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Do You Need to Seal Pavement?

pavement seal coating

What is pavement seal coating?

Asphalt pavement is primarily an aggregate mixture of rock and/or stone with gravel, and a binder. That mixture with the added binder is more commonly referred to as asphalt cement and comes from certain crude oils that are refined. That alone cannot withstand the elements and that is where pavement seal coating is added. 

Why get pavement seal coating? This binder will prolong the life of the asphalt surface, but it needs a layer of protection as well. The chemicals, rain, and UV rays will degrade the binder over time and that allows the asphalt to degrade. Without a pavement seal coating the surface become brittle and begins to crack, then break, and potholes form as water seeps into those cracks. 

Pavement seal coating is a substance made of heated asphalt bitumen that is  240 degrees Fahrenheit or hotter and turns the asphalt pavement viscous. This is the binder ingredient we mentioned earlier and is used for road construction, driveways, parking lots. It is a natural occurring product crude oil byproduct.

Does sealcoating fill cracks?

No, the cracks and potholes need to be filled prior to the pavement seal coating. A routine of pavement maintenance should include pavement seal coating after any cracks and potholes have been filled. With proper care and maintenance, an asphalt pavement lifespan is doubled, and the curb appeal is maximized. If only pavement sealing is done, the cracks allow moisture to get under the asphalt and erosion begins. This allows the pavement to fail and potholes form. 

Should I seal my driveway myself or hire someone?

There two big differences between a professional pavement seal coating and a DIY pavement seal coating: 

  1. The professionals know How to pavement seal coating from pre-cleaning, temperature gauging, and finishing up. 
  2. They have the proper equipment, like spray tanks, which gets not only the large area of pavement seal coating but the edges too.  This large spray tank has a high-pressure spray wand that using properly is a learned experience.

A third reason to go with a professional pavement seal coating is the guarantee and warranty.  If there are any issues with the finished job, you should have a limited, stated guarantee and warranty with the professional.

Is seal coating your driveway worth it?

A couple of points in favor of pavement seal coating as part of the maintenance of an asphalt driveway:

  1. The driveway should have a strong gravel base, the better the base, the better driveway will hold up. No less than six inches of a crushed-stone base under no less than four inches of asphalt is the recommendation.
  2. Water is a huge threat to a driveway’s integrity. Good drainage along with a pavement seal coating is recommended to protect that integrity and any cracks should be addressed immediately. 

Pavement seal coating a driveway will restore the top layer. It will protect the gravel and sand embedded in the asphalt from oxygen and water damaging it.  Not to mention the curb appeal is maintained. 

What temperature can you seal coat a driveway?

The recommended temperature for applying a pavement seal coating is no cooler than 50 degrees and no warmer than 55 degrees.  This is the recommended temperature of the air and the pavement and for up to eight hours as it cures and dries. 

What are the advantages of pavement seal coating?

For pavement seal coating to be the most effective, the temperature in the air and of the pavement should be at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature is needed from start to finish of application and up to eight hours after the application is finished.

Additionally, before beginning the pavement seal coating process, the asphalt surface needs to be cleared of any debris and dirt. All minor repairs should be completed and allowed to cure or dry, like cracks and potholes. The surface to be pavement seal coated should be thoroughly cleaned. Once all of this is done the following benefits can be expected: 

  1. Sealcoating protects and extends the life expectancy of the asphalt pavement.
  2. Regular pavement seal coating will save you money. This recommended maintenance will help with extending the lifespan and minimize the amount of repairs over time. 
  3. Pavement seal coating protects the asphalt from exposure to the elements that cause it to fade. Pavement seal coating keeps the asphalt looking clean and new. 
  4. Pavement seal coating accelerates the ice and snow melting and protects the asphalt from frost, rain, snow, and water penetration.
new pavement

Pavement seal coating vs repairs? 

Both!  The repairs need to be done along with a thorough cleaning before the pavement seal coating is applied.  If you’re not going to apply a pavement seal coating after making repairs, they’ll simply break and crack again, and most likely, worse than they were. So, if you’re going to take the time to make repairs, then have a pavement seal coating applied to protect the repairs and the rest of the paved area too. This will save you from having to make repairs again too soon. Give us a call at 254-716-8685 today.

Why do they call it a pothole?


Why should potholes be fixed?

Everyone complains about the lack of pothole repair, but do you know what a pothole is really? Nobody knows, and there are different theories on how the name came to be.  The word ‘pot’ in Middle English meant “a deep hole.”

Today, it refers to the cylindrical shape of a cooking pot. The word ‘hole’ is self-explanatory. Put the two words together, and you get pothole, that cylindrical hole in the roadways that cause significant damage when you drive into potholes with a car, until the city or state gets around to doing pothole repair.

Potholes are just on the roadways we drive; can you imagine a day when there are roads without potholes? They are in parking lots and our private driveways. Pothole repairs take money and time, and for businesses, those two things are put to other uses, so parking lots remain riddled with potholes. For personal driveways, money and time aren’t always plentiful.

While you may think that pothole repairs aren’t a priority, even if you are the only one that t goes in and out of the driveway, here are three reasons why you need to get those pothole repairs done sooner rather than later:

1. Safety Hazard

Potholes area safety hazards for both vehicles and pedestrians alike. A property owner or manager needs to take responsibility for fixing these paving issues promptly. An informed driver is are aware that potholes can cause damage to their suspension and tires. They’ll swerve around them or slow to a crawling pace to go through them. Pedestrians will walk around them. However, both pedestrians and vehicles are at risk of walking into one that is obscured by rain or snow. The cost for pothole repairs isn’t as much as your insurance or a possible lawsuit could be.

2. Appearance

An occasional pothole is something unavoidable. However, multiple potholes are unsightly, and neglecting pothole repairs makes you unattractive as a property owner or manager. Pothole repairs in property improvement, and for a parking lot where you have rental properties, you’ll attract more potential tenants when the parking lot looks good.

3. Cost Efficiency

Delaying pothole repairs for better budget time is never a good plan. The longer you postpone repairing potholes, the bigger they get, and the more they will cost to repair. An unrepaired pothole will also create more potholes as the water fills the holes and spreads under the top layer of asphalt or concrete. Pothole repairs today will save you money tomorrow!

What are the effects of potholes?

As the property owner, you may not realize it, but people that are hitting the potholes in your parking lot could be sustaining a lot of damage to their vehicle:

  • Breaking the shocks and suspension
  • Losing control of their vehicle
  • Causing accidents
  • Broken wheels flattened tires
  • Vehicles knocked out of alignment

Suppose that isn’t enough for you to put pothole repairs on your must-do list, think about the environment.  As drivers are continually reducing the speed to minimize the possible impact from those potholes, they are getting less fuel efficiency and increasing the carbon monoxide we’re all breathing in.

Why are potholes dangerous?

All the things we listed above are what make potholes dangerous in addition to the damage to cars, the risk of injury to pedestrians, and the loss of potential customers for your business or your tenant’s business. Not least, just as important, the danger of more carbon monoxide in the air should be of concern to you and your tenants.

Are your tenants not renewing their leases? Or maybe you have potential tenants looking at rental space and decide to go elsewhere. Have you surveyed them and asked why? Invest some money and time into pothole repairs, and you’ll see an increase in renewed leases and new leases, and those businesses will see an increase in business. Pothole repairs are a win all the way around!

How do you fix potholes?

We can’t stress it enough how essential pothole repairs are and to get them done as soon as you see a pothole. When they are left untreated, a pothole will continue to get more extensive, and the surrounding pavement begins to fail.

However, it understandable if there isn’t room in the budget to hire a professional service for your pothole repairs. So, we offer the following method:

Cold-patch pothole repairs are a common material for DIY pothole repairs. Easy to use a product that is durable, economical, and provides lasting repair results.

  • Step One:  Clean around and inside the pothole, removing large debris and rocks.
  • Step Two: Pour the cold-patch material into the pothole and spread it out so that it is half an inch above the surface. That half-inch will give you enough material to compact down in the pothole.
  • Step Three: Pact the material down with a hand tamper until you have a level compacted surface.
water filling in a potfole

What is the difference between a sinkhole and a pothole?

A sinkhole is a closed natural depression on the surface that is caused by the removal of material just below the ground. It either collapses or a gradual sinking of the ground surface results in a void. A pothole starts as a relatively small failure of the paving materials, typically found in roadways and parking lots. They are more common in parts of the country where the weather experienced more ice and snow, but they are found anywhere in this country.

When it comes to potholes or speed bumps, which is worse on the vehicles? At the end of the day, they both can do a lot of damage to the inattentive driver. We have discussed the damage to a vehicle that can be caused by potholes, and maybe surprisingly, a speed bump can do the same damage.

Why is this surprising? Because speed bumps are installed as a safety measure! Yet, people will still drive over them just as fast as they would without the speed bump there. When it comes to which is going to be the winner, speed bumps and potholes vs wheels of the vehicles, the speed bump and potholes will win. Need a pothole filled? Call 254-716-8685 today.

How Do You Install Landscape Curbing?

Concrete Curbing

How do you install landscape curbing?

When you’re developing borders around flower gardens or other landscaping features, you have several options for materials ranging from plastic to metal to concrete curbing. Concrete curbing is both durable and aesthetically pleasing. It’s also fairly easy to install. Depending on the project’s size, it normally just takes about a day to install. Generally, if you have old edging or borders, that material will need to be removed before the curbing is added. The space where the curbing will go is then trenched somewhere between one to four inches deep in most cases. The concrete is then mixed onsite and poured. A sealant is normally applied afterward to protect the curbing from water damage and UV radiation. When you are working on a landscaping project and need reliable professionals for concrete curbing and bordering in Waco and Temple, TX, you can always count on the team at eSquared Asphalt Maintenance. Find out more about how we can help you by calling 254-716-8685.

How do I make concrete curbing?

If you have the right tools and skills, you can create concrete curbing for your garden following this simple process:

  • Use a garden hose or rope to mark the perimeter of the edging. You’ll want to create a design that allows the border to be about five inches wide.
  • Dig out the border perimeter to a depth of four inches and width of eight inches. Create a solid base for the concrete by tamping down the soil.
  • Place wooden stakes at 1 ½-foot intervals along the length of the border.
  • Create the concrete mold using ¼-inch by 4-inch by 8-inch pieces of flexible hardboard (for curves) or rigid plywood (for angles) attached to the stakes.
  • To keep the curbing at an even width placing spacers along the bottom of the excavation. The spacers are made of 1-inch by 1-inch boards in lengths equal to the width of the border.
  • Mix the concrete until it is firm and workable, then pour it. Spread the concrete with a trowel until it is all even and consolidated.
  • At three-foot intervals, use the trowel to cut control joints. The control joints should be at least one inch deep in the concrete. Use a concrete edging tool to consolidate and smooth the border.
  • Apply acrylic concrete sealant to the curb and then allow the concrete to cure for about three to five days.

How do you fix landscape curbing?

When you have concrete curbing bordering your landscaping, there may come a time when it gets damaged. In some cases, the repairs may be pretty easy and straightforward. Take these basic repair steps to fix your landscape curbing:

  1. Use angled chisels and a hammer to smooth out rough edges and break off jagged pieces.
  2. Scrub the surface with heavy-duty steel wool before cleaning the area by spraying it with water.
  3. After the curb dries, use a stiff nylon paintbrush to coat the curb with a concrete bonding product.
  4. Use a trowel to coat the curb with a concrete patch product.
  5. Also, use a trowel to fill in the damaged area with concrete. Concentrate on the edges to make sure the concrete is smooth.
  6. Remove all excess concrete by scraping the surface with the trowel. 
  7. Cover the patched area with a waterproof tarp or canvas to allow the concrete to dry and harden. The hardening process could take anywhere from five to seven days.

What is concrete bonding agent?

Whenever you repair damaged concrete, you’ll make the repair with fresh concrete. A concrete bonding agent or bonding adhesive is required to ensure the new concrete will adhere to the old. Otherwise, the new concrete just sits over the old as an additional layer, preventing the repair from making the concrete serviceable again.

How long does concrete curbing last?

When you install concrete curbing, it’s durable. It can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years and requires very little maintenance. Applying acrylic concrete sealer over it about every other year will ensure the curb’s longevity.

Can you paint concrete curbing

Along with being durable, concrete curbing is fairly easy to paint, if you want to add a dash of color to your landscaping. Because concrete is porous and absorbs paint quickly, you’ll want to add a sealant over it before you paint. You’ll also add a coat of primer before you paint, and we recommend at least two coats of paint. Additionally, you’ll follow up your paint job with an exterior sealer.

Can you remove concrete curbing

If you need to remove your curbing, it’s generally pretty easy, especially if the curbing was installed by digging a trench. In this case, all you need to do is pull up on the curbing to remove it. It might require a hammer to knock the curbing loose from the ground. Removing curbing in which concrete was poured for the base, is a little less simple. You’ll need to chip away the concrete with a hammer and chisel.

Is concrete curbing worth it

Concrete curbing is valued for its durability, but it can be expensive to install because it requires forms to be set down for the concrete to be poured. Even if you use pre-cast concrete, this material often costs more than plastic, wood, or metal. It can be ideal for smaller yards. Of course, curbing is also aesthetically appealing and will require little maintenance. 

A Stone Garden Walkway With Concrete Curbing.

Who does concrete curbing

When you’re looking to edge your garden or landscaping, and want professionals to install your concrete curbing Waco and Temple, TX, you can always rely on the team at eSquared Asphalt Maintenance. We offer a full range of solutions to fit any budget. Find out more about how we can help or get a quote by calling 254-716-8685.

Does Adding a Driveway Increase Home Value?


What is the Best Type of Driveway to Have?

Driveway installation serves more than just a specific purpose for a home, it also adds both a curbside appeal and improved resale value. Being capable of improving the value of your property up to ten percent, you can also enjoy the possibility of deducting the improvement from your taxes depending on if you use your home for more than purely residential reasons. A driveway installation can also be considered a taxable home improvement when the driveway is improving a gravel or dirt driveway. So when you decide on getting a driveway for your home, there are multiple material options you can choose from:

  • Asphalt
  • Brick
  • Stone
  • Concrete
  • Gravel 
  • Cobblestone
  • Crushed Stone
  • Dirt

Each of these has their own qualities and advantages, however, some are considered not as capable as the others. Dirt and gravel, for example, are not considered an official improvement to your home. Both can break down and require particular upkeep depending on the details of the location of the home. The best two types of driveways are currently proven to be asphalt and concrete. Both are long lasting and tough against the elements. When you need driveway installation, you can trust e Squared Asphalt Maintenance to get the job done in your area. Call 254-716-8685 today to get your concrete driveway installed or repaired today.

Is it Cheaper to Asphalt or Concrete a Driveway?

As the longest lasting driveways, concrete and asphalt are the most commonly used driveways by homeowners in America. While asphalt tends to be cheaper, concrete lasts longer and needs less maintenance when correctly installed. With a working lifespan of at least thirty years, concrete outperforms asphalt which lasts at max twenty years due to its oil-based composition. To that extent, asphalt driveway repairs would exponentially build up faster than repairs you would need with concrete under normal circumstances.

While asphalt may have a sleek appearance for some homes, concrete offers a better implementation of a unique appearance or customization of the curb and driveway. For example, it can include stonework in the concrete, be patterned, or have a better overall appearance than the simple standard that comes with asphalt. Further benefits of a concrete driveway include:

  • Remains cooler and does not absorb as much heat from the sun
  • Easy maintenance
  • Handles heavier loads
  • Highly simple to maintain

With concrete especially, you can enjoy the ease of process when maintaining the appearance and upkeep of the driveway. At a minimum, you can sweep the surface and at most a concrete driveway can be cleaned off by using a hose and letting the aftermath dry in the sun. Concrete driveway installation can further improve your home with multiple more benefits if you choose us to install or repair it.

Do I Need a Permit to Widen my Driveway?

Driveway installation is a tricky process, perhaps a more difficult process is more so widening the driveway. For either, the process is dependent on the laws of the area for whether you need a permit to expand, install, or replace a driveway. eSquared Asphalt Maintenance is a trusted company that is certified to get the job done so you don’t have to stress about it. The reason we suggest that is the process even with a permit takes efficient planning and time. Your driveway is set up so that it can handle the weight of a heavy vehicle and should be where much of the water runs off onto so that the erosion around it does not bother the underside of the surface. Both the driveway installation and the widening process require the formation of concrete then paving it down correctly. When adhering to zoning regulation and site planning control, the driveway can end up as a beautiful part of your property. 


Can you Pave a Driveway Yourself?

You can never go wrong when hiring a professional company like eSquared Asphalt Maintenance in Waco and Temple, TX to take care of your driveway. However, doing the project yourself is absolutely possible with the right equipment and knowledge. It also requires more than one person, preferably a team or group of people that both can adhere to the safety precautions of such a process while knowing the steps.  

At a minimum amount, an installed driveway would need to be four inches in thickness if not reinforced. When the driveway is slab or concrete, there should be reinforcement especially when the soil is soft or is likely to erode even mildly. This can be done through materials such as galvanized steel or rebar that goes in during the pouring process that lays the concrete before making it an even and smooth surface. The surface should also have some slope to it to avoid standing water and encourage natural drainage. It should be remembered that improper installation is the primary reason concrete driveways fail and crack if not become malformed to the point that replacement is the necessary option. Instead of worrying about that, why not call us at 254-716-8685 today to schedule your appointment today for driveway installation.

How to pour concrete

concrete pouring

Can I pour my own concrete slab?

Concrete services like those eSquared Asphalt Maintenance in Waco and Temple, TX are done by trained professionals. While pouring your own concrete is absolutely possible, however, there are several particulars that must be considered before deciding whether you want to take care of the process. Take a driveway installation for example, the brunt of that and anything including concrete is digging out where the concrete will be laid. There then has to be some preparation on the freshly dug up ground before further steps are taken. If done incorrectly, freshly dried concrete can sink into the ground or break apart under strain, especially when it comes to a driveway. 

A concrete slab is something that is highly necessary for most construction jobs because it is the groundwork from everything from sidewalks to roads to buildings. In concrete services, a concrete slab is a flat measured out surface being culminated in metals and concrete. There are actually several different slabs with names that help amply describe the types which include:

  • Waffle slab
  • One way joist slab
  • One-way slabs on beams
  • Flat slabs
  • Flat plates
  • Bubble deck slab
  • Hollow core slab
  • Hardy slab

With several more than what is showed on this list, each type of concrete slab is specific in purpose. While a person can do the work on their own, there is a fair amount of training a person takes to become an expert in order to do it professionally.

Will concrete crack without rebar?

Rebar serves a purpose to keep anything built from concrete structurally sound and when it is in the form a concrete slab to help support the weight of whatever traffic that crosses it. When not included in the process, anything of significant size will suffer cracks and breaks due to the lack of rebar. Furthermore, due to the shifting nature found in dirt and soil, concrete service providers are in full agreement that rebar makes concrete structures last longer.

Especially in the case of four inch slabs and as already mentioned, rebar reinforces concrete structures. Just as well, rebar serves to save the owner a significant cost in future repairs whether it’s cheaper or higher cost support systems that can include rebar. The point of the matter is that modern concrete services and structures require a rebar system or something akin to it. 

Do you need gravel under concrete?

For any concrete structure big or small, a gravel base underneath the concrete slabs a necessary part of the project in order for it to last longer than the short term and be fully functioning. The reason being is that moisture and water doesn’t simply dry up on the concrete surface, but instead drains down underneath into the soil. With the shifting nature of dirt and soil, concrete will crack due to the gradual movement that will happen without gravel. A gravel base solves both problems by heavily dampening the shifting problem and giving it a proper method of drainage.

In clay soil, gravel is the best form of base underneath the concrete that will help drain pooling water. While not as good as gravel, sand also helps drain water that comes in from the top of the concrete. The preferred base of gravel or sand tends to be between four to six inches so to give plenty of room for drainage.

Should a concrete patio be anchored to house foundation?

Those unfamiliar with the technicalities of concrete services may see an opportunity in setting up a concrete extension on the foundation of their home or over old concrete structures. Unfortunately, that is highly recommended against by all experts unless several extra and expensive steps are taken. The reason being for the former is that the foundation of your home is set in place and established. When connecting a new structure, it will expand and move with the different temperatures of the year. It will also eventually crack your foundation due to being more susceptible to erosion in the soil underneath. When it comes to old concrete being used as a foundation, there will be several problems down the road that should be considered. Any cracks however small will transfer to the new concrete structure and will show visibly. You will also want a new foundation that will perform better and longer than what is already underneath the old concrete.

flattening cement

What’s the difference between a concrete slab and a cement slab?

This is a common misconception among those unfamiliar with the details that go into training for concrete services. Concrete is a mixture of several ingredients that can include paste and aggregates. The former is in fact water and cement that hold together the aggregates. Mixtures of aggregates with the paste can include gravel, sand, or crushed stone. The desired appearance largely defines the ingredients of the full mixture that will make up the concrete. For any concrete services and for more information, make sure to contact us before considering doing the job yourself. Call us at 254-716-8685 today to get more information and to set up an appointment for our concrete services.

How Often Should a Parking Lot be Sealed?

pavement sealcoating for long term use

Improving and Extending the Life of Your Lot

Does your asphalt driveway have a few minor cracks or holes in it? Has your asphalt parking lot lost quite a bit of shine from its original appearance? Depending on how old your lots are, you may not need to completely remove the asphalt and replace it. Instead, you may be able to get away with sealing or coating it. Connect with eSquared Asphalt Maintenance today to see if you qualify for pavement sealcoating in Waco and Temple, TX. Dial 254-716-8685 to get started. 

Paving and Sealcoating: What is It?

There is a difference between paving and sealcoating options. If you are paving an area, you are adding a whole new layer of concrete or asphalt to the area. If you are completing an asphalt pavement sealcoating, you are adding protective coating over the asphalt. This protective layer will provide adequate protection from water, oils, and even U.V. damage. If your asphalt lot is in relatively good condition, then sealcoating will also provide a certain amount of crack repair and maintenance. It will not be a solution for pothole repair, but minor issues can easily be filled to provide a seamless and even surface. Along with this, there are a number of other advantages to sealing an asphalt pavement area. Overall, this is something anyone with an asphalt lot or area should consider. While it is an investment, it’s one that pays off over time. To learn more, contact eSquared Asphalt Maintenance. We are the leading experts in your area and can help you with any paving or sealing need.  

pavement sealcoating

Benefits of Pavement Sealcoating

Pavement sealcoating solutions can offer a whole host of benefits to both commercial and residential property owners. Asphalt surfaces can easily become damaged with excessive traffic and exposure. With a sealing service, you can experience advantages such as:

  • Minor Repair Service: With sealcoating pavement maintenance, you’ll be able to see minor repairs and issues easily dealt with. Coatings like this fill in minor cracks and holes to provide a level surface that will be able to withstand just about anything.
  • Protection: Additionally, a sealcoating application will protect your asphalt area from several damaging elements. Things like oxidation, erosion, UV rays, water, oils, gasoline, and more can result in serious problems to an asphalt lot or driveway. On top of that, a coating makes your lot non-porous, which means that dirt, gravel, and other damaging items won’t be able to collect in holes or cracks. 
  • Clean and Even: With an even coating, your asphalt lot will have a consistent, even surface. This is important for a variety of reasons. For starters, you won’t have to worry about things becoming lodged or damaged within the surface. More than that, you’ll be better able to sweep and clean the area, reducing the need for expensive maintenance services.
  • Inexpensive: Yes, the cost to seal your asphalt lot every few years is less expensive than regular repair services. That’s because, as mentioned, sealcoating pavement maintenance helps to extend the life of your lot. This is done through protection from the elements as well as through filling and prevent future cracks. 

Sealcoating your asphalt lot will provide incredible benefits that you can rely on. Though it won’t help if your property has been affected by storms and needs commercial water damage cleanup, a sealcoating service is a great way to finish that process. With lasting results that you can trust, pavement sealcoating can help you much more than you may realize. Connect with eSquared Asphalt Maintenance for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is sealcoating asphalt necessary?
    • Generally speaking, no, sealcoating is not a necessary act or service your asphalt lot may need. That in mind, sealing the asphalt can provide a number of benefits that you may not otherwise experience. 
  • What is pavement sealing?
    • Sealing pavement refers to the process of adding a protective layer to asphalt-based pavements. This protective layer provides protection from the elements including water, oils, and UV damage. It can fill in minor cracks to provide an even surface as well. 
  • What is the difference between paving and sealcoating?
    • With sealcoating, a contractor is applying a layer of protective material that will guarantee lasting results. You’ll have an asphalt lot or sidewalk that is incredibly durable and long-lasting. With paving, you are essentially adding a whole new layer of asphalt to an area. While this can be good, it can also be incredibly detrimental to the life-span of your lot. 
  • Does sealing asphalt extend life?
    • Yes, this process will help to further extend the life and appearance of your lot. Sealcoating helps to improve the physical look of an asphalt lot, but it does more than that. It can also add several years to the time and use you’ll be able to get out of it as well. 
  • How often should asphalt be sealed? 
    • For an asphalt lot, you should schedule to reseal the lot once every three years. This will help to avoid any damages caused by traffic, foot traffic, the elements, oils, and more. 
parking lot with pavement sealcoating

Call to Schedule a Consultation Today

Call our team today about pavement sealcoating in Waco and Temple, TX. A eSquared Asphalt Maintenance representative is available now at 254-716-8685. We look forward to hearing from you. 

What is the Best Way to Fix a Pothole?

pothole in the road collecting water

The dreaded pothole

As you’re driving down the road and your car hits a pothole (or actually, your car “falls into” a pothole), and then another and another, etcetera, etcetera, do you wonder to yourself “who pays for pothole repair and why aren’t they repairing these?”, isn’t part of your property taxes go towards pothole repair? Or is there a pothole repair company to call? 

No doubt about it, potholes are an evil that we must deal with every day, no matter where you live, work, or even in your own driveway. Potholes are here to stay folks, even if just for a short while. Just how much do you know about potholes and how pothole repairs are done? Probably not as much as you think, and we will answer some commonly asked questions with answers that will educate and inform you about these menaces. 

What is the best way to fix a pothole? 

Potholes typically are created by the roadways freezing and thawing. A crack gets started, water seeps under the top layer of asphalt, freezes, and thaws. Drivers are playing “dodge the pothole” or driving right through it and damaging the front-end or blowing out tires. 

Almost every day, you can find either a city road crew, county road crew, or state road crew patching potholes. The standard method used for pothole repair to dump a shovel or two of asphalt and go on to the next pothole. This method is an accepted and widely used one. Low tech – yes. Fast – yes. Effective – yes, for the time being. 

Just as with anything, there are improvements out there, such as infrared technology. This is using infrared heating panels that pre-heat the pothole and the surrounding area. The pothole is filled with warmed asphalt and the pothole and that surrounding area are raked then flattened by a roller.

Because the process is heating the road and the existing pavement around it, it creates a thermal bond, eliminating a cold joint where the patch doesn’t adhere. This eliminates any chance of water seeping under the asphalt to freeze, thaw, and reopen the pothole. While this method is new and hasn’t gone widespread yet, hopefully, it will one day make its way to your road with pothole repairs that last.

When it comes to how to repair a pothole in the gravel driveway and how to repair a pothole in an asphalt driveway, while it still a matter of water seeping under the upper layer as we described above, the pothole repair process is different.

  • You first need to be certain that there isn’t any foreign debris and loose stones in the hole. While you may think anything in the hole will fill it towards pothole repair, it also makes it difficult to level the driveway.
  • Next, you want the sides to be solid, so if they aren’t with a shovel, dig down around the sides until you reach a solid edge. This will make sure the filler gets compacted in the hole.
  • Once you have cleared the hole of debris and firmed the sides, fill the pothole with coarse gravel, leaving 3 inches from the top empty for a gravel driveway and 4 inches for a dirt driveway. Pack the gravel down with a 4×4 wooden post or steel tamper.  or a 4×4 wooden post.
  • Water the area down and compact some more in the same method described above. Repeat this process of pack/wet/pack until you have compacted the dirt to the level desired. If your driveway is gravel, fill those 3 inches with matching gravel, creating a small mound that will be smoothed to blend with the surrounding area, then rack and blend.

What are the 5 construction methods used to fix potholes?

To make the roadways better and less bumpy, there are 5 different construction methods that are used for pothole repairs, making for a smoother future. The process needs to start with asphaltic patch materials that contain an aggregate and a binder available in cold or hot forms at the asphalt plant. 

  • Throw-and-roll: This is the most basic and common method for pothole repair. The asphaltic patch materials are placed into the pothole and packed down, usually by driving a heavy vehicle back and forth over it. This method has a high rate of failure, meaning the hole will reopen in a short time. 
  • Semi-permanent: This is a better method than the name suggests for pothole repairs. The pothole is cleared of any debris and water and the sides are trimmed back so they are a clean cut. Then the patch mix material is placed in the hole, packed down using a vibratory plate or vibratory roller.
  • Spray-injection: This method requires specialized equipment. Any debris or water is blown out of the hole and then a tacky binder coat is sprayed on the bottom and sides of the pothole. Next, an aggregate and asphalt are blown into the pothole and covered with an aggregate layer.
  • Edge seal: The throw-and-roll repair method is used for pothole repairs by filling the hole and it is compacted down by a heavy vehicle. It is finished off by laying a ribbon of tacky asphaltic material along the edges so that the patch and surrounding payment are overlapped. Sand is then spread of the tacky product so that cars can drive over it.
  • Full-depth roadway: This has proven to be the most efficient method for pothole repairs, it is also a complex method. The process begins by pulverizing the old asphalt, mix it with cement and water, and compact it to create a base that will have asphalt or concrete. In the end, it is replacing old pavement with new pavement that is made of recycled pavement.

How much does it cost to fix a pothole?

This is an age-old question, probably as old as having roads became standard. And the answer is different depending on who you ask. It is dependent on which of the methods we’ve discussed in this article is used, or some other method. It depends on the location and the size of the hole.  Here are some general numbers regarding the cost of pothole repair:

  • The American Society of Civil engineers estimates to repair the highways and bridges in this country, the cost is just under $3 trillion.
  • Vehicle repairs are the number one result of potholes for replacing/repair ribs, shocks, struts, frontend alignment per person, average $400 a year per driver.
  • American business is expected to lose as much as $200 billing by 2022 due to bad roads.

Can you fix potholes in the winter?

You know how you need to do preventive maintenance all along for your home to make sure bigger problems aren’t created – like roof repair? The same would be if we build roads in a way that pothole repairs wouldn’t be an issue.

Unfortunately, that’s not where we are, so to answer the question: Winter weather impedes pothole repairs. However, there is a temporary fix using a cold patch asphalt. So, yes, depending on whether the road is covered in ice or snow, a temporary fix is possible. 

A patch over a pothole

Can you fix potholes yourself? 

In your own driveway, yes. On public roadways and streets, no. Believe it or not, being a good Samaritan and using your own materials to complete a pothole repair on a road you travel can get your fined, ticketed, and in some cases, thrown in jail. Why? 

Well, first, you pay taxes for this to be done, remember? Second, it is a safety issue. What if you’re bent over doing pothole repair and an inattentive driver comes flying down the road, looks at their cell phone for a split second?  You guessed it, not a pretty ending for you or that person, and it also opens the city/county/state up for lawsuits. 

Okay, so if the city, county, and state would just do what they say they will do with the money we pay in taxes and do the pothole repair, that would make life easier. However, it doesn’t look like it will happen overnight. So, what can you do, since you can’t make pothole repairs on your own? Attend community meetings, vote your voice for those you believe will take this problem seriously. Other than that, be aware, drive slower and encourage others to do the same. Reach out to eSquared Asphalt Maintenance for pothole repair in Waco and Temple, TX by dialling 254-716-8685.

Can Broken Concrete Be Repaired?

A Cracked Concrete Sidewalk.

Concrete Repair Vs Replacement

One of the biggest issues that you will see with concrete sidewalks, driveways, and even parking lots is that they can crack. If cracks form in concrete, then they will just get worse over time. The best solution for this is getting concrete repair. A lot of people ask, “What is concrete repair?” is when a contractor repairs concrete that has broken or become damaged over time. When it comes to concrete cracks, there is the choice to either repair or replace the concrete. If the damage is not too extensive, then its better to just repair the concrete. In situations where the concrete is incredibly damaged and cracked, then concrete replacement might be the best solution. When it comes to repairing concrete, you can either seal it or patch it. Another thing that people ask is, “What is concrete patching?”concrete patching is when that specific area is patched up with repairs. If there are concrete cracks or the concrete is broken, then these are the steps to repair it.

  • Break Away the Concrete Crack: You will want to make the crack wider using a chisel; you will also want to remove any loose concrete.
  • Remove Rubble From Concrete Crack: Use a wire brush and an industrial vacuum to remove rubble, dust, and other debris from the crack.
  • Get Patching Compound Ready: After your clean and remove debris from the cracks, then you will want to mix your patching compound.
  • Put Patching Compound in Concrete Crack: Start putting the patching compound into the cracks and make sure the compound is deep in the cracks.
  • Smooth the Patching Compound: Smooth out the compound so the surface of the concrete is smooth, or use a tool to give the concrete some texture.
  • Allow Patching Compound to Cure: Based on the patching compound directions, you will want to let it cure.
  • Seal the Area: To make sure that the patching is protected, you will want to seal it for extra protection.

Concrete Repair for Driveway

Concrete driveways see a lot of wear and tear due to cars driving on them, as well as constant contact with outside elements. If you have issues with your concrete driveway, you might be wondering “Can you repair concrete driveway?” If the damage isn’t substantial, then concrete driveways can be repaired. When the concrete is too damaged, then it need to be completely replaced or resurfaced. Below are common issues with concrete driveways and how they can be repaired.

How Do I Fix My Crumbling Driveway?

If you notice that you concrete is starting to crumble, then you will want to get it repaired right away. The first step to repairing a crumbling concrete driveway is to remove the crumbling concrete and the use a high pressure hose to wash away any dust or debris. The next thing you will want to do is apply either a bonding or primer agent onto the surface of the concrete. After it is applied look at the directions to see how long the curing process is. Once it has dried, then you will want to apply repair mortar. Spread it over the area and make sure its nice and smooth.

How Do You Repair Hairline Cracks in Concrete Driveway?

Hairline cracks in your driveway aren’t as severe as big cracks, but it is still important to repair them right away. The good thing about repairing hairline cracks in concrete is that it doesn’t require specialty equipment. If there is any loose concrete around the cracks, then you will want to clear that away, as well as use a brush and vacuum to remove dust and other debris from the cracks. After the cracks have been cleared away and cleaned of loose concrete, then you will want to use a masonry crack filler or a concrete patching compound to fill in the hairline cracks. When the cracks have been filled in, you will use an instrument to smooth the filler or compound so that its smooth and flesh with the surface of the concrete.

Can Old Concrete Be Resurfaced?

Cones and Caution Tape Around a Finished Concrete Project.

Does Resurfacing Concrete Last?

If you have an old concrete driveway, sidewalk, or parking lot and are wondering if resurfacing would work to make it look brand new, the answer is yes! It will basically be the same process as concrete repair, but you’ll be using a resurfacer over damages and cracks. If concrete resurfacing is done correctly, then it should be able to extend the life of your concrete sidewalk, parking lot, or driveway. If you are in the market for concrete repair in Waco and Temple, TX, then you can call eSquared Asphalt Maintenance at 254-716-8685! Just like you need a roofer when you are needing metal roofing, you will need professional technicians who know how to perform concrete repair service the right way. Fortunately, our team has the experience and skills to offer the best concrete services in the area. Give us a call to schedule an appointment today!

What Lasts Longer Asphalt Or Concrete?

A Picture of an Empty Parking Space in an Asphalt Parking Lot.

Which One Will Work for Your Parking Lot?

Are you looking to have a parking lot installed at a grocery store, convenient store, office building, or a shopping center? You might be wondering if you should consider an asphalt parking lot or concrete parking lot. Many people ask what is asphalt parking lot and a concrete parking lot. An asphalt parking lot is when a parking lot is filled and paved with asphalt, where a concrete parking lot is when a parking lot is filled and paved with concrete. When you invest in a parking lot, you want to make sure you are choosing the right material, which is why a lot of people ask which one lasts longer, asphalt or concrete. Concrete is going to last longer than asphalt by five or 10 years. Concrete parking lots can last up to 20 or 40 years, while asphalt parking lots last 15 to 30 years. The lifespan of a parking lot is important, but it’s also important to consider other factors. Although concrete is going to last longer and is durable, asphalt parking lots cost less and when they reach their lifespan there is no need to remove the base, as it can be resurfaced. Choosing between the two will depend on what you are looking for in a parking lot.

Asphalt Vs Gravel Parking Lot

Another option that people consider when selecting a material for their parking lot is gravel versus asphalt. When it comes to parking lots, asphalt tends to be a lot better than gravel. A lot of people love gravel for driveways, but they tend to not work that well for parking lots. This is because the surface isn’t as smooth and requires more maintenance. Asphalt, on the other hand, is a wonderful parking lot option. Here are some of the benefits of asphalt parking lots.

  • Easy Installation: Installing an asphalt parking lot doesn’t take a lot of time (only a few days) so its an easy and quick installation.
  • Cost-Effective: Because of how quick it is to install an asphalt parking lot, it can make this option more affordable.
  • Eco-Friendly: Asphalt is considered an eco-friendly choice because asphalt can be recycled and reused.
  • Reduce Noise: You are able to reduce the noise of traffic when you choose asphalt for your parking lot.
  • Increases Safety: Because of the smooth pavement and contrast of white lines on the asphalt, it can make it easier for drivers to see where to park and drive.

Does Sealing Asphalt Extend Life?

We all want to do what it takes to extend our asphalt parking lots, which is why a lot of people invest in sealcoating. Just like roof coatings are used to protect the surface of the roof, sealcoating protects the surface of a parking lot. It’s actually not too necessary, but it can do a lot for your asphalt parking lot. Sealing the surface of an asphalt parking lot, it can protect the asphalt from ice, oxygen, rain, ice, and fluids from your cars like gas, oil, or antifreeze. These things can make asphalt parking lots brittle and crack, but with seal coating, you can prevent this from happening and increase the lifespan of the parking lot.

How Often Should You Repave a Parking Lot?

When you have a broken asphalt parking lot, you might be wondering if it needs to be repaved. Repaving an asphalt parking lot is going to depend on a few factors. Asphalt parking lot repaving should be considered when the parking lot is 20 or 30 years old, the underlying base is damaged, or it would take too much time to patch damaged areas. If your asphalt parking lot is coming up on 20 years or more, it might be a good idea to call someone to have it repaved.

What Is Resurfacing Parking Lot?

A Picture of a Car Parked at an Asphalt Parking Lot.

How Much Does It Cost to Resurface a Parking Lot?

While repaving a parking lot requires removing all of the asphalt and replacing it with new asphalt, resurfacing is a lot less involved. If you need your asphalt parking lot resurfaced, what that means is that new asphalt is being added on top of the old asphalt. When you resurface asphalt parking lots, you need to make sure the old asphalt is nice and smooth, so cracks and holes will need to be sealed. Next, the asphalt will be added. Many people ask, “How thick should asphalt parking lot be?” new asphalt should be 1 1/2 inches to 3 inches. After the new asphalt is added, a rolling machine will flatten the surface of the asphalt to make sure it is smooth. If you are interested in parking lot maintenance for your asphalt parking lot in Waco and Temple, TX, call eSquared Asphalt Maintenance. People tend to ask, “What is parking lot maintenance?” it is a service used to prevent damages happening to your parking lot. If you would like to make an appointment, call us at 254-716-8685!