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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!

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 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!

Spring has sprung! And with it comes warmer temperatures, flowers… and potholes. But how do potholes form and why are they more present in the spring?
Potholes are holes in the road that vary in size and shape, they are caused by the expansion and contraction of ground water after water has entered the ground under the pavement. When water freezes, it expands. Think of when you make ice cubes — a tray full of water is put into the freezer, and when you remove the tray from the freezer, the water has expanded.
This same effect happens when water gets into the ground under the pavement. If it has a chance to freeze, it will take up more space under the pavement and the pavement will expand, bend, and crack, which weakens the material pavement. When the ice melts the pavement contracts and leaves gaps or voids in the surface under the pavement, where water can get in and be trapped. If the water freezes and thaws over and over, the pavement will weaken and continue cracking. As the weight of cars and trucks pass over the weak spot in the road, pieces of the roadway material weaken, which cause the material to be displaced or broken down from the weight, creating the pothole.
What happens when salt is brought into the picture? Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit. When salt is used, it lowers the temperature at which water will freeze. This creates an artificial freeze-thaw cycle that permits more occurrences of the damaging cycle to occur. This happens more often in the spring because of the melting that takes place and because the temperatures fluctuating above and below the freezing point very frequently.
Source: Summit County Engineer’s Office, www.SummitEngineer.net

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