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As leaders in the St. Louis asphalt community, we believe it is imperative that we continue to bring forth new and innovative solutions to the pavement industry. One solution we’ve pushed forward involves runoff on paved surfaces. Runoff has always been a challenge for many property owners and facility managers, but it doesn’t have to be


Porous asphalt, an application used mainly in parking lots, is made up of stone, asphalt, and gravel that are combined to create a permeable surface. While this technique has existed since the 1970s, it was slow to take off due to many poor installations.


At Leritz & Busy Bee, our teams of professionals have been installing porous asphalt for a number of years, and let us tell you, there are a multitude of benefits.

  • Less runoff: As you know, the porous surface is pervious in nature and can infiltrate up to 80% of annual runoff when installed properly. So how can this benefit you monetarily, you ask? Well, because your annual runoff will be drastically reduced, the need for a large detention basin will as well. These storm basins are not only expensive, but require a large piece of land to build.
  • Longevity: Research shows that even after 20 years, porous paved surfaces show little to no cracking or splitting. We have noticed that the asphalt wears well and drains effectively for several years. Even though 20 years seems to be the average lifespan, it is not uncommon to see a porous surface last over 30 years. It’s all contingent upon the initial installation and whether or not the surface was properly maintained.
  • Environmental: Porous asphalt offers up a variety of environmental benefits including reduction of storm system basins and cooler asphalt temperatures. As we mentioned, 80% of runoff after a rain storm will pass through the asphalt, thus reducing the need for storm basins. Also, because porous requires less energy to manufacture it will significantly reduce emissions, odor and smoke.
  • Cost-Efficient: The overall lifetime cost of a paving project is greatly reduced when choosing porous asphalt. Not only will it last you at least 20 years, it will not require the need for a large storm basin. In some cases, the basin can be eliminated all together, thus saving you money and giving you more space.



For 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!

At Leritz & Busy, we truly understand the importance of maintaining a high level of productivity… regardless of the industry. That is why we are committed to offering asphalt solutions that have minimal impact on business operations. How do we do this, you ask? One word: planning.


Last year, Manheim St. Louis Auto Auction hired us for repair and replacement work at their 72 acre site in Bridgeton, Missouri. The complex houses thousands of vehicles and is open to buyers and sellers seven days a week. Closing the lot for an extended period of time would not allow them to fully operate, thus resulting in a loss of revenue.


In order to minimize the disruption of their operations, our team developed a strategic plan to complete the project. This plan included working directly with their facility management team to coordinate their daily activities so we wouldn’t interfere with the day-to-day operations.


As a result of our strategic planning, the Lertiz and Busy Bee team was able to complete the project on schedule with minimal impact to the ongoing business at Manheim St. Louis Auto Auction. Because the project was completed in such an efficient manner, we have been called upon to perform asphalt paving and repair work in other areas of the facility.


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!

In a previous blog entry, we explored an array of benefits that porous asphalt could bring to your next paving project. While we touched briefly on many of the benefits, we didn’t dive into examples of when porous could be put to proper use.


For many facility managers, controlling the runoff after a heavy rain can be a very trying task. The addition of porous asphalt to your storm management system will not only reduce your annual runoff by 88 percent, but will help eliminate those annoying puddles in the parking lot.


The way it works is quite simple. Once the old asphalt is removed, a series of perforated pipes are incorporated within an open-grated crushed limestone base in an effort to route the runoff to the closest storm drain. After construction of the base and piping, it is time to lay the asphalt. Because porous asphalt is permeable in nature, it allows the water to drain through the surface, down into the storm water management system. Porous asphalt will significantly reduce those pesky water puddles and extend the life of your asphalt. Unfortunately, porous asphalt is not designed for patching small areas.


For almost 30 years, the folks at Leritz & Busy Bee have been supplying the St. Louis area with innovative paving methods. Porous paving projects can be viewed on our website under our projects tab in the gallery. 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!

Who doesn’t love springtime in St. Louis? Cool nights at the ballpark, romps with the dogs in Forest Park and long bike rides down the Katy Trail… it doesn’t get much better than that! Speaking of the Katy Trail, have you noticed that the majority of walking/biking trails around the area are paved with asphalt? Yep, it’s true! Asphalt wins again!

If you’re not familiar with the world of asphalt, let us explain how opting to pave the trails with asphalt benefits everyone in the long run.

#1 Weather Resistant: Snow and ice during the winter months can wreak havoc on roads concrete pavement. However, asphalt is far more weather resistant. The petroleum content allows the asphalt to expand and contract without sustaining serious damage. If damage is sustained, the cracks can be easily fixed using emulsified liquids.

#2 Quick Maintenance: If you’re like many St. Louisans, you enjoy your local trail many times each week. If your trail goes under construction for repairs or expansion with concrete it could be weeks before it will reopen. With asphalt, the construction process is completed in literally a fraction of the time.

#3 Cost Efficient: Most local trails are either maintained by tax dollars or private funding. With that being said, wouldn’t it be a better use of your dollar to go with the option that is not only more durable, but cost-efficient, too?

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!

The Benefits of Warm Mix Asphalt

At Lertiz & Busy Bee, we’re dedicated to not only supplying superior paving solutions, but providing leadership in the asphalt community. When new technologies arise, it is our goal to educate customers on the benefits we could bring to their paving projects. In this blog entry, we would like to explore the slew of advantages warm-mix asphalt has over conventional paving methods.


Warm-mix asphalt gained notoriety in Europe several years back for its positive impacts on the environment. Since then several communities here in the U.S. have adopted the process—including St. Louis—making it a popular alternative paving method. In 2011, over 200,000 tons of warm-mix asphalt was laid in the tri-county St. Louis area alone.


While some of the advantages may seem obvious, here is a basic rundown of the benefits warm-mix asphalt can bring.


    • Reduction in emissions: VOC and CO2 can be reduced by up to 60%. This process allows the contractor to lower the temperature of the asphalt by over 50 degrees, thus dramatically reducing the production of greenhouse gases.

 

    • Energy Savings: It’s quite common for asphalt plants to see a reduction of over 30% in energy costs.

 

    • Less Fuel: Because the temperatures run so much cooler, less fuel is used during the mixing.

 

    • Less Odor: Traditional asphalt emits not only a cloud of smoke, but also a very strong odor. If you’re running a business that is open to the public, do you really want them greeted this way? Warm mix asphalt produces less odor and yields little to no gas during the paving process.

 

    • Safer: Working with traditional hot-mix asphalt can be a very dangerous process. With warm-mix asphalt, not only will the contractor be exposed to less odor and smoke, but the risk of severe burns is reduced.

 

    • Faster: Because the compaction process is quicker, it allows roads and parking lots to open up to traffic sooner. For any business, time is money. For example, the longer a retail parking lot is closed the longer it serves as a burden to its customers.

 

    • Less Cracks: The binding process requires less ageing, which in return will increase the longevity of the asphalt.

 

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 warm-mix asphalt, please feel free to reach out! Remember: for all your commercial and residential paving needs, think Lertiz & Busy Bee!

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