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!

Parking Lot Sealcoating Greenfield, WI

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.

Commercial Snow Plowing

Armored Asphalt works with many different commercial companies to ensure that their parking lots are cleared and salted to ensure the safety of customers and employees. The easiest way to do this is by starting a snow plowing contract with us. A contract is one set rate no matter how many times it snows ensuring that you are a top priority for our team no matter when snow hits! While we may be able to fit a few extras in, we cannot guarantee our staff will have time. A contract can run for one season, or if you already know you love us we can set it up for many years to come! Don’t get stuck with a parking lot full of snow! Call us today at (262) 515-4150 to set up a snow removal contract with Armored Asphalt!

Asphalt Maintenance

Whether it’s a road, a parking lot, trail, or driveway, asphalt is a cost effective and sturdy paving material that is easy to maintain and fix when the time comes. Rain, snow, sun, and heavy traffic are just a few examples of environmental stressors that can cause damage to asphalt, but there are ways to protect and prevent these things from causing major costly damage:

  1. Depressions. These are caused by repetitive stress like tires (this is often found in parking spots) or poor support when the asphalt was first poured. The best way to remedy this to prevent further damage in the future would be to remove the effective patch and start from the bottom. Refilling subgrade and pouring fresh asphalt will make the spot good as new and save you from costly repairs in the future!
  2. Potholes. Potholes are large bowl-like holes in the asphalt that go down to the base level. Beyond being an eyesore, potholes can be extremely dangerous and can cause major damage to vehicles as well as add a trip hazard to pedestrians which can result in costly lawsuits. The best way to prevent potholes is to watch for alligator cracking (lines caused by structural failure often found in heavy traffic areas) and sealcoating when these lines may appear. If it’s too late, the only way to fix a pothole is to remove any debris and moisture from the hole, refill with asphalt and flatten with a drum roller. 
  3. Edge cracks. Edge cracks are mostly found on more rural roads and driveways. These are caused by a lack of support and heavy traffic. The best way to prevent this is to make sure there are plenty of opportunities for drainage to keep excess moisture from breaking down the asphalt. Another preventative measure would be to apply a layer of sealcoating immediately after the asphalt cures to protect against weather. 

Preventing your asphalt from costly damage is simple with timely maintenance. Contact Armored Asphalt today at (262) 515-4150 to set up a no cost quote for routine maintenance or to fix any of these issues you may have!

commercial sealcoating

Hiring a professional company of any kind is a huge investment, but how do you know where to invest your money? Here are our top five must haves when hiring a professional sealcoating company to get a project done:

  1. Read reviews online. Reading reviews posted on Google, Yelp, or other media platforms is a fantastic way to see what others in your area have to say about a business. While online reviews are a helpful tool, keep in mind that people are more likely to post a negative review than a positive. This is a good time to remind you to always leave a positive review when you love an experience with any company from a restaurant to an asphalt company. Leaving positive reviews is the best way to support local small businesses!
  2. Ask your neighbors. Asking others is the best way to find a trustworthy company. If you’re looking to get your parking lot repaved, and you know another business who just got theirs done, ask for their experience! 
  3. Check for licenses and insurance. Your business is an investment all in itself and checking for proper licenses and insurance is the best way to keep that investment safe. While no one ever wishes something would go wrong, accidents happen which is why we have insurance. 
  4. Get a few quotes to compare pricing. There is nothing wrong with talking to different companies. If you don’t shop around you’ll never know if you’re getting the best deal, but remember the cheapest price isn’t always the best deal!
  5. Last, ask for other project samples. Nowadays most companies will have a gallery on their website, but never be afraid to ask for more. Finding a company with experience in similar projects to yours is a great way to ensure a positive outcome, but don’t back down to working with a company to try something new as well! Professionals love a challenge! Just make sure to work together every step of the way to make sure you’re always on the same page!

Now that you know the steps to hiring an amazing asphalt team, look no further and contact Armored Asphalt today to set up a hassle free, no obligation quote! Our number is (262) 515-4150! We look forward to hearing from you!

New Sealcoat Parking Lot

Seal coating is a cost effective protective process that involves covering asphalt in a fresh layer of asphalt followed by a thin layer of a coal-tar based sealer. Seal coating has many benefits that help protect and preserve your parking lot. Sun, gas, oil, and the weather all can be extremely damaging to surfaces. Sealcoating acts as a protective barrier to prevent damage from these elements. When asphalt cracks or chips it can continue to get worse as time goes by, filling these in with sealcoating helps stop the damage and prevent costly repairs in the future. Keeping asphalt sealed also helps snow and ice melt faster preventing slips and slides from cars and pedestrians. On top of all of these, sealcoating also gives your parking lot a clean, fresh appearance. 

Armored Asphalt of Kenosha takes great pride in our sealcoating. Our two step process provides stronger and longer lasting results than other professional and DIY sealcoating.   Is sealcoating the best option for you? Call our team today at (262) 515-4150 or contact us online to set up a consultation!

Kenosha Asphalt Patching & Pothole Repair

Asphalt driveways are popular in the midwest for many reasons. The smooth blacktop adds curb appeal. Maintaining asphalt is fairly easy and inexpensive when you book the right contractor for sealcoating.

Asphalt Crack Filling Racine

Your pavement will last longer when properly maintained. If you’ve installed a new asphalt driveway or parking lot in the last few years, you know firsthand how much asphalt paving costs, and you’ll want to make sure your investment lasts as long as possible.