
  • Asphalt pieces – From road pavement
  • Wood pieces (shims, 2×4 edges, trim, fypon) – Most wood is disposed of properly, but smaller pieces blow into the road
  • Vinyl shavings (from siding) – Same as small wood pieces, it blows into the road
  • Asphalt shingles – From roofing
  • Beer cans – Beverage of choice for construction professionals
  • Food wrappers – They have to eat lunch too
  • Uneaten food – No need to throw it the trash, let’s just throw it on the floor!
  • Chunks of grass, earth, and gravel – Can’t be helped, it’s a construction site
  • Cigarette butts – Does everyone in construction smoke?

We Care About Street Sweeping

Well, there you have it, probably the most comprehensive list of different types of street sweeping trash that you’ll ever encounter.  Do you care?  Probably not…but we do.  We care very much about street sweeping trash.  We need to have the right professional with the right equipment for the right area to do the most effective and efficient street sweeping job.

It’s what we do.  Yes, we care about street sweeping.  Give us a call at 732-886-1940 if you care about street sweeping too.

Garage Scrubbing – Does Your Parking Garage Need A Good Scrubbing?

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Since the Industrial age, Customers have evolved to associate dirty, filthy, and cluttered places with decline and neglect. If you were to walk into an old garage with this type of appearance — that you have to skip over puddles of oil, unidentified stains, and debris strewn all over the place, what would your perception of the owner be? Not good, that’s for sure.

Most parking lot garage owners overlook the importance of garage scrubbing largely because they want to keep costs down but also because they do not spend much time in them.  It’s quite common for a property owner to focus their attention on where their client’s customers visit (the stores and offices), not where customers park.

In this post, you will learn why it is important for you to regularly schedule garage scrubbing and keep the garage looking good at all times.

Garage Scrubbing Reason 1: Safety Comes First

Safety concerns are the most important reasons why the garage should be scrubbed regularly. A buildup of oil spots and dirt poses a risk that could lead to liabilities such as slips and falls.

For example, a person may slip on an oil spill that may not have been properly scrubbed and break their wrist or elbow. Proper garage scrubbing goes a long way to remove these slippery elements from the garage floors to avoid potential legal claims.

Garage Scrubbing Reason 2: Add or Retain Value to Your Property

One of the best ways to retain or create a perception of increased property value is by simply giving it a good scrubbing and making it look clean.

This is why people wash and paint their houses just before they put them on the market. A good garage scrubbing will give the garage a clean and attractive look which creates a perception of higher value.  Besides, a good scrubbing is the surest way to keep stains from becoming permanent and to keep an eye on other potential problems.

The perception a good regular scrubbing creates will translate to happier tenants and even possibly higher rents for the property owner.

Garage Scrubbing Reason 3: Curb appeal is very important too

Curb appeal is vital for any commercial business building. The money the owner spends on the appearance of the parking garage is worth every penny if it means customers and guests feel safe and secure in the garage they park in.

Real Estate experts recommend that you retain the curb appeal of your parking garage by scrubbing oil spots and accumulating dirt as soon as you notice them.

Garage scrubbing is most effective when it is done at low humidity and temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees. This will make it easy to remove the stains and to allow the floor to dry properly.

When was the last time you conducted a good garage scrubbing to get rid of the debris, dirt, and oil—even that which is not visible to the naked eye?

If you are unsure whether you need a garage scrubbing, give us a call and talk to an expert or take some pictures and send them to us for advice.

Improve the safety of the people using the garage and improve the perceived value your property.  A good garage scrubbing is just a call away – 732-886-1940.

Power Washing – Does Donald Trump Use Power Washing On His Buildings?

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Donald Trump’s buildings are renowned for their supreme quality, pure elegance, and sheer class. This is why people are often willing to pay record-breaking fees to rent or purchase them. A case in point is the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago.

In May 2016, a condo in this building broke the record for the highest price-per-square-foot for a one-bedroom unit in Chicago. The 41st floor condo, which is 1,450 square feet, sold for $1.64 million. This means that it cost $1,127 per square foot – the highest price in Chicago’s history.

This isn’t the first time a Donald Trump building has broken records in Chicago. Back in 2014, the same building broke the record for the priciest residential real estate sale in Chicago’s history when the 89th floor sold for $17 million.

What Does Power Washing Have to do With Donald Trump?

So, why are people willing to pay over-the-odds to acquire properties in Trump’s buildings? Well, for one thing, the buildings are spotlessly clean. The Trump brand is renowned for its matchless quality. A critical aspect of this quality is cleanliness.

Donald Trump’s tenants and clients tend to come from the top 1 percent. The person who paid $17 million cash for the 89th floor was the tech multimillionaire, Sanjay Shah. Tenants on Donald Trump’s famous NYC Trump Tower have included Bill Gates, Harrison Ford, Sophia Loren and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. These are people who expect nothing but the best.

Donald Trump knows this. As a one-percenter himself, he knows that the standards are extremely high. There can be no compromises whatsoever. His buildings have to be in pristine condition 24-7. There is no margin for error.

Therefore, Mr. Trump invests in professional cleaning services to keep his properties sparklingly clean – all the time. This includes power washing. Being a savvy real estate developer, Trump intuitively knows that power washing provides the most effective way for cleaning the multiple surfaces in his buildings.

Power Washing – Helps Keep Repair Costs Down

As an astute investor, Mr. Trump realizes that power washing does more than just leaving his properties looking elegant and attractive. This cleaning technique also keeps the properties in peak condition. This reduces the frequency of repairs – thus lowering the maintenance costs. The ultimate result is that the buildings become more profitable. This is something most savvy property owners are realizing.

Therefore, anyone who owns, develops or manages buildings needs to maximize the potential power washing offers. This will not only keep the building spotlessly attractive, it will also maintain its integrity over time. The end result is that the building will become a magnet for people looking for quality properties. This will give the building a competitive edge on the market.

power washing trumpPower Washing – Not Something Donald Trump Does

Now, there is one thing most people will suspect about Mr. Trump. He has never power washed a building in his entire life. All he does is hire professionals to provide power washing services for his buildings. The professionals do the rest.

The ultimate question is: who provides power washing services for Mr. Trump’s buildings? The answer to this question isn’t in the public domain. However, there is one company which provides power washing services to buildings whose standards match those of Mr. Trump’s.

This company is C & L General Services. Now, C & L has actually never washed Mr. Trump’s buildings (well, at least not yet). However, the company’s power washing services are provided to the highest standards demanded by their customers. As such, if Mr. Trump had an opportunity to utilize C & L Services, it almost a certainty that he would use it again.

Basically, if you are a property owner, developer or manager who is looking for professional power washing services, just try out C & L Services. You will be glad you did. Give us a call at 732-866-1940 to find out more about power washing.

 

 

Line Striping: Guidelines for Line Striping the Right Way

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A line striping machine and some paint may be all that is required to paint straight functional lines fast, easily, and without breaking the bank.

However, before you begin line striping, you must understand that there are rules and regulations as well as good practices you must follow.

Here is a general overview of the most important considerations you must have at your fingertips to stripe lines the right way.

Line Striping Planning – Layout plan, types of lines, and surface types

There are three types of stripes: new layout stripes, restripes, and resurfaced restripes. Typically, parking stripes measure 4 inches wide and are between 15 and 18 feet long. Professional line striping companies plan the layout for which three types of lines are needed and then determine the edges of each layout before striping begins.

There is an old saying in the field of carpentry that is just as important for line striping, “measure twice, cut once”.  This old saying highlights the importance of careful planning before you begin your line striping project.

Line Striping Paint – Selecting the right paint

Your choice of paint largely determines the quality of line striping. To select the right type of paint, you should be familiar with the types of paint you can use as well as the suitability of each type. There are generally two types of line striping paint:

1. Oil-based Alykd paint which is used for restripes and for new layouts.

2. Latex paint that is commonly used for resurfaced lots although it serves just fine when used for new layouts and restriping.

While striping lines, a new line requires two coats that are 15 mils thick. The first coat seals the asphalt while the second coat is applied to get the millage once the initial coat is dried.

Line Striping Measurements – Determining the type of parking stalls

There are three general types of parking stalls: straight in parking angled at 90 degrees, angled parking that can be 45 or 60 degrees, and parallel parking stalls that are angled at 90 degrees but are parallel to a border with perpendicular lines.

Typical stalls need a minimum of 22 feet aisles between stalls although 24 feet is recommended. For angle parking, a minimum of 16 feet aisle is required between stalls while a minimum of 12 feet aisle is required for one-way parallel parking and 22 feet for two-way traffic parallel parking.

The sizes of the stalls depend on their intended use. Typical parking stalls measure 9 by 18 feet although this may vary depending on the zoning regulations of your city.

The handicap stalls measure a minimum of 8 feet with an access way that is at least 5 feet wide. Also, for this type of stall, different cities have different requirements that must be followed. The compact stalls measure 7.5 by 15 feet or 8.5 by 16 feet subject to city guidelines.  Take the time to check your municipality’s guidelines before you install your handicapped striping.

Line Striping Execution – Planning for the elements and meeting ADA requirements

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in July 1990 and became effective in July 1992. Section 4.6 of the act specifies the minimum number of disabled accessible spaces as well as the minimum measurements and signage requirements for line striping projects.

To stripe lines the right way, you must leave ADA van space at the end row with upright signage on the pavement as well as the surface. The overhangs must be a minimum of two feet although 3 feet is the optimum and there must be reasonable variances where there are sidewalks, curbs, and signage.

Line Striping Obstacles – Verifying curbs, wheel stops, and bollards

It is very important that you verify the lot layout before you begin line striping to avoid making costly mistakes. In most cases, initial dimensions may be off when you get to the end, and this can be very costly if proper planning is not done.

This is why it is recommended that you measure twice and verify before striping (measure twice, cut once). The curbs, bollards, and wheel stops must be marked before striping and all the wheel stops properly striped if not yet installed.

Professional Line Striping

Do you have a parking lot that needs a stripe refresh?  Or perhaps a new parking lot needing a striping plan?  Give us a call, 732-886-1940.  We are line striping experts and we will get you parking lot properly striped and looking great.

Crack Filling: What Works and What Doesn’t

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Pavement cracks are inevitable happen over time. There is no way to avoid these cracks, but crack filling regularly will save money in the long run. The best strategy for avoiding unsightly pavement is to fix cracks as soon as they occur.

Extreme weather over time does have negative impact on pavement. One of the main causes of pavement deterioration is water intrusion. Water gets into tiny cracks in the pavement, freezes and expands causing these cracks to get larger. This deterioration can then extend to the sub-grade base causing serious damage. Crack filling should be part of your post season maintenance, before you incur major losses.

Filling should be done on any cracks that are immediately visible. Filling the cracks at least once every year (after the freeze-thaw season ends) will extend the usable lfe of the pavement.

Crack filling – When and How

Cracks cannot be filed when it is cold. Cracks should be filled during the warmer weather between May and November. In the colder months, cracks expand and when temperatures rise the cracks contract. The crack filling materials will be too thin when it is cold and some of the cracks might reopen. Even though the filler material is designed to adjust to temperature fluctuations, these materials are not designed for extreme weather conditions.

Crack filler is applied when it is hot at a temperature of about 300 degrees and it is packed tightly into the cracks. The crack filler actually expands and contracts as temperature rises and falls.

If the size of the crack is too big (you can fit a coin into the crack) the crack should be patched with patching material. The patching material fills the the crack and then with the crack filler added, the two materials eventually bond together. The materials most commonly used for repair are a combination of asphalt patch (easy obtained through Home Depot or Lowes) and small crushed gravel.

Before patching the crack it is essential that the cracked area be as clean as possible. Clean off dust and loose debris so that the patching material can adhere without obstruction. If needed, use a chisel and a hammer to remove jagged edges and use a wire brush. Flush out any dirt remains from the crack and let it dry thoroughly before starting to fill.

Heat up the edges of the crack with a flame torch and apply the patching material with a trowel (a garden trowel used for digging is fine). Pack the material with a mallet before applying the crack filler material.

Crack Filling – Part of Regular Maintenance

Remember, you can prevent future cracks and pavement damage by regularly inspecting for cracks. Ensure that you sweep your pavement or pressure clean it to remove damaging grit or debris. Crack filling on a regular basis will prevent your pavement from deteriorating prematurely, will last longer and will remain attractive for a lifetime.

Have a large parking lot that needs crack filling?  Looking to complete a large pavement crack filling project?  Call us at 732-886-1940 and we’ll be glad to discuss you crack filling needs.

Power Washing – Washing With Water Is Not Enough

power washing sweeping.comWhether it is your home, office, or a commercial space, keeping your entrance and driveway clean shows you care. Power washing helps provide that care and enhances the property’s appearance.

In spite of daily cleaning, maintenance and upkeep, conventional cleaning methods may not be enough to keep the driveways clean and in good shape. That is the main reason why there is a demand for power washing. There are other advantages and in this article we’ll cover a few.

Power Washing – Quick And Efficient Washing

When there is a need for quick, thorough and efficient washing, power washing is the best option. It provides the deepest cleaning compared to hand brushing or simply hosing the surface with a hand sprayer. This generally restores the original looks and appearances of the driveway and other surfaces that can withstand this type of cleaning.

Power Washing is Cost Effective

Though many might feel that power washing could be an expensive, just as many are surprised at how cost effective it can be. The results that power washing provides (in a very short period of time) and a fresh look of the clean area provide good value. If you see mold, lichen or moss growing on any of the surfaces of your property this is a red flag for potential property damage (and it’s an eyesore).  Ignoring the growth of these micro-organisms could lead to damage or discolorations of property surfaces (concrete in particular).

Power Washing With Water Alone May Not Be Enough

Although some companies power wash using just water, we recommend special cleaning solutions to insure effective cleaning.  Though the mold and other microorganism could be removed temporarily through water pressure, they are likely to return if no other remediation is applied.

A better option is to choose a chemical composition especially for the cleaning issue mixed into the power washing spray. This provides thorough cleaning and more permanent solution.  There are some who question that the use of these chemicals might be potentially damaging to the environment.  However, today there are many eco-friendly solutions available which ensure that there is proper deep cleaning without any damage to the ecosystem.

Here’s a listing that will give you some idea of the variety of chemicals needed for different applications – http://www.powerwash.com/chemicals.html

The Complete Perspective

Although washing with chemical based solutions could increase cost, this should not be the primary factor in the power washing project. The consequences of not using chemicals could generate the need for more frequent cleaning. In the long view, for a few pennies more, you have peace of mind and a surface that will stay cleaner longer.

Looking for expert power washing?  Give us a call at 732-886-1940.  We’ll be glad to look at your property, give you a reasonable quote and ensure you’re satisfied when we’re done.

 

Paving: How To Find The Right Paver For Your Project

Paving sweeping.comFinding the right paver for your paving project can be very complex and confusing. It is not that there is a shortage of decent paving companies. The opposite is true, there are plenty of paving companies out there.

The problem is that almost every company advertises itself as the best. And given that most of them offer similar services, selecting the right one can be tricky. The ultimate question is: how do you look beyond the marketing hype to find the right paving company for your project?

The answer is simple: learn how to evaluate paving companies! There are a number of ways you can do this. However, there are four critical steps to evaluate any potential paver:

Check Out Their Paving References

The best pavers have a solid track record of well-executed projects. Past accomplishments can provide a clear picture of a company’s ability to execute your project. As such, before hiring a paver, you need to review their past projects.

Most pavers will actually give you references, often accompanied by photos, quotes or video testimonials. Do not take the testimonials at face value. Reach out to the references and ask them about the company, and see if they corroborate the company’s claims. If possible, visit the location which was paved and see the work for yourself.

Checking out the references can give you a better picture about the paver. First of all, it can help you identify those who are dishonest. Secondly, it can enable you to see an actual completed project, and assess the quality of their work.

Ask About Their Paving Equipment List

For a paver to successfully accomplish the project, they need to have the right equipment. As such, before hiring a paver, you must ensure that they have all the vital equipment. The only way you can do this is by asking for their equipment list.

The best paving companies are actually quite proud of their equipment. As such, they will gladly supply you with a detailed list. If a company is hesitant or dodgy about giving you the list, that should raise some red flags. It probably means that they don’t have some of the needed equipment.

Ask For Their Execution Plan

A great paver must be able to provide you with a detailed execution plan for your project. This plan should outline how they will accomplish your project. Such a plan should include timelines (i.e. start and end dates), materials, equipment, personnel and cost projections. Therefore, before selecting the paver, make sure that you are satisfied with their paving execution plan. At a minimum, you should be satisfied with the timelines and cost.

Verify Their Presentation To HOA

If you are paving a community, generally the Homeowners Association (HOA) plays a central role in enforcing housing standards in certain communities. If your paving project will be carried out within a HOA area, then it needs to be carried out according to HOA standards. As such, you need to ensure that the paver is in a position to abide by these standards. The only way you can ascertain this is by verifying whether they have presented to HOA board members before previous projects.  Do not hesitate to ask the paving company to come in front of your board for a presentation.

In a nutshell, those are four critical things which you can use to evaluate a paving company. Other important things include the qualifications of their pavers, insurance for their workers and whether all their employees have undergone thorough background checks. Following these simple guidelines will ensure that you hire the perfect pavers to successfully complete your project.

If you’re currently evaluating paving companies, we welcome you to cal us at 732-886-1940.  We’ll be glad to show you our references, review our equipment list, and set up a cost effective paving plan.

Look forward to talking with you.

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