Residential Asphalt Services in PA
RDS is committed to repair or maintenance your asphalt driveway with the utmost professional hassle-free experience. Our employees will keep you informed every step of the project in addition to making sure they provide a clean and professional looking finished project. For every job, all grass is edged from the asphalt surface using professional equipment. The surface is then cleaned and prepared using edging devices, blowers, and brooms.
Be sure to check out our photo gallery and give us call for your professional free estimate! One of our trained professionals will measure and evaluate your parking lot or driveway. We will present different options and develop a preventative maintenance plan with you based on your budget and asphalt needs.
Once we have finished paving, sealcoating, or doing repair work, we will block the area with caution tape or cones. We will return within one week to collect cones and work site signs.
We serve Central Pennsylvania and some areas might include: Elizabethtown, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lemoyne, mechanicsburg, Mifflinburg, Williamsport
Our asphalt services include but are not limited to:
- 1. ASPHALT PAVING
- 2. SEALCOATING
- 3. ASPHALT REPAIRS (Crack sealing & Pot Hole Repairs)
- 4. LINE STRIPING, STENCILING, & CURB PAINTING
- 5. FOLLOW UP: PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE PLAN
1. ASPHALT PAVING
Asphalt pavement is utilized in a variety of different applications because of its durability, cost-effectiveness, simplicity of construction, and strength. It is the material of choice for parking lots across the nation because asphalt withstands heavier loads and, when combined with proper asphalt maintenance, lasts for many years. In order to maximize the life of your asphalt parking lot or driveway, it is important to develop a pavement management plan involving routine inspections and ongoing preventative maintenance. The following are common asphalt maintenance procedures for parking lots:
Asphalt Removal & Replacement
As asphalt pavement progresses through its performance lifecycle, its appearance diminishes over time. Fine hairline cracks develop and spread within the asphalt. Without ongoing maintenance, water can enter through these cracks and holes may form, undermining the base. In this case, the most effective form of repair is to remove and replace the deteriorated area. This process consists of several important steps to ensure that the repair is performed properly. The cost for asphalt removal & replacement depends upon the geographic location, the amount of grading and base work required, and other site-specific factors.
In more severe cases of asphalt failure, a long-term and cost-effective solution is to resurface the asphalt pavement (also referred to as overlay). If you notice grade depressions (standing water on the pavement) and/or large sections of “alligatored” areas (interconnecting cracks forming a series of blocks resembling an alligator's skin), it is a good idea to have your pavement resurfaced. This process consists of several steps including preparing and cleaning the area prior to performing work, leveling asphalt of low areas, grinding of all transitions, adjusting of all drainage structures, and many other steps unique to each site.
Geotextile Reinforced Resurfacing –
An option that may be included with asphalt resurfacing is Petromat. Petromat is a non-woven, petroleum-based geotextile fabric used to retard reflective cracking between the existing pavement and the newly installed asphalt surface. This fabric acts as a waterproofing membrane, while also adding structural support and strength.
•Leveling Binder - In low areas, hot asphalt is installed at various depths to adjust pitch to proper grades while increasing parking lot strength.
•Asphalt Grinding - In areas requiring the resurface to tie into other existing surfaces (i.e., concrete, etc.) asphalt is removed along the perimeter to allow proper depth of asphalt on the edge. Grading and new pavement installation – We perform new installations of all sizes. The process includes removing and disposing of dirt and debris, and then replacing the dug out area with different types of stone to form the base. Next, the area is graded and rolled to insure proper water drainage. Depending on the job and situation, between 3-5 inches of asphalt is laid.
Sealcoating is one of the most important steps in the preventative maintenance plan. This simple periodic maintenance can double the life of your pavement and reduce the likelihood of larger repair issues, while providing a jet-black finish for your asphalt thatwill beautify your home or business. This simple, low-cost procedure can save you a significant amount of money in the long run by eliminating the need for more extensive and costly types of services.
Protect your investment! In addition to routine inspections and ongoing maintenance, sealcoating asphalt pavement with a coal tar emulsion slows pavement deterioration by protecting against the enemies of a parking lot. However, for maximum benefit, sealcoat needs to be applied approximately 12 months after the initial application and then on a regular basis, about every 2-5 years. Oil Spot Primer Professional solvents are used to clean oil spots and other harmful chemicals from the asphalt.
Methods of Sealcoating
Depending on your budget and time constraints, we offer two quality methods of sealcoating using coal tar and asphalt based sealers; Hand or Spray.
Applying the sealer by hand (using a brush) allows us to work the sealer into the asphalt, which makes it last longer and gives the surface a nice consistent, often textured, appearance. While this method may be slightly more costly, it allows for the application of more overall material and, consequently, longer lasting coverage and protection.
Spray application takes less time and material, which makes it less expensive but just as effective in terms of coverage and protection. This is an excellent option for those with time and/or budget constraints.
3. ASPHALT REPAIRS
Proper attention to potholes and cracks will double the life of the pavement by preventing larger problems from developing. Asphalt repair in the early stages of deterioration will pay big dividends later by delaying costly resurfacing.
Potholes occur when water seeps into pavement through unsealed or improperly sealed cracks. When the water freezes, it expands and enlarges the crack. When the ice under the pavement melts, a void is left. Surrounding pavement falls into the void and forms a pothole. Patching is a common asphalt repair on areas of pavement with potholes Depending on the situation, holes will be filled with hot- or cold-mix asphalt. It will be leveled, tamped, and rolled to ensure proper compaction and drainage.
The process for repairing potholes consists of filling the affected areas with hot or cold asphalt mix, depending on the season and/or site location. For more extensive repairs, the area of damaged asphalt is cut out, filled with a new stone base, and then filled with cold or hot mix asphalt until the repaired area matches the existing asphalt.
4. LINE STRIPING, STENCILING, & CURB PAINTING
A parking lot is one of the first things seen by customers, clients, and visitors entering a facility. The color contrast of a newly striped lot is attractive and makes a good first impression, demonstrating that maintenance is of the utmost importance to the property owner. Line striping, stenciling, and curb painting are all services offered by RDS.
5. FOLLOW UP: PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE PLAN
As we’ve said, at RDS customer service is our ultimate goal. Therefore, we will return periodically or upon request to answer questions or maintain cracks and potholes in order to prevent any major problems. Should any other problems arise, we urge you to contact us so that we can fix things to your satisfaction.
It is the goal of RDS to develop a Preventative Maintenance Plan (PMP) for each customer. This allows for a proactive approach to pavement maintenance. By planning for routine asphalt evaluations and maintenance, small problem areas and potential liabilities can be dealt with before they become emergencies that require larger, more costly solutions. Following a PMP can therefore save facility managers and property owners money and prolong the life of their parking lot or driveway. To use an analogy, imagine your asphalt is like your automobile. To maximize the performance and life of your automobile, you schedule regular oil changes, inspections, and tune-ups. The same should go for your asphalt. By definition, Preventative Maintenance Planning, or PMP, is a systematic, long-term approach wherein the life of your asphalt is maximized by utilizing a method that ties together various maintenance options in one plan based on available funding and need. With PMP, RDS can offer expert pavement evaluations so that whateve maintenance procedures are needed can be used to extend the life of the pavement in the most cost-effective way possible.