Monthly Archives: May 2013

Rely on Reputable Paving Companies in NJ to Ensure Even Surfaces in Parking Lots

In New Jersey, motorists typically have to endure traffic jams along the NJ Turnpike and I-95 during rush hour. After work, some people pass the time by going to a cafe or a pub until the traffic jam has subsided. They use the parking lot services around the area and then head out to whatever bar or restaurant they have in mind, either alone or with colleagues.

Some parking lots, however, are so poorly maintained that they may pose safety risks. Uneven pavements can cause a driver who’s simply getting out of his car to slip and fall, which can then result in costly lawyer’s fees for whoever is in charge of the parking lot’s upkeep and maintenance. Potholes, on the other hand, can deal a great deal of damage to cars, particularly since poor road conditions directly impact a car’s suspension and steering components.

For this reason, companies that manage parking lots often hire the services of reliable paving companies in NJ to ensure that their premises are kept even and free of potholes. Concrete and asphalt are commonly used to pave parking lots. Of the two substances, asphalt is considered more ideal since it is less likely to crack under pressure, especially when blacktop seal coating is applied to it regularly.

Finding a Place to Park Can be Like Finding Heaven on Earth

Anyone who lives and/or works in a densely populated city can cite a number of things that tick them off on a daily basis. Heavy traffic is one such source of annoyance, as well as having to share the road with some discourteous motorists. However, what can really frustrate city dwellers who happen to be motorists is the lack of parking space. 

Sometimes, it may be tempting to just take public transportation than use your own car and waste time and gas trying to find somewhere you can park. If you do find an available parking slot, you’ll have to act fast and reach it right away or else lose the space to another motorist. This can sometimes lead to an accident or a verbal tussle. 

In addition, some parking lots may be filled with large potholes or badly cracked asphalt surfaces. While you may have found a suitable parking space, you may have to endure a short but nonetheless bumpy ride. When you have no other alternative, such a situation can be quite irritating. 

Luckily, parking lot maintenance has become a lot easier and more convenient thanks to companies that provide asphalt paving services. With their help, motorists don’t have to put up with poor-quality road work and be able to use pothole-free parking spaces.

Asphalt Assault: Repairing Damaged Blacktop Surfaces

You’ll commonly see asphalt on roads, pavements, airport runways, and even on parking lots. Lauded for its waterproof qualities, as well as its ease of application, asphalt—also referred to as blacktop—is the composite material of choice when it comes to modern road construction. Asphalt pavements consist of a subbase, an asphalt base, and an asphalt concrete surface guaranteed to withstand heavy vehicular loads and varying weather conditions.

Yet despite such tough qualities, asphalt can still take a beating and sustain severe damage. Asphalt concrete can crack with sufficient force. Heavy vehicles can put significant strain on asphalt, while repeated exposure to traffic and extreme temperature swings can eventually crack the surface of any asphalt pavement. Substandard road construction quality is another cause for concern.

To address these factors, asphalt surfaces need to be repaired immediately upon detecting signs of damage on the surface. In most cases, a layer of bitumen is poured over the cracks to seal them off and prevent moisture from causing further havoc. If a strip of pavement appears to be in very poor shape, nothing short of complete and proper reconstruction can fix it. Asphalt might be as tough as they say, but without proper treatment and maintenance, it can crack just like anything else.

Black, Not Bruised: All About the Material Called Asphalt

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you simply can’t miss asphalt. The slick black substance comprises the very roads you drive on, as well as the shingles found on many homes. However, before it ended up beneath your feet and above your head, the ancients had quite different uses for asphalt.

In those days, asphalt went by another name: bitumen. The black pitch was commonly used to coat baskets and to waterproof ship hulls. The Sumerians even used the stuff as mortar to secure bricks in place. When refined and hardened, bitumen could be sculpted. Recent discoveries, meanwhile, point out that bitumen was wrongly thought to have been the stuff that the ancient Egyptians used to embalm their dead and during the mummification process.

Yet how exactly did a multipurpose product discovered in the ancient world end up as today’s preferred road-building material? The answer lies in asphalt’s unique characteristics. Aside from being exceptionally waterproof, asphalt is also incredibly durable and resistant to wear and tear so long as it is dried properly. It also holds up rather well against extreme temperatures. Indeed, asphalt has come a long way since ancient times and continues to benefit humanity in a number of different ways.