Asphalt Repair: The Difference Between Cold Patching and Hot Mix Patching

Asphalt Repair – Two Approaches

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Potholes and cracks appearing on asphalt coated surfaces are bound to appear with time, and they are almost always caused by long, sustained damage and temperature variations. Good property maintenance demands that such a surface—be it a pavement or a parking lot—be repaired as soon as the damage appears to prevent further damage and mitigate the costs of the asphalt repair.

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Sometimes, depending on the severity of the damage, repair may involve simple patchwork or it may take a lot of work to restore the surface. There are different ways to do the repair, the most popular being cold patch and hot mix. Read on to discover the difference between the two.

Cold Patch Asphalt Repair and Its Application

Some people see this as a “do-it-yourself” asphalt repair technique because of its simplicity, cold patch repair is a method that involves the use of ready-made polymer-modified asphalt. The asphalt is mixed with water then poured over the pothole or crack to fill and packing it as best as possible. The mix will dry quickly and the repaired surface will typically be ready to use within three to five hours.

As you can imagine, cold patch asphalt repair is a temporary fix that is great for small repairs that have to be carried out fast but do not necessarily have to be permanent. It is a very economical approach to sealing small potholes and cracks compared to hot mix patching and does not generally have a long life expectancy. Experts recommend that an asphalt surface is cold-patched as a way to mitigate further damage until hot mix patching is available or affordable.

Hot Mix Asphalt Repair and Its Application

For hot-mix asphalt patching, a solution made up of sand, gravel, or stone and asphalt cement is heated up to over 400 degrees and transported to the repair site.  This mix is poured into the cracks and potholes on the surface and heavy rollers are used to smooth the surface. This technique of asphalt repair is not for do-it-yourselfers considering the equipment and effort required to make the mix and apply the patch the right way.

If you have a surface with deep and wide potholes or large areas of damaged pavement, hot asphalt patching is the ideal solution to restore the surface with permanent results. While this process is more expensive compared to cold patching, it leaves the repaired surface as attractive as new. Hot asphalt patching repair requires more thorough preparation, and the surface takes more time to be ready for use. The extra time is needed so the mix will harden properly and bond with the asphalt surrounding it.

The best choice for repairing damage on an asphalt surface is hot mix. Not only does it produce better and lasting results, over time it is cost-efficient and a great way to preserve the value of a property. Cold patching, on the other hand, is a good temporary fix that can be used until hot mix patching is available (or affordable).

Do you have more questions on which type of asphalt repair you need?  Call us at 732-886-1940 and we will be glad to discuss your asphalt repair needs, objectives, and budget.

Line Striping: Never Let Parking Lot Lines Fade Away

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Line Striping As A Form Of Communication

Line striping is a critical form of communication in an organized and structured parking lot.  The line stripes direct parking lot users on how to drive through the parking lot and where specifically to park.

However, over time and with more use of the parking lot, these lines can fade away. Consistent maintenance requires that they are regularly “re-striped” so they are easy to read for clients, customers, and others.

Fading is mainly caused by use, with the rate of fading determined by the level of traffic and “wear & tear” on the lines. Parking lots with high traffic fade faster.

Other factors that affect the rate of fading are environmental factors such as exposure to the sun, weather elements, snow melt chemicals, and the quality of line striping paint.

Line Striping Functions

Why is maintaining line stripes in parking lots so important?

Parking lot line striping serves two primary functions:

1. Direction arrows and parking lines help direct traffic in an orderly manner so that people know where to drive and park.

2. Well maintained line stripes look good and leave a positive first impression for the people who use the parking lot.

Ensuring the lines are always visible and in good condition is an effective way for property owners and managers to show just how well the property is maintained.

An additional benefit of proper line stripping is aesthetic: clearly colored lines that make it easy for a driver to find a parking spot and properly park his/her car boosts the property’s curb appeal, and in the process, the overall impression of the businesses served by the parking lot.

Line Striping Fading

What happens when the striping lines fade away?

Since line striping lines improve the aesthetic value of the parking lot, the first casualty of faded parking and direction lines is the negative perception created for the public.

When driving lanes or parking space markings are hard to see, parking lot users can get frustrated even before they step out of their cars. This frustration can be transferred to the businesses served by the parking lot.

A diligent property manager or property owner cannot afford to have customers and tenants parking in erratically, this is just not good for business.

A business parking lot without clear line striping will not be properly organized and space that could be put to good use will be wasted.

Just like a road without markings, a parking lot without well-defined lines increases the chances of an accident, higher incidences of customer dissatisfaction and possibly business liabilities.

Line Striping and ADA Responsibilities

People with disabilities, in particular, could have a difficult time making use of the lot if handicapped spaces are not clearly defined.

Along with ADA requirements, fire departments have guidelines which encourage the colors on parking lot stripping lines be vibrant and clearly visible.

For tips on planning, paint, and measurement, check out our post, “Line Striping: Guidelines for Line Striping the Right Way”

Line Striping Remedy

How to remedy the fading of parking lot stripping lines?

There is little that property managers can do to reduce the fading of stripping lines in a parking lot. The best they can do is to ensure that the lot is always properly cleaned and well maintained to get rid of dirt, debris, tire marks, and other elements that may obstruct the visibility of the lines.

Experts recommend that parking lot line striping lines on a busy parking lot be re-striped at least once every 12 to 24 months and on less busy lots up to 48 months. This is necessary and should be considered a recurrent property maintenance expense.

As you can see, the line stripes in a business property parking lot play a huge role in creating a good first impression about the property and the businesses it serves.

Regular re-striping fading lines will restore the aesthetics improve the confidence customers and tenants enjoy with property managers and the businesses that the lot serves.

Need your parking lot “re-striped”?  Call Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) at 732-886-1940 to discuss the scope and logistics for your parking lot line striping.

Concrete Repair: Why Inlets Collapse and What To Do About It

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Concrete Repair – Durable But Not Everlasting

Concrete is known to be a very strong,  exceptionally durable material used in construction. These are the characteristics that make concrete water inlets perfect for drainage or flowing rain water even in places of high traffic, such as paved streets, car parks, parking lots, footpaths, sidewalks, and roofs.

A typical concrete inlet features a grate that filters out the debris trapped in rainwater from entering and blocking the storm drain. The grate also prevents vehicles, people, and larger objects from falling into the culvert.

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Can Concrete Inlets Get Damaged?

Despite being dependable and durable, concrete inlets can fail, posing risks to people and animals who might fall into sink holes caused by the collapse of the inlet. When larger pieces of debris, leaves or construction materials find their way into the inlets, the drainage water backs up into the street or pathway.

This “backed-up” water seeps into the cracks between the inlet and the pavement and can cause erosion of the sub-strata. If this erosion is extreme, the inlet and supporting structure can fail and the concrete repair can be quite costly. In addition, the erosion to the surrounding the pavement, sidewalk, or groundcover can cause large sinkholes that would also need to be filled, compacted, and reseeded.

Here are some of the main reasons why inlets collapse and what concrete repair measures are necessary to restore the inlets.

Reason 1: Structural Failure

Although concrete is the most dependable material to use in making inlet aprons and boxes, improper concrete mixing and pouring may leave weak spots after the concrete has cured.

These weak points are often difficult to spot in concrete but you can minimize risks by choosing high-quality factory-made precasts that have been tested for strength and consistency.

When it comes to concrete repair, poured-in-place casts must be designed to meet site-specific requirements including reinforcement and environmental conditions necessary for the concrete to dry properly.

Reason 2: Functional Failure

When a concrete inlet is poorly designed, it can collapse because it can’t handle the pressure of drainage water or when the load on the grates is too high.

When the inlet cover is installed without proper preparation or when the grates are too thin or too far apart, functional failure is possible. Such functional faults can be repaired before too much damage is done.

For effective and long lasting concrete repair, review and adjust for site-specific factors such as traffic, amount of water and debris, geographic features and environmental factors that affect the runoff water.

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Reason 3: Poor Maintenance

Like every other drainage system, a concrete inlet must be properly maintained to prolong its life and enhance its efficiency. This means that debris must be cleaned away from the grate after storms, smaller particles that build up must be cleaned out, and the entire drainage system must route the water to where it is designed.

A concrete repair process must include the use of a sufficiently large vault system, properly sized pipes, and maintenance access in the design for ongoing maintenance.

Concrete repair of collapsed inlets is a chance to fix all the problems that caused the collapse in the first place. These tips can be a starting point when assessing and repairing a collapsed or ineffective drainage inlet system.

Do you have an inlet in need of concrete repair?  Is your inlet sagging, cracked or not operating properly?  Call us at 732-886-1940.  We’ll be glad to assess your needs and guide you to the proper level of inlet concrete repair.

Parking Lot Striping – Cleaning Surfaces Properly In Preparation for Your Striping Project

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Parking Lot Striping – More Impact Than You Know

Although parking lot striping may be looked at as something unimportant, it can have a tremendous impact on the overall usability of a parking lot. Adding stripes can make a parking lot more organized, easy-to-use and user-friendly – even for first-time visitors.

Most commercial property owners know this. Given the size and complexity of the typical parking lot of a commercial property, property owners have learned that parking lot striping can be a huge benefit to the tenant if done correctly or an equally big headache if done wrong.  Considering striping importance, once the parking lot is built (or repaired), they quickly seek out the services of a parking lot striping company.

Parking Lot Striping and Cleanliness

What most property owners don’t realize is that the cleanliness of the parking lot surface can directly impact the overall quality of the striping. An unclean surface can reduce the lifespan of the stripes.

The reason for this is simple: if the striping paint is laid on any residual dirt left on the parking lot surface, the next time the surface is cleaned, the paint can be worn off more quickly (or worse, stripped off by the sweeper). Stripes could chip, rip, or fade, and require repainting. This ultimately increases the costs of striping since it would need to be restored more frequently when compared to surfaces which are thoroughly cleaned before the striping project.

Parking Lot Striping – The Cleaning Checklist

Before a parking lot striping project is initiated, it is critical to ensure that the parking lot surfaces are carefully cleaned. Generally speaking, there are three types of surfaces which need to be cleaned before striping the parking lot.

These are cement, concrete, and asphalt. Below are simple guidelines on how to clean these surfaces.

Parking Lot Striping Preparation – Cleaning Cement or Concrete Surfaces

Cement and concrete are common surfaces used on parking lot surfaces and paving stones. Cement is a binder material (like glue) which hardens to a durable surface. Concrete, on the other hand, is cement with an aggregate of sand, gravel and other materials that are added to provide a variety of hardness or porosity depending on the use of the surface.

The procedures for cleaning cement and concrete surfaces prior to parking lot striping are:

1. Remove any large debris or accumulated dirt on the surface.

2. Professionally scrub the surface using a street cleaner with detergents made for cleaning concrete.

3. Wait for the surface to dry fully.

4. Spot-clean any stains with the appropriate cleaner (grease, oil, mastic, glue and molds all require different types of cleaner).

Please note that paver stone surfaces may need additional sanding after cleaning.

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Parking Lot Striping Preparation – Cleaning Asphalt Surfaces

Most parking lot surfaces are made out of asphalt. Asphalt is a flexible material which is less expensive but requires more maintenance. The procedure for cleaning asphalt surfaces are the following:

1. Remove any large debris or accumulated dirt on the surface.

2. Use a power blower to remove fine dust and dirt particles.

3. Pre-treat any oil, grease or petroleum stains.

4. Professionally scrub the surface using a street cleaner with detergents made for asphalt.

5. Wait for the surface to dry fully.

The bottom line is that the first step towards preparing a parking lot striping project is to ensure that the surface to be “striped” be thoroughly clean. The surface should be cleaned using not just the approach, but also with cleaning detergents which are meant for that specific surface. This will ensure that any striping on the parking lot will be clear, visible, and last for a long time.

If you are a commercial property owner who is planning for a parking lot striping project, be certain to get a professional that will properly prepare the surface by thoroughly cleaning it. Otherwise, you may end up compromising the longevity of the parking lot stripes.

The good news is that when you hire Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) for parking lot striping services, professional cleaning will part of the project. You don’t need the additional step of hiring another company to clean the surface.

If you are looking for a team of professionals, give us a call at 732-886-1940.  We’ll provide you with a problem-free parking lot striping quote.

Line Striping: Guidelines for Line Striping the Right Way

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Line Striping – More Complicated Than You Think

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 milliliters 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 Americans 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 at 732-886-1940.  Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) and our crew of line striping experts will get you parking lot properly striped and looking great!

Inlet Inspections, Assessments and Repairs from C&L Services

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With summer storms on the way, it is imperative to make sure that your inlets and storm drains are up to the task of handling rain, rain, and more rain. These storms and potential flash floods can cause significant underground damage and erosion to the walls of your inlets. To avoid a costly and time-consuming rebuild of your entire inlet, C&L Services offers inlet assessments and inspection services, as well as repairs and reconstruction.

Schedule an appointment today for a full inspection of your inlet and inlet walls. Following an inspection by our experienced staff, we can assess any damage and make recommendations for necessary repairs and reconstruction. Neglected repairs may require a full reconstruction of the inlet, which is three times the cost of repairs (on average). Regular and routine inspections are the easiest way to avoid these potential problems from catching you unawares. A build-up of maintenance will only cost you more in repairs in the long run. Don’t let these projects pile up, call the pavement maintenance experts at C&L Services today.

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Repairing your inlets and storm drains will also enhance the overall look and curb appeal of your property or businesss, increasing its value and leaving a great impression on your customers and potential clients.

Pavement Maintenance Experts Since 1971

Our crews at C&L Services provide pavement repair, pothole patching, line striping, crack filing, seal coating and asphalt and concrete repair services throughout New Jersey. Continual, routine maintenance is important to the overall health and look of your property. C&L Services makes necessary maintenance projects fast, safe, and affordable.

C&L Services covers a service area that includes all Counties of New Jersey.

To see our full list of essential services call 908.730.7888 (North Jersey) or 732.886.1940 (South Jersey) or CLICK HERE!

Spring Clean Up – Get Your Property Ready for Spring with C&L Services

Spring has sprung and with rising temperatures also comes the need for annual spring clean up. No doubt you want to keep your property in tip top condition for maximum curb appeal with professional power washing and street sweeping (street cleaning) services from C&L.

Spring-Time Power Washing

Power Washing is often at the top of the list of property maintenance items because it can have the biggest impact on the appearance of your property. Protect your investment and be sure to always use a licensed and insured company like C&L Services who has almost 50 years of experience in power washing and property maintenance throughout NJ.

Unsightly stains, dirt, mold, mildew fungus and even graffiti can be safely and easily removed if you have the right equipment for the project. Using a special blend of environmentally safe cleaners, our crews will quickly make your community, shopping centers, home or storefront look brand new. The special blend also keeps mold, slime and dirt from returning to the exteriors of your shopping center, office building, townhome building, clubhouses and home.

Areas Most Often in Need of Power Washing:

  • Siding
  • Fencing
  • Sidewalks
  • Store Fronts
  • Shopping Centers
  • Office Parks
  • Condominium & Townhomes
  • Parking Garages

Street Cleaning – The Spring Clean Up has begun!

As the mild weather approaches, work crews from C&L Services have already started their spring clean up routine with street sweeping services. The main purpose of the spring clean up is to collect any holdover leaves from the fall and winter season, as well as sweeping away accumulated dirt and debris from the winter before it ends up in the storm sewer system and eventually in our waterways.

Our crews are actively street sweeping malls, shopping centers, office parks and neighboring communities throughout NJ. Community Managers, property managers and construction managers all need to keep things neat and tidy for safety purposes, general curb appeal, and to protect the property’s value and the environment.

Please remember to keep your catch basins clear and swept. Whenever possible have your landscapers blow loose cut grass back onto the property after moving. Anything going down the storm drain goes directly into the streams and rivers and decomposing plant material in the water can be harmful.

Areas We Specialize in Broom Sweeping:

  • Municipal Streets
  • Construction projects
  • Clearing Debris and Gravel From Paving Projects
  • Shopping Centers
  • Office Parks
  • Retail Establishments
  • Malls

Our crews at C&L Services provide street sweeping and power washing services throughout New Jersey. Continual, routine maintenance is important to the overall health and look of your property. C&L Services makes property maintenance fast, safe, and affordable.

C&L Services covers a service area that includes all Counties of New Jersey.

To see our full list of services call 908.730.7888 (North Jersey) or 732.886.1940 (South Jersey) or CLICK HERE!

Shopping Center Power Washing – The Challenge of Maintaining Curb Appeal

Shopping Center Power Washing – Time to Have A Good Look

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Have you done a thorough inspection your property recently? What would your first impression be at a glance?

When others look at it, especially tenants and customers they not only glance at the place, they actually interact with a variety of the property’s elements.

They judge the property based on it’s cleanliness (or lack thereof) and they are generally hard on properties that look dingy.

People don’t want to work in (or shop at) properties that don’t look good, so when someone has the impression that a property is not clean, they may want to work or shop elsewhere.

Some may even take to the internet to leave a bad review. This is a most unwelcome circumstance.

Could these be the consequences of a property that doesn’t look clean?

Shopping Center Power Washing – You Don’t Get a Second Chance

The important thing to remember is that first impressions cannot be changed and negative impressions are lasting. The ideal outcome is to create a positive impression on potential tenants and shoppers.

Also, if your property isn’t clean, neighbors may also complain. They don’t want to live near a dirty property and you don’t want to be have to deal with their negative feedback.

This can be avoided by regular maintenance and an investment in a power washing project by trained professionals.

It’s actually a small investment that will not only save you the stress of hearing complaints, but it could potentially bring more confident customers and tenants too.

More customers and tenants can follow because when people find something they like, they will tell others about it.

It’s amazing how striking the appearance of a shopping center or property looks once it undergoes a good cleaning.

Shopping Center Power Washing – A Challenging Project

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Because a project of this nature can be complicated, professionals can help get the job done right.

C & L Services has been in business since 1971 providing experienced professionals that can handle even the toughest power washing jobs.

C & L offers environment-friendly flat surface and wand pressure washing that will give your property a fresh, clean look.

Shopping Center Power Washing – The Three Elements of a Power Washing Project

There are three elements to successful power washing projects:

1. Planning
2. Preparation
3. Communication

1. Power Washing Planning
When planning a project, C & L Services will consider the following:

• Exterior Type
• Property size
• How much time is need for surface cleaning
• How many crew members will be needed
• Parking lot size
• Sidewalks and Walkways safety
• Sensitive surfaces
• Safety coordination
• Detergents to use
• Spray logistics
• Dumpster areas
• And more

2. Power Washing Preparation
Once the planning is complete, material and labor preparation is coordinated for:

Equipment parking
Operating hours and traffic safety
Personnel Management.
Quality evaluation

3. Power Washing Communication
This is the most important part of the project, communicating to tenants, shoppers, employees, and all affected parties.

Communicating the cleaning schedule and informing them what they can do to stay safe is one of the most critical (and sadly missed) elements of the power washing project.

Are you a Shopping Center owner or manager looking for skilled power washing experts?

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been providing property maintenance services to real estate developers, commercial property owners and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services also include parking lot sweeping, pavement maintenance, garage scrubbing, and asphalt repairs.

We can give your property the attention needs and keep your tenants 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 shopping center power washing.

HOA Asphalt Crack Filling – Should I Be Concerned?

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Asphalt Crack Filling – Who Is Responsible? Me or the HOA?

asphalt crack filling responsibility - sweeping.comIt goes without saying that although asphalt driveways are built to last, cracks are likely to appear especially after years of rigorous use.

If this happens, it’s usually best for you to either contact a professional asphalt crack filling company or, if it’s the Home Owner Association’s responsibility to do so, then by all means get in touch with them.

This is important because sealing the cracks will prevent you from spending a whole lot more, especially when the cracks get bigger and more conspicuous.

Signs That Your Driveway Needs Asphalt Crack Filling

Thankfully, asphalt cracks are usually visible even at the very early stage and you can easily have an asphalt crack filling project completed quickly and without any issues.

Cracks should be sealed as soon as possible to keep water out of the crack and prevent the overall asphalt surface from being damaged by water intrusion.

There are different kinds of cracks: hairline cracks, medium and large cracks. Hairline cracks can be sealed with a good grade sealcoat, however, larger cracks should be taken care of immediately with a top grade asphalt crack filling compound.

You may also consider allowing a trained professional to come to check out a larger crack before you decide on what to do next.  If the crack is too large, the asphalt may need to be repaired or replaced.

A professional would also be able to determine if there are other types of asphalt substrate issues that are the root cause of the cracks.

From there, you can either notify the Homeowners Association if you’re under one or contract or hire a good asphalt crack filling firm to do the job for you.

Cracks On the Asphalt Pavements & How They Are Effectively Repaired

Once you’ve concluded that the crack on your asphalt driveway needs to be repaired, then call a respectable asphalt crack filling company or the Homeowners Association (if you are under one). The HOA will then contact the firm on your behalf and have the crack sealed the right way before the situation exacerbates.

The reason why you need to hire the right firm is simply that they have the right tools, materials and expertise to resolve the problem.

First, they’ll clean the crack to ensure that debris is removed so the filler material with adhere.

Once the filler material is applied, the professionals will test the crack filling for the seal. They’ll then wait for 20 minutes before adding any additional crack filling material. The work is then left to dry.

Although the process appears simple (and it is for professionals), doing it yourself it’s not highly recommended.

HOA Asphalt Crack Filling – It’s Better Not To Wait

As mentioned earlier, not repairing that little crack in your driveway on time might only end up costing you so much more in the future as the crack gets bigger and bigger.

Therefore, knowing the right path to follow (if the homeowner association is responsible for such tasks in your area) or hiring your own crack filling professional, make sure the action is taken as fast as possible.

Does your pavement need asphalt crack filling?

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

We have been providing asphalt crack filling and pavement repairs 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 asphalt 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 crack filling.

Builders Concrete Repairs – Three Situations Where You Need a Specialist

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Even freshly poured concrete can crack!

When building communities or commercial properties, most builders usually do not have an immediate need for concrete repairs.

As part of the process of building homes, condominiums, commercial properties builders hire masons and concrete companies to provide concrete as part of the construction process. 

These subcontractors pour concrete for basements, slabs, entry steps, sidewalks and curbs.

Generally, new concrete is a durable material and rarely does a builder need concrete repairs in the process of building the community or commercial property.

However, there are three situations that may be faster and more cost effective for builders when faced with issues requiring concrete repairs.

Builders’ concrete repairs – Situation #1, Large Contractors and Small Repairs.

Larger contractors are built to provide high capacity services. 

What this means is that concrete providers and masons are very skilled at providing products and services at a larger scale. 

For example, when a builder is going to pour the slab for a shopping center, the mason and concrete supplier provide labor and materials for large volume concrete pour over the course several days.  This is what these contractors are good at and do well.

After the slab has been poured and the concrete has cured, these contractors consider the part of the project complete.  For profitability, they quickly move on to the next large project (basement pours for residential developers, parking garage pours commercial developers, etc.)

If any of the concrete elements that they have poured becomes damaged after they are completed, it can be difficult to get their personnel back to repair it.

It’s not that they can’t do it, just that it’s not what they generally do, and scheduling call back can be difficult.  Especially during the peak building months in the northeast (March through September)

It’s faster and perhaps less expensive to hire a specialist in builders concrete repairs to take care of the issue.

Builders Concrete Repairs – Situation #2, Repairs for Model Parks.

You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression. 

Builders spend enormous amounts of money creating model parks that will attract potential buyers and create the desire for them to buy the homes they are building.

You’ve heard the old term “what you see is what you get” and if buyers see anything less than perfection, they think that that’s what they’re getting.  And buyers want perfection.

So model parks have to be visually perfect…no chipped curbs, no cracked sidewalks, no broken stairways.

If at any time a flaw in the concrete appears, then concrete repairs must be initiated immediately and professionally.  This is where an expert in builders’ concrete repairs provides a great deal of value.

Builders Concrete Repairs – Situation  #3, Repairs During HOA Transition.

After the last home is built in a community that requires a homeowner’s association, there is a transition period where the builder will transfer ownership and responsibilities of the association to  community residents.

Prior to the transfer, residents who make up the new board will conduct an inspection of the community (usually with an engineer) and require any flaws or defects in the common elements be repaired by the builder before they’ll accept responsibility for the homeowner’s association.

This can be contentious transition, but it doesn’t have to be. 

Communities that require concrete repairs (or other unfinished constructuion issues) can result in adversarial relationship that could result even higher costs due to delays or possible litigation.  The longer it takes to transfer the HOA, the more irritated the residents get and the potential for other problems stented.

A professional in builders concrete repairs helps expedite the transition and potentially lowers costs.

Are you a builder and do you need expert concrete 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 repairasphalt milling,  and pavement maintenance.

We can service your construction site with a variety of concrete repair and maintenance services keep your residents 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.

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