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For the past 30 years, we at Leritz & Busy Bee have remained committed to supplying the Saint Louis region with premium pavement solutions. Whether it be a simple patch job or new parking lot, our staff utilizes their combined experience of over 135 years to develop solutions that will fully benefit your paving project. So, what makes the Leritz & Busy Bee process different from the rest? Let us explain…

The Bid Request: When you call Leritz & Busy Bee you can expect one of our estimators to quickly return your request for an estimate. Upon your return phone conversation, our estimator will ask a series of project specific questions so we can determine what course of action is required. An appointment will then be set to discuss further details, view the project and present options.

Surveying the Site & Preparing the Bid: After the estimator has made a site visit, he/she will obtain various supplier and subcontractor quotes in order to complete a competitive bid. The broad background of our staff allows for us to devise a plan that will truly fulfill the needs of your site.

In many cases, the symptoms on the surface don’t always reflect the depth of the underlying problem. This is where our 100+ years of combined experience come into play. For example, we may receive a request for a simple patch job, but upon careful survey we determine base failure is present and a complete removal and replacement is needed rather than simple skin patching. Also, what might seem like extensive damage to your pavement might just be a simple cosmetic issue. Often time the extent of the damage on parking lots does not warrant a seal coat and money would be better spent towards overlaying a portion of the lot and budgeting the remainder of the work at a later time.

Finally, the estimator will send a quote to the customer via their preferred method of delivery. The estimator will follow-up with a phone conversation shortly after the bid arrives to review the details and answer any questions that the customer may have. Remember: not all bids are equal in scope and sometimes the lowest bid is not the best option for your particular project.

Business Impact: There are many factors to consider when evaluating bids – budget, understanding the needs of the property and business impact. The lowest bid is not always the “best” solution for your specific needs. One of the most important questions to consider when reviewing a bid is: will the day-to-day operations of my business be altered or disturbed, and is the contractor prepared and planning to help minimize the impact to my business?

In many cases, a repair, an overlay or a complete reconstruction must occur in the direct path of daily traffic. When this occurs, it is important that both the owner and estimator have a clear understanding of the business and the asphalt process being presented. At Leritz & Busy Bee, it is our firm belief to err on the side of over planning and over communicating. Through our level of experience, we are able to foresee any potential operational impact before the project even begins, thus allowing you to properly prepare.

Looking to spruce up your lot for 2013? Please feel free to drop us a line at 314-568-9863. We look forward to hearing from you!

Remember: For all your commercial and residential paving needs, think Lertiz & Busy Bee!

Do you remember the old Saint Louis adage, “If you don’t like the weather, stick around… it will be different tomorrow”? Those words couldn’t ring truer than during the winter months. As temperatures begin to drop, there is no better time than now to start preparing your pavement for the impending winter weather.

The winter months—if not properly prepared for—can wreak havoc on your pavement. Did you know that there are ways to save your pavement from Jack Frost’s bite? Here are a few trusty tips to keep in mind:

Marking Curbs for Snow Plows: Curbs can be replaced when damaged; however, the cost of these repairs can be in the thousands. Snow plow markers, which can be purchased at most local hardware stores, offer an effective, cost-efficient alternative to repairing your curb. The way they work is quite simple: place the markers at the corners of all islands, creating continuous visibility for the snow plow drivers. In fact, placement of these markers can be written into your snow removal contract.

Crack Filling: This is one of the most important actions to preserve aging asphalt surfaces. As cracks form in asphalt it allows water to penetrate the surface. Water penetration to the base and subgrade can cause extensive failure, resulting in expensive patching. During the winter months the freeze-thaw cycle accelerates the damages. A good crack maintenance program is essential to prevent these repairs. We recommend using crack fill on straight line cracks because the base is still relatively solid.

Potholes: Normal wear and tear, along with exposure to the winter elements, allows water to penetrate the base. As we mentioned earlier, when this happens the base will begin to fail, resulting in the birth of a pothole. Once the base is damaged and concentrated cracking occurs, crack filling is no longer an option. There are many options for pothole repair, please contact us for a consultation.

Stay Safe: Loose asphalt can present a slew of challenges for both pedestrians and drivers. Through regular maintenance, you can reduce the risk of falls, twisted ankles, damaged tires/suspension systems and any number of risks that come with a damaged parking lot.

If you would like to talk with us about project planning for 2013, please feel free to contact Leritz & Busy Bee via email or by phone at 314-568-9863.