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Thu, Jun. 21, 2012

Building on the previous post, there are many different types and styles of asphalt repair.  These articles are here to give you an insight into how asphalt jobs are approached and the different methods of fixing problems.  Here is the second installment of potential asphalt repair specifications:

  • R&R Asphalt (Remove and Replace Asphalt): The perimeter area of the asphalt mat to be removed and replaced will be fully cut, and the old asphaltic concrete to be...
Fri, Jun. 15, 2012

When it comes to asphalt repair, it may seem pretty upfront and simple.  Just fix it.  Well, that's similar to telling an auto mechanic to 'just fix it'.  There could be any one of many different methods or actions needed to fix the problem for both vehicles and asphalt.  Here is the first installment of potential asphalt repair specifications:

  • Skin Patch: C-mix is manufactured by local paving plants, which is a sand/asphalt oil mix, without any sizable aggregate...
Sat, May. 26, 2012

The short answer is that yes, extended exposure to the sun can have a damaging effect on your pavement.  You might be thinking that your pavement is always in the sun, and there isn't anything you can really do about it.  That is perfectly okay, you just need to be aware of this so you can properly care for your pavement.

While it isn't a puppy dog that needs food, water, bathing, and attention every day, pavement does need some upkeep.  The sun can cause damage because solar...

Sun, May. 20, 2012

As a commercial pavement and asphalt company, Pavement Specialties has taken care of many different customers from small residential jobs up to large commercial jobs like the Cabela's here in town.  If you ever want to see the quality of our work, just check out the Cabela's parking lot!

If you are considering paving services, it can help to know those past clients were treated well and given excellent service.  We strive to do just that, but don't take our word for it.  Here is an...

Mon, May. 14, 2012

While there isn't often mention of paving and pavement industry information in the mainstream news media, there is one song that speaks to the good times that can be had in a parking lot.  Chris Cagle's song, "Wal-Mart Parking Lot" is a tribute to the good times had in high school while just hanging out in the parking lot. 

While the actual pavement has very little to do with the song or why it exists in the first place, we like to think that Chris is giving the hard working Boise...

Sun, Apr. 22, 2012

Spring is now in full swing and with it comes the rain. You've certainly noticed the last month or so worth of constant rain. What you may not know, is that this rain can compromise the integrity of your pavement whether it's your driveway or a parking lot. If your asphalt has any cracks, splits or other interruptions, all this rain runs down into those cracks and begins to wash away the subgrade. If you've ever hit a pothole or seen dips in the road, this is often caused by the subgrade...

Thu, Apr. 19, 2012
Boise Parking Lot

Now that the snow has melted away, trees are budding, the grass is getting greener and it's time for spring cleaning! Most businesses and residences do some spring cleaning inside. Everything from dusting off those shelves that have been compiling filth for the last four months to sweeping the floor behind the desk. When it comes to the outdoors, generally the lawn gets mowed and trimmed, we pick up some branches and debris around the yard and clean out the flower beds. The last step in this...

Tue, Mar. 20, 2012
Boise Parking Lot

When patrons come to your business, the first thing that they will see is the parking lot.  We all know that first impressions are very important and that they take time and serious effort to reverse.  If your parking lot looks unprofessional, has cracks, crooked lines or signage, or just plain looks old and outdated, what do you think your customers will assume about your business?

Your parking lot represents what your business stands for.  With that in mind, don’t you want to make a...

Thu, Mar. 15, 2012
Idaho Asphalt

Standing water and heavy traffic are the worst enemies of a parking lot. Traffic and water have a hydraulic pumping effect causing the subgrade and asphalt to flex creating cracks. The more traffic, the more hydraulic pumping makes the cracks larger and larger eventually allowing more water into the asphalt and sub-grade.  Add freezing and thawing temperatures to the mix, and now you begin to see potholing of the asphalt and complete asphalt failures. Pavement Specialty’s seal coat provides...

Mon, Mar. 12, 2012

Many people don’t know that pavement can have many different types of issues.  When properly installed the first time, your sidewalk, driveway, and street should be able to last for years.  However, exposure to weather, temperature changes and the possibility of improper installment can all build on each other to create problems.  Here are some of the most common pavement problems:

  • Potholes
  • Indentations/Sinking
  • Washboarding
  • Erosion
  • Bubbling/...

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