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Environmental Impact of Asphalt Plants
The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) has an interesting article about the environmental impact of asphalt plants on their website. While reading through this article, we thought some of the information would be useful, informative and interesting to our readers.
Pavement In The Summer Heat
We’ve had a lot of rain recently, as we discussed here. The counterpoint to all the recent rain we’ve had is now there’s a high pressure zone sitting over the state. This keeps the rain and cooler temperatures away creating our typical Gulf Coast summers. Hot and dry, this weather can be the cause of […]
Weather vs Pavement
In recent weeks Houston has seen enough rain and flood waters to make up for the last few years of drought and heat. When we have such extreme variations in our weather patterns it can test the quality and longevity of anything made to withstand nature’s fury. This includes testing the quality of your paved […]
Preparing a Foundation
We talk a lot about concrete paving, asphalt paving, pavement repairs and even re-striping your parking lot. All of these are important and valuable topics to discuss. They are especially important when the profitability of your business budget needs to be considered. Before any kind of paving occurs, though, you will needs to have your […]
Is Your Parking Lot Costing You Business?
Your parking lot could be saying more about your company than you think. That old adage is true. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. As a business owner this first impression begins far from the charming lobby and welcoming smile of the receptionist. It can happen as soon as a […]
Asphalt for Sustainable Paving
For decades, Pavement Constructors has been delivering high performance, industrial and commercial asphalt paving. Choosing asphalt over concrete, though, is not always a simple decision.
Choosing the Best Concrete Paving Contractor
Choosing the right, or best, concrete paving contractor can be a touch decision. With so many companies promising the same, or similar services, how do you separate the good from the bad?
Safety, Performance and Your Project
When you choose Pavement Constructors for your commercial or industrial paving project, we deliver a paving solution that is engineered to the highest standards,
Safety on the Job Site
At pavement Constructors, we are proud of our work. We handle large and complex projects that require many moving pieces. The choreography needed to direct heavy machinery, personnel and large trucks moving in and out of a job site is nothing short of amazing.
This week we celebrate America’s freedom. Take a few moments to appreciate all the opportunities we have in this great country. Remember our fellow countrymen and women who have served in our armed forces throughout the years and especially those who sacrificed it all so we can celebrate this occasion in peace and safety.
Asphalt Seal Coat
What is a sealcoat? Sealcoat is a liquid mixture of emulsified asphalt, water, mineral fillers and various other products. This mix is applied directly to asphalt pavement as a protection from oxidation and the damage caused by winter cracking. It also serves to protect against UV rays and deterioration due to traffic.
When considering must-do maintenance procedures for your paved surface there are few things more important than sealing cracks.
Pavement Subgrade Performance
When paving an area, once the land is properly prepared, the next step in the process is laying down the subgrade. Most people only consider the top layer of asphalt or concrete when thinking about a paved surface but the subgrade can be overriding factor in your pavement performance.
Land Grading, Soil Composition and Your Paved Surface
Leveling, smoothing and shaping your ground surface prior to paving is as important to the surface system as the paving itself.
Asphalt vs Concrete Pt.2
Durability of asphalt and concrete is a significant factor when choosing a paving surface. Each have their pros and cons. Picking the proper surface will be determined by needs of your particular project.
Asphalt vs Concrete Pt.1
Which is better? Asphalt or concrete? The debate rages on and unfortunately there is no definitive answer. To determine the answer you will need to consider the following questions: Which one is best for my specific application? Which is initially more affordable?
Hot Mix vs Warm Mix Asphalt
Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) is the traditional process used when constructing asphalt pavements. At temperatures above 300ºF the petroleum based, asphalt binders become more liquid and flow more readily.
With many regulations dictating how storm water and runoff is handled many businesses are turning to a porous asphalt solution for their parking lots and other paved surfaces.
Asphalt – Practical and Economical
Asphalt pavement is one of America’s building blocks. It has nearly 3 million miles of paved roads and highways and 93 percent of those are paved with asphalt. Asphalt pavements are easy to maintain, quick to construct, and provide a safe, smooth, quiet ride at an economical price.
Why does concrete flake, spall and crack?
Why does concrete flake and spall? In areas of the country that are subjected to freezing and thawing the concrete should be air-entrained to resist flaking and scaling of the surface. If air-entrained concrete is not used, there will be subsequent damage to the surface.
Protecting Your Concrete Surface From Chemicals
Many materials have no effect on concrete. However, there are some aggressive materials, such as most acids, that can have a deteriorating effect on concrete.
What Are The Different Types of Portland Cement?
Continuing our exploration into the basics of concrete and cement, we explore the various types and uses of portland cement. Though all portland cement is basically the same,
Aggregates are inert granular materials such as sand, gravel, or crushed stone that, along with water and portland cement, are an essential ingredient in concrete.
Supplementary Cementing Materials
Supplementary cementing materials (SCMs) contribute to the properties of hardened concrete through hydraulic or pozzolanic activity. Typical examples are fly ashes, slag cement (ground, granulated blast-furnace slag), and silica fume.
How Concrete is Made
In its simplest form, concrete is a mixture of paste and aggregates, or rocks. The paste, composed of portland cement and water, coats the surface of the fine (small) and coarse (larger) aggregates. Through a chemical reaction called hydration, the paste hardens and gains strength to form the rock-like mass known as concrete.
How Cement is Made
Portland cement is the basic ingredient of concrete. Concrete is formed with portland cement creates a paste with water that binds with sand and rock to harden. Cement is manufactured through a closely controlled chemical combination of calcium, silicon, aluminum, iron and other ingredients.
Cement & Concrete Basics
In its simplest form, concrete is a mixture of paste and aggregates. The paste, composed of portland cement and water, coats the surface of the fine and coarse aggregates. Through a chemical reaction called hydration, the paste hardens and gains strength to form the rock-like mass known as concrete.
Planning and Delivering a Successful Asphalt Project
Test Your Site The quality and strength of the existing sub grade soil will be a significant factor in the design and performance of your asphalt project. Soil testing and analysis should be done to determine the best practices for your specific area and purpose of your asphalt paving needs.
Safety and Utility of Bollards for Your Project
As one of our services, Pavement Constructors offers installation of bollards on your site. Originally used on ships for mooring, they have become ubiquitous in new and existing paved areas for safety, asset protection and traffic direction.
Design Enhancements to Make Your Concrete Walkways Unique
The installation of sidewalks, concrete stairs, or other concrete builds all starts with perimeter forms and expansion joints to ensure that your surface area will be durable and long-lasting.
Coal Tar Sealants for Durability and Appearance
When an asphalt surface is exposed to the sun’s UV rays for a period of time the asphalt binder begins to break down resulting in a surface that is worn and weathered in appearance.
Build Right for Minimal Future Maintenance
Any commercial build will require a lot of ground work before construction can actually begin. In most cases site work contractors, land surveyors, utility workers, and a range of builders will need to be hired after building permits are obtained.
Crucial Steps to Take Before Building on Your Land
There is a lot more that goes into building than clearing land and tossing up a shingle. Careful planning needs to be done months or even years in advance in some cases.