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What Happens with Old Asphalt

What Happens with Old AsphaltWhen old asphalt is torn up and hauled away by pavement companies that are engaging in new projects, there is an excellent chance that it will be recycled and reused. In fact, recyclable asphalt and “crushed reclaim” are valuable materials. Many municipalities require a certain amount of old asphalt to be used in the construction of new roads and embankments. Reclaimed asphalt generally improves pavement mixtures so that the new construction material lasts longer. In fact, reclaimed material is a big part of green technology, which attempts to inject a degree of sustainability into the world.

What Happens with Old Asphalt

Engineering Properties

Asphalt can be recycled because it has a number of useful properties. Both its moisture content and its shear strength, for instance, ensure that it will hold up well in a variety of weather conditions, especially when it is being used secondarily. Its permeability is also similar to a variety of granular materials that are often used in highway construction projects. Recycled asphalt is likewise free draining and not susceptible to frost, which means it can be blended together with other materials to create a more appropriate aggregate.

The Power of Recycling

Instead of heading to the dump and sitting in repose for decades or even centuries, old asphalt is recyclable. The material can be easily stored or stockpiled until it is ready to be used. It does not need to be secondarily compacted and will remain in excellent shape at the warehouse.

About Asphalt Pavement Solutions

Asphalt Pavement Solutions is an eminently reliable company and is dedicated to installing, maintaining and repairing pavement in the regional area. Whether prospective clients are interested in crack repair, concrete repair, asphalt sealcoating, parking lot striping or the installation of traffic signs, Asphalt Pavement Solutions can help. For a price quote, fill out the online form or call us for more information at 1.800.559.SEAL.

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Do construction crews pave in the rain?

There is a widespread misconception that asphalt pavement can only be installed on extremely hot, dry days. Although ideal conditions are precipitation-free days with air temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, asphalt can be applied under a range of conditions.

That said, it is never a good idea to start a project while rain is falling. If it begins to rain while work is underway, the job can proceed if the rainfall is not too hard and the surface is free from standing water. However, if the rain is too heavy, work should be suspended.

There are two primary problems with installing asphalt pavement in the rain. The first is that the rain will make the asphalt cool faster as it hits the top layer. It will also expedite the cooling rate if the foundation is wet. This can cause steam to form between the asphalt and the base, compromising the installation. The trapped steam will eventually condense into water, further undermining the integrity of the asphalt.

The second problem is that asphalt must be compacted properly to form a proper bond. It is more difficult to achieve sufficient compaction in the rain. Additional effort is needed, including monitoring temperatures to ensure that adequate density is achieved.

If work must be suspended because of rain, it is important that the conditions be evaluated before work resumes. Standing water, such as might be found in potholes, must be dried up before paving operations resume. If the rain has washed mud or dirt onto the surface, this will need to be removed as well. If the foundation was left unprotected, it may be necessary to allow it to dry for a while or recompact it.

Since 1983, Asphalt Pavement Solutions has been serving clients in the states of Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania from out office in South Jersey. We provide a full range of asphalt services from new asphalt paving and pothole repair to asphalt sealcoating and line striping. Our crews have the experience and training to handle jobs of any size and type. Contact us for a free quote on your next project call 1.800.559.Seal (7325).

Is asphalt a sustainable material?

Paving Supplies Philadelphia and CamdenThe modern definition of a sustainable material is one that does not have an adverse effect on critical ecologies or the greater environment despite being produced in large quantities from renewable resources. Asphalt meets all of the requirements for a sustainable material.

Each year, approximately 100 million tons of asphalt is reclaimed, with more than 95 percent used to make new asphalt paving. This makes asphalt pavement the most recycled item in the nation. In addition, recycled asphalt routinely includes other materials, such as tires, shingles, slag and glass, that might otherwise end up in landfills.

Over the last four decades, asphalt paving material production has increased 250 percent, but emissions from plants producing asphalt pavement have decreased by at least 97 percent. Greenhouse gases and other emissions, combined with the low energy demands of asphalt production, have led the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to state that asphalt plants are not among the industries that the agency considers to be major contributors to hazardous pollutants.

Another major concern of the EPA is the affect materials have on water quality. Asphalt is not water-soluble. In fact, some state fish and game agencies use asphalt to line their hatchery tanks, and some municipalities use it to line water reservoirs supplying the city’s drinking water. Asphalt is also considered “clean fill” as it does not leach any toxic chemicals in a landfill.

Asphalt Pavement Solutions has been supplying customers throughout Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania with a wide range of asphalt pavement services since 1983. Whether you need a parking lot sealcoated or striped, have major potholes or cracks that must be repaired, or need to install car stops, our experienced professionals are ready to help. We also repair drain inlets and concrete. You can request a free quote on our website or call us at 800.559.SEAL for more information on the many ways we can help you.

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What a Reliable Blacktop Contractor can Do for Your Pavement

By: John Verzi

If you have an asphalt surface on your property or are thinking about paving for the first time, it’s important to contact a reliable blacktop contractor with backing and experience.

In the Philadelphia and Camden area, Duraseal Asphalt Sealing & Line Striping is the indisputable blacktop contractor, with over 30 years of experience and hundreds of happy customers under its belt.

Duraseal is able to install and repair new blacktop for both parking lots and driveways. Once installed, Duraseal can offer a comprehensive maintenance plan for your pavement to keep it from premature deterioration.

Preventive Blacktop Maintenance

Asphalt sealcoating is the smart thing to do to protect your pavement’s condition and it’s the most common and cost-effective preventive maintenance procedure. It protects against oil, salt, water, UV rays, and gasoline; which are deleterious to asphalt and inevitably come in contact with pavement regularly.

By sealing your asphalt, you are able to keep your pavement looking new while protecting its integrity. Blacktop sealcoating is a fraction of the price that would be spent replacing asphalt once it has been damaged to the point of needing pavement removal or overlays.

Blacktop Repair

However, if a surface is already damaged with cracks, alligatoring, potholes, and other issues, these must be repaired first. Duraseal uses Infrared technology, which saves time and money, and provides a seamless fix. No joints means no water penetration and more protection in the long run.

Our blacktop maintenance services address any and all pavement related issues.

Asphalt Paving – New installations or overlays
Asphalt Sealcoating – Protect pavement against the damaging effects of time
Asphalt Crack Repair – Most cost effective way to extend pavement life
Asphalt Repair – Pothole repair, edge repair, alligator cracking and more
ADA Compliance – Comply with Americans with Disabilities Act
Parking Lot Striping & Pavement Marking – Keep your lot orderly and safe
Traffic Signs, Bollards, Cars Stops and more – Clear instructions for cars & people

Contact Duraseal Asphalt Sealing & Line Striping. We are your blacktop contractors of choice, ready to meet all of your pavement maintenance needs. We offer Philadelphia & Camden asphalt maintenance throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Call us today at 800-559-SEAL or fill out the Free Quote form.


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