Prime Paving Contractors recently completed new a parking lot expansion for Emory Johns Creek Hospital. The new parking lot is approximately 1,500 square yards and had to be completed before the end of November. As a sub-contractor, Prime Paving was responsible for the grading and installation of the graded aggregate base (GAB), asphalt paving and striping. The project was completed in three days, one day for GAB installation, and two days of asphalt paving and striping. Some of the challenges Prime Paving had to meet on this project were work-time restrictions in order to not disturb sleeping hospital patients, and colder paving temperatures as winter began to set in. Both these obstacles were met with great execution due to precise planning and our paving crew’s commitment to excellence. Call us today for a free estimate on your next paving project!
Prime Paving Contractors safely completed a 2 inch permaflex-overlay, on a 7,480 SY parking lot. The work was performed for an office complex in Lilburn, GA. We paved the job in three separate phases to accommodate the businesses and their employees, while minimizing our presence. The total asphalt tonnage was approximately 820 tons, which was installed in four days. Other project highlights included removing and replacing 146 LF of 24 inch curb and gutter, a new handicap ramp and handicap signs throughout the complex. This is another successful job that we completed safely, on schedule and within budget.
Prime Paving Contractors just finished a permaflex-overlay to an existing business parking lot in Lawrenceville, GA. We paved this asphalt parking lot on a Saturday with minimal disruption to the business, call us today @ 770.416.1000 for a free estimate!
Dilapidated driveways aren’t just unsightly and unsafe – they can also significantly drag down the value of your home. Is your driveway one of these dreaded money-suckers? Here are some signs that it might be:
1 Is it unpaved? Gravel and dirt driveways are cheap, no doubt about it. But the problem is, they look it – and that decreases the value of your home. Investing in a paved asphalt driveway will help drastically increase the value of your home, and it won’t cost you a ton of money.
2 Is it faded? Already got an asphalt driveway? Great choice. But Atlanta’s hot, sunny summers can sometimes cause asphalt driveways to oxidize. You’ll know this has happened when your driveway has turned from a brilliant black to a dingy gray. A faded driveway can weaken your home’s curb appeal – and that can significantly impact your home’s value. Luckily, the fix is easy – a seal coating from Prime Paving Contractors should do the job.
3 Is it cracking up? Asphalt driveways only require maintenance every couple of years, which is awesome. But this convenience comes at a price: it’s all too easy to forget to follow through on your upkeep. If you’ve slacked on your driveway maintenance for a few years, you’ve probably got some cracks and holes going on, and those holes you’ve been ignoring could lower the value of your home. Get an asphalt resurfacing before you put your house on the market and you’ll get more money when it’s time to sell.
If your driveway situation is less than stellar, it will definitely affect the value of your home. The good news is that this can be fixed with ease. Don’t shortchange yourself when you sell your home – fix that ugly driveway already! Call Prime Paving Contractors today and we’ll get it looking great.
What do driveways, dirt, and details all have in common? Well, yes, they all obviously start with the letter “D” but they can also all help you significantly increase the value of your home. Here’s how:
Upgrade your driveway. A driveway helps draw the eye to your home. Driveways are the first things potential buyers see when looking at properties, and first impressions have a huge impact on the value of a home. If yours has gotten run down over the years, or if you’ve got a gravel driveway, give the paving company a call. Invest in a nicely paved asphalt driveway and you’ll end up lining your pockets with some extra cash when you’re ready to sell your house.
Focus on the details. Many homeowners make the mistake of wasting lots of money on pricey improvements like a new kitchen while forgetting all about the smaller things. But it’s those little things that make the real difference. Replacing worn out carpet, cleaning grout, or touching up the paint job will actually have a stronger impact on your home’s value than a ridiculously expensive new kitchen will.
Get dirty. Whoever said money doesn’t grow on trees obviously didn’t know about the monetary impact that plants can have on your house. Mature trees can add up to $1,000 (per tree!) to your property’s value. So put your gloves on and start digging – you’ll be glad you did.
Focus on the three D’s of your home and when it comes time to sell, your little investments are sure to pay off. Have any other tips? Let us know in the comment section. And, of course, it you’re looking for some Atlanta asphalt experts to help fix that driveway and boost your home’s value, give Prime Paving Contractors a call.
A driveway is a big investment. Not only that, it’s the very first thing people see when they visit your house, so you want it to look as good as possible. So how do you choose the best driveway surface for your specific home and budget? Consider the following factors:
1 Climate. Each driveway surface reacts differently to varying climates, but if you live somewhere where the temperature tends to fluctuate – like in Atlanta – asphalt is your best option. Asphalt’s pliability means it’s less likely to suffer major cracks due to the expansion and contraction caused by the freeze-thaw cycle. Asphalt repairs are significantly less expensive than concrete repairs, and a seal coating can further help your asphalt driveway stay smooth and free of cracks.
2 Dimensions. It’s essential to know the dimensions of your driveway when trying to work out your budget and choose your surface. Got a long driveway? Unless you’re filthy rich, you’ll probably want to go with asphalt. It’s both inexpensive and aesthetically pleasing – a win-win situation
3 Environment Impact. If you’re into the green lifestyle, or if you live in a rural area and have a long driveway that would be expensive to pave, consider using recycled ground asphalt for your driveway instead of rocks and gravel. You’ll be doing both the environment and your wallet a favor.
We hope these three pointers will make choosing the right driveway surface for your home a little easier. If you’re considering an asphalt driveway, feel free to call Prime Paving Contractors with any questions, or ask us in the comment section below.
Your parking lot may be the last thing on your mind when it comes to your business, but it’s the first thing potential customers see. Does your parking lot reflect the professionalism of your business, or are you in desperate need of an asphalt resurfacing? If you’re not sure, here are a few warning signs:
1 Is there a lot of “alligatoring?” Alligator skin looks great on shoes, belts and bags, but it’s not a good look for your parking lot. If your lot is looking like your purse, it’s time to call the paving company. Not only is a parking lot with serious “alligator” cracking unsightly, it’s also unsafe.
2 Are your employees complaining? If your lot is so cracked and crumbly that even your employees are complaining, it’s definitely time to get an asphalt resurfacing. Not only will your lot look great for your customers, but your workers will no longer be embarrassed to tell people where they work. In fact, if they’ve asked you about fixing the lot in the past, they’ll come to feel that their opinions matter in the workplace. Remember, happy employees are better employees.
3 Does it turn into a miniature lake system when it rains? If your parking lot looks like The Great Lakes in miniature when it rains, call the paving company, and fast! Those deep pothole puddles don’t just soak your customers’ pant legs and shoes – water is the main cause of serious asphalt damage. Fix your potholes early and you’ll avoid the need to have it replaced.
If your parking lot is showing any of these signs, don’t despair. Instead, get your parking lot repaved. The highly experienced crew at Prime Paving Contractors can get your parking lot looking like new again in no time flat.
Traveling paving contractors are a huge problem in the U.S.– “60 Minutes” even did a story about them. Basically, if someone comes to your door claiming to be a contractor with “leftover asphalt” from a job he just finished, he’s probably lying – and if he offers to pave your driveway for cheap, he’s definitely trying to rip you off. While a deal is tempting, you’ll inevitably end up having to spend even more money to fix the poor job he does. So how do you turn down one of these nefarious characters?
1 Just say no. Don’t try to call him out on being a scammer. Don’t engage much at all. In a courteous but firm manner, just tell him you’re not interested. Then shut the door politely, before he has a chance to hook you again.
2 Say you’re house-sitting. If the so-called contractor doesn’t seem like the type who’ll take “no” for an answer, smile sweetly at the conclusion of his story and say, “I’m sorry, but I’m just house-sitting. I’m not the person to ask.” If he offers you a business card, take it. When he leaves, promptly place it in the trash can.
3 Pretend you’re not home. If your doorbell rings and you see an unmarked truck full of “leftover” asphalt and one of those shady scammers on your porch, you can always just lie low for a few minutes. Don’t answer. That saves you the hassle of having to listen to his sales pitch, only to turn him down.
When you’re ready to get a new driveway, or if you’ve been the victim of one of these scams and you need some asphalt repairs, give the Atlanta asphalt experts at Prime Paving Contractors, a call. And if you have any stories about how you’ve creatively turned down traveling paving contractors, post them in the comment section. We’d love to hear them!
Asphalt is more than just a great surface for driveways and roadways. It actually has a ton of other uses – and some of them might surprise you. From propelling rocket ships into space to generating electricity, this one substance can do some pretty incredible and diverse stuff.
Waterproofing. Most people think of asphalt as a paving material, but it’s actually most often used to make roofing shingles. Though asphalt shingles look great, it’s not just an aesthetic thing – asphalt is actually waterproof. In fact, that was asphalt’s first use, historically. Thousands of years ago, in what’s now Pakistan, the ancient Indus people lined their crop-gathering baskets with asphalt to keep their food from getting wet.
Rocket Fuel. John Whiteside Parsons achieved a lot in rocket science, but that work is almost overshadowed by his affiliation with the occult and with people like Aleister Crowley and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Let’s cut the guy some slack, though: he did figure out how to use asphalt to make a solid form of rocket fuel.
Paint. Asphalt is used as pigment in some paint and markers because of its intensely dark color and permanence. Asphalt-based art supplies are particularly popular with graffiti writers for that reason.
Solar Power. If you’ve ever gone barefoot on a summer day in Atlanta, you know just how hot asphalt can get, and in the 1990s, Dutch engineers figured out a way to harness that heat and turn it into energy. The blacktop acts as a solar panel, absorbing heat from the sun. That solar energy heats metal pipes full of water under the road, and when the hot water passes through a thermoelectric generator, voilà! Electricity. In 2008, Oregon became the first state in the U.S. to have a completely solar-powered highway – all of the lights, signs and tunnel fans are powered by solar energy collected by the asphalt.
Even though asphalt can do all kinds of cool stuff, paving driveways and roadways is what it’s known for. If you’re in Atlanta and you’re in the market for a driveway or parking lot made of this magical material, give Prime Paving Contractors a call.
One of asphalt’s most awesome features is that it’s easy to maintain on your own. A little DIY asphalt patching can save you from expensive repairs down the road. We want your driveway to last as long as possible, so we don’t mind revealing a paving secret or two to help you out with that. Potholes are one of the most common problems with asphalt driveways, but as long as they’re not too deep, you can fix them yourself pretty easily.
To start, you’ll need the following things: cold patch (available at any home improvement store), a Shop-Vac or broom and a 4 x 4 wooden block. That’s it! Now, to fix the pothole:
1 1. Be patient. If you wait for a warm day to fix your pothole, it’ll go a lot more smoothly. This is because the asphalt will be more pliable and therefore easier for you to work with.
3 2. Clear the pothole of all debris, such as gravel and weeds. For the best results, use a Shop-Vac to get rid of every last bit.
5 3. Once the hole is clear, fill it with cold patch to about a half inch above the surface of your driveway, making sure not to touch it with your hands (unless you’re wearing gloves).
7 4. Starting at the edges, press the cold patch down with the 4 x 4. Work toward the center until the cold patch is level with the driveway surface. (This process is called “tamping.”)
9 5. Repeat the last two steps if the cold patch is not level with the driveway’s surface after you pack it down.
11 6. Pat yourself on the back – you did it!
If you follow these asphalt repair tips carefully, patching your pothole on your own should be no problem. If you want to be absolutely certain the job is done well, or if you’re concerned there might be serious damage to your driveway, give the Atlanta asphalt patching pros at Prime Paving Contractors a call.