Asphalt is relatively simple to care for, however, there are a lot of myths about asphalt. When it is properly installed and maintained, an asphalt surface should last anywhere from 20 to 30 years depending on traffic and use. Here are some of the most common myths about asphalt and the truth about caring for your blacktop surfaces. 

Asphalt is bad for the environment.

Asphalt production and maintenance is continuously evolving. With recent advances, we are able to help protect the environment while still providing durable asphalt. The key is proper drainage to keep the environment around your parking lot or driveway from flooding. We also use high quality asphalt materials to prevent crumbling and waste. 

Asphalt isn’t durable. 

When done properly, asphalt should last anywhere from 20 to 30 years before it needs to be replaced. With proper care including sealcoating, crack filling, and patching. With the help of our high quality asphalt and protective maintenance, your asphalt will look great for many years to come. 

Asphalt needs a lot of maintenance.

The amount of maintenance you need is determined by two things: use and installation. If you have frequent traffic (like a retail parking lot) you will need maintenance more often. However, asphalt only needs Sealcoating every 3-5 years and repairs as they arise! 

Asphalt doesn’t need repairs. 

Many people believe that asphalt repairs are also suggested to improve the look of asphalt, but that isn’t farther from the truth. Damages in your asphalt can cause structural damages and add the potential for injuries. While cracks and potholes are unappealing to the eye, they are also detrimental to your asphalt. Repair damages before they worsen to prevent costly repairs. 

Asphalt installation is expensive. 

High quality doesn’t always equal a high price tag. Armored Asphalt offers reliable and affordable asphalt installation so you don’t have to sacrifice quality. Asphalt is easy maintenance and relatively quick to install making it a great alternative to costly concrete which is easily damaged. 

Armored Asphalt is excited to be the number one recommended asphalt contractor by many people all over southeastern Wisconsin. We promise high quality and reliable paving and maintenance. Asphalt is an excellent choice for asphalt installation and maintenance in Kenosha, Pleasant Prairie, Paddock Lake, Salem, Burlington, Union Grove, Caledonia, Mount Pleasant, Sturtevant, Racine, Winthrop Harbor, Zion, Beach Park, Waukegan, & Gurnee.

Contact Armored Asphalt today for a free estimate on high quality asphalt services in Kenosha County, Racine County, and Lake County.

Beautiful Sealcoated driveway

Armored Asphalt got our start offering quality asphalt maintenance in Kenosha, and now thanks to our loyal clients like you we are proud to offer the best asphalt paving in all of SE Wisconsin and NE Illinois! We come highly recommended by individuals all over Kenosha, Racine, Pleasant Prairie, Union Grove, Gurnee, and Winthrop Harbor. When you want a reliable asphalt contractor, we hope you trust the professionals at Armored Asphalt to get the job done right!

Commercial Asphalt Paving in SE Wisconsin and NE Illinois

Armored Asphalt offers durable and high quality commercial parking lot paving in Kenosha County and the surrounding communities. Your parking lot says a lot about your business. A torn up and rough parking lot can be a huge deterrent as people don’t want to risk damage to their vehicles. When it comes time to choose an asphalt contractor, you can trust the professionals at Armored Asphalt! Contact Armored Asphalt today for more information on commercial asphalt paving in Kenosha and Racine County, Wisconsin and Lake County, Illinois. 

Residential Driveway Paving in Racine County, Kenosha County, or Lake County

The professionals at Armored Asphalt specialize in durable asphalt driveway installation for residents of Kenosha, Racine, and Lake Counties. We saw a gap in proper driveway installation and decided to fill it! Whether you’re building a new home or just need to replace an existing driveway, you can trust the best asphalt contractors at Armored Asphalt to get the job done right! Contact us today for more information on residential asphalt paving today!

Armored Asphalt promises honest, reliable, and durable asphalt installation available near you. Contact us today for a free estimate and to schedule asphalt paving services in Kenosha, Pleasant Prairie, Paddock Lake, Salem, Burlington, Union Grove, Caledonia, Mount Pleasant, Sturtevant, Racine, Winthrop Harbor, Zion, Beach Park, Waukegan, & Gurnee.

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Contact the top asphalt professionals in Kenosha at Armored Asphalt to schedule your spring maintenance and repair appointments today!

Believe it or not, winter has come and gone which means it is officially asphalt season! Armored Asphalt is proud to be one of the highest recommended asphalt contractors in Kenosha and Racine Counties in Wisconsin and Lake County in Illinois. We are a locally owned and operated company in Kenosha that offers the best asphalt maintenance and repairs. Now that spring time is finally here, it’s time to schedule your asphalt repairs and maintenance services to make your paved surfaces look like new again! Our top spring services include:

Quality Sealcoating in Southeastern Wisconsin

When done properly, sealcoating offers a resilient protective layer between the elements and your asphalt driveway, parking lot, or roadway. Our two-coat process allows you to wait between 3 and 5 years before reapplying sealcoating again. We offer residential and commercial sealcoating in Kenosha, Pleasant Prairie, Racine, Sturtevant, Zion, Gurnee, and all the surrounding communities. 

Asphalt Repairs

Armored Asphalt specializes in asphalt repairs in and around Kenosha. We offer repairs such as crack filling, hot mix patching, cold patching, and pothole repairs. We recommend fixing these imperfections quickly to prevent major damages. When cracks and potholes are left alone they get deeper and cause issues within the foundation of your parking lot, driveway, or roadway. Armored Asphalt offers the best pavement repairs in Kenosha, Burlington, Mount Pleasant, Winthrop Harbor, and Waukegan. 

For reliable asphalt professionals in SE Wisconsin and NE Illinois, contact Armored Asphalt for a free estimate today!

Asphalt is a durable and long lasting material used for driveways and parking lots. If properly installed and maintained, an asphalt surface will last up to 30 years. After installation, it is important to keep up with routine maintenance like sealcoating every 3-5 years and filling cracks and potholes whenever possible. Following these steps will ensure you get the most life out of your asphalt, but eventually it will be time to remove, recycle, and replace your pavement. Here’s some signs that it’s time to replace your asphalt instead of repairing: 

  • Excessive Cracks. Cracks that have been left without repair for an extended period can allow oil, dirt, gas, and salt to get into the foundation of your pavement making them impossible to fill. When your pavement gets to this point it is time to replace the whole surface. 
  • Deep Potholes. Like cracks, small potholes can be easily managed by filling them but they are often ignored. Potholes can be extremely dangerous to vehicles and pedestrians. A large pothole can cause major mechanical damages when an unsuspecting driver isn’t able to avoid it. It’s time to replace your driveway when minor potholes are no longer easy to manage and keep reappearing despite attempts to repair them. 
  • Poor Drainage. Over time the foundation of your pavement begins to wear down causing sloping and an uneven surface. This will cause water to puddle leading to corrosion and more potholes. After the asphalt is completely replaced, an experienced asphalt contractor will be able to implement different measures to prevent drainage issues in the future. 
  • Age. As we mentioned, an asphalt surface should have a lifespan of up to 30 years. If you know your driveway or parking lot is getting close or has surpassed that timeframe, it is no longer worth trying to repair. 

If you’re unsure whether or not you should repair or replace your asphalt, contact Amored Asphalt today for a free evaluation and quote from our honest professionals!

Choosing to pour fresh asphalt is a huge investment and you should feel like you can trust the person you are paying. An improper asphalt installation can cause major issues in the foundation of your driveway or parking lot leaving costly repairs in the future. There are many warning signs to look out for to avoid hiring the wrong contractors. Here is our list of red flags to prevent getting taken advantage of by another contractor:

  • No Insurance. The biggest red flag when choosing a contractor in any profession is no insurance. Liability insurance is designed to protect both the company as well as the clients should there ever be an accident on a job site. Every state has different insurance requirements so check local requirements to know what to look for. 
  • No Licensing. A paving contractor specifically should have a license issued by the state they are providing services in before performing any services. Any licensed contractor should be able to provide a copy of their license without hesitation before being hired.
  • Poor ratings. Using online reviews and ratings is a great way to know how your neighbors feel about various contractors. 
  • Lack of Communication. Some wait time before hearing back from a contractor is to be expected after requesting a quote. These times can vary due to many factors especially if it is a busy season. Give some grace, but if you feel like you’re being ignored it is time to consider a new contractor. 
  • Punctuality. Much like communication, it’s okay to have a little understanding if your contractor is late, however if they are consistently rescheduling, not showing up, or showing up late for appointments it could be a sign of poor quality. 
  • Faulty Equipment. Especially small family owned businesses, not every company is going to have top of the line equipment, but if equipment is falling apart it could equate to a poor installation. 
  • Lack of Knowledge. When you’re investing a large amount of money in something like a driveway or parking lot it is normal to be filled with questions. A quality contractor will be able to answer any questions without hesitation. If they can’t tell you where their materials are from, their process, or their experience it is a huge indicator that they don’t have the best business practices and may not provide quality services. 
  • Oddly Low Rates. No matter what kind of professional you’re looking for, you should always get multiple quotes before choosing a contractor. It may seem like a great idea to pick the cheaper option, but if a quote is dramatically lower than counter bids it could be an indicator that they aren’t as experienced. 
  • Pressure to Book. If a contractor is pressuring you to book a service when giving a quote it is an indication that they are desperate. This could be for many reasons but you should never feel pressured to schedule any services. 

Any one of these red flags (aside from no insurance or licensing) by itself does not automatically mean a contractor doesn’t know what they’re doing. Take into consideration each of these things and remember to interview every contractor prior to starting a project. A properly installed asphalt surface should last at least 30 years if you keep up with maintenance. You should feel confident in the person installing your driveway or parking lot and with Armored Asphalt you can trust that our professionals are going to get the job done right the first time! If you’re looking for high quality asphalt services in SE Wisconsin, contact us today for a free quote and consultation!

There are many different solutions to clear paved surfaces of ice throughout winter. Wisconsin residents are no strangers to ice, but did you know that some of these products and techniques can cause major damages to your pavement? You should be aware of the type of pavement you have (asphalt or concrete) as well as the forecast! Here are some common ways to remove ice and whether or not they are actually hurting your pavement!

Salt/Ice Melt

There are a lot of different types of salt and ice melt to discuss. While some can be extremely beneficial, some can wear down your asphalt and cause corrosion over time. 

  • Sodium Chloride. Typically used as basic table salt, sodium chloride is the cheapest option and safe for sealed asphalt, but can cause major issues for concrete. It is only effective up to 15 degrees fahrenheit and, despite the fact that it is a naturally occuring mineral, it is very harsh on the environment. It should not be used in extreme temperatures as it will thaw and then immediately refreeze causing damage to the surface underneath. 
  • Calcium Chloride. Though it is pricier than sodium chloride, calcium chloride is a much better option for both asphalt and concrete. It is effective as low as -50 degrees fahrenheit making it great for extreme Wisconsin temperatures. When used in moderation it will not harm the landscaping around it, however it is not safe for use around pets as it can harm delicate paw pads. 
  • Magnesium Chloride. Despite being the newest addition to the ice melt team, magnesium chloride is a strong option for melting ice in colder temperatures. Effective as low as -13 degrees fahrenheit, magnesium chloride is an efficient choice for Wisconsin winters. It is safe and effective when used in moderation for both asphalt and concrete and should not cause issues for landscaping if used correctly. 
  • Potassium Chloride. Although it is considered relatively safe for both pets and the environment, potassium chloride isn’t a great option for extreme temperatures as it is only effective as low as 25 degrees fahrenheit. It is also significantly more expensive than other options. 

Alternative Materials

There are quite a few alternatives to salt or other common ice melts, although they may not be the best for extreme Wisconsin winters. 

  • Sand. While sand itself doesn’t actually melt snow, it absorbs sunlight to assist melting and adds a gritty texture to prevent slips and falls. Sand works well as traction behind tires that are stuck in the snow as well!
  • Kitty Litter. Litter does not aid in melting snow, but does add a layer of traction if in a pinch and you need a quick fix. Keeping a box of litter in your trunk is a great idea during snow storms if your vehicle ever gets stuck in the snow. 
  • Alcohol. Using alcohol to melt ice seems like an easy and safe idea, however if done wrong it can make things worse. If you are in a pinch and need a quick fix, mix a half gallon of boiling water, a few drops of dish soap, and ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol. Pour the solution over the effective areas and use a shovel to scrape away the remaining ice. This is not a long term solution and should only be used as a last resort. 
  • Vinegar. Much like alcohol, vinegar is a great option when you’re in a pinch but doesn’t provide a long term replacement for ice melt. Mix equal parts vinegar and hot water and pour over the affected pavement. Immediately clear the remaining ice and water to prevent refreezing. 

When using a traditional ice melt, apply a layer before precipitation to help alleviate some of the stress that comes with removing ice and snow. It is extremely important to remove the snow and slush as soon as the ice melt is done doing it’s job. Always read the instructions and recommendations on the specific brand that you are using! You should also make sure your asphalt is properly sealed and that there aren’t any major damages in your pavement. If you’re not sure whether or not your asphalt is ready for winter, contact Armored Asphalt and we will come inspect your driveway or parking lot! We are the go to for all asphalt services in SE Wisconsin!

How to Prepare Your Parking Lot for Winter

Wisconsin winters are harsh and unpredictable. While snow can be beautiful and provide hours of entertainment, snow also brings ice, sleet, and potential hazards to your parking lot. To keep your employees and customers safe, it is incredibly important to have a solid plan in place and do as much as you can to prevent ice from building up on your parking lot. Here are a few tips on preparing for winter weather!

Schedule any major repairs in early fall.

If you have large cracks or potholes in your parking lot, they can fill with water and freeze, causing large patches of ice putting you and your clients at risk of a serious fall. Having these filled in prior to winter will make it easier to fight ice and snow!

Sealcoat if needed. 

If your lot is ready for a fresh layer of sealcoating, schedule the appointment before temperatures begin to drop. Sealcoating will protect your asphalt from the salt, moisture, and other potential hazards. 

Fix any drainage issues.

If you notice any pooling or back ups throughout the year it is extremely important to evaluate and repair the problem before temperatures get below freezing to prevent the pools of melted snow from turning to ice. 

Have a plowing contract.

A plowing contract means that you don’t have to worry about how the snow will be removed from your parking lot. Our team will be there to clear out all of the snow so that your guests are able to get to you without any issues!

Armored Asphalt is proud to be the go to for all commercial snow removal in Kenosha, Pleasant Prairie, and Racine! We can help you get ready for the snow so that you don’t have to worry anymore! Contact us to schedule repairs, maintenance, or to set up a plowing contract today!

If you’re checking out our site, you’re probably getting ready for a paving project of some kind whether that’s seal coating, resurfacing, or adding in a brand new parking lot or driveway. If you’re putting in a brand new paved surface, you’re probably confused by the difference between asphalt and concrete. That’s okay! We’re here to help you make the best decision for your project! There are many similarities and differences, here’s a guide to deciding what is best for you!

Looks and Aesthetic

Concrete is made from cement, which means there are more opportunities for customization like stamping. Concrete is also more prone to staining.  Asphalt is typically black and there isn’t much room for customization, however, it offers contrast to your home and a sleek finish to stand out. 

Cost at Installation

When you’re starting brand new, cost of materials is a huge factor to consider. Generally, concrete will be more costly. Asphalt is often at least half the price of concrete making it extremely affordable. Asphalt is typically used for large projects like parking lots and roadways due to its affordability. 

Maintenance and Repairs

Concrete doesn’t require any routine maintenance outside of occasional degreasing and powerwashing. Asphalt, on the other hand, does require seal coating about every two years. When it comes to repairs, asphalt is significantly more flexible which means it holds up best to harsh weather. While cement is stronger, a crack is significantly harder and more costly to repair than asphalt.

Lifespan

With proper care and maintenance, an asphalt surface will last 30+ years while a concrete surface could last up to 50 as long as no major damage occurs. 

Climate

While concrete is strong, constant freezing and thawing will cause cracks and vulnerabilities in concrete surfaces. Asphalt, on the other hand, can get oily or sticky in excessively hot environments. Asphalt’s flexibility makes it the best choice for cold weather as it can withstand the constant changes. 

There are pros and cons to both concrete and asphalt. At Armored, we feel asphalt is a great choice in Wisconsin for both residential and commercial uses. It is durable, affordable, and looks fantastic no matter what it’s used for! If you’re looking for a new asphalt contractor, contact Armored Asphalt for a free consultation and quote today!

Midwestern winters are tough on many things, including your concrete! Especially when the weather is cooling down and warming up, the dramatic changes cause expanding and contracting of the asphalt. All of the added strain can in turn cause the concrete to crack along pressure lines. 

Not only can these cracks be unsightly, they can be detrimental to the structure of your asphalt. When cracks appear, they will continue getting deepers until they reach the foundation which can cause shifting and further costly damage. There is no way to keep the weather away from your asphalt, but there are ways to protect it! Keeping up with routine maintenance like seal coating and plowing is one of the best ways to prevent cracking. When you do start to notice cracks, get them filled as soon as possible. 

Filling cracks is the only way to stop cracks from reaching the foundation. Small cracks are much simpler to fill with a simple sealant, while large cracks will need to be cleared out, prefilled with a substrate, and then filled with a sealant. The larger the crack, the harder it is to fill. Get cracks fixed as soon as you can to prevent costly repairs. When you start to notice cracks and imperfections, contact Armored Asphalt to schedule maintenance today!

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At Armored Asphalt, we take great pride in our work. We want to provide honest high quality services to residents and business owners of Kenosha, Wisconsin and the surrounding area. We offer many different services including laying new asphalt, stripping out old asphalt, patching, sealcoating, routine maintenance, and plowing. Need help with something else? Give our team a call. We’re always up for a new challenge. 

We are fully licensed and insured and ready to take on any project you throw our way. We are so sure that we will wow you every time that we offer a complete guarantee of all of our services. If you are not 100% satisfied for any reason, call our office today and we will make it right!

Ready for your free no obligations quote? Contact us online or call our office at (262) 515-4150 today!