To the untrained eye, asphalt probably looks exactly the same, no matter what time of year. It’s generally a mix of tiny rocks glued together with a black tar. However, asphalt is more involved than that. Though its purpose is fairly similar in nature no matter where it’s used, the process of mixing and pouring asphalt differs, especially from season to season. For example, there are large differences between asphalt used in the winter and asphalt used in the summer, and knowing the differences between these two types of asphalts can save you a lot of time, money, and hassle when it comes to hiring an asphalt contractor.
Whether your project is small enough to complete yourself or you’re planning to hire a paving contractor, there are a few things you should know about an asphalt company before you hire them. You want to make sure you’re getting the best quality materials and the best service without losing money. When you go to enlist the services of your local asphalt company, be sure to ask the following.
Not only is the winter unpleasantly cold, but it is also bad for parking lots. If your business has an asphalt parking lot, it’s important to keep the maintenance up to date, especially since a bad parking lot can have a negative impact on your business. Your parking lot is the first impression your customers have, so it needs to be taken care of.
When winter hits and the snow falls in heaps, keeping your driveway clear of the snow and ice can be a headache, not to mention a backache as you bend over to clear the snow. However, it doesn’t have to be a constant pain. You can help prevent major snow buildup and difficult plowing conditions by taking a few simple steps.
If you have asphalt paving, such as a driveway or basketball court, you need to be wary of the way the cold weather can damage anything asphalt based. If you don’t take care of any problems as quickly as possible, you could end up with nasty potholes and your paving will never be the same again. Here are a few signs that you need to call a professional to maintain your asphalt this winter.
If you’re like many moms, the first snow of the year means looking forward to months of having the kids cooped up inside the house, often driving you up the wall. Sometimes they’ll give you some peace and quiet by going outside, but most of the time they want to stay inside and play.
In order to winterize your garden, you just need to clean up and cover up. You need to prepare the plants that will survive the frost for dormancy. But, how on Earth do you do this? Do you just lay a sheet over your flower bulbs and call it good or let your young trees fend for themselves? Nay, we say.
When it comes to Halloween decorations, you must commit. No trick-or-treater likes the house with one jack-o-lantern as the decoration. You might be stressed for time this year or have a tight budget. Thankfully, we have a lot of great ideas that will help you easily and cheaply fill your yard with the cutest or scariest Halloween items.
People often think of summer as the gardening season—the delicious tomatoes and zucchinis ripen and dahlias and daisies bloom. You can’t deny that summer is a beautiful season, but in many parts of the country it’s so hot that working in the yard can be unbearable after 10:00 in the morning. That’s why September, with autumn’s moderate temperature and abundant rainfall, may provide the best gardening and yard work conditions.
There are so many new ways to revamp your yard—it can sometimes get exhausting trying to distinguish what is best. There are the usual flowers, shrubs, trees, and patios, but have you ever thought of using rocks, particularly crushed rocks, to give your yard a new “rockin’” look? There are so many different varieties, from Tuscan red landscape rock to finely crushed granite to sea salt quartz decorative rock to paver sand. And they can be used for an endless amount of styles. Here are just a few ideas of how you can use crushed rock to revitalize your landscape.