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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.

As leaders in the St. Louis asphalt industry, we feel it is our duty to provide more than just great paving solutions, but knowledge that everyone can utilize in preserving their parking lot. While asphalt is tough in nature, it will develop cracks over time. Unfortunately cracks are completely unavoidable; however they can be easily repaired.

In this blog entry, we explain exactly what goes into the repairing process.

#1 Clean the Surface: It is extremely important we clean any loose debris that sits within the cracks. Once we loosen all the broken asphalt using a heat lance or abrasion wheel, we will go over the infected area with a high pressure blower or power broom to remove any loose material.

#2 Fill the Cracks: We use hot applied rubberized crackfill material specifically designed for cracks in asphalt surfaces. This type of material is heated in large double wall burners and is usually only available to professionals in the asphalt industry. The proper material and equipment makes all the difference in preserving your asphalt surface.

#3 Let Dry: Crackfilled areas can be opened to traffic in a relatively short period of time. We do not recommend applying crackfill material in current weather conditions as the material will not set up properly and will remain “tacky” to foot and vehicle traffic. One of our pavement professionals will explain the necessary drying period before the project is completed.

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!

We’ve written before on the topic of asphalt sustainability, asphalt is one of the most recycled products in the United States. This recycled material can then be used for future projects.

Recycled asphalt is often referred to as reclaimed asphalt pavement or RAP. The material is removed and reprocessed from pavements that are currently undergoing reconstruction or resurfacing. The material then either undergoes a cold milling process or a full depth removal and crushing.

Large scale organizations, such as the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) use reclaimed asphalt and recycled tear-off shingles in many of their projects. The organization estimates that in 2009 they saved $20 million on resurfacing projects in which recycled asphalt was used. In addition to the substantial cost-savings, the use of reclaimed and recycled materials decreased the amount of items headed to Missouri landfills.

The leaves are beginning to change color and there is an invigorating briskness to the air; take advantage of the ideal conditions to tackle some outdoor maintenance with this checklist.

  • Remove, clean and store your outdoor furniture and accessories
  • Prepare for a summer’s busy outdoor entertaining schedule by sanding and staining deck and patio surfaces now
  • Spruce up your landscaping by replacing mulch or rocks and planting hardy bushes that can withstand colder temperatures. Fall is also a great time for grass to take root, so consider reseeding any sparse areas.
  • Clean your gutters before the weather makes it more difficult, removing all debris so that water from rain and melting snow can drain properly.
  • Get a jump start on your holiday decorating and minimize exposure to harsh elements by hanging your Christmas lights now!

While it may be tempting to hang out indoors and watch football, you’ll be glad you took care of these tasks while the weather was nice. Happy autumn from Leritz and Busy Bee!

Exploding Pavement?

Recent record-setting heat is causing serious problems in some parts of the country; recent pavement blowups in Iowa have forced the Department of Transportation to issue a warning to motorists, urging them to pay special attention to pavement surfaces when driving in temperatures above 90 ° F.

Pavement blowups occur when a wet period is followed by periods of extreme heat. Water stays in the cracks in pavement surface, then thermal expansion forces the pavement to buckle and shatter. The blowups pose a safety risk for motorists as well as costing the state additional money for repairs. The Iowa Department of Transportation estimates that pavement blowups cost the state $400,000 annually in road repair as well as an additional 2-4,000 hours of manpower making temporary repairs.

Motorists are urged to use caution and reduce speed when approaching broken pavement areas.

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