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We’re Diamond Certified. But What Does That Mean?

(Hint: It’s Good)

2022 marks the 15th consecutive year Black Diamond Paving has been Diamond Certified. But while that Diamond Certification means everything inside of our industry, people are still learning about this honor outside of it. Having earned “Highest in Quality and Helpful Expertise” by Diamond Certified 15 times in a row is a huge deal…and we’ll tell you why.

What is “Diamond Certified?”

Let’s say your retail location is putting in a new parking lot. You know it’s a huge investment and want to make sure you get this project right. So, you start clicking around online, vetting a bunch of companies, and trying to find the perfect fit for your needs and budget. But that’s where it starts to get tricky. Every company sings their own praises. Wouldn’t it be nice to hear from an independent third party that has no stakes in the game? That’s where Diamond Certified comes in.

Diamond Certified vets these companies for you. They start by reaching out to former clients, walking them through a detailed survey, and scoring the results. Then they give their seal of approval to only the highest of all performers. 

To put it simply, the Diamond Certified rating goes to the best of the best. And we’re proud to say we’ve been a part of that elite group for 15 consecutive years. Since 2008, there has not been a single year when we’ve NOT been at the top!

The Diamond Certified Methodology

Reviews and testimonials can be great—and we’re extremely proud of ours. But you have to wonder if other companies are buying reviews or otherwise gaming the system. Diamond Certified has solved that problem, which is why their seal of approval is so prestigious. They survey a large, random sample of actual, real-life customers and keep the responses completely anonymous. So if you’re looking for an honest and accurate view of a company before you sign a contract with them, Diamond Certified gives you an unbiased sense of the big-picture. 

Diamond Certified by the Numbers

Diamond Certified looks at a ton of customer-satisfaction metrics. Then they honor the companies that score 90 or above out of a possible 100. In other words, they only vouch for the very best. 

How’d our numbers turn out? We’re glad you asked. 

  • 98% of our customers said they’d work with us again. 
  • 99% said we gave helpful expertise.
  • Over half rated us a perfect 10 out of 10. 
  • 100% of our moms said that we remembered to send a birthday card. 

Black Diamond’s Winning Recipe

Our customers are consistently satisfied because we put every single project through a consistent process. And it all starts with listening. We know every project is different, and before we get started we make sure to gain a full understanding of yours. After that, we assess your current situation and recommend a plan that maximizes your ROI. Finally, we come in and flat-out execute. 

It’s a process we call The Diamond Standard. It’s a process that has led to our decade-and-a-half-long streak as a Diamond Certified company. And it’s the same award-winning process we’ll use for you. 

Contact us today for the best service, quality, and helpful expertise in the paving and concrete industry!

Common Sidewalk Issues to Keep an Eye On

The average lifespan of a sidewalk is between 20 and 30 years. Along the way, that sidewalk will naturally experience a little wear and tear. This article highlights a few of the most common sidewalk problems and why it’s important to fix them. So, whether you’re running a nonprofit, a retail location, or Jeff Bezos’ HOA in outer space, keep an eye out for each of the following:  

Cracking     

It’s inevitable that, after several years (even in the most well-made sidewalks) you’ll start to see some cracks. Cracking—as with all sidewalk issues—can have a number of causes, but oftentimes it’s caused by changes in temperature. 

Keep an eye out for “edge cracking,” as this means the edges of your sidewalk aren’t supported as well as they should be. You might also see something called “alligator cracking,” in which cracks form patterns that vaguely resemble the scales of an alligator. There are also cracks that look like spider webs (caused by premature drying of the concrete), cracks caused by overloading the sidewalk (think big, heavy equipment or dumpsters resting for too long on your concrete), and cracks caused by the concrete settling or expanding. 

Don’t worry, no one expects you to keep all these different types of cracks straight. Just know that if you see any type of cracking, it’s time to call in the pros.

Lifting

Another common sidewalk issue is when a section of your walkway begins to tilt or lift. That leads to a sidewalk that’s uneven, disjointed, and possibly even dangerous. The culprit is often tree roots, which exert an impressive amount of force as they continue to grow underneath your sidewalk. This sort of lifting can also be caused by the expansion of the ground below.  

Sinking

This is similar to the “lifting” issue…but in reverse. A sidewalk begins to sink when its support system—the ground—gets washed away.                

Potholes

Everyone’s seen potholes in the road. And unfortunately, sidewalks are just as susceptible. Potholes usually have the same root cause as the sinking you just read about; water washes away the soil beneath the sidewalk. And with no support down below, the structural integrity of the sidewalk weakens, and part of the sidewalk caves in.   

Spalling

Spalling, commonly referred to as “flaking,” happens when the smooth upper layer of a sidewalk erodes. That exposes a gritty layer that can end up looking patchy or gravely. Flaking, unfortunately, typically leads to even more flaking. And while it has a number of causes, it’s usually due to poorly mixed raw materials, settling of the sidewalk when it’s first being installed, or the expansion of any moisture that’s trapped inside the surface.       

Accessibility Problems

Accessibility is a fairly unique issue because it’s not caused by the deterioration of the sidewalk. Instead, it’s caused by the sidewalk’s design. If someone is in a wheelchair, they’ll need the sidewalk to be a certain width, they’ll need it to have a ramp, and they’ll need the ramp to be close to the handicapped parking spots. So, it’s important that sidewalks are designed with equal access in mind. (Did you know Black Diamond can help with your ADA needs? In fact, we’re experts in the field—click here or give us a call to learn more!)    

Bears

If an actual bear wanders out of the forest and onto your sidewalk, that’s one of the biggest sidewalk problems you’ll ever run into. Do not call Black Diamond. Just ditch your salmon and run.

The Importance of Fixing Sidewalk Issues

You want to stay on top of your sidewalk’s maintenance for several reasons: 

  1. A damaged sidewalk can lead to injury, which is bad in and of itself. But you also open yourself up to the legal liability that comes with those injuries. 
  2. Your sidewalk might create issues with your local government. For example, if your sidewalk is unsafe, or it isn’t handicap accessible, you might get slapped with a fine. 
  3. A crumbling sidewalk hurts your curb appeal, which can impact you financially. 
  4. A damaged sidewalk can lead to even more damage. Once the cracking begins, it quickly spreads. 

Black Diamond Can Help Maintain Your Sidewalk

Over time, your sidewalk will naturally need a little TLC. So, whether it’s preventive maintenance, crack sealing, or a completely new walkway, reach out to Black Diamond Paving & Concrete today to see how we can help whip your sidewalk back into shape! 

What on Earth Did We Just Unearth?

The Craziest Things Paving Crews Have Found During a Job

At Black Diamond, we’ve seen everything from potholes, to rutting, to alligator cracking. In fact, you could say that we’ve seen it all. But every once in a while, a pavement crew will find something so astonishing that no amount of experience could’ve prepared them for what came next. So, below we take a look at some of the craziest finds of all time.

An Unexploded Bomb

 In 2015, a road crew found an actual bomb near Darwin City in Australia. It had been dropped in World War II by the Japanese and miraculously didn’t detonate. The police were notified, came to collect the bomb, and safely disposed of it. Seeing as how Darwin was bombed over 60 times during the war, there’s a good chance that road crew came across more explosives during the project. Now that’s a discovery that’ll really blow you away.

An Entire House

During a bit of road work in Utah, The Department of Transportation found an entire pit-style house that had been buried underground since around 400 BC. Archaeologists think it probably belonged to ancestors of the Shivwits tribe, who’d been living in the area for 10,000 years. The scientists also found a few other ancient artifacts, like arrowheads, pottery, and a short CVS Receipt.    

A Graveyard

You might’ve dreaded finding this one on the list, but at one point, a road construction crew did in fact find an ancient Roman burial site. Experts think the site might be as old as 3500 BC and contained more than 450 burial and cremation sites. So, is this job site haunted? We’re honestly not sure. But we do know that 400 ghosts showed up the next day to help finish the job.   

Gold

During a road construction job in India, one of the workers found a literal pot of gold. The treasure most likely dates back to the 12th century and consisted of about 50 gold coins. And that brings us to our next point. If we’re redoing your parking lot and find buried treasure, we’d be happy to split it with you 50/50.    

Dinosaur Bones

While working on a roadway in Southern California, The Department of Transportation found a fossilized bison. And shockingly, the specimen might have stood about eight-feet tall at the shoulder. A lot of scholars think with that sort of height, the bison could’ve played in the NBA and gone on to be one of the best rebounders of all time.  

Time Capsule

When you were a kid, did you bury a time capsule full of stuff you thought was really important for future generations to find? Maybe some baseball cards, a favorite CD or cassette tape (depending on how old you are), drawings you were particularly proud of? Well, while working on a bridge in Scotland, a road crew found a time capsule from the 1890s containing a newspaper and a bottle of whisky. Says a lot about what the Scottish find crucial to their way of life…. Slàinte Mhath! 

A Mummy

In 2011, a Chinese construction crew was working on an old road in the Jiangsu Province. And it was here that they found a 700 year-old mummy dressed in silk robes and wearing slippers and jewelry. So, in case this actually needs to be said, here’s Black Diamond’s official policy on mummies: if we find one, we’re running away and screaming.    

A Wooly Mammoth Tusk

During routine road work in Oregon, a crew found a wooly mammoth tusk that’s estimated to be about 10,000 years old. And while they say age is just a number, if you ask us, anything that’s 10,000 years old is really, really cool. The Outsider—the publication that originally covered the find—explained that finding a wooly mammoth tusk is actually fairly common. But we beg to differ. We’ve been in the paving business for a pretty long time and still have only found about 70 or 80 of these things.

500 Silver Coins

While resurfacing a road in Poland, workers found a stash of a whopping 507 silver coins. Experts think the coins might’ve been buried in the 1600s and were probably intentionally hidden by someone trying to keep them safe. And since no one found them for a few hundred years, we have to admit that the original owner did a pretty good job of hiding them.    

Another Road

Perhaps one of the more surprising finds occurred on the campus of St. Mary’s College in Maryland. A crew was redoing one of the roads, and underneath the pavement, they found a second road. The road, which dated back to about 1740, was made of logs and is a style of thoroughfare sometimes referred to as a “corduroy road.” But here’s the real question: was it feathercord or wide wale?   

Black Diamond has been in the paving and concrete business for decades, serving everyone from non-profits, to retail properties, to apartment communities. And over the years, we’ve seen it all, gaining a ton of experience with paving, sealcoating, and more. So, if we find out that your pavement needs a little love, we’ll do a bang-up job at a fair price. 

But if we find a bunch of mummies, you’re going to have to call somebody else. 

The Asphalt Life Cycle

Why The Asphalt Life Cycle Matters

You know what they say: All good things must come to an end. Well, the same is true for your asphalt. Whether you’re maintaining an asphalt parking lot, driveway, or road, you’ll definitely see some natural degradation over time. But before we get into specifics of how your asphalt evolves, let’s explain why you should care.

Budgeting

Knowing the asphalt life cycle helps you do a bit of financial planning. Let’s say you manage an HOA, own a retail location, or just purchased a commercial property. Replacing the asphalt is a significant expense. And if you’re completely blindsided by that expense, you can find yourself in a pretty tricky spot. But if you know what’s on the horizon, you can always set aside the money little by little.

Maintenance

You can extend the life of your asphalt significantly by doing all of the recommended maintenance. The nature of that maintenance, of course, is informed by the asphalt life cycle. So, understanding the evolution of your pavement can help you give it the right kind of attention. Performing the regular maintenance is the best way to make your asphalt last as it was designed to do.

Deciding Between Asphalt and Concrete

Let’s say you need to replace your parking lot. You’re torn between asphalt and concrete, so you go out and get quotes for each one. Well, those two numbers don’t really mean anything until you’ve put them both into context. Knowing the life cycles of each option helps you estimate how long the surface will last and, further, how much it will cost per year. This is a huge part of making an apples-to-apples comparison.

Buying and Selling Real Estate

Here’s another hypothetical situation: You’re about to buy a property, and you really love two locations. But there’s one glaring difference. The first location has a brand-new parking lot, while the second location needs their’s replaced next year. That variable represents a huge financial swing. And the asphalt life cycle helped you spot it.

Bracing Yourself Emotionally

Your parking lot has served you well but eventually, it’s time to say goodbye. You don’t want that to be a sudden realization. Knowing the asphalt life cycle helps you predict the future and it allows you to anticipate and plan for it.

The Phases of the Asphalt Life Cycle

Bar chart showing the pavement life cycle; excellent at 0-5 years, Very Good at 5-7 years, Good at 7-15 years, Poor at 15-25 years, and Failed at 25-35 years

The nice thing about the evolution of your asphalt is that it breaks out cleanly into a few distinct phases. And each of those phases comes with its own needs. Below is a summary of the stages of the asphalt life cycle, as well as what you can expect during each.

Stage 1 – New Pavement (0 – 5 years)

If you’ve invested in a great paving job, the first five years should be pretty smooth sailing. You can expect little to no issues and little to no maintenance. You might want to start setting aside a little bit of money for maintenance, but otherwise there’s very little action required.

Stage 2 – Preventive Maintenance (5 – 7 years)

After your asphalt celebrates its fifth birthday, you’ll want to start performing routine maintenance. That maintenance includes sealcoating, which protects your surface from water, oils, and sun damage. It also includes some minor crack sealing, if necessary.

Stage 3 – Minor Repairs (7 – 15 years)

About seven years in, you’ll start to notice a little bit of wear and tear. This is perfectly normal and comes from exposure to the elements. You might need to do some patching. You’ll also have to revisit some of the sealcoating and crack sealing from the prior stage.

Stage 4 – Major Repairs (15 – 25 years)

After two decades, your asphalt will show signs of wear. That’s pretty impressive staying power, but by this point, it’s getting a little bit “long in the tooth.” That means you’re in for some major repairs, more extensive patching, and an asphalt overlay. Towards the beginning of this phase, you’ll want to start setting aside some money for its eventual replacement.

Stage 5 – Extensive Repairs or Complete Reconstruction (25 – 35 years)

You’ve had a great run, but your asphalt is finally headed into its twilight years. You can expect extensive maintenance, so now is when you’ll need to get strategic. Ask yourself when it’s time to stop repairing and start replacing. A professional can help you make that determination.

Your asphalt is an investment. And you obviously want to be a great steward of that investment. The best way to do that is by understanding the asphalt life cycle. It helps you budget, provide the required maintenance, and prolong the life of your pavement. Black Diamond is always happy to assess your situation. So, if you run an HOA, an apartment community, a nonprofit, or a retail or commercial property, reach out today for more info.

How Your Pavement Affects Your Property Value

When you’re thinking about the value of your property, the odds are, you’ve already factored in all of the basics. You’ve thought about the square footage. You’ve thought about the location. And you’ve looked into all of the area’s comparable sales. But have you given any thought to your pavement? An unfairly neglected, but crucial part of the equation, your pavement can have a huge impact on property value.

Your Pavement Can Generate Curb Appeal

A great way to increase the interest of buyers is to increase your curb appeal. In other words, when someone pulls up to your property, you want to make a great first impression. That increases the chances of an offer, and in many cases, the value of that offer. In fact, The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics found that curb appeal can raise a property’s value by 7%.

Nice Pavement Removes Friction During Negotiations

When someone’s buying a property, they’re just like anyone else. They’re trying to get a fair deal. And in working towards that, they usually do an inspection of the property, then subtract the cost of everything that needs attention from what they’re willing to pay. So, of course, if your pavement is well-maintained, that’s one less thing that they need to worry about financially, which means it’s more valuable to them.

Great Pavement Can Be a Difference Maker

If you think it’s a great time to sell, that means that a lot of other sellers will have the same idea. So, you really want to set your property apart and give buyers every reason to come knocking. Let’s say one property on the market is a fixer-upper, but yours is ready to rock. That gives your property a huge edge and raises its value relative to the competition.

Well-Maintained Pavement Sets the Right Tone

You might’ve heard the old saying, “The way you do anything is the way you do everything.” A lot of buyers will assume the same is true of your property. If they pull up to a parking lot that’s in a state of disrepair, they’re wondering if the rest of the property is in a similar state of neglect. And on the other hand, if your pavement is absolutely flawless, that’s a real tone-setter that works to your advantage.

Your Pavement Can Help Your Appraisal

The appraisal is always a great common language between the buyer and seller, because it’s done by an unbiased third party who’s operating on raw data. And your pavement can definitely stack that data in your favor. A commercial real estate appraisal, for example, accounts for depreciation. So, if your parking lot is in great shape, that’s worth more than a parking lot that’s near the end of its useful life.

A great paving job can be visually appealing, save the buyer undesirable expense, and drive up the appraisal. That all adds up to a higher valuation, higher offers, and more money in your pocket. Black Diamond Paving can maintain, repair, or replace your pavement and, ultimately, increase the value of your property. Give us a call today to see how we can help!

Black Diamond Named an Industry “Top Contractor”

…And What That Really Means!

For the fifth time since 2013, Black Diamond Paving has been named an industry “Top Contractor” by Pavement Maintenance & Reconstruction, the paving industry’s leading trade publication. And this has us feeling like we’re on top of the world!

What Is the Top Contractor Award?

Each year Pavement Maintenance & Reconstruction conducts an industry-wide survey open to almost 20,000 paving and pavement maintenance contractors to determine the contractors with the highest sales in four categories for the previous fiscal year.

Information provided by contractors is verified, and the results form the basis of the magazine’s Top Contractor lists. This year Black Diamond was named Top Contractor in two categories, Paving and Sealcoating—and it’s great to be recognized by our peers for our primary businesses. You can read more about this honor in the 2021 Pavement Maintenance Top Contractors Overview | For Construction Pros.

What the Top Contractor Award Means

From our standpoint, being named a Top Contractor means the industry in which we work recognizes the quality of the work we do and the strength of the business we operate. What an honor!

It also means we have one of the top-notch teams in the business, and that extends from the in-office folks making sure everything runs smoothly to the crews in the field getting the jobs done as bid and on schedule as promised. That’s no small feat, and we take great pride in our people and the work they do.

But perhaps most importantly, being recognized as a Top Contractor means that our customers—you—are working with one of the best, most reputable, most reliable, and most successful contractors in the industry. It means we understand your pavement and your needs, and we know how to work within your budget. It means we’re a solutions-oriented contractor driven to provide cost-effective options to help extend pavement life…so you can get the most value out of your pavement investment. That’s something we don’t take lightly, and it’s the main reason we’re proud of our Top Contractor recognition.

Does Your Pavement Need Help?

Industry-wide recognition is a great honor, to be sure. But we received that recognition because of the work we do and the way we work. And we’d be honored to help you manage your pavement—whether you need paving, sealcoating, repair, or concrete work.

So, if your pavement needs help, or even if you aren’t sure, reach out to one of the nation’s Top Contractors for a free on-site evaluation.

Six Fun Facts About Asphalt

We’ve been in the paving business for 25 years. So, it’s no surprise that we know everything that there is to know about asphalt. We know asphalt’s favorite restaurant. We know asphalt’s maiden name. And we know the last four digits of asphalt’s social. We know it all because we’ve truly earned a doctorate in this stuff. And in case you needed a little proof, here are six fun facts that prove that we’ve done our homework.

There’s a naturally occurring asphalt lake in the middle of Los Angeles.

When you think about asphalt, you probably never think about firing up the boat and spending a day out on the lake. But did you know that there are actually several naturally occurring asphalt lakes? Bitumen, also known as tar, is one of the binding ingredients that holds asphalt together. And occasionally, it seeps up from the earth, starts to collect, and forms a small lake. You’ll find one such lake in the center of L.A., known as the La Brea Tar Pits, another in Venezuela called Lake Guanoco, and a third in Trinidad called Pitch Lake. 

Asphalt can save you money in surprising ways.

When most people are pricing out an asphalt job, they’re usually looking at direct costs. They’re wondering how big of a check that they’ll need to write. But you also want to think about the costs of leaving your parking lot in a state of disrepair. Are cars kicking up debris and damaging windshields? Are cars bottoming out and damaging their undercarriage? Are mud and grime building up and corroding vehicles? Those costs add up pretty quickly. And if you get to a point where it’s considered negligence, you might even be taking on some legal liability. So, a nice little pave job can end up being your wallet’s best friend.    

Asphalt was probably used in the mummification process.

Another piece of asphalt trivia is that bitumen—the naturally occurring asphalt that you just read about above—was used in Ancient Egypt’s burial rituals. Somewhere along the line, historians started to notice a dark residue on their mummified discoveries. And while there are a few competing theories, a lot of scientists think that asphalt was used as a sort of embalming material. (Black Diamond actually stopped making mummies in 1997.) But if asphalt was good enough for King Tut, you can see how it’s a great choice for your HOA’s next paving project.  

Asphalt is green.

Okay, fine. Asphalt is technically black. But it’s green in the sense that it can be pretty good for the environment. According to The Pavement Association of Oregon, “The asphalt industry reclaims about 100 million tons of its own product every year.” And they go on to explain that up to 95 million of those tons are reused or recycled. Asphalt is also a great way to reuse plastic that’s otherwise bad for the earth. Plastic can be used as a binding agent, and when it’s mixed into the asphalt, that’s one less piece of plastic that’s sitting in a landfill.       

Asphalt was first used in road construction as early as 625 BC.

The only thing that’s been in the paving business for longer than Black Diamond is probably the asphalt itself. As early as 625 B.C., the Babylonians were using asphalt in road construction. And while those Babylonian roads weren’t exactly great for rollerblading, asphalt has been creeping into “the roadscape” for several millennia. Over the years, people would use asphalt for everything from boat repair, to a patching material for broken stones. Until finally, we saw the emergence of the modern-day asphalt road in 1870 New Jersey.  

The asphalt roads in the U.S. could circle the earth 96 times.

The National Asphalt Pavement Association explains that there are about “2.6 million miles of paved roads in The United States. And over 94% are surfaced with asphalt.” That means that in The United States alone, there’s enough asphalt to circle the entire world almost a hundred times. We can’t imagine why you’d ever need to do that, but if anyone’s up for the job, it’s definitely Black Diamond.  

In conclusion…

When we say we know everything there is to know about asphalt, we mean that literally. It’s a knowledge that shows in every job, every customer interaction, and in our Diamond Standard of Service. So, if you’re looking for a paving company that knows asphalt just a little bit better, reach out to Black Diamond, and let’s talk paving.

The Warmest Mix on the Market

Warm Mix Asphalt and How it’s Revolutionizing the Industry

When you’re hot, you’re hot, and when you’re not, you’re likely to have quite a few advantages…when it comes to asphalt, that is.

The industry standard of hot mix asphalt (HMA) has had a good run, providing a mix that has enjoyed proven strength, workability, and longevity for decades. But as the industry continues to advance technologically—and with an eye on sustainability and environmental friendliness—warm mix asphalt (WMA) continues to show up strongly in testing and innovation.

What’s the scoop with WMA?

WMA has been around for quite some time. The concept was first introduced by Professor Csanyi at Iowa State University in 1956. It was then further studied in Europe and was first used in the US in 2004. As the desire to minimize energy usage grows, so does the popularity and innovation of the mix.

So what’s the difference between HMA and WMA?

The most obvious factor is temperature. Traditional HMA is mixed at around 275-350°F. WMA is approximately 100° lower, and with that temperature drop comes a trio of benefits:

  1. The energy savings of producing the lower temp mix is about 30%, which translates well both economically and environmentally.
  2. The health benefits to the workers and those in surrounding areas are notable due to the lower emissions produced when the asphalt is laid. The enhanced workability also makes the job easier, and let’s face it, a 100° drop in temperature is certainly welcome.
  3. A warm mix has proven to be more compatible with the integration of recycled materials. The most popular recycled material in asphalt is old asphalt that has been milled to a specific coarseness and is then added to the new mix. Traditional hot mix has a restricted threshold due to stiffness of the materials. In this way, a road can live many lives and, in fact, is the most recycled material in the country. Warm mix, however, plays well with a higher percentage of recycled asphalt material. Another growing use for recycled materials in asphalt is plastics. Discarded plastics, many of which are not typically easy to reclaim for other uses, are able to be melted down into polymer pellets which are added to the mix.

An added bonus is that WMA isn’t as weather sensitive. This is important, as the temperature differential between cold air and hot asphalt is often prohibitive in the winter in many parts of the country. The shorter cooling time also means traffic can return to the surface more quickly.

As with any advancements in technology and process, but especially in a material that is expected to stand the test of time, there is a lot of research, development, and testing that goes on to ensure WMA is able to withstand the rigors of use and adds value. The industry as a whole continues to explore, refine, and improve the materials with a strong dedication to being environmentally friendly and efficient. We are happy to be a part of the latest in all that is great about asphalt and continue to study and implement best practices for our customers.

Game. Set. Pave.

I’ll bet you didn’t know the folks at Black Diamond play a wicked game of tennis. That’s right, when it comes to tennis courts, we are simply ACE. Tennis courts are an important and valued amenity enjoyed by many of our clients’ residents, and when it comes to desiring a smooth, well-maintained surface, tennis players call the shots. There is nothing worse than having a stray crack or fissure throw off the perfect trajectory (unless, of course, you can blame the poor court for your loss).

Maintaining a quality playing surface is much like maintaining the other paved surfaces around your property…with a bit more fussiness added in, due to the nature of its use. There are several things you can do to ensure your tennis courts stay inviting and pristine for anyone from the most casual to the most serious player. Here are just a few:

  • Grab your Sherlock hat and magnifying glass. Begin by doing a careful yearly inspection. Look for signs of wear such as fissures and cracking across the surface. If you see those lines emerging, the time to seal them is now to avoid costly repairs later.
  • Dry it up. Examine the surface for areas where water may collect. Those areas, commonly referred to as birdbaths, tend to be magnets for stray gravel and debris that are then tracked across the court, contributing to wear and tear. If you can, eliminate the source of the water. Checking drains to ensure they are working properly is a good place to start.
  • Get out the broom. Engage in monthly or even weekly maintenance, blowing or sweeping off debris that accumulates on the surface due to nearby vegetation and foot traffic.
  • Rock and roll…somewhere else. Consider eliminating non-tennis activities on your court such as biking, rollerblading, and skateboarding. A smooth surface may be great fun for all sorts of wheeled activities, but all that zipping back and forth will take its toll on the life of the court.
  • Pickleball, perhaps? If your courts seem to stand empty much of the time it may be that your residents will be well served by a simple conversion to Pickleball. This rapidly growing trend has gained a cult following and is played on a badminton sized court with a lowered net. Rather than a tennis ball and racket, it is played with a perforated plastic ball and smaller wooden paddles.
  • Go with an expert. Choose an experienced contractor who specializes in tennis court maintenance and repairs. Resurfacing a court requires some very specialized procedures and an experienced crew—it’s not a project for just anyone.
  • Plan to play. Include the tennis court area into your short-term and long-term budgeting and plans. We can help in assessing and adding this component to your overall portfolio of needs and goals.

When it comes to a well-rounded knowledge base and skill set for all your surface needs, we are a SMASH. Call us today to talk about how your tennis court game can improve and add value to your property. Game. Set. PAVE.

Achieve Visibly Younger Looking Pavement with Asphalt Rejuvenation!

You might hear the word “rejuvenation” and immediately think of the pursuit of reversing aging skin…and you would be right on the money. The principles of asphalt rejuvenation really don’t differ all that much from the beauty industry. The intent in both fields is to acknowledge the signs of aging and apply science to reverse it.

While the balms of the beauty industry aim at smoothing out the wrinkles of the human face, the potions of the pavement trade are aimed at restoring the chemical properties in asphalt that naturally degrade over time due to oxidation. This treatment typically consists of incorporating oils and resins which can be used in two ways.

Way One:

The first is to mix these magic elixirs into the recycled bits and pieces that go into creating the “new to you” asphalt. These agents soften the mix and increase plasticity and durability, as well as reduce the high temperatures needed to make all those raw ingredients bind together. The addition of an asphalt rejuvenator makes a critical difference in how much recycled material can be incorporated while maintaining peak life and performance. The more recycled material the better, for the end user and the environment. The cost benefit to increasing the amount of recycled material is an additional win for asset owners.

Way Two:

The second way to use a rejuvenator is to apply it to existing asphalt to bring it back to a near-new condition. Unlike a traditional sealer, which sits on the surface of the pavement, the special oil and resin mix has the added advantage of being able to penetrate through the layers of asphalt. This allows it to rework the chemical bonds, bringing them back to a state of strong pliability and revitalizing the binder.

THE MANY LIVES OF ASPHALT
Nine lives? Pfft. Felines have nothing on the asphalt industry. That glossy black surface that surrounds us is king of the recycled world. In fact, over 81% of asphalt that’s past its prime is recycled into the new asphalt you walk and drive on every day. Asphalt rejuvenation helps make that happen—just one more way the pavement industry is evolving to go green!

The rejuvenator also fills in any cracks and gaps, keeping water from seeping in, and provides protection from UV rays. The Federal Highway Administration estimates that for each $1 spent on rejuvenation a resulting $6-10 is saved over the life of the surface. When was the last time your skin cream saved you so much dough?

Just like a spa treatment for your skin, the benefits of this application can be seen immediately while the science under the surface continues to work its magic. A rejuvenation treatment will restore that flawless, radiant, like-new appearance while protecting your pavement from further effects of aging. It’s a win/win proposition.

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