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By constantine70043805, Feb 6 2020 12:41PM

Pavement Maintenance – Prevention or Repair?

The phrase “pavement maintenance” can mean a lot of things, ranging from simple cleaning or restriping up to fixing severe distresses like potholes and washouts. Maintenance can also involve different approaches, based on whether the emphasis is on repairing distresses or preventing them before they happen. We’ll explore the essential concept of pavement maintenance and the different types of activities that fit under this umbrella.

Maintenance Work and Pavement Life

One goal all maintenance activities have in common is extending the life of the pavement. Pavements are increasingly being designed for longer service lives, and longer-lasting pavements mean more opportunity for maintenance over the life of the pavement structure. To demonstrate the value of a long life pavement, it needs to show a lower life cycle cost than traditional alternatives, factoring in both the initial construction cost and ongoing maintenance over its functional life. In this approach, keeping pavement maintenance costs down is helpful to the success and viability of the design. That doesn’t necessarily mean that maintenance should be less frequent, but the maintenance activities must be cost-effective.

An important aspect for cost-effective maintenance over the pavement life cycle is the selection and timing of maintenance activities. Using the right maintenance treatment at the right time will help you get the maximum benefit. This depends partly on the condition of the pavement and where it is in its life cycle.

Under most circumstances, the condition of a pavement over time can be represented by a curve similar to the one shown above. The worse its condition gets, the more expensive the treatment required to restore the pavement to good condition, so you want to apply an appropriate treatment in the right general area on this curve. A relatively inexpensive preventive maintenance treatment earlier in the pavement’s life cycle, while it may only bring a slight improvement in the condition of the pavement, still makes a tremendous difference if you consider that it may postpone or avoid the need for a much more expensive treatment later on.

Categories of Pavement Maintenance

There are several categories of pavement maintenance activity, and the concept is also often discussed in connection with related topics, including pavement preservation, rehabilitation, and reconstruction. To better understand pavement maintenance, it helps to have an idea of how these terms are commonly used, otherwise they may seem overlapping and confusing. The following definitions are used by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA):

Pavement preservation: Programs and activities employing a network level, long term strategy that enhances pavement performance by using an integrated, cost-effective set of practices that extend pavement life, improve safety, and meet road user expectations.

Pavement rehabilitation: Structural enhancements that extend the service life of an existing pavement and/or improve its load-carrying capacity.

Pavement reconstruction: Replacement of the entire existing pavement structure by the placement of the equivalent or increased pavement structure.

Pavement maintenance is normally distinguished from pavement rehabilitation, because maintenance treatments do not significantly change the structural or load-carrying capacity of the pavement. Preventive maintenance is one of the biggest components of a pavement preservation program, while other types of maintenance may not be considered preservation. Here are some definitions the FHWA uses for different categories of maintenance:

Preventive maintenance: A planned strategy of cost-effective treatments to an existing roadway system and its appurtenances that preserves the system, retards future deterioration, and maintains or improves the functional condition of the system (without significantly increasing the structural capacity).

Corrective maintenance: Activities performed in response to the development of a deficiency or deficiencies that negatively impact the safe, efficient operations of the facility and future integrity of the pavement section.

Routine maintenance: Work that is planned and performed on a routine basis to maintain and preserve the condition of the system or to respond to specific conditions and events that restore the system to an adequate level of service.

Preventive maintenance is most effective when a pavement is structurally sound and exhibits little or no distress. Examples of preventive maintenance activities include surface treatments such as chip seals or slurry seals, along with thin (non-structural) overlays. When pavement distress is already present, repairs in the form of corrective maintenance may be more appropriate. This includes treatments such as pothole repair and patching, along with joint replacement or slab replacement for rigid pavements. Smaller activities like cleaning roadside ditches or crack filling may be considered routine maintenance.

Prevention and Repair

Ideally, pavement maintenance would be mostly preventive, so that the pavement surface is always in good shape and distresses are never present. A well-planned maintenance program, in conjunction with a pavement management system, can help achieve this in a cost-effective way. At the same time, it’s wise to ensure that you have the capacity to make repairs when necessary. This will help you respond to unforeseen developments and maintain the structural integrity of the system. You might say that a complete pavement maintenance philosophy isn’t just about prevention or repair, it should cover both.

Sources: https://pavementinteractive.org/

By constantine70043805, Mar 15 2018 12:07PM

Money

Sealcoating will lower your cost on asphalt over time. Taking care of your pavement will prevent costly repairs or replacement. Maintenance is the name of the game. Just like changing the oil in your vehicle. Sealcoating helps protect your asphalt surface for pennies on the dollar. Asphalt exponentially deteriorates if you do not address any issues. Asphalt contains oils, sand, and aggregate. Over time without protection those oils will dry out and begin to oxidize. Asphalt is naturally flexible. Overtime it will lose its flexibility and either crack or become brittle which can lead to unraveling.

Weather

Sealcoat protects the asphalt surface from the sun. The sun has UV rays which will cause the damage like I had talked about above. Think of it as a more permanent Sun block. It also acts as a water barrier. Providing a smoother surface for water to run off your surface into proper drains rather than creating damaging pot holes or cracks.

Chemical Protection

Asphalt sealer acts as a protective coating to all chemicals. Some of the more popular include salt, motor oil, antifreeze, gas or diesel. These chemicals provide properties to aid in the deterioration of your asphalt surface.

Appearance

Naturally sealer looks amazing on any residential and commercial application. The asphalt gets that clean jet black look it has right after it has been paved. It makes any home or parking lot instantly stand out.

I have included an estimated cost savings over time with regular asphalt maintenance. Do not hesitate to address and asphalt issues you may have. With anything it gets worse overtime and before you know it you may wish you had acted upon reading this article. Don’t let me say I told you so.

There is also a good illustration of how the sealer acts as a barrier/protectant to the asphalt

Spring is around the corner, well see you soon!

pavement life cycle
pavement life cycle

illustration unsealed VS. sealed
illustration unsealed VS. sealed

By constantine70043805, Oct 9 2017 03:27PM

We recently paved a driveway for a customer who had an awful Angies List experience. Our customer went on Angie' List thinking he would find a well trusted paving company to pave his driveway. Unfortunately the company he hired removed the existing asphalt and never showed up again. The owner continuously gave him dates and kept missing his deadlines. He gave excuses such as his paving box broke down, he didn’t have enough help, he would come when our customer wasn’t home etc. 3 months went by and our customer had finally had enough. He decided to give us a call. Our customer explained his situation and we were able to get it graded and paved in a timely fashion.


As far as I know you have to pay to be a part of Angies List. Meaning any contractor can join. Most of the time I would believe a contractor would pay to join a group because his work product does not speak for itself and is having trouble finding business. I know you have to pay to be a part of Home Advisor as well. These groups sound good on paper but when it comes down to it can they really deliver? In my opinion the better contractor’s don’t need to be a part of these organizations in order to drive business. Obviously everyone has their own opinion and can form their own assumptions. When hiring a contractor usually your local contractor would be the most trusted and loyal in your community. Your local contractor usually has ties to the community. We put our last name on everything we do. With that comes a social responsibility to our family and our customers. We understand the future of our business heavily relies upon our work product we create today.


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By constantine70043805, Jul 14 2017 01:35PM

I am proud and extremely honored to announce Constantine Sealing Service has been named to Pavement Maintenance and Reconstruction Magazine's TOP 50 Contractors list in 3 categories; Pavement repair, Sealcoating, and Line Striping. The list is made up of contractors across the country who all meet a certian criteria determined by the editors.


This is the second year in a row that we have made the list and it is a humbling experience. It honestly keeps me motivated to make it again next year. This list shrunk from 75 contractors to 50 this year. There are alot of pavement concrators across the country and let alone in Connecticut. As the competition gets bigger and the list gets smaller we have to adapt to changing market conditions.


My fathers work ethic is unmatched and is the biggest reason we have been fortunate to make this list 2 years in a row. With out him this doesnt exist nor do we even come close to this honor. I would like to personally congratulate him on his current and continued success!



You can check out the article online by clicking here or the top 50 lists by clicking here

By constantine70043805, Mar 27 2017 02:41PM

I have dealt with contractors most of my adult life. From having five years experience in the insurance industry, working with home improvement contractors daily, to becoming a contractor myself and working in the industry. You get to meet all types of people. Most contractors are honest, hard-working people like you and me, but for all of the good guys come a few exceptions. Contractors will get greedy and figure out how to cut corners. I have put together a list of what I think is the most important qualities to look for when hiring a contractor, whether it be for asphalt or any trade.

1)Do your homework!

As a kid growing up I hated homework. Now a days its way easier. You can get any answer you want on the internet. I wouldn’t go with the first answer you see but take some time and do some research. Possibly ask for a reference sheet from the contractor to see some other work that has been completed. The internet has a wealth of knowledge.

2)Is the contractor adequately Insured and licensed?

Most trades require a license and you will most certainly want to make sure they carry proper insurance as well as workman’s compensation. Some types of work will require bonds and permits. You have every right to ask to see these documents.

3)Check to see if the contractor is involved in any litigation issues!

Make sure there are no previous issues with the contractor you hire. There is always two sides to every story but just be aware of what you could potentially get into.

4)How many years has the contractor been in business?

Is a good way to tell how reputable the contractor is? If you’re doing poor work eventually word will spread and your company is likely to go out of business. With time also come experience. You can assure yourself your contractor isn’t a rookie

5)What does the contract look like?

Does the contract go into detail or is it vague and unclear. The described work should be clearly outlined. You will want to have a conversation with the contractor to make sure you understand exactly what you’re getting.

6)Ask about payment terms?

Contractors generally require a down payment and final payment upon completion of the job. Make sure the terms of payment are clearly defined before you sign a contract.

7)How soon can this job be completed?

The good contractors usually have work on their schedule and may not be able to start yours right away. If timeliness of your job is more important to you, you can ask if there is anything they can do to squeeze you in. Be mindful that the contractor may have other work in front of yours which is usually a good thing.

8)Understand that price usually affects quality!

The lowest priced contractor may not necessarily be the best contractor to complete your work. Usually the best price may fall somewhere in the middle. Depending on your financial situation this should be something to consider. Keep in mind if the price is too good to be true then it most likely is.

9)Use locally trusted Contractors!

And use your gut instinct. After meeting with your contractor the best game plan can be to go with who you feel is best fit for the job. Staying local will always boost value because most likely the contractor will guarantee quality. Seeing as he will want you to refer his work.

Asphalt contractors are notorious for running scams across the country. This probably isn’t news to you but some types of asphalt contractors to avoid would be:

1)The door to door salesman “trying to tell you he has left over asphalt to complete your driveway that day for cash”

2)Out of state license plates or unmarked trucks

3)Any verbal handshake as an agreement

4)Any time a contractor tries to push you into a quick, high pressure decision should be an absolute red flag.

5)Summer time is the biggest time for a scam so be aware if you are being solicited

With the above in mind, the future of our business relies on the quality, integrity, and work product we produce today. As the next generation (my brothers and I) are getting excited about the future of the business, we want to continue to improve as a company like my father has done for the last 38 years. Repeat business is the best business and that model will hold true for the rest of time.

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