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Even the most well-designed asphalt pavement system can’t escape the damaging effects of Mother Nature. How can facility owners or building managers know which preventative maintenance strategies are best for them?
In relatively new pavement showing the beginning signs of deficiencies such as surface cracking, preventative maintenance can add years to the life of an asphalt pavement system. Planning a pavement maintenance program early on can save both time and money.
Here are some helpful processes for maintaining your commercial asphalt system:
Crackfilling – Crackfilling typically refers to the process of blowing out and cleaning cracks prior to installation of a crackfiller material. This is also known as the “blow-and-go” method. If properly done, crackfilling reduces the infiltration of water into the crack, which protects the pavement system from being weakened by moisture. Crackfilling should be used for wider-type, non-working cracks.
Cracksealing – The cracksealing process involves an additional step that’s highly recommended for longer-term performance, and involves routing of the crack. Cracksealing includes grinding out the crack to a wider, 0.5-inch by 0.5-inch to 0.75-inch by 0.75-inch square, providing a reservoir for the rubberized crackseal material.
Surface Treatments – There are many surface-treatment options to choose from. General categories of surface treatments include: coatings (asphalt or coal tar emulsions), penetrating or rejuvenating sealers or aggreagate-based seals such as slurry seals, chip seals and micro-surfacing.
Be sure to call Leritz / Busy Bee to inquire if any of these practices will work for your commercial pavement system!
Source: Buildings.com, full article at www.buildings.com/ArticleDetails/tabid/3321/ArticleID/6701/Default.aspx

Did you know that there is a world famous Asphalt Museum? Well neither did we – but there is!
The Asphalt Museums is actually more of a display located in the California State University – Sacramento office of Professor Scott Gordon. Gordon is a self-professed collector of asphalt and began the “museum” in the early 1990s.
The collection houses samples of asphalt form all over the world including one from the longest stretch of Route 66 in Arizona as well as samples from as far away as Tanzania, Italy and Scotland. After the museum became an internet phenomenon – it was listed for some time as a Wine Country attraction on Yahoo, people began sending in the samples from all over the world.
Gordon jokes that the museum is more of an internet joke than an actual museum but he counters that there are asphalt enthusiasts out there. The website not only details the collection but highlights art exhibits featuring asphalt as well. While it may not be an actual museum, we think it’s pretty neat. Check out this video from Scott Gordon and be sure to “visit” the World Famous Asphalt Museum…admission is free!
Video: http://video.answers.com/collectors-in-california-the-asphalt-museum-304058399
Website: http://ecs.csus.edu/~gordonvs/asphalt/asphalt.html