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Paving One Day at a Time

  
  
  
  

   It does not matter what job or career you do, you need to wake up every day to do it. Whether it is white or blue-collar work, every job involves effort. Paving asphalt is hard and dirty work that requires the right team to make an asphalt surface functional and attractive. Most professional companies make paving look easy because that is the way it should be.

   Paving is a team effort and everyone involved takes pride in their work. Laborers and foremen alike wake up at 3-5am in the morning to get to their job sites on time to start the day of paving. The foreman coordinates with the sales team to make sure they are on track with time and money. The laborers play a crucial role as well as they coordinate with the foreman to make sure the asphalt is paved correctly.

   If you never seen or felt fresh hot asphalt up close, it is hard to imagine how it is like until you are physically involved in the paving process. Imagine how a hot asphalt road on a summer day feels like except 2 to 3 times as hot, that is fresh asphalt.

   Asphalt will stick under your work boots as you are frantically trying to lay it down and pave it before it gets cold. Not to mention looking over your shoulders constantly looking out for machinery like the rollers and work trucks. Safety should always be a priority.

  At the same time while paving the asphalt surface, the paving crew hurries to clean any mess that they unintentionally create. Making sure any structures or cars are not damaged is important during a job as well. Since asphalt is a dirty job, asphalt and oil will stick to any surface it comes in contact with, thus, cleanliness is required.

   At the end of the day once the paved asphalt surface cools off, another day of hard work has been done and the work crews are ready for the next day. Next time you see a paving or construction crew doing their work, slow down and appreciate their efforts. A professional paving company like Alaniz Construction Inc. in the SF Bay Area will make paving easy for you.

 

 

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Traveling Paving Contractors

  
  
  
  

     It is human nature to save money by choosing the least expensive options in life. When it comes to asphalt and concrete paving, people want to choose the lowest prices. The problem is that there are unethical contractors out there selling subpar services and products.

     They are often called “gypsy” contractors who scam unsuspecting customers. The story is similar and the basic premise is that there is left-over asphalt from another job and the contractor is in the neighborhood doing “repairs” at an amazing price. The reality is that these “gyspy pavers” end up charging more money than what the job is worth ¹. Common sense would raise a red flag, but unfortunately human greed is powerful and that is what con artists love.  

     It is important to choose a paving contractor who has been in business for a few years and has verifiable past customers. Common sense dictates that if a contractor offers a warranty it is important that they will be around to honor it. Additionally, making sure that a contractor is licensed is essential. Another good indicator that a contractor is actively doing business is if they have an online presence like a website.

     People naturally choose the lowest priced deal that they get because they are apparently “saving money” instantly. The reality is that this is not true all the time. If a customer chooses the cheapest offer, it is possible that they are receiving the cheapest quality. Thus, it is important to research a paving contractor before doing business with them.

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References:

1. WHEC –TV. Gypsy Paving Contractors. July 26, 2013

 

Asphalt Pavements Fail Differently

  
  
  
  

     Imagine dealing with bad drivers, dealing with the natural elements, and taking abuse on a daily basis, no I am not talking about the daily commute to work rather I am talking about what asphalt surfaces go through every day. Asphalt damage is dynamic and happens in a variety of ways. The mode of asphalt failure is important to understand the quality and maintenance of asphalt surfaces.

     The most obvious factors that affect asphalt surfaces are weather, wear-and-tear, and time. Water causes a lot of damage to asphalt surfaces in the form of different weather elements such as rain or snow. Additionally, the constriction and expansion of asphalt surfaces due to weather causes damage. Furthermore, the abuse that roads and parking lots take from vehicles, especially large ones, will only perpetuate the destruction of asphalt further. As time goes by, all of these factors are intensified and asphalt will fail faster if it is not properly maintained.

     One common mode of failure for asphalt starts as cracks, which are caused by the varying temperatures in the environment. Eventually cracks become potholes with time and lack of maintenance. If left untreated, obviously potholes become bigger until the asphalt surface has failed completely. Additionally, asphalt may fail in other ways from having poor quality construction from the beginning.

     How long asphalt pavements will last also depends on the quality of materials and the techniques that are used for construction. If the construction of an asphalt road or parking lot is built on a sub-par foundation with bad materials or if the asphalt is not compacted properly, naturally asphalt will fail faster. An asphalt surface may sink with time if the foundation were it was laid on is not strong enough.

     Understanding how asphalt surfaces fail is the crux of having better asphalt quality and better asphalt maintenance plans. That is why an experienced paving company will know how to maintain an asphalt surface proactively. Proactively maintaining asphalt surfaces such as roads and parking lots is important to avoid costly repairs.

 

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Paving Quality Asphalt Work

  
  
  
  

     When people think about asphalt "quality", sometimes it is difficult to define. Some people only care about driving on a road without too many bumps and getting to where they want to be on time. Various factors affect the quality of an asphalt road such as the materials used and the techniques used to pave a road. That is why quality should consider various factors beyond a scientific measure of compression and thickness.

     Asphalt quality can be broad and sometimes it is described as the “maximum compression” of asphalt. Quality is extensive because it means different things depending on people’s perspectives. For example, a road can have the maximum compression and may be created to last, but does it dissipate contaminated rainwater away from natural bodies of water? Additionally, does the asphalt consider other environmental factors such as the ground where it was laid on and will the foundation sustain the asphalt over time?

     Many factors will determine how long a road will last over time, which should be the real measures of quality. In addition, quality asphalt roads will save people money over time because they will not have to replace them as often.

     Choosing the right paving company is complex but the most important factor is quality. A decent asphalt contractor will do the minimum to create a quality product but there might be “gypsy” contractors out there that just want a quick dollar. Alaniz Construction Inc. emphasizes choosing a reputable asphalt contractor who will offer a warranty on their work.

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Asphalt Pavement and The Resistance to Weather

  
  
  
  

     Not only do asphalt roads have to deal with bad drivers, but they take a lot of abuse from the natural elements as well. The United States has a variety of weather systems that range from freezing to blistering hot. The amazing fact about asphalt roads is that they are designed to survive in all types of weather.

     Asphalt roads are damaged primarily by water that comes in the form of rain or snow. The water on asphalt will freeze then thaw, causing asphalt to constrict and expand. Additionally, the soil on which asphalt is built on will have similar effects ¹.

     Asphalt roads do not "survive" on their own per se, but rather they require the proper maintenance. This is especially true in places of the United States that get a lot of rain and snow. Thus, the type of elements to which a road is exposed to has to be taken into consideration to establish a proper maintenance plan. By doing so, the life of a road can be extended and help it "survive."

     To build an effective road that is going to withstand the elements, companies need to know what they are doing beyond what the law specifies as the minimum requirements. The real difference in “quality” comes from companies doing more than what the law requires. However, some people just want a cheap price without considering the future consequences.

     There are all kinds of paving contractors and companies out there that offer different "qualities" at different prices. Alaniz Construction Inc. emphasizes the importance of choosing the right paving contractor that fits your price and offers the best quality possible.

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 References:

1.  Pavement Type Selection.  Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA). July 3, 2013.

The Advantages of Asphalt Pavement

  
  
  
  

     Most of the pavement roads in the United States are made of asphalt. Thus paying attention to what our roads are made of should be important. There are various advantages to using asphalt versus other type of pavement materials. Some benefits include saving time, money, and preventing environmental issues.

     An asphalt road can be paved fast and efficiently without waiting too long to drive on the pavement. This is an advantage especially in busy parking lots or streets that cannot be shut down for a long time.    

     When it comes down to money, asphalt is clearly cheaper because it is easier to maintain. In the long run, asphalt will give people more value for their money since asphalt roads last longer. Especially considering the wear and tear that roads accumulate on a daily basis, asphalt roads are a good investment. Additionally, since asphalt can be paved faster than concrete, asphalt will cost less.

     Asphalt can be maintained easily and effectively, thus the need for new asphalt pavement is reduced. In essence, the sustainability of asphalt gives it “green” qualities. In addition, asphalt is made from recycled materials. The water dissipation qualities of porous asphalt can be used to divert polluted water away from natural bodies of water.

     In a nutshell, asphalt is amazing and we are passionate about it. People should be familiar with the surfaces that they drive on every day. Asphalt deserves a second look because it keeps everyone moving forward efficiently.

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Paving an Asphalt Road in Northern California

  
  
  
  

     Asphalt companies should strive to pave in the most efficient way possible to save customers time and money. Additionally, paving should be done in the least intrusive way possible because people need to use their roads and parking lots.

     In order to pave an asphalt road in a fast and efficient way, companies need to have experience. What sets paving companies apart is the experience of their employees. Otherwise, an asphalt road can be paved fast but if companies are not experts, they are not going to do a good quality job. Small details will be missed and the pavement will fail faster over time. That is why not every paving contractor is the same.

     Alaniz Construction, Inc. provides the best quality possible in every job. In this video, we are paving a road in the hills of Northern California.

 

Parking Lots and ADA Compliance

  
  
  
  

     ADA compliance is important so that people with disabilities can use facilities safely. Parking lots have to be marked clearly and not only that, but they have to be maintained because paint fades over time. Maintaining a functional parking lot is not only important to comply with ADA regulations, but it will save people money in the long run.

     There have been ADA violation lawsuits across the U.S. at various businesses and parking lots. For example in California there have been cases varying in monetary amounts. The easy targets for these lawsuits are older buildings. People have different opinions on the validity of these lawsuits ¹.

     Whether or not ADA lawsuits are “ethical” or not, there are still laws and ultimately, it comes down to a court to decide who is at fault. When it comes to parking lots, it is easier to maintain an ADA compliant parking lot than to wait for the future. There are multiple ways of being sued for not having a functional parking lot whether it is from an injury or an ADA compliance violation.

     People have to be careful because the reality is that lawsuis are real and they can happen to an unsuspecting business owner. It is important to establish a relationship with an honest paving company who will help people prevent any ADA compliance issues with their parking lots.

 

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 References:

1. West Covina business owner hit with multiple ADA lawsuits. San Gabriel Valley Tribune. June, 14 2013.

Paving Asphalt Trenches

  
  
  
  

     Paving a trench is a relatively easy process for an experienced paving company. There are many paving contractors to choose from in the Bay Area and all around Northern California. However, if a quality job is desired, people should choose a professional paving company.

     People will save time and money when they choose a proffesional paving company that knows how to pave in a timely and efficient manner.

     Here are the steps to pave a trench as shown in the video below:

  • Grind off pavement
  • Sweep and clean
  • Spray tack oil
  • Pour on asphalt
  • Maximum compression with roller
  • You have new asphalt pavement!

     It sounds simple right? Let the experts handle all the details behind asphalt paving. If asphalt paving is done right by a prossional company, it should be simple and hassle free!

 

Maintaining Parking Lots and Avoiding Lawsuits

  
  
  
  

     In United States, people will sue each other over anything nowadays. In states that are more liberal like California, lawsuits are prevalent. However, lawsuits will arise anywhere and over anything that causes a person bodily harm like an injury from bad asphalt or concrete paving. There are documented cases across the United States of people suing companies over injuries caused by damaged parking lots.

     In 2010, in Glen Carbon, Illinois, a woman was injured when she tripped on a pothole at a national retail chain establishment. The injured woman sued the retail corporation for over $100,000 because she suffered physical and mental suffering. The premise of the legal complaint was that the store acted negligently by failing to alert customers to the presence of the pothole in the parking lot ¹.  

     Another recorded case is in Dickinson, Texas where a woman was injured at a parking lot of a local business in 2010. The circumstances behind the injury were similar as the first mentioned case. The Texas woman injured herself on a defective parking lot. The woman sued the local business for $10,000 ².

     Not maintaining a parking lot is expensive. Maintaining a “functional” parking lot by giving it proper maintenance is less expensive than letting a parking lot fail and have it replaced. Additionally, the hidden costs of having a damaged parking lot are greater. The most obvious cost is people suing a business over injuries suffered from a damaged parking lot. The greater cost for a company is having a bad reputation due to a failed parking lot.

     A “functional” parking lot that will keep everyone safe is not hard to achieve. Many solutions are available to have asphalt or concrete parking lots that will keep everyone safe and happy.  A relationship should be established with a paving contractor to maintain a safe and cost-effective parking lot. A reputable asphalt and concrete paving company that will help their clients establish a maintenance plan for their parking lots is essential.

 

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References:

1. Wal-Mart sued over customer’s parking lot fall. The Madison-St.Clair Record. May 31, 2013.

2. Fall in Dickinson parking lot leads to lawsuit. The Southeast Texas Record. May 31, 2013.

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