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At Leritz & Busy Bee, we provide specialized asphalt solutions to the commercial industry. Our paving process is prompt and cost-efficient, thus saving you time and money. How have we been able to do this, you ask? Two words: surface prep.

Once you have chosen an asphalt application it is time to begin phase one of the pre-pavement process: surface preparation. If the area is new, it is important that we dig a space deep enough to accommodate not only the asphalt, but the gravel base as well.

Speaking of the gravel base, it is vital that your base is the proper thickness. Asphalt gains strength from the rock base beneath. Determining the proper rock thickness will give your area a solid foundation and increase the overall lifespan of your pavement. A minimum of 6” of rock is recommended; however increasing your rock base will only make your pavement more durable. Also, it is very important that we compact the rock before we begin paving. Proper compaction equipment is essential, which will help prevent early settling and cracking of your pavement.

Also, please be vigilant in ensuring your contractor is applying a gravel base. Many “fly by night” contractors will try to cut corners in effort to save money, but a gravel base can simply not be forgotten.

For almost 30 years, the folks at Leritz & Busy Bee have been supplying the St. Louis area with innovative paving methods. If you have any questions regarding our asphalt solutions, please feel free to reach out. Remember: for all your commercial and residential paving needs, think Lertiz & Busy Bee!

While St. Louis weather is hardly predictable, there is one thing we can always count on: summer heat. As temperatures begin to rise, we begin to scramble to find ways to keep cool. At Leritz & Busy Bee, ensuring our employees are well hydrated and healthy is of our utmost concern. So what is our secret, you ask? Let us explain…

#1 Stay Hydrated: When temperatures begin to reach triple digits, it becomes extremely imperative that you make time for not only breaks, but quick hydro sessions. Although some may prefer sports drinks such as Gatorade we suggest opting for good old fashioned H2O. The high sugar content these drinks contain can cause you to overheat within an hour. Water truly quenches your thirst and will keep your body hydrated longer.

#2 Wear light colored clothing: It is no secret: dark colors attract the heat. During the summer months, you can feel the sun’s rays radiate off the pavement. In an effort to provide a healthy counterbalance, we encourage all our employees to wear light colored clothing. We can’t eliminate the heat, but we can put measures in place to make the day a little more tolerable.

#3 Know your limits: Last, but certainly not least—know your own limits. Everyone’s body is a little different and that means different precautions may need to be taken. Don’t overexert yourself. If you experience dizziness or blurry vision it is crucial that you seek medical attention immediately.

A final note: If you’re going through a construction zone this summer, PLEASE be cautious of roadside workers!

For almost 30 years, the folks at Leritz & Busy Bee have been supplying the St. Louis area with innovative paving methods. If you have any questions regarding our asphalt solutions, please feel free to reach out. Remember: for all your commercial and residential paving needs, think Lertiz & Busy Bee!