Builders Asphalt Repairs – How to Prevent Them or Fix Them Quickly

Asphalt Repairs and Builders Guidelines

Most builders use asphalt in driveways and parking lots because this material can be installed quickly and is durable.

Asphalt streets, driveways and parking lots look good and, as one of the major benefits, asphalt repairs can also be completed quickly and easily.

Asphalt does not crack easily and is flexible compared to other materials such as concrete or brick pavers. A properly laid asphalt driveway will last for up to 20 years if it it cared for and maintained properly.

Unfortunately the construction site can be a very rough place for asphalt.  This is why builders follow certain guidelines when installing streets, driveways and parking lots to avoid asphalts repairs to new pavement.

Asphalt Repairs – The Base Layer and Top Layer.

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Difference between asphalt bottom layer and top coat.

Most builders will bas a “base coat” of asphalt of a layer of gravel so contractors and trade professionals can access the construction site.

This base coat is rather rough and serves as foundation for the final coat which is then installed when all construction activity is completed.

Two main reasons why the top coat is usually the very last task on a construction site.

First, builders they don’t want the pavement damaged by heavy construction vehicles during construction.

Often subcontractors need to drive heavy equipment such as backhoes, delivery trucks and specialized construction equipment around the site to complete their assigned.

This equipment may leave marks, dents or impressions on the pavement.  If the top coat were installed, this equipment could lead to additional asphalt repairs or, at worst, replacement of the damages asphalt.

Second, when the building structures are complete, the top coat is installed, clean and free of debris/dirt/mud.

The final line striping and curb stops are installed leading to a very pleasing aesthetic appearance.

Clients and customers expect this final appearance to indicate project completion.

Preventing Asphalt Repairs

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Ruts in asphalt caused by heavy equipment

Designate parking for subcontractors, motorcycles cause dents, large pickup trucks and commercial vehicles cause ruts.

Subcontractors need to get to the site and complete their assigned tasks.

They will follow the path of least resistance and park a closely to the site or building as they can.

This can result in unusual or unwanted parking issues.  Provide a designated parking area and then enforce parking.

Provide consistent supervision so responsibility can be assigned to subcontractors who damage asphalt.

If a subcontractor damages asphalt, bring this to their attention immediately.  Waiting any amount of time can lead to a “He said, she said” situation.

Don’t schedule top layer until ALL construction and property grading is complete.  See below for more details.

Avoiding potential damage

Don’t “jump the gun” on installing the top coat. Generally, the base coat is quite servacable for ingress and egress to the property.

Unless the client has particular needs, save the top coat, striping and curb stops as the very last task for project completion.

Prior to top coating, inspect the base coat and fill in any large dents or noticable impressions. Small dents can be cold patched.

Small cracks can be filled and impression may not be noticable with a sufficiently thick top coat. Ruts and ridges can also be cold patched.

Larger potholes and larger tears or ruts will need to be filled and hot patched.  Don’t expect the top coat to serve as the asphalt repairs needed for this type of pavement issue.

The pothole, tear or large ridge should be repairs and cooled prior to top coating.

Bad paving should be redone by original contractor.  Although it is understood that the base coat does not need to be aesthetically pleasing, this does not mean that sloppy installation is acceptable.

If the the installation of the base coat is noticeably poor (extensive low spots creating large puddles, bad seams or eye-catching sloppy paving), have the original contract fix it.

When an asphalt has been laid improperly, it is important to expect a professional asphalt repair company to conduct asphalt repairs. A reputed company will have wide experience in laying asphalt correctly to ensure that it lasts long without cutting corners.

Professional companies will have advanced equipment to lay the asphalt quickly and to the highest standards.

Your asphalt provider should use the best material available for your pavement requirements.

Professionals identify the problems and will give you a plan and estimate to correct the faults.

Do you have a need for asphalt repairs?

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company.

We have been providing pavement maintenance services to builders, commercial property owners and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services include asphalt repair, asphalt milling,  and pavement maintenance.

We can service your construction site with a variety of pavement and maintenance services keep your clients happy.

If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for asphalt repairs.

Builders Construction Sweeping – Scheduling A Sweep Before Snow is the Best Thing You Can Do

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Builders Construction Sweeping – Why Are You Procrastinating?

builders construction sweeping timing - sweeping.comHow often have you been angry with yourself for waiting to the last minute?

Wait for the last minute for tickets – they’re sold out!

Wait to the last minute to buy clothes for an important affair – your size not available!

Wait for the last minute to take care of something at Motor Vehicles – stand on a long line for a long time!

You’ve learn over many years and through painful experience that waiting until the last minute has unwanted consequences.

So if you’re a builder, this is why waiting for the last minute to schedule street sweeping also has unwanted consequences.

Builders Construction Sweeping – Reasons why you should schedule construction sweeping now

Probably the first and most compelling reason for scheduling a sweeping project before the snow is for safety.   

Even if you have a one or two inch dusting of snow this can hide debris that can cause safety issues.

Some of the things that can be hidden because of snow are chunks of concrete, pieces of asphalt,  wood cuttings, gravel, and unfortunately, beer cans.

When people drive over this debris with their trucks it ends up in the tires.   If someone is walking on the snow (a contractor or a client) and they step on any of this debris, they trip and fall.  

We live in very litigious society, so it’s a bad practice to allow potential lawsuits that can be prevented with construction sweeping.

Builders Construction Sweeping – Improve the appearance of your property

The next reason is that construction sweeping will improve the appearance of the property, whether its a newly started site or if it has been under construction.

Although most people prefer to view properties during warm weather, there are still many buyers out there who need to (and will)  inspect property during the cold weather.

Scheduling a construction sweeping before snow arrives helps improve the appearance of the property even after snow has dropped.  A construction site looks more tidy with clean snow as it melts rather than dirty snow that turns into a mushy, debris-laden mess.

Builders Construction Sweeping – Timing is ideal

And finally the availability of construction sweeping services is best right before ice cold weather and snow set in.   

Scheduling a construction sweeping is easier, faster, and more convenient before the bad weather hits.  After a snow, many sweeping services are busy with snow removal and other winter property maintenance projects.

Get that sweeping “to do” off of your list and pick up the phone today!  Get your sweeping project done before the winter.  

Builders Construction Sweeping – Call the Experts

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been sweeping and servicing real estate developers, builders, and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services include parking lot sweepingmunicipal sweepingconstruction sweeping, and garage scrubbing.

We can help you keep your site clean, dust free and in compliance with reliable, cost-effective construction sweeping services.

If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for construction sweeping.