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Selecting the Right Asphalt Contractor for Your Business Needs

When you have a big project, such as having your business’s parking lot paved, it can be difficult to know where to begin. At Asphalt Surfacing in Northern California, we understand the need to get the job done right and strive to please our customers with each project we complete. Here are a few things to consider when selecting a contractor to fulfill your paving needs.

Ask About Insurance

Do you ever wonder how some contractors can undercut the competition so steeply? The answer is likely that the company does not carry insurance, which is a huge red flag in the contracting industry. It means that if a worker is hurt or injured on your property, then you are liable in covering any medical cost which will ultimately drive costs up significantly. To avoid this, ask each contractor whether or not they carry insurance.

Check References

One easy way to begin the search for any contractor is by asking people you know whose services they have used in the past. Otherwise, request references from each company you speak with and reach out to those contacts. Local references are best so that you can check out the work in person. You’ll also find out if there were any delays or hiccups during the process.

Consider Your Budget

A reputable company will give you a detailed quote that includes a list of the materials to be used. If two competitors plan to use comparable asphalt, it may be wise to choose the cheaper of the two. Review the estimates closely to ensure that similar paving methods and materials will be used before selecting a contractor. Remember, saving a few dollars only to have subpar work completed will not be beneficial to you in the long run.


If you need a reliable asphalt contractor for a commercial project, look no further and call Asphalt Surfacing at (408) 586-8824 or shoot us an email.

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Save Money With Minor Asphalt Repairs

The idea that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure holds true for things as significant as driveway or parking lot repairs. Your commercial parking lot will be a costly replacement or repair project, and it only makes sense that you would want to avoid those expenses. As with many things, prevention by way of detailed and consistent maintenance can be the ticket to saving a lot of time and money.

Make Minor Repairs

At Asphalt Surfacing, we know a thing or two about paving problems and how the California weather and traffic can turn minor issues into serious headaches. These are some of the minor problems that could turn into more serious concerns.

Drain Problems

Your driveway or parking lot should be a smooth, even surface. Excess moisture and temperature can wreak havoc on the surface of the driveway. Even if it’s just moisture in the air, water can seep down into the cracks of the asphalt. When the weather changes and temperatures reach freezing, the water in the cracks expands and causes cracks to widen and worsen. Standing water after a rain may indicate drainage issues, which would make problems with cracking more serious.

Crocodile Cracks

The pavement will naturally crack as it ages, often spreading out in different directions to resemble the pattern of a crocodile’s skin. Rather than waiting until the problem is this serious (made worse by the presence of water), have cracks repaired as soon as they are noticeable.

Chemical Spills or Stains

Leaving chemical spills on a driveway to dry naturally could cause the binding between asphalt agents to erode. Time will cause the deterioration to spread through the rest of the pavement and weaken the structural integrity of the asphalt. Having chemical spills cleaned properly and completely as soon as they happen can preserve your paving job.

Whether you need minor problems repaired or you need to find out why your asphalt isn’t lasting, contact the experts at Asphalt Surfacing. We find out what you need and do the job right.

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Why Concrete Is a Good Value for Outdoor Projects

If you only look at the initial cost of a project, you might not think concrete is the best choice of materials. In reality, though, when you consider all factors, concrete offers excellent value for a multitude of projects:

  • Sidewalks
  • Curbs
  • Walkways
  • Retaining walls
  • Gutters
  • Pavements

Perhaps the biggest reason concrete is a solid value is its durability. In most applications, it will last 20 years or more. This exceeds most other material options available. At Asphalt Surfacing, Inc. we know that one critical secret for ensuring concrete lasts is a professional installation. We have pouring concrete down to a science, so you will get the best value.

The Versatility of Concrete

Durability isn’t the only exceptional thing about concrete. It is quite versatile, too, in that it can be readily repaired when problems do occur. For large areas of degraded pavement, our professionals can cut out a section and replace it with freshly poured cement. It is also possible to patch up areas that are looking shabby due to age or that have been damaged by roots or other issues. Concrete is also fairly easy to maintain for property owners.

Additionally, you can get a variety of appealing looks with concrete. Options for more aesthetic appeal are numerous:

  • Add color
  • Use printing techniques
  • Employ engraving methods
  • Pour into different shapes

At ASI, we can use stains and color admixtures to make the concrete on your property appear like polished marble, stone, wood, or even tanned leather. We do stamped patterns that impart a high-end look to your business.

The Value of Professionalism

We will never cut corners and we will make sure your property looks its best. Whether you are searching for durability or aesthetics, or both, our team has experience when dealing with concrete projects throughout northern California. Contact us today for a free quote.

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Include EV Charging Stations in Your Sustainability Strategy

When planning your organization’s sustainability strategy, consider adding EV charging stations in your parking lot. Electric cars are becoming more affordable and accepted by the public, and your business can accommodate your clients and employees with an essential service. At Asphalt Surfacing, we can help you renovate your parking area for charging stations and enable your business to promote its eco-friendly awareness.

Environmental Impact

With a new charging station, your business is reducing its environmental impact and supporting green energy. Electric vehicles have zero emissions and much smaller carbon footprints than gas-powered vehicles. If your business uses vehicles for deliveries, you can work on converting your fleet to EVs to further your commitment to environmental change. Purchasing an entire fleet of EVs may not be possible, but you can gradually add the vehicles to avoid a massive initial investment.

Employee Retention

As more consumers purchase electric cars, companies need to address the needs of their employees and clients to ensure a lasting relationship. Owners of EVS are more likely to work longer at a business that provides changing stations, and clients are more likely to frequent your company when they can easily charge their EV’s while they’re conducting business in your office. Promoting the use of charging stations on your website through blogs and emails can help your workers and customers become aware of the service.

Customer Approval

Although most of the world continues to rely on fossil fuels for energy, a growing number of consumers support organizations that use green practices. Reducing your environmental impact through charging stations and eco-friendly methods can improve your corporate image. More consumers are choosing only to conduct business with companies that support green initiatives. When you adopt green practices in your business plan, be sure to promote your efforts online to show the public that your company is committed to helping the environment.

Go green today and contact Asphalt Surfacing to begin your charging station project.

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Understanding the Appeal of Slurry Seal

When it comes to pavement treatments, slurry seal is one of the most popular and high-performance treatments. If you have cracked or uniformed pavement, you may want to consider the benefits of slurry seal.

What Is Slurry Seal?

Slurry seal is a homogeneous mixture. It includes well-graded fine aggregate, emulsified asphalt, and mineral filler. When applied to pavement surfaces, it has a fluid-like appearance. We use three basic aggregate gradations, which include:

  • Type I or fine
  • Type II or general
  • Type III or coarse

Each gradation has a specific use. Fine aggregate is used to fill small surface cracks by creating a thin level over the pavement. Sometimes, we can use a Type I aggregate slurry as a pre-treatment before an HMA overlay. On the other hand, general aggregate slurry can be used to treat moderate to severe raveling and improve skid resistance. Coarse aggregate slurry is for severe defects. We can use it to fill depressions to prevent ponding.

Why Would You Choose Slurry Seal?

At Asphalt Surfacing, we provide slurry seal and sealcoating. While sealcoating has benefits in low-traffic areas, slurry seal is great for roadways, airport tarmacs, shopping centers, and other high-traffic areas. Once it’s applied, you do have to wait about 8 to 10 hours for it to cure, but after that, it can last up to 10 years.

Slurry seal is considered a high-performance resurfacing treatment. It doesn’t just fill cracks, but it also adds a professional wear surface for additional protection. Slurry seal is a cost-effective solution to old, cracked pavement. With one application, you can have a uniform surface.

How Is Slurry Seal Applied?

To apply slurry seal, we use a spreader box connected to a slurry-mixing unit. The box spreads the slurry seal over the width of a traffic lane. The mixing procedure is automatic but constantly monitored by professionals. Personnel will clean the surface, barricade the area, and inspect your asphalt before application.

If you have cracked or depressed asphalt, our team at Asphalt Surfacing can assess the damage and decide whether slurry seal is right for you. To find out more about how we can help, call 408-673-4719 or send us an email today!

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Why Your Lot Should Include EV Charging Stations

Electric vehicles are becoming more popular all around the world. From luxury Audi e-Trons to budget-friendly Hyundai Konas and offroad Hummer EVs, consumers have a wealth of options to choose from. These car owners will need more than just a place to park their vehicles, they need a place to charge them. Here’s why you should consider catering to their needs.

Increased Businesses

Charging an electric vehicle takes time. Because of this, when car owners charge their EVs, they might need additional services to pass the time. If your parking lot is only part of your business, this could bring in much-needed foot traffic.

Higher Occupancy Rates

Finding a good place to charge an EV often feels like an uphill battle. Once EV owners find a parking lot that serves their needs, they will keep coming back. This boosts occupancy rates at your parking lot, which helps to keep it profitable.

Green PR Boost

Almost every business wants to appeal to modern-day consumers by showing what sustainable efforts they are making. Catering to EV owners can help boost your brand as a supporter of green initiatives. Your business will also become more well-known among EV owners, so plan accordingly.

Higher-End Clientele

Not all EVs cost a lot of money, but most electronic vehicles cost more than their gas and diesel alternatives. Because of this, people who buy EVs tend to have higher disposable incomes. If you own a business aimed at attracting wealthier clientele, this might be a great way to accomplish that.

If you decide to install EV charging stations, the process is a lot less complex than you might think at first. It requires drilling, trenching, grating, adding concrete bases, and then installing the charging device. Our team at Asphalt Surfacing will coordinate with the electrical contractor, so you don’t have to. Once installed, we will repair any pavement disrupted in the process and stripe the new spaces.

If you are interested in adding EV charging stations to your commercial property, call 408-673-4719 or email us today!

Slurry Seal VS Sealcoat: How to Choose Between the Two

When it comes to roads, parking lots, or driveways, the type of seal you use is important to the asphalt’s longevity. Sealcoating and slurry seal are both great options, but for two different purposes.

While slurry may take longer to dry, it can also last longer on surfaces in high-traffic areas. However, if you have a low-traffic area, you do not need to wait as long for your seal to dry and sealcoating may be right for you.

The Benefits of Sealcoating

Sealcoating contains liquid asphalt, mineral fillers, and anti-oxidation additives. Compared to slurry seal, it cures faster, in two to four hours. The curing time is dependent on the application and the mixture. If your asphalt appears rough, the sealcoating will provide a smooth and protective finish. Sealcoating also protects against two of asphalt’s biggest enemies, UV rays and moisture.

Sealcoating requires less specialized equipment than slurry and can be applied via spray or with a squeegee. Sealcoating is the cheaper option but not as long-lasting; it will need to be reapplied every three to five years.

The Benefits of Slurry Seal

Slurry seal is a thick paving treatment. It contains aggregates, asphalt emulsion, water, and other additives. One of the major benefits of slurry seal is that it can last about eight to 10 years. As a trade-off, however, it does cost more than sealcoating.

If you have a road or tarmac with heavier traffic, slurry seal is your better option. It is more protective against wear and tear and is considered a high-performance treatment because it provides you an additional surface for wear. When we apply slurry seal, we use self-mixing equipment and an applicator.

To maintain your asphalt parking lot, contact Asphalt Surfacing to speak to the experts. We can help you decide which options are best for you.

Protect Your Parking Lot With Asphalt Surface Treatments

Your parking lot is the first part of your business that customers encounter. Between traffic and the weather, this surface endures a lot of stress each day. Applying asphalt surface treatments can help extend the life of the parking lot and keep it looking good.

Why Do You Need Surface Treatments? 

Moisture can seep into the asphalt, causing damage over time. The pavement may begin to crack or fade, and cracks may turn into potholes if they are not repaired. Additionally, the weight of the vehicles can damage the asphalt, and oil spills may stain the pavement. While you may repair small potholes, there could be damage to the asphalt you cannot see. This unseen damage can lead to more expensive repairs later on.

How Do Surface Treatments Protect Parking Lots? 

Asphalt surface treatments provide a protective covering for your parking lot. This covering prevents water and other liquids from seeping into the asphalt and causing stains and cracks.

Before laying down this coating, our team prepares the asphalt. We fix cracks and potholes so that your parking lot looks good and maintains structural integrity. Additionally, we provide a thorough cleaning so that the surface treatment can bond to the asphalt. This kind of maintenance helps extend the life of the asphalt, so you do not need to make repairs as often.

How Often Do You Need This Service? 

If the asphalt is several years old, you may need to get a surface treatment every two or three years. If you’re unsure when your parking lot needs the next treatment, we can evaluate it for you. If there are signs of significant wear, it’s probably time for a new surface treatment.

At Asphalt Surfacing, we are committed to ensuring that your parking lot is in the best condition. Call 408-673-4719 or send us an email to schedule a consultation so we can discuss the right maintenance plan for your parking lot.


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3 Things To Understand About Parking Lot Striping

As a property owner, you might have a maintenance list a mile long. Is the parking lot on that list? How about parking lot striping? If it is, it might be towards the bottom of the list; however, there are several reasons why parking lot striping should be moved up that list.

Striping Improves First Impressions

You may not have thought about it before, but your parking is responsible for making a first impression on your clients and customers. Perhaps you have some intriguing landscape features and some clever signs. While those are great, you need to complete the aesthetic appeal with proper striping. If your striping is faded, particularly if it has faded away altogether, the lot might look old and worn out. That could cause your customers and clients to assume you don’t take very good care of your business, and that’s never a good assumption.

Striping Increases Safety

The striping in your parking lot is going to increase safety for everyone. You can have arrows painted on the throughways to show drivers which direction they should go in specified areas. You can have crosswalks painted between certain areas for pedestrian safety. These features, as well as many others, will help drivers avoid confusion, which leads to avoiding collisions and injuries.

Striping Helps You Meet Requirements

Every parking lot has to abide by certain requirements to be legally functional. Depending on the size of the lot, there needs to be a certain amount of marked handicapped parking spaces. A certain amount of those spaces need to be van accessible and the right width to accommodate those vehicles. Color and visibility are an important part of legal requirements, as are proper signage and functionality of the entire system.

Scheduling Your Striping Service

At Asphalt Surfacing, we know how to get the job done. Call 408-673-4719 or email us today to schedule your parking lot striping service.

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3 Things That Will Destroy Your Asphalt Pavement

Asphalt is a popular solution for a surfacing material because it’s durable and cost-effective. However, it is not indestructible. There are three things that will destroy an asphalt parking lot if proper maintenance isn’t performed in a timely manner.

Surface Water

When an asphalt parking lot is installed, it is typically designed to sweep the water off the surface so it doesn’t pool in place. Unfortunately, drainage systems can clog and other damages can occur, causing the water to pool. This surface water is going to seep down into small cracks, causing the sub-surfaces to erode and the cracks to expand.

To prevent this issue, we recommend seal coating. Sealcoating is a thin liquid layer that protects the asphalt surface from not just water, but UV rays and fluids from vehicles as well. I

Heavy Vehicles

We realize you installed your asphalt lot with the intention of having vehicles drive on it, but when it doesn’t get installed properly, heavy vehicles will become an enemy to the parking lot. Rutting and deterioration will eventually occur, only getting worse with time as more and more vehicles drive along the same path. In areas where vehicles stop, slow down, or park, the damage will typically be more prevalent.

The best thing you can do to avoid this is to have the asphalt lot installed properly in the first place. Our contractors have experience with this situation, knowing where to install thicker asphalt and where reinforcements are needed. If you’re already dealing with the issue, we can make the repair before it gets worse.

Tree Roots

Trees play a vital role in the way your landscape looks, but their roots can cause damage to your asphalt. As they spread out to look for water, they’re going to push the earth in any direction, causing it to make the asphalt crack and bow. An immediate repair, as well as control of the roots and the trees, is essential in keeping your asphalt in good shape.

As you can see, some very regular things can cause serious damage to your asphalt parking lot, but we can help. For prevention or repairs, contact Asphalt Surfacing today by calling 408-673-4719 or sending us an email!