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.
1. WHEC –TV. Gypsy Paving Contractors. July 26, 2013
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.
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.
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.
1. Pavement Type Selection. Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA). July 3, 2013.
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.
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.
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.
1. West Covina business owner hit with multiple ADA lawsuits. San Gabriel Valley Tribune. June, 14 2013.
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!
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.
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.
One of the first things out state people notice when they drive into LA or the Bay Area, are the vibrations that they feel when they arrive however not from the beautiful backdrops of the Golden State but rather from the bumpy roads! The fact that California has some of the worst roads in the United States may seem amusing at first but it is costing people money. The issue is that asphalt roads are deteriorating but they are not repaired proactively. The Bay Area is not alone in this prevailing problem because other major metropolitan areas of the United States are not far behind.
According to the latest road ratings, 64% of the roads in the San Jose metropolitan area are in below average or poor condition. The San Francisco-Oakland area had a rating of 58%, which combined with the other Bay Area cities means that the majority of the roads in the Bay Area are in bad shape. Los Angeles naturally came in with 63% of the roads in poor shape, which means that the majority of Angelenos have a bumpy ride as well ¹.
Essentially, this means that the Bay Area pays the highest amount in extra “vehicle operating costs" to drive on bad roads ¹. Additionally, this “cost” includes the extra gas and wear and tear that bad roads are causing vehicles. In essence, this cost is additional to the current average repairs that people pay annually to maintain their vehicles. San Jose has a figure of $756 in extra repairs compared to $539 in Dallas with the lowest poor quality roads at 34%. Additionally, compared to the average American driver who only pays $402 a year in additional repairs, California is paying a high price ¹.
This “extra cost” would include costs such as replacing tires and fixing damage to the car from the additional depreciation from bad asphalt and concrete roads. The report did not show a statistical graph with standard deviation and other important data analytics, but one can infer that some people would be at the low end of the cost spectrum while others would be at the high end. Meaning that some people may not pay that much in “extra” costs, but if one person has to pay for a major car repair due to bad roads, that is naturally going to bring up the “average additional cost”. Thus, when placed into perspective, bad roads are going to have a different impact on every driver.
Having bad roads has a direct impact on people’s wallets! Not only do bad asphalt roads cost extra money, they are dangerous to drive on as well. Maintaining asphalt and concrete roads is important to ensure the safety and happiness of the public. As I always emphasize in my blogs, asphalt and concrete are more complex than they seem initially and are worthy of being analyzed from different perspectives!
1. Hold the Wheel Steady. Trip. May 24, 2013.