Spills happen, and sometimes we don’t even notice they’re happening. If you’ve ever owned an older car, chances are you’ve had at least one random leak that you didn’t notice until you moved the car and saw the giant puddle on the ground. Or maybe you’re working on some house projects and knock something over. You may just stop and think “eh, it’s outside, it’s not hurting anything!” But that’s not always the case. To protect your asphalt from corrosion and deterioration, it’s important to clean up any chemical spill as soon as possible. Not sure what to do? Here are some common spills and how to clean them up!

  1. Oil. This is probably the most common spill. While there are commercial products you can buy, you may have some things already on hand that can help. If it’s a fresh spill, try baking soda or kitty litter. Always wipe up as much as you can first. Sprinkle a generous amount on the spill and let it absorb, you can gently scrub or press it in as well, let it set overnight, then gently sweep away the excess. If there is still a stain, use degreasing dish soap and warm water and gently scrub it into the stain. 
  2. 2.Gasoline. Similarly to oil, you can use baking soda or kitty litter to clean up a gas spill, however make sure you wear protective gear like gloves and goggles to prevent any accidents. After the absorbing agent is cleaned up, use warm water and dish soap to scrub any excess. It is also important to dispose of any materials used to clean up the spill properly as they are going to be extremely flammable. Your local fire house should be able to point you in the right direction. Store in a closed container until proper disposal, but dispose of the container quickly to avoid combustion.
  3. Transmission Fluid. Another common mystery leak is transmission fluid. First spray oven cleaner on the stain and let it set for 10 minutes. Scrub with a coarse brush and rinse with high power (you can use a pressure washer if you have one). If there is still a stain, repeat the process. 
  4. Antifreeze. Antifreeze is a little easier than other spills. Because it is water soluble, soak up as much as you can with newspaper and spray the stain with a pressure washer. 
  5. Paint. Most, not all, paint will be water soluble. Use a mixture of warm water and a little dish soap and scrub until the paint lifts. A pressure washer will help as well after the first layer is removed!

When you’re using any of these techniques, it is important to attempt them as soon as possible. These work best on fresh, wet spills. Spills with grease and oil act as a solvent to the tar that holds asphalt together which will eventually cause corrosion and deterioration. This can affect the structure and foundation of your paved surfaces. As long as the spill itself is cleaned up, it is okay for a small stain to remain on the surface. While unsightly to some, stains will not affect your asphalt and can be covered up easily when it’s time for another layer of seal coating!

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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!

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!

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When building a new parking lot or remodeling an existing one, there are a lot of different factors to consider: how traffic should flow, how many spaces your business needs, and, most importantly, laws and regulations you need to follow. The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) states requirements that must be followed to allow accessibility for those who are not able bodied. While these laws can vary state by state, here are some of the biggest for Wisconsin. 

  • There are a certain number of handicap parking spots required that varies based on the number of spaces you offer. In most cases, you will need one accessible parking space for every 25 spaces offered. 
  • Handicap Spaces must be 12 feet wide so there is room on both sides of the vehicle for entering and exiting. 
  • Handicap spaces must be as close to the entrance of the building as possible.
  • Designated spaces must have clear signage stating they are for handicap use only. 
  • 1 of every 6 accessible parking spaces must offer a 60 inch aisle for easy access to those who are physically disabled. This is often labeled as “van accessible.” 
  • Accessible spots must be well maintained and cleared of all snow, ice, leaves, potholes, cracks, and anything else that could cause injury to a patron of your business. 

This is just a brief explanation of a few requirements public facilities have to follow. At Armored, we will always help you stay compliant with ADA regulations. Failure to comply can lead to fines and citations. We will help you understand the requirements specific to your business so that you can avoid citations and most importantly keep your customers, clients, and employees safe. Laws and requirements can change at any time, so we recommend staying up to date on all ADA requirements for your business. 

SO what happens if your parking lot isn’t up to code? If your lot was last redone before the requirements changed in 2010, you are safe from any fines or citations. If it has been done since then, you have been lucky up to this point avoiding any issues. Either way, it is time to update your parking lot! While it may not be required, creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all of your patrons is the best way to thank them for their loyalty and dedication to your business! 

If your parking lot is in need of an update, it’s time to call Armored Asphalt for a free 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!

When pavement develops cracks it allows things like weeds to start sprouting up through the asphalt. Not only is this unsightly, it also can cause damage to the structure of the road, driveway, or parking lot. To prevent costly damage, here are some of our favorite ways to stop weeds from taking over!

  1. The obvious is weed killer. There are many different kinds of sprays and powders you can get to put in between cracks to kill and prevent weeds from sprouting. These can be effective temporarily, but don’t fix the underlying issues. 
  2. Seal the cracks. There are quite a few options that you can purchase to do this yourself, but for long lasting results we recommend contacting a professional like Armored Asphalt out of Kenosha, Wisconsin to make sure the job is done to last!
  3. Pick the existing weeds immediately. This prevents more seeds from dropping and spreading. 
  4. A simple quick fix is boiling water. Boiling hot water kills weeds instantly on contact making it a cheap and eco-friendly fix. Make sure you pour very carefully to prevent any burns to your skin!

These are all decent ways to temporarily fix a weed problem, but the best route to go would be to get to the root (pun intended!) of the problem and fix the cracks in the surface! Do you want to know what your options are? Contact Armored Asphalt of Kenosha, Wisconsin today to set up your no obligation quote at (262) 515-4150.