Asphalt Information

September 24, 2011 by  
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A Little About Asphalt

Asphalt pavement may be one of the most taken for granted substances in a busy and mobile society like ours. We drive on it, walk on it, park our cars on it – even play basketball or tennis on it. But most of us rarely think about what the world would be like without this simple yet useful substance.

Even fewer people probably think much about where asphalt comes from. While the asphalt used on roads today is carefully blended in a mixing plant, the basic components come from liquid asphalt and rock.

Natural asphalt – also called tar – is a petrochemical substance manufactured by the earth in much the same way as crude oil. Leftover organic material from eons past becomes tar in time and under great pressure. Sometimes this natural substance breaks to the surface of the earth, bubbling up from beneath the ground as it does at California’s famous La Brea tar pits. In fact, this natural asphalt has preserved many a dinosaur or mastodon for scientists to study tens of thousands of years later.

Asphalt is naturally water resistant and flexible, even when hard. It is ideal for road paving because it is viscous when hot, but solid when cool. So when this hot liquid is blended with crushed stone the result is a solid, moldable substance that can resist heat, cold, water and freezing. Today’s asphalt paving material is about 95% aggregate and sand. The remaining 5% is liquid asphalt – the glue that holds it all together.

ASPHALT SEALCOATING

April 14, 2011 by  
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What are Sealcoats?
 Sealcoats generally consist of a mixture of emulsified asphalt, water, mineral fillers,
 and various other admixtures.
 Sealcoats are applied directly to the surface of an asphalt pavement. They can be
applied by rubber squeegee, broom, or mechanical spray.
 Sealcoats serve to seal the top of the asphalt, preventing water from penetrating
the surface of the pavement and protecting the top layer of asphalt from oxidation and
wear caused by exposure to the sun and air. Sealcoats also beautify the pavement by
 providing a smooth, black, even surface ideal for painting lines and sweeping.
 Sealcoats are designed for off highway use where there are low traffic speeds
and tight turning radiuses such as parking lots, mobile home parks, schools,
 shoulders, etc.
 Sealcoats are different from slurry seals which use a much coarser aggregate filler
 and are designed for use on high speed areas with straight rolling traffic.
What causes asphalt pavement to fail?
 Assuming that the initial asphalt pavement was designed and constructed
properly, the primary cause of failure is the penetration of water
into the asphalt base.
 This process begins with the oxidation of the pavement surface which
causes the asphalt to dry and become brittle, this leads to the erosion
 of the top layer of fine particles and the appearance of larger stones
 and small cracks on the surface.
If left untreated these cracks grow over time and eventually allow
 water to penetrate to the base of the pavement.
 When water enters the base of the pavement the base material
moves and settles leading to further cracking and an "alligator
appearance".
When the pavement reaches this stage the only option is
removal and replacement of the old asphalt.
How does Sealcoating help?
 Sealcoating seals the asphalt pavement, preventing the
oxidation and erosion of the top layer of asphalt.
 On older pavements sealcoating replaces fine particles
lost from the asphalt surface due to oxidation.
 Sealcoating seals the small cracks that can turn
into large cracks and prevents water from seeping
down to the base material.
 Sealcoating helps protects the asphalt from the
sun as well as the harmful effects of chemical spills
such as oil and gasoline.
 Sealcoating provides an attractive black surface
 that is ideal for painting lines and other markers. 
 Sealcoating leaves a smooth, clean surface ideal
for sweeping, lowering cleaning costs. 
 Sealcoating costs pennies a square foot compared to
 the dollars needed to repair or replace damaged asphalt.
When Should sealcoating be done?
 Generally you should wait a few months before sealing new pavement to allow
it time to cure. The A.S.M.A. recommends waiting 6-12 months before
 sealcoating new pavement.
 After a surface has been sealed it should be re-sealed every 3-4
years or as necessity dictates.
Are all sealers the same?
 No.
Super Services LLc applies the industries best , a premium coal tar emulsion
combined with sand and an epoxy fortifier ending up with a industrial grade material
that is engineered to be a replica of the exact formula of protecting properties originally
 found in asphalt, assuring the maximum amount of rejuvenation and protection while allowing
the pavement to function as intended.