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  • Q: Asphalt Pavement – What Are The Potential Driving Hazards?
    Every season has its own unique “personality” that can appeal to some people while repelling others. For example, there are those who find a freshly fallen blanket of snow to be a beautiful sight, but others may view the snow as a major inconvenience and potential driving hazard. On the other hand, some people may be annoyed by autumn leaves that collect in their lawns or form piles in the street, but others may delight in the brilliant foliage without realizing that leaf piles can present their own potential driving hazards. Every season presents driving hazards, but many people overlook the special hazards that manifest during the fall. Here are some tips to help you stay safe when driving during the autumn months.

    ASPHALT PAVEMENT – POTENTIAL DRIVING HAZARDS

    WATCH FOR POTENTIAL HAZARDS PRESENTED BY LEAVES
    Piles of leaves in the street may look innocent or even beautiful, but they may be concealing something that drivers really need to know. For example, they may cover pavement markings or hide a deep pothole. If rain or snow falls, the leaves can quickly turn into a slick mat that can cause a vehicle to lose traction, and if the precipitation freezes, an icy spot may be retained under the leaves even after ice on the rest of the road has melted.

    KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEATHER
    Autumn weather can be notoriously unpredictable in Central Kentucky. A day may dawn clear and warm, but by dusk, the temperature may have dropped, rain may be falling and there could even be icy spots on overpasses or bridges. A fair, starry night could end with morning fog, especially near lakes and rivers. Keep an eye out for changing conditions, allow extra time to get to your destination and leave extra space between the car ahead of you and your own vehicle.

    MAINTAIN YOUR VEHICLE
    Naturally, you want to make sure that your vehicle is in proper mechanical condition before cold weather arrives. However, many drivers overlook the basics that can reduce risks during the fall. For example, rapidly changing temperatures can affect your tire pressure; underinflated tires can affect handling and are more prone to blowouts. A streaked or dirty windshield can reduce visibility, especially when driving at night or when the sun is close to the horizon.

    WATCH FOR INCREASED TRAFFIC

    During the fall, vehicle and pedestrian traffic often increases. Kids are back in school and participating in extracurricular activities. Vehicle traffic can be heavier when crowds are arriving or leaving sporting events or dropping or picking up schoolchildren. Four-legged traffic may also increase, particularly in areas with a substantial deer population; they may be searching for a mate or migrating to a better feeding ground.

    GIVE YOURSELF A CHANCE TO ADAPT TO THE TIME CHANGE
    “Springing forward” brings certain challenges, but “falling back” can also require time to adapt. The sun will set a little earlier every day before the hours of daylight begin to increase slightly after December 21. The earlier arrival of darkness can be disconcerting until you get accustomed to the change. For example, if you normally arrive home well before nightfall, you may need to adjust to commuting in the dark. At least for the first few days, be even more cautious when you are behind the wheel.

    APM PAVING DELIVERS QUALITY AND VALUE
    APM Paving is a paving company and we have been helping customers with their pavement-related needs for over three decades. We offer an extensive range of concrete and blacktop services, including crack repairs, asphalt paving, curbing, parking lot striping and sealcoating in Lexington and the Central Kentucky area. We deliver exceptional workmanship at affordable prices. If you have more questions about Asphalt Pavement – Potential Driving Hazards or would like a free quote, submit the online form or call (859) 299-8111.

  • Q: How Does Asphalt Justify Cleaner Air?
    Americans are becoming increasingly aware of the many issues related to the environmental health of the planet. Even 50 years ago, phrases such as sustainable materials, greenhouse gases and carbon footprint would have been rarely found in media reports. In recent decades, much more attention has been given to preventing air pollution and reducing energy consumption as well as using construction materials that are recyclable or renewable. For most people, such terms evoke images of high-mileage vehicles, energy-efficient appliances, alternatives to plastic bottles and recycling bins filled with aluminum cans. However, people often do not realize the environmental benefits that can be provided by asphalt pavement.

    ASPHALT JUSTIFIES CLEANER AIR – ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

    Some people mistakenly believe that asphalt plants must pollute the air. In fact, asphalt plants are not even on the EPA’s list of major contributors to air pollution — despite the fact that production has increased almost 250 percent since the 1970s. During the same period, asphalt producers have reduced emissions by a whopping 97 percent.

    ASPHALT JUSTIFIES CLEANER AIR – ASPHALT PAVEMENT IS RECYCLABLE
    In America, a wide variety of materials are recycled, including aluminum, certain plastics and many metals. However, the total for all aluminum, plastic, glass and paper recycled annually is about half as much as the amount of asphalt pavement that is recycled every year. Most of the old pavement is used to produce more asphalt pavement, which reduces the need for fresh asphalt binder as well as aggregates. The recycled asphalt pavement can also incorporate other reclaimed materials, including glass, old tires, asphalt shingles and foundry sand.

    ASPHALT JUSTIFIES CLEANER AIR – KEEP TRAFFIC MOVING
    Traffic snarls increase fuel consumption and emissions when drivers are brought to a halt or forced to creep along. Since asphalt pavement is faster to install and repair than concrete pavement, less time is needed to build a new road to alleviate congestion and lanes closed for repairs can be reopened quickly. In addition, because asphalt pavement is remarkably smooth, fuel consumption can be as much as 4.5 percent less for vehicles driving on asphalt as opposed to a rougher pavement.

    ASPHALT JUSTIFIES CLEANER AIR – REDUCE URBAN HEAT ISLANDS
    Building a city requires making dramatic alterations to the area’s natural environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the mean air temperature in an urban environment can be as much as 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the temperature in adjacent rural areas, and the difference can be as much as 22 degrees Fahrenheit during evening hours. Urban heat islands increase the demand for energy during peak hours and increase cooling costs. As a result, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution also increase. However, porous asphalt pavements can help reduce nighttime temperatures. Throughout the day, pavements absorb heat, and the more impervious the pavement is, the more heat it will retain overnight. Although there are many variables that must be considered, open-graded asphalt can lose its heat more rapidly than concrete and similar impervious pavements.

    CONTACT US FOR HELP WITH YOUR PAVEMENT NEEDS
    We offer a wide range of conventional and specialty services to meet the needs of customers throughout Lexington, Louisville, and Central Kentucky. APM Paving is an asphalt paving company and our services include asphalt paving, asphalt resurfacing, asphalt sealcoating, crack repair, curbing, parking lot striping, concrete and concrete repair, stormwater management, asphalt removal and site work. We have been providing exceptional work at affordable prices for more than 35 years. If you would like to receive a free quote, call us at (859) 299-8111 or fill out the handy online form.

  • Q: Asphalt Paving: What is Timing & Temperature | Lexington, KY?
    You have probably noticed that asphalt contractors are busier during the summer months than they are during the spring and fall. Many people assume that the increased work can be attributed to the extra hours of daylight enjoyed in the summer. Although a longer workday certainly allows contractors to get more done, the main reason that contractors prefer to pave during the summer is temperature-related. Warmer temperatures make it easier to ensure that proper compaction is achieved within the time required. Without proper compaction, asphalt pavement will fail prematurely. To understand the role that temperature plays in compaction, it might be helpful to review how asphalt pavement is installed.

    ASPHALT PAVING: TIMING & TEMPERATURE | LEXINGTON, KY- INSTALLATION BASICS

    After the ground is graded and prepared, a layer of aggregate is installed and compacted. This forms the foundation that will support the weight of the pavement as well as the traffic that the pavement must bear. The contractor’s crew will then apply multiple layers of asphalt, compacting each layer before applying the next course. For proper compaction, the asphalt must remain workable, which means that it must retain sufficient heat until compaction is complete.

    MORE THAN ONE TEMPERATURE MUST BE MEASURED
    Asphalt is hot when it leaves the production plant, but it can cool slightly while in transit. The greater the distance between the plant and the job site, the more the temperature of the asphalt can drop. The required temperature depends primarily on the type of mix and the thickness of the asphalt layer to be installed.

    The temperature of the asphalt mix is just one measurement with which the contractor must be concerned. Another important factor is the ambient temperature. In most instances, asphalt contractors will not install new pavement unless the ambient temperature is above 50 degrees Fahrenheit and increasing. If it is a windy day, contractors may increase their minimum ambient temperature; wind expedites the cooling process.

    Perhaps the most critical temperature is the temperature of the surface on which the asphalt will be applied. When two materials having different temperatures are brought into contact, a heat exchange occurs. If the temperature of the aggregate is less than 50 degrees Fahrenheit, the asphalt may cool too quickly. Since the asphalt is cooling from the bottom up, this can make it extremely difficult to achieve full-depth compaction.

    TIMING BASICS
    Because the asphalt will cool rapidly, compaction must begin immediately and be completed quickly. The combination of temperatures, the mix type and the thickness of the asphalt determine the length of time that workers will have to complete compaction. In some instances, the time may be as little as 15 minutes; they will seldom have more than 45 minutes. This means that all equipment must be present at the start of the application process, the equipment must be the proper type and it must be sufficiently maintained to guard against breakdowns. Workers may need to make adjustments if the weather is cool, including reducing the space between rolling machines or making shorter passes.

    TRUST AN EXPERIENCED ASPHALT CONTRACTOR
    When it comes to paving in cool weather, experience counts. An experienced contractor has learned how to ensure quality results when paving in the spring or autumn. APM Paving is one of the top paving companies in Lexington, KY and we have over 35 years of industry experience and a commitment to delivering exceptional work at affordable prices. We serve most of Central Kentucky and offer a wide range of services, including asphalt paving, asphalt resurfacing, asphalt sealcoating, asphalt repair and parking lot striping. Our clients include industrial facilities, office parks, municipalities, churches, health care facilities, apartment complexes and shopping centers. For a free quote, use our online form to send us your information or call (859) 299-8111.

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  • Q: Your Pavement – Should You Sealcoat Or Pave?
    If asphalt pavement is properly maintained and repairs are made on a timely basis, it will typically age gracefully. Neglected asphalt pavement will begin to deteriorate long before its life expectancy is up. Regardless of whether your pavement has been pampered or ignored, there comes a time when you begin to wonder whether you need to find a sealcoating or paving contractor. In one sense, the two procedures are complementary; you want to maintain your sealcoating to prolong the life of your pavement. However, the purpose of each procedure is very different. Either procedure can be your most cost-effective choice, but the condition of your pavement determines whether you should seal coat or repave.

    YOUR PAVEMENT – SEALCOATING OR PAVING

    PAVEMENT CONDITIONS INDICATING SEALCOATING IS THE BETTER OPTION
    Sealcoating is an ideal solution if your pavement just needs to have its color rejuvenated. It can also be the better choice if your pavement has limited areas of damage. If you have potholes or cracks over less than approximately one-third of your pavement, it will probably be more economical to have repairs made and sealcoating applied. Even if you have a small area of alligator cracking or a few depressions, you might still be able to have the area repaired and sealed. In short, sealcoating is typically the better option if your pavement is in relatively good condition and its foundation is stable.

    PAVEMENT CONDITIONS INDICATING REPAVING IS THE BETTER OPTION
    If your pavement has damage covering more than approximately one-third of its surface, you might want to consider having an asphalt overlay applied. An overlay is an additional layer of asphalt that is installed over existing concrete or asphalt pavement after potholes, cracks and other damages are repaired. Because an overlay will look like new asphalt pavement, property owners to whom curb appeal is extremely important often choose this option rather than have their pavement riddled with obvious repairs.

    However, an overlay is not always feasible. Although it can still be an option if there are only small areas in which the foundation has become destabilized, if there is extensive damage to the foundation, it may be necessary to rebuild the pavement completely. Destabilized foundations are almost always the result of water that has leaked beneath the pavement and eroded the foundation. If the water is trapped over the winter, the freezing and thawing cycle will worsen the damage. After the foundation incurs sufficient damage, alligator cracking, depressions in the pavement and potholes typically form.

    Whether you choose an overlay or have your pavement rebuilt, you should include periodic sealcoating in your routine maintenance plan. Sealcoating is an economical procedure, but it can double the life of asphalt pavement. Without sealcoating, the sun’s rays will leave the pavement dry, brittle and faded. Sealcoating also helps stop the penetration of automotive fluids that can soften asphalt pavement. Ask your contractor how often you should have sealcoating applied. Your pavement’s use is the primary factor in the frequency of sealcoating, but most commercial parking lots need fresh sealcoating every two years or so.

    TRUST YOUR ASPHALT PAVEMENT MAINTENANCE TO THE EXPERTS
    APM Paving is an asphalt paving company in Lexington, KY and we have been helping customers maintain their parking lots for more than 35 years. We are experts in the installation, repair and maintenance of asphalt and concrete pavements. Our services include asphalt paving and overlays, asphalt sealcoating, concrete paving, asphalt crack repair, parking lot striping, concrete repair, milling and reclamation, site work, curbing and the installation of parking lot signs. We believe in delivering quality results at affordable rates. If you would like to request a free quote, you can either submit the online form or call (859) 299-8111.

  • Q: Why Your Asphalt Contractor Should Be Fully Insured?
    Have you ever been involved in an automobile accident that was the fault of an uninsured driver? If so, how did things turn out? If your experience was similar to that of most people, you probably ended up losing time and money, especially if you did not have full coverage on your own vehicle or do not carry uninsured motorist coverage. Regardless of what the accident wound up costing you financially, you probably experienced some disruption to your life, felt a sense of frustration and lost precious time dealing with the incident. If you take the expense, aggravation and time lost because of the auto accident and multiply it by 100, you have an idea of what you could potentially be facing if you hire an asphalt paving contractor who does not have the right insurance.

    WHY YOUR ASPHALT CONTRACTOR SHOULD BE FULLY INSURED
    WHAT TYPES OF INSURANCE SHOULD YOUR CONTRACTOR CARRY?
    There are several types of insurance that your contractor may carry. Some forms of insurance are mandatory, but other types are discretionary. However, just because a contractor is legally required to have a certain type of insurance does not mean that every contractor complies with the law.

    • In Kentucky, every employer with at least one employee is required to carry workers’ comp. The purpose of this type of insurance is to cover the expenses that the contractor’s employee suffers from an on-the-job accident or work-related illness. Workers’ comp covers only the contractor’s employees and does not cover property damage.
    • General liability or commercial liability insurance is not mandatory in Kentucky, but most businesses carry this type of insurance. Commercial liability covers property damage to someone else’s property by the contractor or his employee. It also covers injuries to people who are not employed by the contractor.
    • Vehicle liability insurance is mandatory for all drivers in Kentucky, but many drivers carry only the minimum required by law. Minimum coverage limits may be insufficient to pay the costs related to an incident, especially for property damage or a serious injury. Most asphalt contractors carry commercial vehicle policies that have higher limits, giving them and their customers better protection.

    WHY YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT YOUR CONTRACTOR’S INSURANCE
    If your paving contractor is not insured, you could be held liable by the injured party. It would certainly not be pleasant if one of your contractor’s workers were to be injured on your property, but it would be more unpleasant if you had to pay his medical bills and cover his lost earnings. If your contractor damaged one of your customer’s cars, your customer would be unhappy, but the unhappiness could spread to you if you have to pay for the repair. If a vendor is injured due to your contractor’s negligence, you could be on the hook for the vendor’s lost earnings and health care costs. In any of these three scenarios, the aggrieved party could file a lawsuit against you, placing your assets at risk. Making sure that your asphalt contractor has adequate insurance is your best defense against any financial impact to you or your company.

    LET APM PAVING MAKE YOUR JOB EASIER
    APM Paving is an asphalt paving company in Lexington and we can help you with all of your asphalt and concrete needs, including paving, repairs, parking lot striping, curbing, asphalt sealcoating, milling and site work. We also provide a number of specialty services for industrial, commercial and residential properties. Our customers include industrial facilities, municipalities, office parks, apartment complexes, schools, retailers and churches. Our people have the experience and the desire to deliver great work on every job, but our rates are affordable. If you would like a free quote, you can call one of our friendly staff members at (859) 299-8111 or complete the short online form.

  • Q: Asphalt Sealcoating: What Are the Fundamental Ingredients?
    Asphalt Sealcoating is an extremely effective and economical way to extend the life of asphalt pavement by as much as twice the life of a comparable pavement that is not sealed. Furthermore, sealcoating causes only minimal disruption to traffic; most parking lots can be fully operational no later than the day after the sealant is applied. However, the results of a sealcoating job can be affected by the ingredients that the contractor includes in the mix.

    ASPHALT SEALCOATING: FUNDAMENTAL INGREDIENTS – SAND
    Sand is an essential part of a quality sealcoating mix, playing an important role in safety, appearance and durability. First, sand improves traction on the sealcoated surface for pedestrians as well as vehicles. From an appearance aspect, sand will settle into any minor surface flaws to make the pavement appear smoother. Finally, sand particles will interlock with the other ingredients in the mix and make the sealant last longer.

    It is critical that the contractor select the correct sand to include in the mix. The grains of sand must be of the proper size to prevent traffic from dislodging them or to prevent the sand from absorbing too much of the binder used in the mix. The sand must be pure and free from contaminants, including dust, organic matter and clay, and it must be dry.

    ASPHALT SEALCOATING: FUNDAMENTAL INGREDIENTS – ADDITIVES

    Additives can provide a variety of benefits, so contractors choose additives based on the circumstances that exist on the specific job. For example, an additive might be needed if the relative humidity is so high that the curing process will be negatively affected. There are also additives to keep the sand suspended evenly throughout the sealcoating mix, which will ensure better results. Other additives may be used to compensate for the temperature, the pavement’s porosity or the stresses placed upon the pavement. There are additives to expedite the curing process, often allowing the contractor to apply a second coat or apply pavement markings sooner to reduce the time that the area must be closed to traffic. The correct selection of additives can make the difference between substandard and high-quality jobs.

    ASPHALT SEALCOATING: FUNDAMENTAL INGREDIENTS – SEALANT
    There are a number of sealant manufacturers producing sealcoating mixes in various quality levels. The quality of the sealant must match the demands that will be placed upon it. For example, the asphalt pavement surrounding a backyard playground will not need sealcoating that is of the same quality as the sealcoating used on the tarmac of a busy airport. However, choosing an inferior sealant will only mean that the job will need to be repeated prematurely. It is therefore essential to select a quality sealant that will withstand the traffic to which it will be subjected.

    CLOSING THOUGHTS
    Sealcoating professionals start with the dry mix produced by the manufacturer of the sealant. They then prepare liquid sealcoating by incorporating water, additives and sand. Although the manufacturer provides basic recommendations, there is no substitute for experience when it comes to ensuring that the additions are the correct type and in the correct proportions.

    APM Paving has more than 35 years of experience in asphalt maintenance, including sealcoating. We provide an extensive range of installation, repair and maintenance services to customers in most parts of Central Kentucky, including Lexington, Louisville, Cynthiana, Versailles and Frankfort. Our services include asphalt paving and concrete, parking lot striping, concrete repair, asphalt repair and site work. We deliver exceptional results at affordable prices. If you have questions about Asphalt Sealcoating: Fundamental Ingredients or would like to request a free quote, you can submit the online form or call (859) 299-8111.

  • Q: Asphalt Pavement, Property Management & ROI?
    When you are a property manager, there are probably times when you feel like the only “responsible” person on the site. After all, you are the one responsible for attracting new tenants, pacifying existing tenants, maximizing the owner’s profits and keeping the property properly maintained. There is one area of your property that can help you meet all of the goals for which you are responsible: your pavement.

    ASPHALT PAVEMENT, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & ROI
    PAVEMENT AFFECTS CURB APPEAL
    One of the first things that current and potential tenants will notice about your property is the condition of your pavement. If your parking lot is faded and cracked, the curb appeal of your property is reduced. Whether they are leasing an apartment or a business location, tenants want a property with curb appeal and will often have the perception that a property with nice curb appeal is worth more than an equivalent space with a poorly maintained exterior.

    PAVEMENT AFFECTS SAFETY
    Tenants want the pavement to be safe. Potholes in the parking lot, uneven sidewalks and pavement that does not drain properly can pose problems for your tenants as well as their customers or visitors. Drivers do not want to damage their cars by encountering potholes, pedestrians do not want to risk a tripping accident and tire splash can be a major annoyance to both groups.

    PAVEMENT AFFECTS PROFITABILITY AND PROPERTY VALUE

    If you maintain your pavement, it will have a longer life. Instead of having to replace your parking lot in 10 years, for example, it might last for 20 or 25 years. Furthermore, well-maintained pavement increases property value; a great parking lot alone can boost value by 5 percent or more.

    Maintaining your pavement can also affect your profitability in subtle ways. For example, available units may not remain vacant as long. Existing tenants may be more likely to renew their leases, reducing your expenses for replacing them. You can also reduce your potential liability issues.

    PROPER MAINTENANCE FOR YOUR PAVEMENT
    Concrete and asphalt pavements require slightly different maintenance procedures to keep them looking their best and to help them reach their full life. Both types of pavement require proactive crack repairs to prevent costly damages. Asphalt and concrete parking lots need clear pavement markings, legible signs, a sufficient number of drains and properly installed car stops. Asphalt pavement needs to have fresh sealcoating applied periodically to protect against damaging UV rays and automotive fluids. Concrete sidewalks often need repairs to eliminate slabs that have become uneven, posing a tripping hazard.

    Although it might sound as if there are many maintenance procedures to deal with, keep in mind that most pavements will not require all of them on a routine basis. The important thing is to have a professional perform the maintenance procedures that your property needs and to do so in a timely manner.

    CHOOSE AN EXPERIENCED CONTRACTOR
    Whether you need new construction or routine maintenance, you should choose a contractor with relevant experience. For example, if your property has an asphalt parking lot and concrete sidewalks, you need a contractor who has experience with both types of paving materials. You should also look for a contractor with an outstanding reputation and quality references.

    At APM Paving, we have been helping customers in Lexington and Central Kentucky solve their toughest pavement issues for over 35 years. We are a paving contractor that offers an extensive range of services, including asphalt paving and overlays, concrete patching and repair, asphalt repair, asphalt sealcoating, parking lot striping, asphalt crack repairs, asphalt milling, concrete and asphalt curbing, site work, parking lot signs and pavement markings. Our crews provide exceptional work at affordable rates. If you would like to request a free estimate, you can fill out the online job quote form or call (859) 299-8111.

  • Q: May Sealcoating in Lexington?
    Asphalt sealcoating is a highly effective and economical way to help achieve the longest life possible for your asphalt pavement. Sealcoating acts as a barrier against potentially damaging elements, including UV rays, automotive fluids and deicing chemicals. In addition, sealcoating refreshes the color and improves the appearance of asphalt pavement. However, although there are some parts of the country in which sealcoating can be applied during virtually any month, in Central Kentucky, this is not the case. Most sealcoating jobs are performed between May 1 and September 30, but the month of May is actually the perfect time for sealcoating in this area.

    MAY SEALCOATING IN LEXINGTON -PERFECT TIME
    Sealcoating can be a tricky material. It must be mixed correctly and applied properly if the job is to succeed. However, the weather conditions play a critical role in a successful sealcoating job. Even if every other factor is addressed correctly, the weather could spoil the results.

    Sealcoating manufacturers design their products to work within certain specifications. Although it is seldom possible to apply sealcoating under what manufacturers consider to be ideal conditions, the more that ideal conditions and the conditions at the time of the application differ, the more likely it is that a problem will arise. In Central Kentucky, May is the month in which normal conditions are the closest to ideal.

    WHAT ARE IDEAL CONDITIONS FOR SEALCOATING?
    All sealcoating manufacturers recommend virtually identical conditions as ideal for sealcoating. Pavement and ambient temperatures should be at least 50 degrees and not fall below that for 24 hours after the sealant is applied. Ideally, the maximum temperature should be below 70 degrees with a relative humidity of 50 percent or less. Ideal wind speeds are around 4 mph. Sealcoating should not be exposed to precipitation for at least 24 hours.

    In Central Kentucky, the normal conditions match the ideal recommendations rather closely during the month of May. May is the first month in which historical overnight lows average above 50 degrees and daytime highs are just above 70 degrees. The average humidity is below 20 percent, but by July, humidity normally exceeds 60 percent. Historically, the wind speeds during May are perfect for sealcoating. The only thing that is not perfect is that May tends to be one of the rainiest months of the year in this area, so sealcoating contractors must keep a sharp eye on the weather forecasts when scheduling sealcoating jobs.

    Although May might be the best month, conditions for sealcoating are also excellent from June through September. By October, overnight lows tend to begin to fall below 50 degrees. While there may be isolated days during October, November and March on which sealcoating is possible, it is virtually impossible to apply sealcoating between Thanksgiving and Easter.

    If winter weather has left your asphalt pavement looking dingy or faded, sealcoating in the spring can bring back its beauty. Scheduling your sealcoating job early can ensure that your pavement is ready for the increased traffic that summer usually brings.

    LET APM PAVING HELP

    APM Paving is a paving company in Lexington with more than 35 years of asphalt industry experience and offers a full range of services for maintaining asphalt and concrete pavements. We offer asphalt paving, seal coat, concrete repairs, parking lot striping, asphalt repairs, asphalt milling, curbing, site work, bumper blocks, parking lot signs and car stops. Our crews are highly trained and experienced individuals with a commitment to professionalism, customer service and exceptional work. If you would like to request a free quote on your next project, complete the online form or call (859) 299-8111.

  • Q: What are Some Tips After New Pavement Installation?
    A stretch of new asphalt pavement is a beautiful sight. The color is rich, dark and lustrous, pavement markings stand out in vivid contrast and the surface is smooth and even. If you have recently had new pavement installed, you may be wondering how to take care of it so that it retains its beauty and functionality for as long as possible. The following tips can help you look after your new pavement properly.

    TIPS AFTER NEW PAVEMENT INSTALLATION – KEEP IT CLEAN
    Some types of foliage and trash can leave stains on your pavement. Oil, transmission fluid, gasoline and other automotive chemicals can stain your pavement, but these fluids can also soften the asphalt and break down the binders that hold the pavement together. Remove debris and clean leaked fluids promptly.

    INSPECT REGULARLY AND REPAIR PROMPTLY
    Schedule regular inspections of your pavement so that you can spot any issues as soon as they arise. If you notice a crack, arrange to have it professionally repaired. Ignoring a crack can leave you facing an expensive repair bill later; cracks let water penetrate to the pavement’s base and the resulting erosion can destabilize the pavement.

    BE PROACTIVE ABOUT SEALCOATING
    New asphalt pavement cannot be sealed immediately. It will take at least 30 days before oxidation has stripped enough of the oil from the pavement. Be sure that you ask your contractor when you should have sealcoating applied for the first time and how often you should have it reapplied. Sealcoating and asphalt maintenance makes your pavement last longer and look better. Sealants prevent UV rays from stripping all of the moisture from asphalt pavement, leaving it dry, faded and brittle. Sealcoating also slows the penetration of automotive fluids, giving you more time to remove them.

    GUARD AGAINST UNUSUAL WEAR
    New asphalt pavement is a bit more delicate than older pavement. Taking some extra precautions during the pavement’s first 12 to 18 months can help prolong the life of your pavement and prevent unnecessary damage.

    • Follow the contractor’s instructions about opening the pavement for traffic. You may need to prevent vehicles from accessing the new pavement for as long as 48 hours, but the time could be shorter or longer. Pedestrians can usually be allowed on the new pavement within a few hours.
    • The kickstands on motorcycles and bikes can leave marks in new pavement. Placing boards on top of the pavement for the kickstands to rest on can prevent these depressions.
    • Turning the wheels on a vehicle that is not in motion can scuff the pavement. Minor scuff marks will normally fade in time.
    • Restrict vehicles to the weights for which the pavement was engineered. For example, if you had a parking lot built for passenger cars, do not permit heavy equipment to park in your lot.
    • Trailer jacks can sink into new pavement, especially in hot weather. If you must allow boat trailers, camping trailers or utility trailers to be stored on your pavement, provide a sturdy piece of wood for the jack to rest on.
    • Do not allow carts or bins with steel wheels to be pushed or pulled across your pavement. Rubber wheels will not normally cause any damage.

    If you would like to learn more about protecting your new pavement, contact the experts at APM Paving. We are a paving company with over 35 years of industry experience. Our services include asphalt paving, asphalt repair, pavement reinforcement, sealcoating, speed humps, curbing, parking lot striping, milling and asphalt overlays. We also offer site work, concrete installation and repair, traffic sign installation, bumper blocks and car stops. We serve a diverse group of customers, including churches, industrial facilities, municipalities, office parks, retailers, schools, apartment complexes, commercial buildings, subdivisions, condominiums and HOAs. We provide exceptional results at affordable prices. If you would like to receive a free quote, you can either submit the online form or call (859) 299-8111.

  • Q: Sealcoating & Lexington Weather?
    Most asphalt sealing professionals feel that the most difficult part of their job involves interpreting the weather conditions. If they make the wrong decision, the results may not be satisfactory or a job that could have been completed might have been postponed. Obviously, if it is raining, sleeting or snowing, sealant cannot be applied, but there are four additional factors — all of which involve the physics related to evaporation — that must be considered before deciding to proceed with a sealcoating job.

    SEALCOATING & LEXINGTON WEATHER – WHAT IS THE TEMPERATURE?
    Although many sealcoating jobs are successfully completed at higher and lower temperatures, the ideal temperature for applying sealants is 70 degrees Fahrenheit. One example of the effect of temperature on evaporation is to consider the difference in how long it takes water to evaporate from two pans if you leave one pan at room temperature and place the other on a burner turned to the highest setting. The water will evaporate from both pans, but at room temperature, evaporation will occur much more slowly.

    When sealant is applied, the liquid it contains will evaporate at a slower rate when temperatures are cooler. The area will need to remain closed to traffic for a longer time, which could inconvenience the customer.

    However, it can also be too hot to apply sealant. As sealant dries, it bonds to the pavement to create a hard film. When temperatures are excessively high, the moisture can evaporate before a successful bond has been established.

    SEALCOATING & LEXINGTON WEATHER – WHAT IS THE HUMIDITY?

    The amount of moisture being held in the air affects the rate of evaporation. For example, water evaporates faster in dry, desert air than it does in a muggy environment even if all other factors are identical. The same thing happens when sealcoating is applied; it will dry faster if the humidity level is low and slower if the humidity level is high. Sealants should never be applied if the humidity level exceeds 90 percent; manufacturers recommend that the humidity should be below 50 percent.

    SEALCOATING & LEXINGTON WEATHER – WHAT IS THE WIND SPEED?

    As water evaporates, its molecules bounce into the air, but since air molecules are lighter than water molecules, there must be some mechanism for clearing them away from their source. Otherwise, the water molecules linger on top of the source, preventing more water molecules from moving into the air. Wind moves the saturated air away from the surface, allowing the evaporation process to continue and reducing the drying time. Although higher wind speeds are better, even a breeze of as little as 3 mph can play an important part in the rate at which the sealant will dry.

    SEALCOATING & LEXINGTON WEATHER – HOW MANY HOURS OF SUNLIGHT ARE AVAILABLE?
    Direct sunlight speeds the drying and curing of sealants. Most asphalt sealcoating contractors prefer to have a minimum of three hours of sunlight remaining after the sealant has been applied. At lower temperatures, higher humidity levels or when winds are calmer, more hours of sunlight may be required.

    CONTACT APM PAVING TO LEARN MORE

    APM Paving offers a full range of asphalt-related services to customers throughout Lexington, Louisville, and Central Kentucky. We have over 35 years of industry experience, allowing us to deliver work of exceptional quality at affordable rates. APM Paving offer a wide range of services, including asphalt paving and repairs, sealcoating, milling and reclamation, parking lot striping, curbing, bumper blocks and parking lot signs. For a free estimate, submit the quote request form found on our website or call (859) 299-8111.

  • Q: Asphalt Paving & Durability?
    Asphalt pavement is remarkably durable when installed and maintained correctly. Some cracking or other signs of wear must be expected, but there are many factors that can contribute to premature aging of your asphalt pavement. Here are some common challenges that your pavement may face.

    ASPHALT PAVING & DURABILITY – THE SUN
    The sun can damage asphalt pavement in two ways. First, summer heat can make pavement more susceptible to damage from hot tires that are braking or accelerating quickly. Second, the sun emits UV rays that fade the color of asphalt pavement and leave it dry and crumbly. Applying fresh sealant periodically can help protect against damage from the sun.

    ASPHALT PAVING & DURABILITY – WATER

    Many people know that asphalt has been used for waterproofing for centuries, so they are often surprised that water is the most formidable enemy that asphalt pavement routinely encounters. It is not so much the direct effect that water has on the pavement; it is what water can do to the foundation on which the pavement relies for its strength and flexibility. Whether the water penetrates through cracks and potholes or is forced under the edges of the pavement around clogged drains, it can erode the foundation, which leads to potholes, cracks and sunken areas in the pavement.

    ASPHALT PAVING & DURABILITY – VEGETATION

    Trees, many shrubs and even some types of grass can cause damage to asphalt pavement. Trees and shrubs may send out underground roots that damage the foundation or force the pavement out of position. Some grasses work their roots into the pavement’s pores in areas in which cracks have been neglected.

    ASPHALT PAVING & DURABILITY – SOIL PROBLEMS
    Sometimes, it is the soil beneath the pavement that has caused damage. Soils that contain too much clay can swell when it rains and shrink when conditions are dry, leading to movement in the pavement. Naturally occurring sinkholes can develop that show first as small dips in the pavement before developing into a more serious problem.

    ASPHALT PAVING & DURABILITY – POOR INITIAL INSTALLATION
    Asphalt pavement must be constructed properly if it is to last. Unscrupulous or inexperienced contractors might fail to ensure that the foundation is properly compacted or cut corners by using inferior materials or methods. Poor construction usually reveals itself quickly, often as soon as the pavement begins to be subjected to a freeze/thaw cycle.

    ASPHALT PAVING & DURABILITY – UNSUITABLE TRAFFIC
    Asphalt pavements are engineered to support a certain number of vehicles with specific weights. For example, a residential driveway is engineered to support passenger vehicles rather than tractor-trailers. An interstate highway is engineered to support a greater number of vehicles than a suburban cul-de-sac. If either the weight or number of vehicles exceeds the design specifications, the pavement can suffer severe damage.

    MANY TYPES OF WEAR AND TEAR ARE PREVENTABLE
    Although your asphalt pavement will age, many types of wear and tear can be prevented, mitigated or repaired with relative ease. APM Paving, a trusted asphalt company, has been helping our customers extend the life of their asphalt pavements for more than 35 years. Our services include asphalt sealcoating, pavement reinforcement, asphalt paving, parking lot striping, asphalt patching, storm water management, milling and reclamation, car stop installation and curbing. We are dedicated to providing every customer with superior results at affordable prices. Submit the online form to request a free estimate or call (859) 299-8111.

  • Q: Asphalt Parking Lot Safety?
    Whenever you have an area where pedestrians and motor vehicles are sharing space, accidents just seem to happen. Asphalt parking lot safety is often ignored, but to stay safe, here are a few simple rules to follow.

    ASPHALT PARKING LOT SAFETY -PAY ATTENTION
    Whether driving or walking through the parking lot, pay attention to your surroundings. This is not the time to be sending text messages or making phone calls. Keep your eyes moving at all times so that you know what is happening behind you, in front of you and on both sides of you. Be especially attentive during the holiday season or when there is snow or ice present.

    MAKE NO ASSUMPTIONS
    You cannot assume that a driver sees you walking down the traffic aisle or that another driver will yield if you turn in front of him. Do not assume that a driver will stop for you as soon as you step into a crosswalk. Asphalt parking lot safety means be careful and react when needed.

    RESPECT BARRIERS
    When asphalt contractors are doing work, possibly asphalt paving, asphalt patching, or sealcoating, you will see traffic cones or barriers erected in the parking lot. This indicates that either that section of the parking lot is unsafe or that an asphalt contractor’s crew is working there. For your safety as well as theirs, do not attempt to bypass the barriers whether you are driving or walking.

    STAY CALM AND CIVIL
    Some people forget that “road rage” can happen in parking lots, especially during the holiday shopping season. More traffic leads to fewer “choice” parking spaces, and people are often under stress to accomplish tasks quickly. If a car is stopped at an empty space with its turn indicator on, look for somewhere else to park. If another driver stops to let a pedestrian cross, do not whip around him or blow your horn. Limit yourself to one parking space, and make sure that you park in the center so that the drivers of the cars next to you will be able to get into their vehicles.

    OUR HOLIDAY WISH
    APM Paving is an asphalt paving company that is fortunate to have been given the opportunity to serve our wonderful customers in 2016. We would like to wish all of our past, current and future customers a safe and happy holiday, and we look forward to serving you in the new year. We would also like to remind property managers that we can help you make your parking lot safer through pavement markings, crack repairs, sealcoating or other services. We are devoted to quality work at affordable prices. To receive a free estimate, just submit the online form or call (859) 299-8111.

  • Q: Winter Conditions on Your Asphalt Parking Lot?
    Winters in Central Kentucky can be unpredictable. During most winters, sleet and rain are more common than heavy snowfalls, but snow usually falls on 11 or 12 days, and heavy snowfalls are far from unknown. Three months out of the year, average overnight temperatures dip below freezing before climbing into the mid- to high-40s the next day. In short, winter brings weather that is constantly changing — and having a direct impact on the condition of the asphalt pavement covering your parking lot.

    WINTER CONDITIONS ON YOUR ASPHALT PARKING LOT – FREEZE/THAW CYCLES
    In some parts of the country, once temperatures drop below freezing, they frequently stay below freezing for weeks or even months. In the Lexington and Louisville, KY area, your pavement may have to endure a freeze/thaw cycle every few days. If there are any cracks through which water can seep beneath the pavement, it may become trapped there. The next time that the ground freezes, the expanding ice will put stress on both the pavement and its supporting foundation. When the ice melts, the foundation can suffer additional damage through erosion.

    DEICERS
    You naturally want your parking lot to be safe for pedestrians as well as drivers. Using deicers such as salt, potassium acetate or magnesium acetate may be necessary at times to expedite the melting of ice or snow. However, it is important to use these deicers sparingly as they can be hard on asphalt pavement. If possible, try to get by with kitty litter or sand if you need to improve traction.

    OVERBURDENED DRAINAGE SYSTEMS
    Ice and snow can melt more quickly on asphalt pavement than on concrete. The resulting runoff can overwhelm your drainage system; puddles can collect around the drains, and if they freeze in those locations, there is a chance that the asphalt surrounding the drains could be damaged.

    COMMON DAMAGES CAUSED BY WINTER WEATHER
    If your pavement has been properly maintained, you may find little or no damage in the spring. However, if there are unrepaired cracks or potholes, your sealcoating has deteriorated or you have substantial drainage problems, you may find any or all of the following signs of winter damage.

    • Cracks have become longer and/or wider
    • New potholes have formed
    • Crumbling asphalt around drains
    • Low spots in the pavement that allow water to collect
    • Alligator cracking

    Making sure that you have any repair or maintenance procedures performed before the first freeze is the best way to prevent damage from winter weather.

    If you need help to get your parking lot ready for winter, contact the experts at APM Paving. We have been helping customers with asphalt paving maintenance expertise in sealcoating, asphalt repairs, pavement marking and asphalt paving needs for more than 35 years. We are a full-service pavement company with a reputation built on exceptional quality and affordable prices. You can use our online form to request a free estimate, or you can call us at 859-299-8111.

  • Q: Decisions -Sealcoating, Asphalt Resurfacing or Repaving?
    Although asphalt pavement is a remarkably durable surface, like any other pavement, it will need attention at some point. As the pavement ages, it may incur damages that mar its beauty. When it comes to repairing these damages, asphalt contractors find that customers are sometimes confused about whether to sealcoat, resurface or repave.

    DECISIONS -SEALCOATING, ASPHALT RESURFACING OR REPAVING

    ASPHALT SEALCOATING
    Sealcoating can restore color to faded pavement and smooth out minor imperfections. However, sealcoating is primarily a preventive maintenance procedure. Sealcoating should be applied during the pavement’s first 12 months of life and reapplied according to the schedule provided by your asphalt professional for your specific needs. Sealcoating is one of the most economical and effective ways to ensure that your pavement achieves its full life.

    ASPHALT RESURFACING
    Resurfacing is essentially just installing new asphalt paving over existing pavement. If there are cracks or potholes, these will need to be repaired before the new layer can be installed. The basic procedure is to apply a new layer of asphalt that is between 1.5 and 3 inches thick. A heavy rolling machine is then used to compress and smooth the new asphalt. With proper maintenance, a resurfaced pavement can last almost as long as a newly installed pavement. However, resurfacing is not a suitable option if the pavement’s foundation requires extensive repairs, and although every situation is different, the general rule is that resurfacing is not the preferred choice if more than 25 percent of the pavement has suffered alligator cracking, numerous potholes, large cracks or other extensive damage.

    ASPHALT REPAVING
    Repaving is the most expensive and time-consuming option as it is almost identical to installing pavement for the first time. It requires the complete removal of the pavement so that the foundation is exposed. The foundation can then be compacted properly, and if there are any drainage issues or instabilities, they can be corrected at that time. Once the area has been regraded and compacted, the pavement can be installed in layers, each of which will require rolling to compact and smooth it before the next course is installed. Asphalt repaving is typically the only choice if the foundation has suffered widespread damage, and over time, repaving is often the more economical choice if more than one-third of the pavement has suffered major damage such as large cracks or alligator cracking. It may also be the only option to correct areas that have subsided.

    WHICH PROCEDURE IS BEST FOR YOU?
    Determining the best procedure for your needs requires an evaluation of the condition of your specific pavement. Resurfacing can sometimes add many years to your existing pavement, but there are times when an asphalt professional knows that resurfacing will only postpone repaving for a short time. However, sealcoating should be part of your routine maintenance program. Regular applications of sealcoating by a professional can help you avoid the need to decide between resurfacing and repaving before your pavement has reached its full life expectancy.

    TO LEARN MORE
    APM Paving has been providing customers throughout Central Kentucky with an extensive range of asphalt services for over 35 years. We offer asphalt resurfacing, asphalt paving, sealcoating, asphalt repairs and many other services. Our crews are highly trained, experienced and skilled, allowing us to deliver quality results at affordable rates. If you would like to request a free estimate, you can call us at (859) 299-8111 or submit our convenient online form.

  • Q: Sand Improves Safety on Sealcoated Pavements?
    Although some fly-by-night or inexperienced contractors may try to get away with not adding sand to a sealcoating mix, no ethical sealcoating professional would do so. Sand is a vital ingredient if you want a sealcoating job done properly. Contractors who want to ensure that their customers obtain the longest life and best performance will mix sealcoating formulas properly — and that includes adding sand.

    SAND IMPROVES SAFETY ON SEALCOATED PAVEMENTS

    The most important reason to add sand is that it improves the safety of pavements that have been sealcoated. Sand greatly improves traction, reducing the risk of pedestrians slipping on the pavement and injuring themselves as well as the risk that vehicles will skid and strike either pedestrians or other vehicles. Without sand in the mix, cured sealcoating can be quite slick even in dry weather, and a little rain can exacerbate the problem. In addition, adding sand to the sealcoating mix cuts the sun’s glare, and by improving the driver’s visibility, safety is also improved. Safer pavement means that property owners are exposed to fewer risks, including potential lawsuits resulting from someone who has been injured on the property.

    SAND MAKES SEALCOATING LAST LONGER

    Adding sand to the sealcoating mix will increase the sealant’s longevity. Sealcoating is a combination of sealant material, water, additives and sand. Each of these must be in the proper proportion. If the mix contains too little sand, more than the recommended amount of water will be needed to produce a gallon of sealcoating. The excess water will make the mixture runny and too thin, so it will can wear off long before it should.

    SAND ENHANCES THE COSMETIC BENEFITS OF SEALCOATING

    Sealcoating offers a number of cosmetic benefits in addition to its protective properties. It can restore faded color and smooth out minor flaws such as hairline cracks. However, if the sealant does not contain sand, there will be nothing to fill the imperfections, so the appearance of the pavement can suffer.

    THE KEY TO GETTING THE BEST RESULTS
    If you want your sealcoating job to provide you with the best results, the key is to hire a reputable professional. APM Paving is an asphalt and sealcoating contractor that has been sealcoating in Lexington and Louisville KY for three decades. We offer sealcoating, parking lot striping, asphalt repairs, paving and many more services. We offer superior results at affordable prices, and we are committed to ensuring that every client receives exceptional customer service. Contact us today to receive a free quote. You can call us at (859) 299-8111 or submit our online form.

  • Q: Sand Improves Safety on Sealcoated Pavements?
  • Q: Green Asphalt Paving?
    Asphalt pavement can be found on more than 94 percent of America’s paved roads. Interstate highways, urban streets and rural lanes all depend on asphalt for durable, smooth, economical pavements. Asphalt pavement is also the most popular choice for parking lots. Despite the fact that asphalt pavement is already environmentally friendly, the asphalt industry has worked tirelessly to make it even more environmentally green. The latest development in green paving is porous asphalt.

    GREEN ASPHALT PAVING – ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE
    WHAT IS POROUS ASPHALT?
    Porous asphalt, which is sometimes called permeable asphalt, allows water to infiltrate beneath the pavement. After the water percolates through the pavement, it reaches a special drainage system that redirects the water back into the soil. This keeps the storm water and any chemicals it might have collected from the pavement out of the sewers — and out of the water supply.

    WHAT ARE THE NEGATIVES RELATED TO POROUS ASPHALT?

    The primary drawback is that the porous asphalt being used today is not designed to withstand heavy vehicles or high traffic volumes. It performs beautifully on parking lots that are designed for passenger vehicles, residential driveways and similar pavements. However, the asphalt industry is already working on porous pavements that will hold up under heavy use, so it may not be long before permeable asphalt pavement is practical for additional applications.

    Porous asphalt must be thoroughly cleaned once or twice per year. If the pores in the pavement become clogged with dirt, oil or deicers, the water will not be able to filter through the pavement. Clogged pores can turn porous asphalt into impermeable pavement, eliminating the benefits offered by permeable asphalt.

    Permeable asphalt pavement is also a bit more expensive to install. However, the need for curbs, storm drains and catch basins is eliminated or reduced, and the savings on the drainage system helps offset the additional cost.

    INTERESTED IN ENVIRONMENTALLY GREEN PAVING?
    APM Paving has over 35 years of asphalt-industry experience. We provide an extensive range of services to customers throughout Central Kentucky, including green asphalt paving and repairs, pavement markings, sealcoating and many more asphalt-related services. Our crews are highly qualified and dedicated to providing exceptional results. To learn more about environmentally green paving or to request a free quote, give us a call at (859) 299-8111 or fill out our online form.

  • Q: Can Puddles Damage Your Asphalt Paving Lot?
    During a storm, puddles of water on your asphalt pavement are to be expected. However, these puddles should disappear soon after the storm ends. If they do not, you might have a problem that could lead to expensive repairs. Water collecting on asphalt pavement can lead to a destabilized base, potholes and alligator cracking. If detected early, most issues can be corrected quickly and economically.

    PUDDLES CAN DAMAGE YOUR ASPHALT PAVING LOT – HERE IS WHY
    OVERWEIGHT LOADS

    Parking lots designed for passenger vehicles can be damaged if they are subjected to heavy loads. Heavy equipment or fully loaded trucks can stress the pavement beyond its ability to rebound from the weight. This can lead to ruts or depressions that allow water to collect. Leaving overweight loads parked on your pavement for long periods can also cause similar damages.

    INADEQUATE DRAINAGE

    When designing a parking lot, it is important to consider the surrounding terrain. If adjoining properties are at a higher elevation than your parking lot, water may drain onto your pavement. It is also important to install the pavement with the proper horizontal and vertical slope to facilitate drainage. Trench drains, curbs, gutters and catch basins can help with drainage issues, but if they become clogged with debris, water may not be able to drain as it should.

    FOUNDATION ISSUES
    Foundation issues are typically the most expensive problem to correct. Repairing a foundation requires removing the existing pavement, rebuilding the foundation and applying new pavement. Occasionally, foundation issues are the result of improper compaction at the time of installation. More often, they are the result of erosion caused by water infiltrating beneath the pavement. The foundation becomes uneven, allowing low spots to form in the pavement.

    CORRECTING PROBLEMS
    The steps needed to eliminate puddles depend on the location, number and size of the puddles. If the foundation is stable, corrective actions can typically be performed at an economical cost. You may need additional drains, for example, or you may need to have curbing installed. It may be possible to build up low spots to eliminate standing water.

    APM Paving: THE PARKING LOT SPECIALISTS

    APM Paving is a paving contractor providing customers throughout Central Kentucky with the best asphalt services for more than 35 years. We offer a wide range of services, including asphalt paving, parking lot striping, curbing, catch basins, sealcoating and repairs. We offer affordable rates and quality results. To request a free estimate, complete our online form or call us at (859) 299-8111.

    We serve the areas of Louisville, Frankfort, Georgetown, Danville, Richmond, Winchester, Nicholasville and Versailles, KY.

  • Q: Asphalt Paving Over Concrete?
    The ancient Romans were famous builders. They needed an extensive network of roads to facilitate troop movements and trade across a vast empire. However, a great deal has changed in the 1,500 years since the Roman Empire fell. Today, asphalt pavement is the leading choice for roads as well as parking lots, racetracks, driveways and airport runways. Following are some compelling reasons to choose asphalt pavement over concrete.

    ASPHALT PAVING OVER CONCRETE – THE REASONS
    YOU WILL SAVE MONEY
    Few municipalities, businesses and homeowners have so much excess cash on hand that they can afford to spend more than is necessary. Black top is less expensive to install, and it is less expensive to repair.

    YOUR TRAFFIC DISRUPTIONS WILL BE REDUCED
    Whether it is a parking lot, your home’s driveway or a major thoroughfare, you need to have it available for use. Compared to asphalt pavement, new concrete can take up to seven times as long to be ready for traffic. When repairs are needed, they can be made more quickly to asphalt pavement than to concrete, so traffic is disrupted for a shorter time.

    YOUR PAVEMENT WILL BE QUIETER
    The noise that tires make when traveling over concrete pavement can be annoying to drivers and their passengers. Studies have shown that asphalt pavement is quieter for those driving on it, but it also produces less noise for those living or working nearby.

    YOUR PAVEMENT WILL BE SAFER
    Asphalt pavement provides better traction than concrete. This is especially true when the pavement is wet; asphalt pavement is more resistant to skidding and hydroplaning. Furthermore, snow and ice melt more quickly on asphalt than on concrete.

    YOUR PAVEMENT WILL BE MORE ATTRACTIVE
    Fresh asphalt pavement has a rich color that is more attractive than the glare of concrete. Once you add parking lot stripes or other pavement markings, the colored paint enhances the luster of the asphalt, and the deep ebony of the asphalt enhances the pavement markings. When asphalt pavement begins to fade, you can restore its beauty with sealcoating.

    CONTACT APM PAVING FOR MORE REASONS TO CHOOSE ASPHALT PAVING

    At APM Paving, we have been providing customers in Lexington and Louisville Ky, with superior asphalt paving, repair and maintenance services for over 35 years. We would be happy to discuss the many advantages of asphalt pavement with you in greater detail. We offer parking lot striping, asphalt paving and repairs, sealcoating and much more. Call (859) 299-8111 or use our convenient online form to request a free estimate.

    APM Paving services the areas of Louisville, Frankfort, Georgetown, Danville, Richmond, Winchester, Nicholasville and Versailles, KY.

  • Q: The Value In Your Asphalt Parking Lot?
    Whether the property is a retail location, an apartment complex or a manufacturing facility, no organization can afford to spend money unnecessarily. Installing or replacing the pavement on your parking lot can represent a sizable cash outlay, so it makes sound business sense to take steps to protect your investment. A correctly installed parking lot that receives proper care can often last more than twice as long as one that is neglected. Therefore, maintaining and repairing your parking lot effectively can save you a considerable amount of money over the life of your pavement. Here are a few ways you can help prolong the life of your parking lot to receive the greatest value from your pavement.

    THE VALUE IN YOUR ASPHALT PARKING LOT – WHAT IT MEANS
    KEEP IT CLEAN
    Debris and trash can cause staining, but they are also ideal locations for water to collect between your pavement and the debris. This increases the risk of water infiltration that can damage the pavement’s foundation and lead to costly repairs. You should also remove any puddles of automotive fluids you find; these not only leave unsightly stains but also break down asphalt pavement.

    KEEP IT DRY
    Ideally, rain should depart from your parking lot quickly. Isolated puddles can indicate a problem with the slope of your lot, or they can result from clogged manholes or storm drains. The less time water remains on your pavement, the less chance there is of water penetrating to the foundation. Make sure that drains and gutters are clear of debris, and if you suspect an issue with slope, contact a reputable contractor to see what he can do to correct the drainage problem.

    KEEP IT REPAIRED
    Letting potholes or cracks over one inch in width go without repair is a recipe for premature pavement failure. Both of these types of damages will worsen quickly and lead to more costly repairs. Make sure that you budget sufficient funds to have the “little things” repaired promptly if you want to avoid the “big things” later.

    WORK WITH A REPUTABLE ASPHALT CONTRACTOR
    A reputable asphalt contractor will not try to sell you services that you do not need. Once you find a good contractor, consider entering into a maintenance agreement to ensure that your sealcoating, pavement markings and repairs remain current.

    APM has over 35 years of experience in parking lot maintenance, serving customers in most Central Kentucky locations. We are committed to providing our customers with the best results at affordable rates. We offer a full range of maintenance and repair services, including asphalt paving, repairs, sealcoating, catch basins and parking lot striping. For a free estimate, you can submit the online form or call (859) 299-8111.

  • Q: Is There More Than Just One Type of Pavement?
    The asphalt pavement industry has evolved a great deal over the last few decades. There are now more that one type of pavement available, but most of them can be categorized as either porous, stone matrix or traditional hot mix.

    TYPE OF PAVEMENT –
    POROUS ASPHALT

    As you might infer from the name, porous asphalt has pores that allow both air and water to penetrate it. A special sub-base channels the water so that it can be released into the soil rather than a storm sewer. Porous asphalt pavement helps eliminate pooling and tire splashes, and it is sometimes used as part of a storm water management strategy. The most common use of porous asphalt pavement is to surface parking lots as this type of pavement does not fare well when subjected to heavily laden vehicles or high traffic volumes.

    HOT MIX ASPHALT
    Hot mix asphalt, or HMA, is the most prevalent type of asphalt pavement in America. HMA is an all-around pavement that is suitable for virtually any use, including highways, residential driveways, parking lots and city streets.

    STONE MASTIC ASPHALT
    Stone mastic asphalt was developed in Germany during the 1960s, but it did not see much use in the United States until the 1990s. This type of pavement has large, coarse stones capping the asphalt to provide greater resistance to permanent deformations, such as ruts, and damage caused by studded tires. It is well-suited for thoroughfares that support high volumes or heavy loads, so it is often used on interstates and highways.

    DENSE GRADED MIX
    Dense-graded mixes are HMA products that are classified as coarse- or fine-graded. Fine-graded mixes have smaller particles the size of sand, while the coarse-graded mixes have larger particles. Dense-graded HMAs are suitable for use in all layers of the pavement as well as patching and leveling needs, and dense-graded pavement is also a suitable choice regardless of traffic conditions.

    SELECTING THE BEST PAVEMENT TYPE

    For help choosing the best pavement type for your needs, contact APM Paving. We have more than 35 years of experience in the asphalt industry and provide a wide range of services to customers throughout Central Kentucky. Our employees are dedicated to superior customer service and quality workmanship at affordable prices. Whether your next project is asphalt paving, repair, sealcoating, storm water management or pavement markings, we would be happy to offer you a free, no-obligate quote. You can submit the details by using our online form, or call (859) 299-8111 to speak with one of our staff.

  • Q: How Do I Prepare for Spring Parking Lot Striping?
    Spring is a time of renewal. Seeds begin to sprout, trees begin to leaf and flowers begin to bloom. The cold winds and icy roads are gone for a few months. Spring is also the perfect time to have your parking lot striped; temperatures are optimal for applying fresh paint as well as new sealcoating if you need it. You can make your parking lot more attractive and safer by ensuring that parking spaces are well-delineated, fire lanes are clearly defined and other pavement markings are easy for drivers to spot. You will be amazed by how quickly an experienced asphalt contractor can stripe a parking lot — if preparing for spring parking lot striping is completed.

    REMOVE OBSTRUCTIONS
    Are there fallen tree limbs, piles of trash or stacks of pallets in your parking lot? They should be removed. Do you have temporary storage containers in the lot that will interfere with the striping? Relocate them if you can. Are there abandoned vehicles in your lot? Arrange to have them towed.

    HAVE THE LOT SWEPT
    In the spring, it is common to find excessive gravel and dirt as well as the remnants of materials used as deicing agents. If there is not a great deal of these types of materials, your contractor can probably handle it when he power-washes the lot to clean it before striping it. However, it is always better to “err on the side of caution” and have your lot swept just before your work is to be started.

    LET OTHERS KNOW
    You want to prevent customers or employees from parking in the area that is to be striped, and you want to prevent them from driving on wet paint. Let them know ahead of time that you have scheduled striping. Suggest alternate areas in which to park, if applicable, and remind them that all vehicles will need to be moved from the work area. Informing customers can be a bit of a challenge, but you might consider posting notices on your front door or closing the work area a few hours before your contractor is due.

    MAKE SURE YOUR CONTRACTOR HAS ACCESS
    If part of the area to be striped is behind a locked gate, make sure that someone with a key will be available. Verify whether your contractor will need access to a water supply for power washing.

    CHECK LANDSCAPING
    Make sure that there is no overgrown grass that will cause difficulty when painting curbs. Turn off your sprinkler system early enough that your parking lot will be completely dry by the time your contractor starts work.

    SPRING PARKING LOT STRIPING IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE-
    To sum it all up, you want to make sure that your parking lot is relatively clean, clear of obstructions, dry and that there are no vehicles that will interfere with the work. Your contractor’s crew will need to have a clear path if work is to be performed in the most efficient manner.

    APM Paving is your parking lot specialist in Central Kentucky with more than 35 years of experience. In addition to parking lot striping, we also offer asphalt repairs and paving, sealcoating, curbing, storm water management and many more services. If you would like to request a free estimate, you can either call us at (859) 299-8111 or submit our online form.

  • Q: Choosing Your Asphalt Paving Contractor?
    Asphalt paving is a long-term investment that you expect to provide you with many years of trouble-free service. The best way to ensure that you maximize the return on your investment is to choose the right asphalt paving contractor. The following tips can help you select the best contractor for your project.

    ASK YOUR ASPHALT PAVING CONTRACTOR ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE
    You want to choose a paving contractor with experience in the type of project you need. There are asphalt contractors who specialize in the installation of driveways for suburban homeowners — which is fine if that is what you need — but these contractors may be in over their heads if you need a 10-acre parking lot paved.

    ASK ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THE MATERIAL
    One of the great things about asphalt pavement is that it can be recycled repeatedly. However, the percentage of recycled material can affect the appearance and longevity of the pavement. Because material with a high percentage of recycled material in normally less expensive, you may find that some contractors use it so that they can offer a lower bid. If possible, choose asphalt with a lower percentage of recycled material even though it can affect your initial cost.

    ASK ABOUT HIS EQUIPMENT AND CREW SIZE
    Proper installation of asphalt pavement requires the proper equipment. Never hire an asphalt paving contractor who plans to install asphalt pavement by hand; you will not be happy with the long-term results, and the initial appearance may also be poor. Engage a contractor with well-maintained equipment. He will need qualified equipment operators as well as ground personnel. Depending on scope, this means a crew of five to eight workers. Smaller crews typically mean that workers are doing “double duty,” which can compromise the quality of the work.

    ASK FOR PROOF OF INSURANCE
    If anything goes wrong, you want to make sure that your contractor’s insurance can cover it. At minimum, make sure that all of his workers are covered by his workers’ compensation insurance and that he has both general and vehicle liability insurance.

    ASK FOR REFERENCES
    Ask the asphalt paving contractor for a list of customers for whom he has recently performed work. Call each reference and ask them about the quality of his work, whether he completed all work on time and whether his crew showed respect for your property and visitors.

    OBTAIN MULTIPLE QUOTES
    You will want to get quotes from at least three asphalt paving contractors who have made your “short list.” Be sure to compare them line-by-line to determine that each is quoting similar terms, such as the quality of the material, delivery fees, scope and other items. Base your decision on all factors, such as the contractor’s reputation and time in business, rather than on price alone.

    FOR MORE HELP
    APM Paving has been serving customers throughout Central Kentucky for more than 35 years. We provide exceptional results at the best possible rate to ensure that our customers receive the most value for their money. We provide a wide range of services, including asphalt black top, crack repair, sealcoating and more. If you would like to receive a free estimate, you can submit our online form or call (859) 299-8111.

  • Q: Why APM Paving Makes Asphalt Paving Safe?
    Asphalt paving crews work in what is consistently ranked as one of the riskiest of all construction trades. However, the hazards can be mitigated by proper training and an employer who promotes safety awareness as mandatory for all workers. At APM, we ensure that all of our workers receive ongoing training to ensure the safest worksite possible.

    THE REASON WHY APM PAVING MAKES ASPHALT PAVING SAFE

    SAFE OPERATION OF EQUIPMENT

    Asphalt paving requires a variety of specialized machinery and heavy equipment.

    • All equipment is to be checked at the beginning of every shift to ensure it is functioning properly.
    • A warning device that can be operated manually must be present on all vehicles.
    • Compliance with blockout/lockout procedures is required for any necessary repairs to the equipment.
    • All machines must have operable emergency, parking and service brakes.

    TRAFFIC CONTROL
    It is very common for crews to work in areas close to moving vehicles. A careless, impaired or inattentive driver can pose a serious threat to workers.

    • Traffic control and warning signs, barricades, cones and similar items are to be placed appropriately, lighted at night and inspected throughout the shift.
    • If needed, flaggers are to be positioned at locations where traffic cannot be controlled by signs or barricades.
    • Spotters may need to be used to warn crews of approaching hazards.
    • If personnel will be working beyond the range of voice communications, two-way radios should be used.
    • Unsafe situations are to be reported immediately to supervisors and must be corrected before work may resume.
    • Whenever possible, work should be scheduled for the hours with the lowest volume of traffic.

    GENERAL SAFETY
    Hot asphalt can cause serious burns. In addition, there are often asphalt delivery trucks coming and going, equipment that must be moved and workers moving about the work area.

    • High-visibility garments, such as vests or jackets, must be worn at all times as well as personal protective gear.
    • Workers must avoid the paving machine’s hopper during asphalt deliveries.
    • The speed of the paving machine must be matched to the speed of the ground crew.
    • Parking brakes must be securely set and equipment idled down before the operator can leave his station.
    • Do not walk, stand or work behind any truck or other machine while it is backing.
    • Do not allow any worker to handle a task for which he has not been properly trained.
    • Every member of the crew should watch out for his coworkers as they may be so focused on their tasks that they are unaware of potential risks.

    At APM Paving, we believe that a commitment to safety must be a company-wide initiative, this is why APM Paving makes asphalt paving safe. We go to great lengths to ensure the safety of all of our employees, and we have done so for the more than 35 years we have been providing asphalt paving and maintenance services to customers in Lexington and Louisville, KY. Our crews provide quality workmanship at affordable prices. If you need asphalt paving, parking lot striping, asphalt repairs, sealcoating or any other asphalt maintenance service, contact us for a free quote by submitting our online form or calling (859) 299-8111.

  • Q: What is Asphalt Paving Deterioration?
    When you install asphalt pavement, you naturally want to see it reach its full life. Given enough time and use, all pavements will eventually deteriorate. Unfortunately, pavement can sometimes deteriorate prematurely. Here are the major causes of pavement deterioration and tips on preventing early deterioration.

    • UV Rays: Just as UV rays can prematurely age your skin, they can prematurely age your asphalt pavement. Sealcoating can act as a “sunscreen” for your pavement to reduce the damage caused by the sun’s rays.
    • Water: Water causes more damage to asphalt pavement than any other factor. Most of this damage is caused by water that seeps through open cracks or potholes and erodes the base and/or sub-base, depriving the pavement of its ability to retain its flexibility and resiliency. Without this resiliency, potholes, cracks and low spots can form in the pavement.
    • Improper Installation: Installation errors can happen, especially if you hire an inexperienced or unscrupulous contractor. Perhaps the base and/or sub-base was not properly compacted before the pavement was installed. The contractor might apply the asphalt too thinly or while it is too cool. Almost all installation errors can be avoided if you hire a reputable, qualified contractor for the installation.
    • Abuse: Asphalt paving contractors understand certain types of vehicles and a certain number of vehicles. If the number of vehicles increases to a level that is dramatically more than planned, or if the weight of the vehicles is excessive, damage can result. Studded snow tires that are not removed when the pavement is dry can tear up the asphalt, creating potholes and other problems. If installing new pavement, have it engineered for future increases in traffic. If you have existing pavement that was engineered for passenger cars, do not allow fully loaded semis, dumpster trucks and heavy equipment to travel across or park on your pavement.
    • Petroleum Spills: Petroleum-based products, including oil, gasoline, transmission fluid and similar products, can cause asphalt pavement to deteriorate. Maintain your sealcoating to slow the rate at which these spills can reach the pavement. You should also set up a schedule to have these spills cleaned periodically as they will eventually “eat through” the sealcoating to the asphalt.

    Whether you need new black top installed, a professional preventive maintenance program, sealcoating, crack repair or any other asphalt service, the experts at APM can help. We have been providing Lexington and Louisville, KY property owners with quality work at reasonable rates for over 35 years. You can call (859) 299-8111 to request a free quote, or send us your information by submitting our convenient online form.

  • Q: Why APM Paving Makes Asphalt Paving Safe?
    Once the leaves begin to change color, you can be assured that colder temperatures will be arriving soon. Before winter hits, you should inspect your asphalt pavement and have any potholes or asphalt cracks repaired. Here is why this is so important.

    POTHOLES AND CRACKS – PREPARING FOR WINTER

    • In Lexington and Louisville, the winters are relatively mild. However, it is quite common for temperatures to drop below freezing overnight and then exceed freezing by 10 or 15 degrees the following day. These repeated freeze/thaw cycles can be very hard on damaged asphalt; cracks and potholes increase in size, resulting in costly repairs.
    • The area does not typically receive more than a few inches of snowfall each winter, but rain is common year round. Cracks and potholes allow water to infiltrate beneath the pavement and reach the foundation. The foundation can erode and become destabilized, stripping it of its ability to support the weight of the pavement. Repairing a foundation requires removing existing pavement and then replacing it after the foundation has been rebuilt. This can be inconvenient for you and is more costly than pothole and crack repairs.
    • Hot-mix asphalt is the best option for repairing your pavement, but in cold weather, the only choice may be to use cold-mix asphalt. Although this is an acceptable solution when an emergency repair is needed, it will not give you the longest-lasting results.

    With proper care, your asphalt pavement should give you many years of use. Here are some tips to help you keep your pavement in good shape.

    • Conduct regular inspections of your pavement to identify damages or potential problems. Have repairs performed promptly by a reputable professional.
    • Keep pavement free from trash, dirt and leaves. Accumulated debris can trap water next to your pavement, increasing your risk of water infiltration and detracting from your pavement’s appearance.
    • Have oil and other automotive leaks removed periodically, especially before winter arrives. These chemicals can eat through your sealcoating and cause your asphalt to deteriorate prematurely.

    At APM Paving, we believe in the “ounce of prevention” method — fixing small problems promptly can help avoid costly repairs in the future. We offer a full range of asphalt maintenance services to customers throughout Central Kentucky. With more than 35 years of industry experience, you can count on us to provide quality work at affordable rates. Whether you need asphalt repairs, paving, sealcoating, parking lot striping or any other related service, we can help. Submit our online form to request a free estimate, or give us a call at (859) 299-8111.

  • Q: Asphalt Paving Deterioration?
    When you install asphalt pavement, you naturally want to see it reach its full life. Given enough time and use, all pavements will eventually deteriorate. Unfortunately, pavement can sometimes deteriorate prematurely. Here are the major causes of pavement deterioration and tips on preventing early deterioration.

    • UV Rays: Just as UV rays can prematurely age your skin, they can prematurely age your asphalt pavement. Sealcoating can act as a “sunscreen” for your pavement to reduce the damage caused by the sun’s rays.
    • Water: Water causes more damage to asphalt pavement than any other factor. Most of this damage is caused by water that seeps through open cracks or potholes and erodes the base and/or sub-base, depriving the pavement of its ability to retain its flexibility and resiliency. Without this resiliency, potholes, cracks and low spots can form in the pavement.
    • Improper Installation: Installation errors can happen, especially if you hire an inexperienced or unscrupulous contractor. Perhaps the base and/or sub-base was not properly compacted before the pavement was installed. The contractor might apply the asphalt too thinly or while it is too cool. Almost all installation errors can be avoided if you hire a reputable, qualified contractor for the installation.
    • Abuse: Asphalt paving contractors understand certain types of vehicles and a certain number of vehicles. If the number of vehicles increases to a level that is dramatically more than planned, or if the weight of the vehicles is excessive, damage can result. Studded snow tires that are not removed when the pavement is dry can tear up the asphalt, creating potholes and other problems. If installing new pavement, have it engineered for future increases in traffic. If you have existing pavement that was engineered for passenger cars, do not allow fully loaded semis, dumpster trucks and heavy equipment to travel across or park on your pavement.
    • Petroleum Spills: Petroleum-based products, including oil, gasoline, transmission fluid and similar products, can cause asphalt pavement to deteriorate. Maintain your sealcoating to slow the rate at which these spills can reach the pavement. You should also set up a schedule to have these spills cleaned periodically as they will eventually “eat through” the sealcoating to the asphalt.

    Whether you need new black top installed, a professional preventive maintenance program, sealcoating, crack repair or any other asphalt service, the experts at APM Paving can help. We have been providing Lexington and Louisville, KY property owners with quality work at reasonable rates for over 35 years. You can call (859) 299-8111 to request a free quote, or send us your information by submitting our convenient online form.

  • Q: Potholes and Cracks?
    Once the leaves begin to change color, you can be assured that colder temperatures will be arriving soon. Before winter hits, you should inspect your asphalt pavement and have any potholes or asphalt cracks repaired. Here is why this is so important.

    POTHOLES AND CRACKS – PREPARING FOR WINTER

    • In Lexington and Louisville, the winters are relatively mild. However, it is quite common for temperatures to drop below freezing overnight and then exceed freezing by 10 or 15 degrees the following day. These repeated freeze/thaw cycles can be very hard on damaged asphalt; cracks and potholes increase in size, resulting in costlier repairs.
    • The area does not typically receive more than a few inches of snowfall each winter, but rain is common year round. Cracks and potholes allow water to infiltrate beneath the pavement and reach the foundation. The foundation can erode and become destabilized, stripping it of its ability to support the weight of the pavement. Repairing a foundation requires removing existing pavement and then replacing it after the foundation has been rebuilt. This can be inconvenient for you and is more costly than pothole and crack repairs.
    • Hot-mix asphalt is the best option for repairing your pavement, but in cold weather, the only choice may be to use cold-mix asphalt. Although this is an acceptable solution when an emergency repair is needed, it will not give you the longest-lasting results.

    With proper care, your asphalt pavement should give you many years of use. Here are some tips to help you keep your pavement in good shape.

    • Conduct regular inspections of your pavement to identify damages or potential problems. Have repairs performed promptly by a reputable professional.
    • Keep pavement free from trash, dirt and leaves. Accumulated debris can trap water next to your pavement, increasing your risk of water infiltration and detracting from your pavement’s appearance.
    • Have oil and other automotive leaks removed periodically, especially before winter arrives. These chemicals can eat through your sealcoating and cause your asphalt to deteriorate prematurely.

    At APM Paving, we believe in the “ounce of prevention” method — fixing small problems promptly can help avoid costly repairs in the future. We offer a full range of asphalt maintenance services to customers throughout Central Kentucky. With more than 35 years of industry experience, you can count on us to provide quality work at affordable rates. Whether you need asphalt repairs, paving, sealcoating, parking lot striping or any other related service, we can help. Submit our online form to request a free estimate, or give us a call at (859) 299-8111.

  • Q: Cracks in my Asphalt Pavement?
    Sealants should never be used to fill cracks in asphalt pavement. Simply stated, sealers cannot take the stress of traffic and temperature changes; the crack will return quickly and you may wind up with a larger repair bill than you would have faced if you had chosen to have the crack repaired properly.

    Cracks in my Asphalt Pavement

    Sooner or later, at least one crack will appear in virtually all asphalt pavement. Cracks pose a serious risk to your pavement; they allow water to penetrate beneath the asphalt and erode the foundation. Your pavement needs a stable foundation if it is to remain flexible. If the foundation becomes destabilized, any existing cracks will become longer and wider, potholes will form and an extensive cracking pattern — alligator cracking — can result. Repairs will require removing the existing asphalt, rebuilding the foundation and applying new asphalt pavement. This is far more costly than repairing cracks as they appear, but it will also result in more inconvenience for you and your customers or greater disruptions in traffic flow patterns.

    Crack filling is an economical procedure. Hot-pour asphalt is typically used as this provides maximum adherence and flexibility. The process can normally be completed quickly and with minimal disruption to traffic. In some cases, the crack filling will last for the balance of the pavement’s life, but in other instances, the procedure may need to be repeated in a few years. It all depends on your pavement’s usage, the quality of your initial installation and the pavement’s drainage as well as whether the pavement receives adequate preventive maintenance and prompt repairs. Cracks should not be left unrepaired over the winter as they will worsen, resulting in more extensive repairs.

    Sealcoating is another economical — but vital — maintenance procedure. Sealants provide protection from petroleum-based automotive fluids, salts and UV rays, all of which can cause your pavement to grow old before its time. Sealants also improve the appearance of asphalt pavement and restore its color. However, they are not designed to fill cracks; they are too rigid and do not have the same adherence properties.

    If you need cracks repaired, contact the professionals at APM Paving. We have more than 35 years of experience in the asphalt industry. We can provide asphalt repairs, sealcoating, paving, parking lot markings or any other asphalt-related service that our customers in Central Kentucky need. You can request a free quote by submitting our online form or calling (859) 299-8111.

  • Q: See A Recent Survey That Shows What U.S. Drivers Want?
    A recent survey asked almost 3,100 drivers which of 14 items they considered priorities for American roads. Participants included professional truckers as well as “typical” drivers. The results may surprise you.

    • 84 percent of the drivers considered well-maintained roads to be of prime importance, but they want the work performed during non-peak times to avoid shutdowns and congestion; 86 percent felt that spending for new roads should take a back seat to maintaining and repairing roads already in existence.
    • 69 percent said that a smooth road was worth occasional shutdowns to achieve.
    • 56 percent stated that safe roads were high on their list of priorities.

    If you read between the lines, it becomes obvious that what most drivers favor are asphalt roads although they might not be aware of the fact.

    • Asphalt roads are easy to repair and maintain, and most of the time, the work can be done during times when there is little traffic on the road, such as late at night. Because repairs and maintenance procedures are fast, the road can be reopened to traffic quickly. Concrete, on the other hand, requires lengthy procedures and long road closings, which normally cause traffic slowdowns or stoppages that can waste drivers’ fuel, cost them time and leave them stressed and frustrated.
    • Asphalt roads are smoother than concrete roads. The ride is more comfortable, but it is also safer as drivers are less likely to encounter damaged sections that can jar the vehicle out of its line of travel. Smooth roads also provide better fuel efficiency for the vehicles that use them.
    • When you add in the fact that asphalt is environmentally friendly, the scales tip even more in its favor. Asphalt pavement is 100-percent recyclable and is the most-recycled item in the nation. Asphalt is insoluble in water, so it will not contaminate water supplies or soil.

    At APM Paving, we have believed that asphalt was the ideal pavement solution for more than 35 years. We offer an extensive range of asphalt-related services to residential and commercial property owners throughout Central Kentucky. Whether you need a new driveway for your home or the parking lot at your business sealcoated, we have the expertise to provide quality work at affordable prices. To request a free quote, simply submit our convenient online form, or call our office at (859) 299-8111 to discuss your specific asphalt-related needs.

  • Q: To Pave or Not to Pave?
    If you have ever driven down a gravel road, you have probably cringed at the sound of tiny rocks bouncing off your car and wondered how much damage they were doing to your paint job. Traveling down a dirt road can be even more “interesting.” Try it soon after a heavy rain and you may have concerns about whether you are going to get stuck in the mud or slide into a ditch. When the road is dry, you may find the dust your car puts into the air limits your visibility and aggravates your allergies. Furthermore, on many unpaved roads, you must be constantly alert to avoid deep ruts or washed-out areas, requiring you to travel at a low rate of speed.

    TO PAVE OR NOT TO PAVE

    Given the advantages of asphalt roads, it might seem surprising that there are still approximately 1.3 million miles of dirt and gravel roads nationwide. That means that less than 67 percent of all roads in the United States are paved. Add in roads that are not part of the public transportation system, such as private roads or construction sites, and the miles of unpaved roads increases substantially.

    One of the most prevalent myths standing in the way of paving gravel and dirt roads is that it will simply be too expensive to maintain the asphalt pavement. This argument does not hold up when you examine the facts.

    • If the road averages fewer than 50 vehicles per day, it will cost approximately 50 percent more to maintain an asphalt road than a gravel road. However, once the road averages 100 vehicles per day, it costs approximately twice as much to maintain the gravel road than the asphalt road. Once the daily traffic averages 250 cars or more, maintenance costs for the gravel road will be almost three times as much as the costs for maintaining an asphalt road.

    Not included in these statistics is the potential economic impact that unpaved roads can have on the community.

    • People prefer to drive on paved roads when they commute between their homes and work as well as when they go shopping. Most retailers and restaurants want their customers to have easy access to their locations in all types of weather. Companies are often reluctant to build on a site that will force their customers and employees to travel on unpaved roads to reach their location.

    Many times, the most vocal proponents of paving a road are those whose property adjoins the unpaved road.

    • Property values tend to rise when there is access by a paved, all-weather road. Part of the increase is because most people prefer to drive on pavement rather than gravel or dirt. However, unpaved roads also increase the amount of cleaning that property owners must perform on both the interiors and exteriors of their homes. The excessive dust that traffic generates can worsen respiratory conditions as well, making the property less desirable to those with conditions such as asthma or allergies.

    At APM Paving, we have been providing a wide range of asphalt-related services to customers throughout Central Kentucky for more than 35 years. We can install your new pavement, repair your existing asphalt pavement or provide routine maintenance services, such as sealcoating or pavement markings. Our crews provide superior results at affordable prices. You can request a free quote by submitting our online form, or call our office at (859) 299-8111.

  • Q: To Pave or Not to Pave?
    The real question is not whether sealer can be applied at night — it is whether sealer should be applied at night. Theoretically, it is possible to apply asphalt sealcoating at night under certain conditions, but it is never a good idea and it is always risky.

    CAN ASPHALT SEALCOATING BE APPLIED AT NIGHT – THE RISK

    • Sealcoating needs to cure before traffic is allowed on the pavement. Although the heat from the sun can help the sealcoating dry, the sun’s UV rays play an important role in assuring proper curing. Without the benefit of these rays, the sealcoating will be softer, which means that it will wear much more quickly. Sealcoating applied during daylight hours can last as much as three times longer than sealcoating applied at night.
    • Sealcoating at night requires various additives just to make it work at all. The problem is that the additives are no guarantee that the results will be adequate.
    • Sealcoating manufacturers strongly advise against nighttime applications. In fact, the majority state that such application is grounds for voiding the product warranty.
    • Applying sealcoating at night will not save you much downtime. Although the exact length of time that your area will need to be closed depends on the specifics related to your job, your area can typically be sealcoated one day and open to vehicles the next day. The best you can hope for if the sealcoating is applied at night is to be able to reopen your area the following afternoon, and it could still be the following day before it can be reopened.
    • Sealcoating at night presents other challenges. Dew can play havoc with a freshly sealcoated area. Overnight temperatures could drop below the acceptable threshold for sealcoating. Workers will have more difficulty seeing the area clearly, which could result in application errors.

    If you truly have an issue with closing your area for the 24 hours that is normally needed to sealcoat it properly, the best thing is to discuss the matter with a reputable asphalt professional. There are other things that can be done to reduce the disruption. For example, if you have at least two entrances to your parking lot, it may be possible to close half of the lot, apply the sealcoating and reopen that area before closing the other half.

    APM Paving has been providing quality asphalt paving installation, repair and maintenance services to customers in the Lexington and Louisville Kentucky area for over 35 years. We are committed to giving you the best quality at competitive rates. Whether you need rubber parking stop installations, sealcoating, repairing asphalt cracks, new pavement, or concrete repair, we have highly experienced crews ready to help. You can submit our online form to request a free estimate, or you can reach us at (859) 299-8111.

  • Q: Paving and Drainage?
    Drainage is definitely an important consideration when you are planning your driveway. Without adequate drainage, water could flow into an area where it is not desirable, such as into your garage or around your foundation. It can also contribute to a shorter life for your pavement, and it can make your driveway less safe for you, your family and your visitors. Here are the most critical factors you should consider.

    PAVING AND DRAINAGE

    • Whenever possible, driveways should be graded so that the end closest to the garage is higher than the street; one side of the driveway should also be higher than the other.
    • Your contractor will need to determine the proper rate of change in grade, based on local building codes, your driveway’s length, your structure configuration and other factors. However, a “ballpark” figure is a minimum change of 2 to 2.5 inches for every 10 feet of length or width. For example, a driveway that is 20 feet long and 10 feet wide would need a difference of at least 4 inches between the top and bottom as well as a difference of at least 2 inches between the two sides. In most cases, a higher percentage is preferable for the lengthwise rate of change. These differentials are graduated so that the change is not abrupt.
    • Many cities have ordinances that define how run-off must be channeled. For example, it could be a code violation to redirect the drainage from your driveway onto your neighbor’s property.
    • If your driveway starts at a higher point than it ends, you might want to consider having a trench drain installed. These are typically placed immediately in front of the area, such as a garage, that needs protection from the water. Water flows through the grate covering the trench and into the drain, where it can be redirected to a better location.

    At APM Paving, our full company name describes our services quite well — Asphalt Paving & Maintenance. We are a paving contractor located in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky will a complete range of asphalt-related services- for more than 35 years. We have the knowledge, skills and experience to provide you with quality work at affordable rates, whether you need a asphalt paving, asphalt sealing, or crack repairs. Submit our online form to request a free quote, or call us at (859) 299-8111.

  • Q: Paving and Drainage?
    Asphalt milling is a technique used to precisely remove existing pavement to a specific depth by using a milling machine to grind down the asphalt. The milling process produces recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) that can be used in place of “virgin” materials to make new asphalt.

    WHAT IS MILLING USED FOR-

    • Adjust the depth or thickness of the asphalt pavement.
    • Alter the slope of the pavement.
    • Enable a smoother transition between areas, such as the location where a driveway meets a garage.
    • Smooth the edges during the installation of asphalt overlays.
    • Correct drainage problems.
    • Remove an area of pavement to access and repair the foundation.

    There are a number of different milling machines available in a variety of sizes. Contractors select the milling machine to be used based on the factors specific to each job, such as the project scope and the milling thickness. Many milling machines can also be used to remove the materials that comprise the sub-base and base as well as the pavement itself.

    The benefits of asphalt milling include:

    • The ability to repeat the process as often as needed on the same piece of pavement.
    • There is less disruption of traffic during milling than would be encountered with removal and replacement methods.
    • Traffic flow can resume as soon as the milling process is completed.
    • Milling offers the ability to retain curb reveals and existing grades.
    • Milling is more economical than reconstruction.
    • Milling machines can remove pavement faster than traditional techniques that require excavation and front-end loaders.
    • Pavement imperfections, such as minor bumps or ruts, can be removed during milling.
    • Surface drainage can be improved, which provides a more “drivable” pavement while helping to protect the asphalt.
    • It is an environmentally friendly process, since milling allows all of the asphalt removed to be recycled.

    If you would like to learn more about milling or have any other asphalt-related needs, contact the experts at APM Paving. We have been providing quality work at competitive prices to customers in the Lexington and Louisville KY area for more than 35 years. We offer a full range of services, from asphalt paving, crack repair and asphalt paving maintenance. You can use our online form to request a free quote, or call (859) 299-8111 to speak with one of our knowledgeable, friendly staff members.

  • Q: Why Parking Lot Striping and Pavement Marking is Important?
    New parking line striping and pavement markings can be an economical way to give your parking lot a fresh, inviting appearance. However, the benefits extend far beyond merely improving your parking lot’s looks. A well-striped lot with the proper pavement markings is also safer for your visitors, whether they are walking or driving, and can therefore help reduce your chances of being held liable for damages or injuries that occur on your property.

    WHY PARKING LOT STRIPING AND PAVEMENT MARKING IS IMPORTANT

    The precise pavement markings you will need depends on local ordinances, the configuration of your parking lot and the amount of traffic the lot must normally support. Typically, markings include all or most of the following:

    • ADA-compliant markings, such as dedicated parking spaces that are handicapped-accessible
    • Curb and/or pavement markings to indicate fire lanes
    • Pedestrian crosswalks
    • Arrows to indicate the direction traffic should follow, such as whether the lane must turn right or left, whether the aisle is one-way and similar information for drivers
    • No-parking areas or loading zones
    • Special markings, such as notices of cross traffic, stop signs or speed limits

    When such pavement markings are used in conjunction with well-defined parking spaces, the parking lot has a cleaner, more organized appearance. This makes navigating the lot less confusing for drivers, and since they must deal with fewer distractions, this tends to make them safer drivers.

    Your parking lot makes a statement to all those who enter your property, whether they are vendors, customers or employees. A well-marked lot lets others know that you take pride in your property, pay attention to details and are concerned about providing others with a safe, attractive place to park. People tend to extend this perception to other aspects of your operation, such as the quality of what you offer and your personal integrity. In short, the condition of your parking lot can affect your own reputation as well as the reputation of your business. Therefore, if you can do only one thing to improve the appearance of your parking lot, line striping and pavement markings should be high on your list.

    APM Paving is an asphalt pavement maintenance company who helps customers throughout Central Kentucky maintain their parking lots for more than 35 years. In addition to line striping and pavement marking, we offer a full range of asphalt-related services, from asphalt paving to sealcoating. Whether you own or manage a retail, industrial, residential or commercial property, our crews have the expertise to provide you with quality results at competitive rates. You can request a free quote by submitting our online form or calling our office at 859-299-8111.

  • Q: Why Sealcoating Works?
    Sealcoating is one of the best ways to extend the life of an asphalt surface and keep it looking “young” throughout its life. To understand why sealcoating works so well, think about a wooden dining table in your home. Imagine that the table has not been stained, varnished or painted. Every meal poses a hazard to the wood, and before long, the table shows scuff marks, condensation rings and stains. Before too many years pass, the wood will begin to dry out and become brittle. Cracks will appear, and the beauty of the wood will fade. Your table needs a protective barrier — and so does your asphalt.

    WHY SEALCOATING WORKS

    Asphalt sealcoating provides that barrier. It helps your asphalt retain the right amount of moisture to keep it flexible; asphalt that has become dry and inflexible can crumble even under normal use. At the same time, sealcoating helps keep additional moisture from penetrating the surface; water beneath the pavement can cause erosion of the base or damage the pavement if it freezes.

    An unprotected table can absorb stains easily. A dropped bit of butter or gravy spill can leave an oily stain that may well be permanent. Your asphalt pavement will also be subjected to oil spills as well as other corrosive agents, such as antifreeze, transmission fluid and gasoline spills. The asphalt will try to absorb these chemicals, much to its detriment; automotive fluids make asphalt soft and weak, and it will quickly crumble and potholes will appear.

    Sealcoating also protects against something that probably has little effect on your indoor table: UV rays. If you were to move the table outside and place in direct sunlight, you would soon notice that UV rays are causing it to dry out and fade at an accelerated rate. UV rays have a similar effect on asphalt. Sealcoating acts as a “sunscreen” to block damaging UV rays from drying out your asphalt, preventing brittleness and premature aging.

    With proper care, your asphalt paving should give you many years of attractive service. Sealcoating should be applied soon after new pavement is installed and reapplied as needed. It is the most cost-effective way to protect your investment in asphalt.

    APM Paving is a full-service asphalt contractor with more than 35 years of industry experience. We can service all of your asphalt-related needs, from installing pavement fabric and parking curbs, or providing asphalt crack repair. Our crews have the skills and experience to make sure that our customers throughout Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky receive the best work at affordable prices. You can use our online form to request your free quote, or you can call (859) 299-8111 to discuss your project in detail.

  • Q: Will sealcoat make the pavement slippery?
    If improperly applied, sealants can make asphalt pavement a bit more slippery, especially when wet. This can leave the property owner liable should someone suffer an injury, such as a slip-and-fall accident, while on the premises. However, if the contractor applies sealcoating correctly, there will be no noticeable difference in slickness between bare pavement and sealed pavement.

    To make sure that the pavement is not slippery, asphalt contractors typically mix silica sand into the sealant before applying. The amount of sand required depends primarily on the type of sealant used although the slope of the pavement must sometimes be considered as well. In addition to increasing traction and making the surface more skid-resistant, adding sand can also:

    • Reduce the amount of sun glare related to the pavement
    • Improve the wearability of the sealant
    • Help improve the appearance of minor defects in the pavement
    • Increase the solid (and reduce the liquid) content of the sealant
    • Provide cost savings over using sealants by themselves

    Furthermore, if the pavement is on a steep incline, contractors can take additional steps to make sure the asphalt is not slippery. The most common method is to broadcast sand on top of the sealant before it dries to improve traction.

    It is important to remember that not all asphalt contractors add sand to sealants, so always ask before having your surface sealcoated. Otherwise, you might find yourself having to repeat the process to eliminate the slickness caused by “sand-free” sealants. The reasons commonly given for not adding sand include:

    • Inability to agitate the mixture mechanically or mix in the sand manually
    • Sprayer pump cannot handle sand
    • Fear that sand will damage the machine
    • Lack of understanding regarding the cost savings

    APM Paving has more than 35 years of experience in the asphalt industry, so our crews have the expertise to determine the precise amount of sand needed to keep sealants from making the pavement slippery. We provide a full range of asphalt pavement maintenance, including paving, crack repair, sealcoating and parking lot pavement design to both commercial and residential customers. You can call us at (859) 299-8111 or use our online form to request a free quote.

  • Q: What is the Difference Between Hot-Pour and Cold- Pour Crack Sealants?
    In the asphalt industry, the terms “cold-pour” and “hot-pour” are used to define the temperature of the material at the time it is applied. Thus, hot-pour sealants are heated at the job site and applied hot, while cold-pour sealants do not require heating and are applied cold. Although either sealant might be used within certain parameters, the results can be quite different as the two products are very dissimilar.

    Hot-pour sealants are always asphalt-based, but cold-pour sealants can be either asphalt- or water-based. Asphalt-based products can be used in colder weather, but since water-based products require evaporation to cure, they are more suitable for use in warmer weather.

    Perhaps the biggest problem with cold-pour crack sealants is their lack of flexibility. A hot-pour sealant cools to a pliable, rubber-like substance that can contract or expand when temperatures change. Cold-pour sealants cure to a rigid, inflexible substance that cannot “move” when the asphalt reacts to changes in the temperature. This lack of flexibility can lead to the expulsion of the filler from the crack, leaving an opening for water to penetrate beneath the surface.

    If the crack is beyond a certain width or depth, a hot-pour product needs to be used. Cold-pour sealants tend to shrink and break the bond between the surrounding pavement and the sealant, resulting in the loss of the filler. The larger the crack, the more pronounced this shrinkage can be. Hot-pour sealants form a much stronger bond and are much less likely to experience shrinkage.

    Cold-pour applications require less equipment on the site and can be performed in less time. They are therefore less costly for a one-time application than hot-pour applications. However, due to the probability that the application will need to be repeated multiple times, the hot-pour method is normally a better value over time. This is the primary reason that government agencies and owners of commercial properties typically choose hot-pour crack sealants.

    If asphalt crack repair is needed, the highly trained professionals at APM, a premier asphalt contractor, can help. We have more than 35 years of experience in the industry, and we provide a complete range of services, from installing new pavement, asphalt repair, to sealcoating asphalt surfaces. We offer our services to residential, commercial and industrial properties throughout Central Kentucky. To obtain your free quote, submit our handy online form or call (859) 299-8111 to speak with one of our friendly, knowledgeable representatives.

  • Q: How To Remove Pavement Markings?
    Removing pavement striping and markings is a common task for asphalt contractors. Whether a parking lot needs to be reconfigured or traffic lines must be altered on a roadway, removing existing markings before applying new markings can provide a better-looking, less confusing surface. Asphalt contractors can choose from a variety of methods, but the following are the most commonly used.
    • Waterblasting: Not to be confused with power washing, waterblasting machines shoot needle-sharp jets of water at pressures of 40,000 psi or more. These jets are remarkably effective at pulverizing paint and blasting it away without damaging the asphalt.
    • Sand blasting: This method is similar to waterblasting, but it uses fine sand instead of water. The sand’s abrasiveness peels the paint from the asphalt. The process will leave behind visible marks on the asphalt, but the scarring usually fades over time. However, the procedure is very messy and clean up efforts can be time-consuming.
    • Scarring: In a procedure known as scarification, a rotating wheel in which small cutters are embedded is maneuvered along existing markings. The cutters strip away the paint, but they also take a thin layer of the asphalt. The location of the previous markings will be apparent, and in most cases, there will be a noticeable difference in height between the scarified pavement and the surrounding asphalt.
    • Blackout: Instead of actually removing the existing markings, it may be preferable in certain situations to paint over them. A black or gray paint that matches the surrounding pavement as much as possible is applied to existing markings. Just like the original markings, blackout paint will fade, chip or peel over time, so it will need to be reapplied periodically. From an appearance standpoint, the effect is not as visually pleasing as other methods.

    Other techniques can be used, so you should consult an experienced asphalt contractor to determine the best method for your particular situation. APM has more than 35 years of experience in providing customers in Lexington and Louisville with superior quality work at the best possible rates. In addition to pavement marking and asphalt striping and restriping, we offer sealcoating, asphalt crack repair, and installing recycled rubber blocks. You can reach us at (859) 299-8111, or you can use our free job quote form to request more information.

    APM Paving is the expert in asphalt paving and maintenance in Lexington, Louisville, and the surrounding areas!

  • Q: What is Alligator Cracking?
    Alligator or crocodile cracking is a term used to describe a specific cracking pattern that can form in asphalt pavement. The name is derived from the resemblance between the damaged asphalt and the skin on these animals’ backs. Some people also liken the appearance to the shell of a hard-boiled egg after you tap it on a hard surface to start peeling it.

    The bad news is that alligator cracking is one of the most serious failures that most asphalt surfaces can suffer. The good news is that it is usually preventable — if the asphalt was installed correctly, alligator cracking is normally caused by not making necessary repairs in a timely manner.

    To understand what causes alligator cracking, a brief review of the anatomy of an asphalt surface might be helpful. Although construction methods vary due to geological features and intended use, the basics are typically similar. The lowest layer is compacted soil, which is then normally topped with a layer of compacted aggregate, usually gravel. Asphalt pavement is then applied and sealcoated.

    The asphalt surface relies on the stability and strength of its foundation. If the foundation — the soil and aggregate — become eroded or otherwise damaged, the asphalt does not have the support it needs to flex under heavy weights. Alligator cracking can occur as a result.

    One common precursor of alligator cracking is the result of normal cracks that are not filled. These cracks allow moisture to reach the foundation, where it can freeze and thaw or contribute to sub-surface erosion. Therefore, professional maintenance to repair minor damages can help prevent a costly repair or resurfacing job.

    APM Paving has been an asphalt contractor for customers in Lexington, Louisville, and Central Kentucky for more than 35 years. We have seen many instances of neglected asphalt. Whether you would like to start an asphalt paving and maintenance program for your new parking lot, need asphalt repairs, are ready to have your surface sealcoated or need asphalt crack repair, we can assist you. We offer a full range of asphalt services, from placing recycled rubber blocks to applying paving fabric. To request a free quote, you can submit our online form or call us at (859) 299-8111.

  • Q: How do you handle oil stains on asphalt?
    Cleaning oil stains on asphalt may not be your idea of fun, but it is an essential part of maintaining your asphalt driveway or parking lot. For one thing, you cannot apply sealant over an oil stain; the oil will “eat” its way through the sealant. More importantly, however, the stain will continue to penetrate the asphalt, causing cracks, potholes and a general loss of integrity.

    If you need to clean oil stains on an asphalt surface, you can follow these steps to make the chore easier.

    1. Choose a solvent-free cleanser. Solvents will damage asphalt, so check the ingredients listed on the label. A product such as Simple Green or regular dishwashing soap, such as Dawn, can be used. Make a soapy solution by adding the cleanser to water and mixing it well. (You can buy cleansers from some asphalt contractors as well.)
    2. Apply the cleanser liberally to the stained area. Let it work on the stain for a few minutes.
    3. Take a scrub brush to the stain. Most people find that a circular motion is less tiring, but you can use a back-and-forth motion if you prefer.
    4. Keep a close eye on the asphalt as you scrub. If the brush loosens any of the asphalt or gravel, stop immediately. This is a good indication that the asphalt has already begun to deteriorate, and you will need the help of an asphalt professional.
    5. Once you feel the stain has been removed, rinse the area well. Be sure to remove all traces of the cleanser.
    6. After the area has completely dried, check to see if the stain softened the asphalt. If so, do not proceed with a sealant. The damaged area will need to be addressed, which normally involves replacing it.
    7. Apply a sealant to help keep oil from penetrating to the asphalt. However, do not be lulled into thinking that just because your asphalt has been sealcoated, you do not need to remove stains. Stains will destroy the sealant and make their way to the asphalt, where they will continue to wreak havoc.

    If you would rather skip steps 1 through 7, you can let the professionals at APM handle the task. With over 35 years in the asphalt industry, we know how to remove or reduce stains. We are a full-service asphalt contractor providing asphalt sealcoating, asphalt repair and pavement marking to customers in Lexington and Louisville. To receive a free quote, you can either submit our online form or call us at (859) 299-8111.

  • Q: The Best Time to Perform Patchwork?
    A properly maintained asphalt surface will last longer than one that is neglected. Patchwork is a critical part of the maintenance process.

    THE BEST TIME TO PERFORM PATCHWORK – IS WINTER OK?

    Patchwork should be performed as soon as cracks or potholes are noticed. However, the most satisfactory results are obtained when repairs are made between March and September. Asphalt cures more quickly during these months. This also provides time for the patch to have additional curing time over the winter to prepare it for sealcoating. The timing, however, must be evaluated against the risk that delays could cause additional damages to the surrounding surface.

    WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO PERFORM PATCHWORK SO QUICKLY?

    A properly installed asphalt surface rests on a compacted base and sub-base. This foundation gives the surface the support it needs to bear the weight of traffic. When water is allowed to penetrate the surface through cracks or potholes, the spreading water compromises the integrity of the foundation. This is a common cause of potholes as well as a cracking pattern known as “crocodiling,” named for its resemblance to the animal’s skin. If this is allowed to happen, repairs will be more extensive — and more expensive.

    WHAT IS INVOLVED IN PATCHING ASPHALT?

    There are a variety of methods that contractors can use to patch asphalt, but the two methods most commonly used are surface patching and full-depth patching. Surface patching is not as long-lasting a fix as full-depth patching, and it is normally an option only if the area surrounding the damaged asphalt is in relatively good shape. A new layer of asphalt is applied directly over the damage and spread onto undamaged asphalt nearby. Full-depth patching involves removing the damaged asphalt and any compromised parts of the foundation underneath it. The sub-base materials are replaced and new asphalt is applied to the excavated area.

    HOW APM PAVING CAN HELP

    APM Paving has more than 35 years of experience in the asphalt industry. We provide our services to residences, facilities and commercial properties throughout Central Kentucky. We provide a full range of asphalt services, including patchwork, new installations, sealcoating, striping, curbing and more. For a free, no-obligation quote, you can submit your information using our convenient online form. If you prefer, you can call us at 859-299-8111.

  • Q: Asphalt -Tale or Truth?
    Much misinformation continues to be circulated concerning asphalt. Its many valuable properties are sometimes overlooked, and negative beliefs are sometimes enhanced in the telling. Following are some of the most common myths about asphalt — and the truth about the statements.

    ASPHALT -TALE OR TRUTH

    1. Asphalt is an outdated material that is seldom used today.
    Asphalt remains an extremely popular choice for paving a variety of surfaces. Approximately 94 percent of all U.S. roads are surfaced in asphalt, and it is used on roughly 85 percent of airport runways used for general aviation.

    2. Asphalt is not environmentally friendly.
    In reality, asphalt is very kind to the environment. It is 100 percent recyclable, and it does not leak any harmful chemicals into soil, groundwater or surface water. Asphalt production has the lowest carbon footprint of all paving materials. Modern processing plants are cleaner than ever before, a fact recognized by the EPA.

    3. Asphalt surfaces have very short lives.
    Whether the surface is asphalt or concrete, it needs proper repair and maintenance to achieve its maximum useful life. With proper care, an asphalt surface can last 20 years or more, and there are surfaces that have been subjected to heavy traffic for more than 60 years — and are still in use — without a pavement failure.

    4. Asphalt production requires petroleum products that are non-renewable and in short supply.
    Approximately 95 percent of all asphalt produced is recycled. Modern recycling methods require only a small amount of petroleum products — normally about 5 percent — to produce the “new” asphalt.

    5. Over the long term, asphalt roads cost taxpayers more money.
    Concrete roadways have a much higher initial expense. Furthermore, concrete roadways are not maintenance-free. They must be repaired, which normally requires closing all or part of the road for days or even weeks. Asphalt roadways can be repaired more quickly, and repairs can be performed at night when the traffic is lightest to reduce congestion. In reality, it is estimated that asphalt roadways save taxpayers approximately $300 million every year after including the material’s recyclability.

    APM Paving has been dispelling myths about asphalt paving for more than 35 years. We are a family-owned business serving customers in Central Kentucky with all their residential and commercial paving needs. Our experienced teams can provide new pavements, repair existing surfaces or help extend the life of your investment through routine maintenance services. For more information, please ask for a free quote or you can phone us at 859-299-8111.

  • Q: Why Safety is Important When Hiring an Asphalt Contractor?

    When businesses and individuals use contractors for asphalt repair and maintenance, they are concerned about punctuality, reliability, workmanship, and cleanliness. All of their concerns are influenced by the safety precautions that their customer, and the employees are safe and healthy.

    WHY SAFETY IS IMPORTANT WHEN HIRING AN ASPHALT CONTRACTOR – THE REASONS

    Asphalt contractors work with chemicals. Depending on the job, our specialists can also be exposed to loud noise, heat exposure, and fumes. At times, they may also lift or remove heavy pieces of asphalt; these activities and situations can pose hazards.

    Therefore, a reputable paving company must take precautions to minimize dangerous conditions. APM Paving, specializing in asphalt construction and asphalt repair in Lexington and Central Kentucky, takes the time to train, educate, and implement safety procedures so that their employees remain healthy. Our contractors know that they need to wear protective clothing while working, how to inspect premises for potential hazards, and how to eliminate or reduce unsafe conditions.

    Additionally, we regularly inspect machinery to keep it in proper working order. Our efforts impact employee retention and reliability, so customers receive quality, timely workmanship that reduces disruptions to their business or residence. In fact, our employees frequently perform asphalt construction and repairs when businesses are closed.

    Our preference is to work with customers to schedule jobs at there convenience. Additionally, our staff’s knowledge about safe practices helps reinforce the importance of informing clients when they can use the area after work.

    APM Paving does not cut corners when it comes to employee and customer safety. Feel confident when you need asphalt paving, asphalt repair, asphalt maintenance, parking lot striping, and other paving surfaces in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky – hire a company that focuses on safety. Complete our online form, or dial APM at 859-299-8111 to request a quote.

  • Q: When Sealcoating, How Many Coats Are Needed?

    Sealcoating applications differ depending on the project. Some sealants recommend two coats, but the condition of your paving influences the necessary number of coats. Additionally, it is unnecessary to use the same number of layers for the entire surface. For example, a busy parking lot suffers the most wear and tear near the exit and entrance. Therefore, it may be cost-effective to apply an extra sealant coat to those areas.

    An asphalt specialist can determine the number of coats that your paved surface needs. APM Paving, an asphalt and maintenance company in Central Kentucky, has provided exceptional asphalt services to nonprofit organizations, municipalities, commercial clients, and residential property owners for over 35 years. Our experts ask questions about your property usage and observe how the surface is wearing. We will inquire about traffic frequency and whether sealcoating has been applied in the past. If you are uncertain, we can tell by inspecting the property. Afterwards, we can recommend the required coats to protect your surface. Generally, residential surfaces that have limited traffic need one coat. Surfaces with moderate traffic need two coats; asphalt that has heavy traffic requires three coats.

    Our crews are trained in asphalt care and will ensure the sealant is smoothly applied in light, thin coats. APM Paving’s contractors move debris and fill cracks before applying sealcoating. They check that each coat is fully dry before applying a subsequent coat.

    Our staff responds to questions quickly, uses superior products, provides reliable, skilled contractors, and follows up after the job to ensure customer satisfaction. If you have an asphalt surface in Kentucky, our asphalt sealcoating, asphalt maintenance, asphalt repair, paving, crack repair, curbing, and parking lot striping services can enhance your paving. And remember, we handle driveway sealing and commercial asphalt sealing. Share the details of your project by calling 859-299-8111, or fill out our online form to request a free estimate.

    The experts on asphalt sealcoating in Lexington, Louisville, and throughout Central Kentucky!

  • Q: Does Crack-filling Really Work?

    It’s important to understand the function of crack filling to offer a complete explanation of why it works.

    Crack filling is used to protect the overall integrity of the asphalt surface, including the packed base that lies underneath. Asphalt relies on its hidden base for its strength and ability to bear heavy loads. Anything that undermines the base also undermines the integrity of the asphalt.

    DOES CRACK-FILLING REALLY WORK – YES!

    Unfilled cracks let moisture accumulate between the surface and its base. Water has a tendency to wick into an ever-increasing area, eroding the soil or disturbing the gravel. When it freezes, the water expands, which can cause additional cracks to form and allow even more water to enter. This can lead to potholes, “crocodile” cracks or large sections of the surface that buckle or sink. If too much damage is done, the property owner often has to replace a major part of the surface — or the entire surface, in some cases.

    With proper maintenance, an asphalt surface should last for 20 or 30 years, and there are many surfaces that have a much longer service life. Crack filling does not share this life span. Many factors, such as whether the crack is still active, determine how long a fill job will last, but the range is between one and eight years. Therefore, although crack filling is an essential and effective fix, it should be considered temporary. It is more cost-effective, however, to have a temporary repair than a temporary surface.

    APM Paving has been installing, repairing and maintaining asphalt surfaces for homeowners and businesses for more than 35 years, providing our services in Lexington and the surrounding areas. Our technicians are friendly, knowledgeable and highly trained in all phases of the business, from crack filling and asphalt sealcoating to installing a new parking lot for a large facility or for sealing your driveway. You can reach us by phone at 859-299-8111 or complete the online form to get your free, no-obligation quote.

    APM Paving is the trusted asphalt sealcoating, asphalt repair, and parking lot striping experts in the Lexington area!

  • Q: The History of Asphalt?

    Asphalt has a very long history as it has been used for thousands of years for a number of different purposes. We know that the ancient Greeks were familiar with the material, because the material’s very name is derived from a Greek word. The ancient Romans used asphalt in many of their building projects, such as lining their aqueducts with it to make them waterproof. However, the Babylonians provide the earliest evidence of asphalt used to pave streets — around 625 B.C.

    THE HISTORY OF ASPHALT

    Despite these early instances, several centuries would pass before the Western world began to appreciate this extremely versatile material. During the late 17th and early 19th centuries, engineers in France, Scotland and Yorkshire had started paving streets and highways with asphalt, developing construction techniques that would remain in use for many decades.

    Although asphalt paving had seen limited use in the United States during the 1860s, the first street that we could truly call an asphalt pavement did not appear until 1870. Since then, asphalt pavement has become so popular that it is now used on almost 95 percent of the nation’s paved roads.

    An appreciation of the many desirable qualities of asphalt has also led to the material’s use in numerous applications. For example, many roofing products, such as shingles, sealants and felts, use asphalt. Because asphalt does not leach toxic chemicals, it is often used to line reservoirs used for public drinking water. Asphalt pavement is also environmentally friendly; it is completely recyclable and is in fact the most-recycled material in the nation.

    Despite the long history of asphalt, the material’s final chapter has yet to be written. New uses for asphalt are still being discovered. With more than 35 years of experience in the asphalt industry, APM Paving has witnessed many new developments, and we expect to see many more. We offer a full range of asphalt services to homeowners and businesses throughout Central Kentucky. You can contact us for a free quote, or give us a call at 859-299-8111.

  • Q: Is Coal Tar Safe?

    Customers frequently want to know the best ways to maintain and protect asphalt paving. A coal tar sealant will serve as a barrier against the sun’s rays and prevent water from seeping into the pavement. Coal tar sealant also helps prevent damage from fuel and grease. At the same time, it darkens the asphalt to an attractive color. The popularity of coal tar sealants is due to its durability and exceptional ability to protect asphalt.

    IS COAL TAR SAFE?

    Concerns about the safety of chemicals in coal tar sealant prompted a study in 1990 and 1991. The comprehensive study tested the air for harmful contaminants from chemicals that compose coal tar sealant. The research found that all chemicals contained in coal tar sealant were significantly below the danger thresholds set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

    APM Paving performs paving services that include sealcoating with cost-efficient coal tar sealant, repairing curbs, fixing cracks, asphalt paving, striping, and other maintenance for asphalt parking lots and surfaces. Our company is known for its reputable contractors, informative recommendations, and experience. APM Paving has performed a wide range of jobs for non-profit organizations, businesses, and residential clients. We can handle driveway sealing and commercial asphalt sealing in the Lexington area and Central Kentucky.

    Whether you want new asphalt pavement to improve the appearance of your grounds or need asphalt maintenance, APM Paving will provide outstanding service and prompt work. Whether your job is small or extensive, we believe it is important. Every project gets personalized attention because our goal is to please our customers. Contact APM Paving by asking for a quote or call (859) 299-8111.

    APM Paving is the expert in asphalt sealcoating in the Lexington area!

  • Q: What Happens To “Old Asphalt”?

    Customers who need to repair or replace asphalt paving may wonder where the asphalt debris goes or how old asphalt is used. The extensiveness of the removal job influences the size of the pieces. Smaller repair jobs involve removing a few layers of asphalt that result in small particles while removing asphalt in its entirety yields slabs, smaller pieces, and particles. What happens to them next?

    WHAT HAPPENS TO “OLD ASPHALT”

    Old asphalt is transported for processing. Then, it can be converted into an aggregate for reuse. Reclaimed asphalt is versatile and useful for different purposes based on its characteristics. Small particles are grouped by similar composition because they can be used for like purposes once they are processed.

    Contractors use reclaimed asphalt for paving maintenance, roadways, and repairs. Many localities and states are environmentally-conscious and require a percentage of recycled asphalt to be used in their paving jobs. Additionally, some other uses of old asphalt are embankment work, fill material, sub-bases, bases, and widening roadway shoulders.

    APM Paving offers paving services to customers in Lexington and Louisville. Many of our asphalt projects use reclaimed asphalt because it is eco-friendly, reasonably-priced, and enduring.

    As a business that is driven to meet community concerns, APM Paving is thrilled to be able to use a quality, recycled product that achieves magnificent results and consistently satisfies our customers. Ask for an estimate by contacting APM Paving at (859) 299-8111, or fill out our quote request form online.

  • Q: Why Compacted Asphalt Thickness Is Important?

    Compacted thickness is the final thickness of an asphalt overlay after it has been compacted with a roller. Some companies will state that they will lay 1.5″ of asphalt and roll. While it may seem that you are getting 1.5″ of asphalt, in fact, you are really getting between 1″ and 1.25″ of compacted asphalt. Our proposals always state both , e.g. we will lay 2.0″ of asphalt compacted to a thickness of 1.5″ – this way you know exactly what you are getting.

    APM Paving is an asphalt contractor offering superior asphalt services to homeowners and businesses in Lexington and Louisville. Whether its driveway sealing, or a larger asphalt commercial job…we are a certified contractor and are registered and insured. We have a reputation for reliability, affordable pricing and customer service. We consider every job to be “just right,” meaning none are too small and none are too big. You can request a free consultation and quote by filling out our online form, or you can reach us at (859) 299-8111 or ask for a free quote.

    In the Lexington and Central Kentucky area – we are the experts in asphalt paving, asphalt sealcoating, asphalt repair, and parking lot striping!

  • Q: How To Fix A Pot Hole?

    There are several factors when determining the best way to repair a pothole. From an owners standpoint, the two most important are price and repair longevity. The important thing to remember is that by fixing the problem the correct way the first time, you save money in the long run (although you might spend more up front).

    HOW TO FIX A POT HOLE – THE WAYS!

    While there are limited applications for using skin patches as a temporary fix – it is not the answer to your problem. It is similar to putting a band-aid on a cut made by a chainsaw – it just isn’t going to do the job. In addition to not working, surface drainage may be hindered exacerbating the problem further.

    Pot holes should be fixed using a full depth replacement method. This method consists of saw-cutting the asphalt about one foot outside of any cracked areas, removing the damaged asphalt all the way to the stone sub-base, and replacing it with new hot mix asphalt.

    In certain situations, where the sub-grade is inherently unstable, it may be necessary to install a layer of concrete to within an inch of the surface grade to strengthen the area. After the concrete hardens, a layer of hot mix asphalt is added to bring the patch up to finished grade.

    APM has been providing quality asphalt paving installation, repair and maintenance services to customers in the Lexington and Louisville Kentucky area for over 35 years. We are committed to giving you the best quality at competitive rates. Whether you need rubber parking stop installations, sealcoating, crack repair, new pavement, or concrete repair, we have highly experienced crews ready to help. You can submit our online form to request a free estimate, or you can reach us at (859) 299-8111.

  • Q: Water in my Parking Lot – But it Hasn’t Rain?

    Central Kentucky has what is referred to in geology as “Karst Topography”. What this means in laymen’s terms is that there are lots of cracks and holes in the underlying bedrock which sometimes acts as an avenue for underground water to come to the surface.

    WATER IN MY PARKING LOT – BUT IT HASN’T RAIN

    When this happens in the middle of a parking lot, the water many times will come right up through the blacktop. A tell tale sign of this phenomena is that on a very hot day – water will appear from nowhere in small cracks in your parking lot. Sometimes, these areas will even have green algae growing in the cracks.

    Over time – these areas will be some of the first to deteriorate into potholes. The remedy for this problem is to install an underdrain in the affected area. This will carry the water away from the parking lot before it becomes a problem.

    At APM Paving, our full company name describes our services quite well — Asphalt Paving & Maintenance. We are a paving contractor located in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky will a complete range of asphalt-related services- for more than 35 years. We have the knowledge, skills and experience to provide you with quality work at affordable rates, whether you need a asphalt paving, asphalt sealing, or crack repairs. Submit our online form to request a free quote, or call us at (859) 299-8111.

  • Q: How Many Handicapped Parking Lot Spaces Are Need?
    # of Spaces on Lot Minimum # of Accessible Spaces Required Of those, the # Required to be Van Accessible
    1-25 1 1
    26-50 2 1
    51-75 3 1
    76-100 4 1
    101-150 5 1
    151-200 6 1
    201-300 7 1
    301-400 8 1
    401-500 9 1
    501-1000 2% of total 1 in every 8 accessible spaces
    1001 & Over 20 plus for each 100 1 in every 8 accessible spaces over 100

    Layout

    Accessible space – 8’ with 5’ hashout on left side, Two spaces can share a hashout.

    Van Accessible – 8’ space with 8’ hashout on right side

    Signage

    Accessible – Regular handicapped sign – Reserved parking and universal logo in center of each sign. Bottom of sign must be between 4’ and 7’ above pavement surface.

    Van Accessible – Same as above, except that the words “VAN ACCESSIBLE” shall be printed below the logo.

    Grade

    Spaces, access aisles, loading zones shall have maximum slope at 2% (1:50) in all directions.

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  • Q: The Best Time To Get a Bid On Asphalt Work?
    In general, the best time to bid work is during the off season (December – February). Asphalt companies want to get off to a good start with plenty of work in the spring so they are generally more competitive in price during this time as compared to the mid to late summer when most good contractors have plenty of work.

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