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What is the Cool Roadways Partnership?

Cities overheat in summer months because the hard surfaces, paved areas in particular, capture and hold solar heat. The...

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Impact of Snow and Cold on Asphalt Pavement Roads

The Impact of Snow and Cold on Asphalt Pavement Roads

The way that temperatures and moisture conspire to damage asphalt is only half the story. Very cold air, and summer...

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Impact of Wildfires on Asphalt Pavement Roads

The Impact of Wildfires on Asphalt Pavement Roads

Asphalt doesn’t typically burn from wildfires. The biggest risks to pavement from fires are cracks, deformation,...

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Repair the driveway

When Is it Time to Repair or Replace a Driveway?

Ask a driveway contractor: There are some that can be saved with a few fixes, and others that are more economically replaced. A...

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Chic Interior Design

How Concrete is Used in Chic Interior Design

Not just in floors but countertops and walls, concrete opens up all kinds of design possibilities – and, by the...

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 Benefits to Using Recycled Asphalt

Are there Benefits to Using Recycled Asphalt?

Recycle asphalt pavement, or RAP, is popular in road building for financial and environmental reasons. Home and...

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Hardscape and Landscape

Hardscape and Landscape: Perfect Properties are a Mix of the Two

Outdoor spaces are versatile and dynamic. Whether designing it yourself or working with a professional, first you...

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Tree Planting, Mitigating Heat

Tree Planting, Mitigating Heat and Asphalt Pavement

Urban planners are looking for ways to reduce the solar heat captured by asphalt pavement. It seems a smartly...

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Pro Parking Lot Contractor

Own a Commercial Property? Hire a Pro Parking Lot Contractor

It’s just a flat area on which you drive and walk, right? Actually, a commercial parking lot can attract or drive...

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Residential Hardscape Surfaces

A Brief Summary of Residential Hardscape Surfaces

Can’t decide if you want to use pavers or concrete or chipseal around your home? The choices are many – and it’s...

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 Parking Lot

Why and How You Should Maintain Your Parking Lot

An ounce of prevention is very much worth a pound of cure where it comes to pavement and parking areas. The best...

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Highway

What Is the Highway Trust Fund and What Does It Do?

The gas tax model for generating money to build and fix roads and bridges is challenged by technological changes....

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Building and Maintaining Highways

Who Pays for Building and Maintaining Highways?

The construction and upkeep of streets, expressways, and interstates is funded in a variety of ways. Gas taxes are...

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Driveway Contractor

Need a New Driveway? Only Hire a Licensed Driveway Contractor

Hiring a licensed asphalt pavement contractor to build your new driveway protects you, the customer, from damage...

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Chipseal, Gravel and Aggregate: Same or Different?

Chipseal, Gravel and Aggregate: Same or Different?

Know your stones: The surfaces we drive and walk on, as well as use for landscaping purposes, are a matter of rock...

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A Flower Grows Through It … “It” Being Asphalt Pavement

A Flower Grows Through It “It” Being Asphalt Pavement

Why we are inspired by imagery of flowers – “weeds” – growing in concrete and asphalt cracks. It’s the way of...

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Long Term Pavement Performance Program

Understanding the Long Term Pavement Performance Program

Do guys on an asphalt trucks make pavement maintenance decisions? Nope.  Safe and smooth roads benefit from...

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History of Public Roads, Safety and the Bicycle Lane

Learn the History of Public Roads, Safety and the Bicycle Lane

The fight to get road space for cyclists began with building pavement outside of cities. More recently, designated...

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Asphalt Contractors: In-house Crews vs. Subcontractors

Asphalt Contractors: In-house Crews vs. Subcontractors

A driveway project might seem like buying a commodity, i.e., one paver is the same as the next. But often a lower...

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Upgrade Your Driveway, Sidewalk or Patio Sustainably

Upgrade Your Driveway, Sidewalk or Patio Sustainably

It’s not possible to say one type of pavement (or pavers) is better for the environment than others. The pros and...

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New Concrete Driveways and Government Permits

New Concrete Driveways and Government Permits in Los Angeles

A basic concrete driveway, properly built, does not require permitting. That is, unless conditions of the site are...

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Songs About Concrete

Songs About Concrete

Rock and Roll is the foundation of American music. But song lyrics and titles using “concrete” often speak to human...

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Interlocking Pavers Make Good Financial Sense

Why Interlocking Pavers Make Good Financial Sense

It’s about more than good looks: Interlocking pavers cost a little more at installation, but can easily add up to...

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Properly Care for Your Brick Paver Driveway

How to Properly Care for Your Brick Paver Driveway

Sealants and power washing of a brick paver driveway, sidewalk, or patio are recommended. But those things are...

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Los Angeles’ Bureau of Street Services

Learn About Los Angeles’ Bureau of Street Services

The plans for a cooler, smarter system of streets and trees, is about balancing natural and human forces. Mistakes...

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Hot Asphalt, Pavement and Pets: Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe

Hot Asphalt, Pavement and Pets: Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe

As Los Angeles attempts to reduce the “heat island effect” from black asphalt, it still behooves pet owners to...

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Asphalt, Hardscape and Sports Court Construction

Asphalt, Hardscape and Sports Court Construction

The majority of outdoor court sports playing surfaces and running tracks are made with asphalt. It’s under a layer...

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Cities are Reclaiming Roadways with Urban Art

How Cities are Reclaiming Roadways with Urban Art

The 20th century dedicated much urban space to cars. But a tactical design movement takes back some space for...

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Determine if a Chip Seal Surface is Right for You

How to Determine if a Chip Seal Surface is Right for You

Six questions to ask your asphalt contractor about this less-commonly used driveway treatment. When the cost of...

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Sidewalks and Tree Roots

Sidewalks and Tree Roots: When to Call an Arborist

Trees provide the shade that pedestrians appreciate as they go for a walk. But when the tree roots push concrete...

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Decorative Hardscape and Pools

Decorative Hardscape and Pools: A Vanity Project with an Eye on Safety

The added expense of the surface material used around a pool should be regarded as a barrier to problems – not the...

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Free Estimate From An Asphalt Contractor

The Free Estimate From An Asphalt Contractor: What is It?

The estimate is based on a complex set of factors that aren’t always obvious to the property owner. A quality...

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Hardscape Surfaces Boost a Home’s Value

Quality Hardscape Surfaces Boost a Home’s Value

The structure of landscaping is the hardscape: the walkways, patios, retaining walls and other amenities that...

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Pavement and Fuel Consumption

Pavement and Fuel Consumption: Is There a Link?

Fuel efficiency and GHG emissions from rough roads on a per vehicle basis are minor. But with the 3.21 trillion...

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Uneven, Broken, Dangerous Sidewalks

Uneven, Broken, Dangerous Sidewalks: Who is Responsible?

When public sidewalks lift or drop, creating pedestrian hazards, the responsibility for damage repairs often falls...

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Decrease Liability on Your Residential Property

Decrease Liability on Your Residential Property

Tripping and falling on public, commercial or private property is all the same: injuries can happen and they can be a...

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Commercial Asphalt Contractors vs. Residential

Commercial Asphalt Contractors vs. Residential: Is There a Difference?

Asphalt is largely the same, whether in a parking lot or a driveway. But the construction of pavement differs...

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What Causes Asphalt Pavement to Deteriorate?

What Causes Asphalt Pavement to Deteriorate?

Pavement is subject to all kinds of abuse from nature and humans. But preventing asphalt cracks and potholes has a...

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Cement

Cement: What It Is, What It Isn't and How It Works

Cement is an ingredient of concrete. You can’t have one without the other – and we owe much of our world to this...

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Early History of Cement and Concrete

Learn About the Early History of Cement and Concrete

From volcanic ash came key ingredients in cement and empire building. The innovations of the Romans never ended, as...

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Designing Commercial Parking Lots

Designing Commercial Parking Lots: It’s All About Safety

Parking lots are rife with danger, as both drivers and pedestrians irresponsibly multitask when they should be...

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Ways and Means to Clean Your Concrete Driveway

Ways and Means to Clean Your Concrete Driveway

Persistent greasy stains – from cars, birds and trees, mostly – can ruin the appearance of an entire property....

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Asphalt Pavement Contractors are Keeping Asphalt Cool

How Asphalt Pavement Contractors are Keeping Asphalt Cool

The urgent need to reduce urban heat is fortunately driving innovation and experimentation. Los Angeles is...

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Asphalt Paving Scams

Asphalt Paving Scams: Refuse “The Offer You Can’t Refuse”

Everyone loves a good deal, and some of life’s best luck is about being in the right place at the right time. But...

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Beautiful Pavers Lining a Driveway Bordered with Grass

Five Types of Paving Stones and the Benefits of Each

Pavers are a great way to spice up a landscape. But the function of a walkway or a driveway should be considered...

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Asphalt and Concrete

Asphalt and Concrete: What are the Differences?

Paving driveways and walkways are commitments to the material for decades to come. Cost differences matter, as do...

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Asphalt Milling

What is “Asphalt Milling”? And How Does It Work?

It may be a little jarring to drive on a stretch of road that’s been scraped. But milling is the cost-cutting,...

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Signage

What Does “Signage” Mean in the Asphalt Paving Industry?

Even parking lots and walkways require clear directions for drivers, walkers and bikers. Modern technology has not...

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Asphalt Paving, Potholes and Tire Damage

Asphalt Paving, Potholes and Tire Damage

A crevice in the path of cars is the inspiration for driver rage from coast to coast. The roads are aging, repaired...

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Seven Common Asphalt Pavement Repair Techniques

Seven Common Asphalt Pavement Repair Techniques

How much repair is required is of course a function of pavement’s current state of degradation. There are many...

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Proper Drainage in Residential Asphalt

The Importance of Proper Drainage in Residential Asphalt

Water is essential for many things, it is very insistent – and it can damage driveways, sidewalks and buildings....

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Interesting History of Asphalt Pavement

A Not-So-Brief But Interesting History of Asphalt Pavement

The quest for travel is old as time. But it took millennia until McAdam devised asphalt pavement – an invention...

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 Asphalt Paving and Hardscaping

Houses of Worship Need Smart Asphalt Paving and Hardscaping

Churches, synagogues, mosques and temples are where young and old gather. Parking lot and walkway maintenance keep...

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Asphalt and Hardscaping

What Schools and Universities Require of Asphalt and Hardscaping

Universities need landscaping and hardscapes to attract students and faculty, while also being models of...

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Licensed, Bonded, and Insured” Means Something

Asphalt Pavers: “Licensed, Bonded, and Insured” Means Something

This is about more than paperwork. Contractors who go to the trouble and expense of important assurances do so...

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Asphalt Paving, Hardscape, Safety and Liability Issues

Asphalt Paving, Hardscape, Safety and Liability Issues

Parking areas and sidewalks, on both public and private land, are essential to most businesses. But responsible...

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Asphalt, CASp Inspections and ADA Compliance: What To Know

Asphalt, CASp Inspections and ADA Compliance: What To Know

This is a primer on what property managers and owners, working with a Certified Access Specialist, can do to ensure access...

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Have An Asphalt Paving Project? Hire a Sustainable Contractor

Have An Asphalt Paving Project? Hire a Sustainable Contractor

The pavement industry has made great strides toward providing green options for streets, driveways and parking...

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Asphalt Paving Contractor

Learn How to Choose an Asphalt Paving Contractor

There are several points by which asphalt contractors can be compared. Rule #1 is if it’s too cheap to be believed, it won’t...

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Affordable Alternative to Pavers

Stamped Asphalt: An Affordable Alternative to Pavers

Price can tip the balance toward using stamped asphalt. But it’s truly aesthetics and choices that flip home and...

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Paving Stones

Paving Stones: An Expensive Look that is Cost Effective

You have choices on how to set up a decorative driveway, walkway or patio. The question is what works best for your...

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Ways to Maintain and Protect Your Asphalt Surface

Ways to Maintain and Protect Your Asphalt Surface

A better-looking driveway or parking lot is also more preserved and less costly to fix asphalt pavement. Keeping it in...

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Difference Between Concrete Refinishing and Resurfacing

The Difference Between Concrete Refinishing and Resurfacing

Concrete sometimes disappoints us, but that doesn’t mean you have to rip up everything and start over. Resurfacing...

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Life Cycle of Asphalt

The Long Life Cycle of Asphalt and How to Extend It

Atrophy is a way of life in road and driveway pavement, but preventive maintenance can slow the process...

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Your Pavement: When Is it Time To Repair or Replace?

Your Pavement: When Is it Time To Repair or Replace?

Whether it’s just fading, cracks or potholes, a fresh clean driveway can make your property look better – and...

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Discover the Beauty and the Benefits of Chipseal

Discover the Beauty and the Benefits of Chipseal

The rustic look of a gravel driveway finds a bit more resilient and stable form in the chipseal construction...

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Five Solutions to Improve the Look and Feel of Your Driveway

Five Solutions to Improve the Look and Feel of Your Driveway

Whether the problem is appearance or functionality – or both – there are all kinds of ways to make your drive to...

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Colored Sealcoatings on Pavement and Driveways

The Benefits of Colored Sealcoatings on Pavement and Driveways

The term “blacktop” for pavement no longer applies: You can have a green, red or other color asphalt surface for...

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Functional and Aesthetic Options of Paving Stones

Functional and Aesthetic Options of Paving Stones

Whether you choose stone from a quarry or from a factory, interlocking pavers used in landscaping surfaces provide...

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Determine If Your Parking Lot Is ADA Compliant

How to Determine If Your Parking Lot Is ADA Compliant

The rules have become more stringent since 2010. As older parking areas are refurbished or repaved, those rules...

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