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Your asphalt driveway is an investment. As with every investment – maintenance is key to long term use and quality. Winters in the Midwest can be very harsh. The elements can cause some real damage if not properly planned for. Here are some tips to keep your asphalt pavement strong and durable all winter long.

Enter Winter with a Clean Driveway

As fall is coming to an end, it’s important to stay on top of your driveway right now. Keep debris, leaves and twigs off your driveway as much as possible so you have less build up underneath the snow once it falls.

Seal Coat Your Driveway Every 2 – 5 Years

It is highly recommended to have your asphalt driveway professionally sealed every 2-5 years. Armored Asphalt uses top quality materials and superior workmanship to make the sealcoat last longer so you have less maintenance necessary.

Keep up on Stain and Oil Removal

Asphalt sealant will of course help protect your asphalt driveway from stains, but it doesn’t mean it’s a 100% barrier. It is still smart to get in the habit of cleaning up any spills that can stain the surface. This will prevent discoloration from happening, as well as chemicals to deteriorate the asphalt sealant and asphalt itself. You can use a pressure washer and chemical stain remover to clean these.

Pay Attention to Your Driveway

Your driveway can speak to you (so to speak). Watch for cracks to form and catch them early on. You can stop a crack from growing by filling it as soon as it begins. If you have a wider, larger crack or a web of cracks, this means the damage is a little further along. The top surface of your asphalt is deteriorating and may need a little more extensive repair or resurfacing.

Clear Snow and Ice as Soon as Possible

It is recommended to shovel or snow blow as soon as possible after each snowfall. Allowing multiple snow falls to happen and build up can allow a thick layer of ice to form. This ice can be harsh on your driveway and make for an even worse freeze-thaw process.

Contact Armored Asphalt for a Free Asphalt Sealcoating Estimate Today.

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It’s important for your asphalt seal coating team to work with the utmost professionalism and take every job seriously. Armored Asphalt is dedicated to using good practices every job we work. Here are a few reasons we can be proud of our company and our work:

We Care About Our Employees and Our Materials

Armored Asphalt’s applicator team is familiar with all of our product specifications and are careful to comply with the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) regulations. We always dress safely and professionally. We take pride in our safety and don’t allow anything but success and quality in everything we do from planning to materials to labor and everything in between.

We Care About Protecting the Environment

During the planning process, Armored Asphalt will be sure to communicate with you and visit the site. We will identify any environmentally sensitive areas or natural resources that may need extra care or protection.

We are also very conscious of the weather forecast. We know that if it rains shortly after application, we are at risk of wash off.

We NEVER dispose of loose or leftover emulsion down a drain, storm sewer or body of water. We are very careful of our clean up and disposal process.

We Care About Customer Knowledge and Care

Armored Asphalt will be sure to provide clear and detailed instructions for you during and after your asphalt seal coating project completion. We will make sure you are fully aware of how long to wait before allowing vehicles onto the fresh sealcoat surface. We will clean up completely after the job is complete. And we will make sure to answer any and all of your questions.

Armored Asphalt takes pride in good practices. We hold ourselves to high standards, and expect you to too.

Contact Armored Asphalt for your asphalt sealcoating estimate in Kenosha and surrounding areas today.

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The best way to prolong the life of your asphalt driveway is by sealcoating. Sealcoating minimizes cracking, provides protection from the elements and enhances visual appearance.

Asphalt driveways crack and discolor over time. This happens due to age, weather wear, traffic, etc. The damage process is faster with unsealed driveways. Once cracked or damaged, water from rain or snow fall will seep into the base and cause more damage. This can cause larger cracks or alligator cracks. It is sped up by the freeze and thaw cycle of the Midwest.

Sealing your driveway provides protection from this by sealing the pores of the porous material. By closing those pores, water is not able to penetrate as quickly.

Benefits of Sealcoating in Kenosha County:

The main benefit is the added protection that prolongs the life of your asphalt. It can prevent early replacement being necessary. Sealing your driveway can also enhance the appearance. It reduces fading and can make it look brand new again for a longer time. Sealing your driveway also allows for easier upkeep. You can clean oil or leaks from your vehicles much easier because the pores are sealed.

Hiring a Sealcoating Contractor

Some homeowners choose to seal their driveway on their own. This isn’t recommended because it is very important the right materials are used and it is done right. Sealing your driveway can be a decent sized investment and it would be unfortunate to invest and then not have it done properly. You also want to be sure to prevent any accidental further damage. Once you decided to hire a contractor to seal coat your driveway – you should ask the following questions:

What kind of sealant do you use?

Yes there are different kinds with different benefits and/or downsides.

How do you spread the sealer?

Yes, there are different ways to spread the sealer, and contractors that cut corners or take the easy route can cause sealing puddles or overlay

Will you repair existing cracks before applying the sealer?

With larger cracks it is important to start with crack filling before sealing

When can you start my sealcoating project?

It is important to have your sealcoating done when the weather is adequate. Typically anything over 60-65 degrees is suitable

Are you insured?

Armored Asphalt will be happy to answer any questions you have. We also apply 2 coats EVERY TIME, even on residential seal coating projects. Our number one goal is to extend the life of your asphalt to the fullest. Quality is never underrated.

Contact Armored Asphalt for your free asphalt sealcoating estimate today.

Summer time opens up a whole new world of activities for your family. Sun, hot weather, and time off of school leaves plenty of free time to get creative outside! But can some of our favorite summer activities cause harm to our paved surfaces? Lets break down a few and discuss why some may be harmful and what to do instead!

Chalk is typically made from plaster or talc and can be washed away quickly with some water. Does it cause damage? Absolutely not. However, be careful using it on freshly poured uncured concrete and asphalt. Freshly paved surfaces are more likely to stain with the added colorants and be harder to clean. 

The verdict? Potentially damaging, but it is very unlikely with a properly cured surface!

Fireworks can be done safely and without harm to asphalt and concrete, but it’s best to leave that up to the professionals. Beyond the obvious which is starting a fire, fireworks can leave behind damage on your paved surfaces. When one explodes, it leaks a chemical that can react with concrete and cause permanent staining. If the impact is too much for your pavement it can also cause cracks and holes. 

The verdict? It can be safe when left to professionals, but don’t be surprised if permanent damage is left behind. 

Pools are an exciting part of summer, and a lot of families (dad’s, we’re looking at you) want to protect their grass and may choose to put a pool up on a patio or driveway instead. Depending on the integrity of your pavement, you run the risk of cracks and other damages due to the weight of the water. A gallon of water is (on average) 8.8 lbs. So even a small 16’ x 48” pool has the potential to weigh over 45,000 pounds. The average mid-size sedan weighs 3,351 lbs. which means a pool is the equivalent of over 13 vehicles in your driveway. 

The verdict? Grass is a lot cheaper to fix than asphalt or concrete. We recommend taking precautions to protect your grass and finding a good spot in your yard for your pool!

Car work typically picks up more in summer time. Pay close attention to spills and leaks to prevent eccelorated deterioration of your paved surfaces. Grease and oil act as surfactants to the tar that holds the asphalt together making it weak and susceptible to cracks. 

The verdict? Car work is perfectly fine as long as you clean up any fluids promptly. 

Car washes are a popular afternoon activity when the weather is nice! Give your kids a bucket of soapy water and some sponges and let them have fun! But is soap harmful to asphalt? Nope! Mild dish detergent or soap wont harm your asphalt at all. 

The verdict? Washing your car in your driveway will actually help clean your asphalt! 

Sun rays can dry out asphalt and reduce the flexibility. This can cause cracks and potholes to form. Obviously it’s impossible to completely shield your pavement from the sun, but there are steps to prevent damage. The best way to prevent sun damage is to keep up with sealcoating! We recommend every 2-5 years!

The verdict? Sun is absolutely harmful, but proper care with reduce the effects!

Now that summer is finally here, get outside and enjoy the sunshine! Just remember to take care of your driveway in the process! Armored Asphalt is here to help with everything you need to keep your pavement looking fresh and last for many years to come! If you need asphalt repairs, maintenance, or installation in SE Wisconsin or Northern Illinois, call the professionals at Armored Asphalt today to discuss your project and to get a free estimate!

We use asphalt to get to work, home, family road trips, and pretty much anywhere we have to go! It is something that is a part of our daily lives, but we never stop to think about how its made! Asphalt is typically used for heavier traffic areas instead of concrete because of it’s durability and ease of installation. While concrete is often more aesthetically pleasing, it is much higher maintenance, more costly, and prone to cracks and other imperfections. Asphalt also can form cracks and daily wear, but it is a much simpler process to repair while concrete often needs to be replaced. Concrete is a ridged surface that doesn’t allow for any give when pressure is added. Asphalt is much more flexible and will give slightly when weight is added. 

The exact process of making asphalt may vary slightly depending on the manufacturer, but for the most part it’s pretty similar! 

First, what it is made of? 

Asphalt is made of two main components: Asphalt cement and aggregate. Asphalt cement is very different from the cement you used to make handprint stepping stones as a kid. Asphalt cement is the liquid form of petroleum. It has an extremely high viscosity which means it sits somewhere between a solid and a liquid in a dark, sticky mess! The aggregate is often made of sand, gravel, crushed stone, or rock dust. 

Did you know that different types of asphalt is used for each layer? 

Crazy, right?! The foundational layers are typically made with a bigger aggregate to form a more stable surface and more durability. The visible layers are made with a smaller aggregate to help it lay more smoothly and look a little neater! 

How is the cement and aggregate mixed? 

A “typical” ratio for cement to aggregate is 1:19 (or 5% cement and 95% aggregate), however that can vary depending on a few factors like weather and projected traffic. In hotter climates, harder asphalt would be used to reduce the amount of give which can cause potential cracks. In colder climates (like Wisconsin!), we use a softer asphalt to make room for freezing and expanding. 

Asphalt is typically manufactured at a local plant. It is mixed based on the needs of that specific project. It then gets blended in a large drum (also known as a pug mill or pugger!) and transferred to and brought to the project site using an asphalt paver or finisher. This is the piece of equipment that dispenses the mixture to be spread out and smoothed. This machine will keep the mixture at the precise temperature needed to get a proper application. 

What is the difference between hot asphalt and warm asphalt? 

Hot asphalt is the most common type of asphalt used. It is, as the name suggests, mixed at an extremely high temperature that has to be maintained throughout the entire process. Warm asphalt is slowly becoming more popular and is a much more eco friendly option. Instead of using high temperatures to mix, emulsifiers are used at warm temperatures to mix. This uses less energy, petroleum, and emits less harmful gasses.

So, in short, asphalt manufacturing is an extremely delicate and precise process that has no rules. Just kidding. Different projects will always have different requirements. Even on the same project site different mixtures and materials will be used! 

And the good news? It’s okay if absolutely none of this makes sense to you! That’s why there are skilled and experienced professionals that know exactly what you need! At Armored Asphalt, we got our start in asphalt installation because we noticed a huge lack of development and enginuity to improve out dated practices. We strive to make major improvements in our industry to offer better and longer lasting results!

If you need a professional asphalt contractor, give Armored Asphalt a call today to discuss your project and get started with a free estimate!