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The Importance of Asphalt Pothole Repair

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Property maintenance isn’t high on your priority list but it is definitely something that needs your attention. Failing to preserve the interior and exterior of your apartments or building not only creates a poor perception of your business, but also can create bigger issues. If the asphalt or concrete on your property is not accurately maintained it can cost you in the long run, so repairing before the raining, winter weather hits in full force will save you!

Asphalt pothole repair can improve your curb appeal and safety along with reducing your costs from more extensive repairs. The parking lot pavement and concrete on the exterior of your complexes are the first thing potential residences, partners, vendors and current tenants see. You want to make a great first impression with the appearance of a well-cared for property. Repairing the potholes will help with your curb appeal and more importantly, the safety of your parking lot. Drivers and pedestrians visiting your property could injure themselves or cause costly damage to their vehicles. On the functional side, repairing the potholes will prevent more water from breaking down the asphalt further, creating bigger, more costly damage.

See repairing a small pothole doesn’t sound so bad when it can save you from personal injury claims, auto damages and the loss of future residences, vendors, and partners?

Now is the time to have this preventative work done for your property with what is left in your 2106 Budget. This winter in Austin looks to be a wet one and the rain will only continue to damage your asphalt and concrete. Call in the experts at Integrity Paving and Coatings to get your exterior in shape before the new year!

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Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities in Austin

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Thanksgiving is a great time to give back and get involved in your community! The Austin area has many opportunities to get hands on for the holidays, we hope to see you at some of them.

 

The Central Texas Food Bank offers opportunities all the way until the day before Thanksgiving, November 23, 2016. Monday through Saturday they have two shifts, 9 am to 12 pm and 1:30 to 4:30 pm with an additional shift on Tuesday and Thursdays from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. Each shift can us the support of up to 120 volunteers which will sort food donations at the Food Bank to prepare for distribution through its partner agencies across Central Texas. Warehouse volunteers help ensure all the food distributed is safe, healthy and high quality by inspecting, cleaning, sorting, boxing and making food donations ready for distribution. You can see available shifts and sign up on their sign up page.

 

One of a kind, Austin Empty Bowl Project, is celebrating its 20th anniversary on November 20th at the Central Texas Food Bank. It’s the perfect combination of food, art and community with all benefits going to children’s hunger programs including Central Texas Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and More. Attendees purchase a handcrafted bowl for $20, local restaurants fill it with soup and you stay and enjoy the music. As an added benefit you get to keep the bowl! You can also volunteer to help with the event!

 

The HEB Feast of Sharing takes place at Parmer Events Center on November 22, 2016 3-9 pm. This is Austin’s largest community Thanksgiving meal with the help of HEB providing 14,000 meals to hungry Austinites. This event needs 1,400 volunteers to plate and serve food, do crafts with children in attendance, and many other things. There are two shifts available 3 to 6:30 pm and 6 to 9 pm, sign up here!

 

Doc & Gayle Young Food Drive celebrates its 30th year! If you are a member of the Austin Apartment Association or can be the guest of someone who is they need volunteers for the Delivery Day on November 22, 2016. The Austin Housing Authority, the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services Rainbow Room, SafePlace, Foundation Communities and food pantries in surrounding counties all benefit from this food drive.

 

One way to get involved and stay active too is the Thundercloud Sub’s Turkey Trot benefiting Caritas on Thanksgiving Day! You can also volunteer November 19-24th to help with packet distribution, man a water table at the race and more.  All proceeds benefit Caritas of Austin, which supports local refugees, low-income and homeless people. Thundercloud has raised more than $2.5 million for Caritas since the event began in 1991.

 

Operation Turkey is a volunteer organization that serves the homeless and less fortunate on Thanksgiving Day. Each Thanksgiving, Operation Turkey organizes local teams of volunteers throughout a community to cook, prepare, package and deliver thousands of hot meals and provide other necessities to people in need. In 2015, the organization provided 30,000 meals in ten cities, in five states, with the help of 10,000 volunteers across America. The organization is 100% volunteer, with no paid employees, allowing all funds raised to go toward the cost of preparing, packaging, and delivering meals. Operation Turkey is continuing its growth and expects to provide 40,000 meals to the homeless and less fortunate in 2016. There are many options to donate your time and get involved with this mission.

 

Each year, Meals on Wheels has hundreds of home-bound Austin clients signed up to signed up to receive holiday meals. Not only are you delivering their Thanksgiving meal, but you are also giving them the comfort and company everyone should have on Thanksgiving. Great for families and friends, sign up to deliver as many meals that day as you can handle.

 

As you begin to finalize your Thanksgiving plans this year, consider volunteering for one of these wonderful causes to help out ones in need in our community. The holiday season is a great time to give thanks for what we have and share with others around us.

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The Importance of Creating an Annual Budget

A budget can be very beneficial in several ways. It allows you to identify or establish:

  • performance targets
  • a baseline of reviews for property management
  • income projections
  • expense projections
  • capital improvements planning and projections
  • problems that need to be resolved

The greatest benefit of a budget though is to help you maximize profitability and avoid unforeseen repairs and expenses.

The one over looked all too often is capital improvements and this can cost you significantly. Planning for improvements helps you stagger the expense and avoid surprises which usually always lead to more expensive expenses. These funds are commonly referred to as replacement reserves and include:

  • Common area improvements such as new paint, lighting, carpet and parking lots and driveways. The most money saving is maintaining your parking lot. By applying a seal coat to your parking lot can double the life expectancy of your asphalt. This huge cost saving tactic should be done every three years. Along with cost saving it is also a beautification tactic, the asphalt will look crisp and new.
  • Major building system repairs or replacements such as windows, roof, air conditioning.
  • Individual unit upgrades

Always remember to utilize your connections with your service providers. Your vendors can give you cost saving suggestions on possible improvements or services they can provide. Integrity Paving & Coatings usually suggests seal coating, filling large cracks with rubberized asphalt, and repairing holes and broken up areas. All of these methods will help extend the life of your parking lot and save you from replacing in its entirety too soon.

Use your annual budget as a tool and hold quarterly budget reviews with your staff. Your budget can drastically maximize your profits when used as it was intended.

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Driveway Dos and Don’ts For Cold Weather

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For many parts of the U.S., cold weather is on its way. More than 90% of American parking areas are surfaced with asphalt paving, which means that most homeowners use it on their driveways every day. Many of us think we know how to properly care for our asphalt paving in fall and winter, but we may actually be doing more harm than good with some of our methods. To help you extend the life of your driveway -- and to reduce the chance of costly asphalt repair or replacement in the future -- follow these dos and don'ts for the upcoming season:

Do...

  • Keep your driveway clean
    Making sure your driveway is clear of debris, leaves, and branches will help with wintertime management. For the sake of your car and the asphalt paving, you'll want a smooth surface in fall and winter.
  • Have seal coating done
    In order to protect your driveway from the seemingly endless freeze-thaw cycle of winter, you should have sealcoating performed in early fall. Seal coating keeps your driveway crack-free and will extend its life. Although we may not always experienced the country's harshest winters, seal coating is your best bet in preventing unnecessary damage. You never know when we'll see a freeze or a thaw!
  • Clear away ice and snow
    If you live in an area where you experience a lot of snow or ice -- or even if you're subject to a surprise storm -- you don't want to let those elements accumulate. It's best to clear them off as soon as possible, so that multiple snowfalls or layers of ice don't build up. It'll make your job of shoveling or plowing much easier in the long-run.

 

Don't...

  • Use spiked snow tires
    They might be useful for getting through extreme winter weather, but these types of snow tires can really damage your driveway. They'll create holes in both asphalt and concrete driveways that require expensive repairs. Even if you've applied a seal coat on your driveway, spiked tires can still do a lot of damage. If you need snow tires, it's best to explore other options.
  • Use metal shovels
    You may not realize it, but your choice of shovel can cause a lot of damage for your driveway! Sharp objects like metal can scrape and destroy your asphalt driveway. In this case, plastic shovels are the way to go -- and be aware of how hard you're shoveling!
  • Use rock salt
    Many homeowners opt to use rock salt to thaw ice and snow on their driveways. Although it's important to stay safe in wintertime, using rock salt can hurt your driveway and take years off its life. There are many other alternatives to rock salt -- both chemical and natural -- that won't hurt the environment, your pets, or your driveway. Many people use kitty litter, sand, fireplace ashes, or potassium chloride.

Whether you live in an area with extreme winter weather or a more moderate climate, you'll want your driveway to be prepared for anything. Contact us today to receive more information about asphalt paving, parking lot repairs, or seal coating.

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It’s Fall — Here Are 4 Reasons to Seal Coat Your Driveway Before Winter Hits

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If you're a homeowner who has a driveway with asphalt paving, you might not realize you need seal coating -- or think that fall is too late to have sealcoating done. Although seal coating in autumn has its challenges, it's a much better alternative to asphalt repair or paving replacement later on. If you're still unsure, here are four good reasons to get your seal coating in before winter hits:

  1. Cost-efficient
    Sealcoating your driveway is a solid investment, as it can prevent costly repairs down the road. If asphalt paving is left untreated, it will need total replacement much more frequently -- which can be a huge expense and can disrupt your life. Sealing takes much less time and will save you money in the long run.
  2. Protects against winter weather
    The biggest reason to seal coat your driveway? It creates a protective barrier against the cold. The frequent freeze-thaw patterns of wintertime can wreak havoc on unprotected driveways. Asphalt paving can easily crack, due to the cycle of expansion and contraction, but sealcoating will prevent these cracks from forming. It will also keep water from entering any existing cracks, which can stop further damage from occurring.
  3. Extends pavement life
    When sealcoating prevents weather-related problems like cold weather and harsh UV damage, your driveway will last for a much longer period of time. Seal coating allows for a smoother, crack-free driveway, and because smoother pavements extend pavement life by as much as 10% - 25%, you won't have to worry about replacement or repairs for a much longer period of time. Whether you're planning on staying in your home for the foreseeable future or are looking to put your house on the market, any time you can extend the life of a major house feature is a coup for homeowners. Plus, having a smooth, beautiful driveway will add value to your home.
  4. Perfect time of year
    It's best to seal your driveway in the fall or the spring, because the temperatures tend to be more moderate. In order to put seal coating on, the outside temperatures need to be above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, the weather needs to be free of heavy rain for 24 hours. When the changing leaves are still on the trees in early fall, it's ideal weather for seal coating your driveway. Plus, sealing in fall gives you the best chance of protection for harsh winter weather.

If you want to protect your asphalt paving this winter, be sure to seal coat this fall. Contact us today to find out more!

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How To Change Gravel Surface Into Asphalt Pavement In 5 Easy Steps

asphalt-paving-contractor-gravel-to-asphalt-pavement.jpgWhen you first built your new house or opened your business, you may have chosen to install a gravel driveway or parking lot. The low cost, easy and fast installation, and rustic look matched with your budget, needs and desires.

Advantages of a Gravel Driveway or Parking Low Price:

  • Gravel is one of the most affordable parking lot paving options available. However, be sure to factor in the cost of top-dressing the gravel material every few years.
  • Easy Installation and Maintenance: From start to finish, laying a gravel driveway will take less than a week. Once installed, it can be used right away. Maintenance is quite minimal: Gravel may sink due to environmental conditions such as rainwater or snow, and filling in sunken areas may need to be done a few times a year.

Disadvantages of a Gravel Driveway or Parking Lot

As time goes on, you may have started to notice a few of the following issues with your gravel driveway or gravel parking lot:

  • Ruts and Sinkholes: Gravel driveways and parking lots that get a lot of use are prone to developing ruts. These gaps in the gravel surface need to be filled to keep the area safe and looking nice.
  • Dust and Dirt: A gravel parking lot or driveway can cause dust, debris and dirt to fly, particularly during dry weather. This can cause the exterior of your home, business, and vehicles to look dirty, and can be an unpleasant experience for customers or tenants.

Ready to Make the Switch to Asphalt Pavement?

If these problems with gravel have become too much for you to maintain, then switching to asphalt pavement is the right choice. Converting your gravel driveway or parking lot into asphalt pavement is straightforward process.

Here are the five steps that you and your parking lot paving contractors should follow:

Step 1: Always Hire A Reputable Asphalt Parking Lot Paving Contractor

Whether you are considering using Integrity Paving for your asphalt driveway installation or another asphalt paving contractor in Central Texas, make sure you take your time and do your research. There are specific qualities you should look for in parking lot paving contractor, including reviews and customer feedback, as well as experience with your type of asphalt pavement needs.

Step 2: Surface Grade and Water Runoff Evaluation

Your experienced asphalt-paving contractor should carefully examine the installation site and determine the grade needed for appropriate water runoff. Water is the one of five enemies of asphalt pavement, and managing it must be considered before any asphalt paving installation begins.

Step 3: Foundation Installation

After the necessary grade for water runoff has been determined, the foundation, or sub-base, of your asphalt pavement will be laid. The sub-base is essential for two reasons:

  • It provides a stable surface to support the asphalt pavement.
  • It provides a frost barrier that will reduce winter damage caused by cycles of freezing and thawing.

The minimum thickness of the sub-base for most parking lot paving projects is approximately 4 inches. The thickness of the sub-base is usually based on what the asphalt pavement surface will be used for. A normal driveway or parking lot for car and SUV traffic usually requires 4-6 inches of sub-base. If your parking lot or driveway will be used by heavy equipment like trailers or trucks, a deeper base is recommended.

Step 4: Good Asphalt Paving Installation Materials and Practices

Essential parts of asphalt pavement installation are a reliable, experienced installation team and high-quality materials. High quality materials need an equally high quality team for effective installation. A contractor and installation team that follows the correct guidelines, like installation temperature and timelines and proper surface preparation, will produce the best and longest lasting results possible.

Step 5: Regular Maintenance of Your Asphalt Pavement

Once your new asphalt parking lot or driveway has been installed, a little investment in preventative maintenance will prolong the life of your surface - providing big savings in the long run. Regular seal coating, crack filling, and pothole repair are all essential. If your have recently purchased a property with a an asphalt parking lot or driveway that is in bad shape, an asphalt overlay is a great option to give it a new look. In most cases, an asphalt overlay can add 5-10 years to the lifespan of your surface.

You can find more information about our services here. For a free on site estimate and site evaluation fill out our contact form or call 844-PAVETEX.

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A Brief History of Concrete Construction

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While it’s true that use of components similar to modern concrete can be traced back over 3300 years, the science behind its design and application is ever-evolving. Viewed from this perspective, you could reasonably argue that concrete construction ranks among the most technologically-advanced building methods.

The Earliest Concrete-like Materials

To truly understand how far concrete science has come, let’s start by taking a brief look back at the history of concrete construction. It begins around 1300 B.C., when the Bedouin tribes of the Middle East took the first steps toward modern construction by building homes supported by rubble walls and concrete floors, and featuring subterranean concrete cisterns. They began by coating their structures with burned limestone, which they discovered would harden when exposed to the air. This early form of cement was later advanced by introducing fine silica sand to make the final coating waterproof, thus allowing them to store water and thrive in the harsh desert environment.

While cement plays an important role in the history of concrete construction, it’s important to differentiate it from actual concrete. Cement is actually a component of modern concrete, with the introduction of other composites being required to help make the concrete capable of offering unique performance characteristics customization to each job.

 

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Ancient Egyptians and Roman Innovation

The Egyptians furthered the use of concrete-like materials in the building of the pyramids, using over 500,000 tons of mortar in the construction of the Great Pyramid at Giza alone. At the same time and over half a world away, the Chinese were also supporting their structures with a uniquely-designed mortar that incorporated rice. However, it wasn’t until the Romans began to conquer and establish settlements throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East that modern concrete construction began to proliferate world. In fact, the fall of the Roman Empire set modern building strategies back for nearly a millennia. It was only through the discovery of ancient Roman manuscripts in the early 1400s that the use of concrete began in earnest once again.

Modern Uses

The cement mixtures used in concrete continued to evolve throughout the Renaissance and even into the early 1900s until a standard was established for the composition of modern cement in 1913. Today, concrete continues to be a primary building material used in the construction of:

  • Roads and infrastructure
  • Commercial and residential buildings
  • Cathedrals and churches
  • Hydroelectric dams

If you have a concrete paving project coming up or have some questions about how we put in sidewalks and ADA ramps give us a call! Integrity Paving and Coatings is an Austin owned Asphalt and Concrete Paving Contractor in business since 2007 with an A+ BBB rating.

You can find more information about our services here. For a free on site estimate and site evaluation fill out our contact form or call 844-PAVETEX.

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A Brief History On Asphalt Pavement

Asphalt is closely associated with modern life, but did you know it’s actually an ancient, naturally occurring material with a rich history?

The English word “asphalt” comes from the Greek word "asphaltos," which means “secure” (though, interestingly, the Greek term derives from even more ancient words that invoke joining and splitting). The asphalt used today is mostly refined, but asphalt can be found in its natural state in asphalt lakes and rock asphalt. The first known use of asphalt for anything was by the ancient Sumerians around 3000 B.C. as an adhesive for inlaying precious metals, stones, etc. Ancient people used it as for art, embalming, waterproofing, caulking, and mortar.

Asphalt pavement is the most known use today, of course. Its first recorded use as such was in Babylon a very long time ago, 625 B.C. However, its use was rare for centuries, becoming a truly viable option in the late 1800s. with patents being issued in Europe and the U.S. in the late 1800s, and the actual paving becoming prevalent in the early 1900s. As cars became more available, the asphalt paving industry grew exponentially. Innovations kept pace with demand, refined asphalt became the most commonly used form, and asphalt recycling was developed. These improvements keep coming, and various blends for durability, drainage, noise reduction, and regional concerns like snow and ice are now widely available.

Today, it’s estimated there are more than 55 million miles of asphalt pavement on U.S. roads alone, and the asphalt industry recycles more than 80 millions tons of asphalt annually to care for the current roads and create more as needed! The ancient Babylonians would likely be amazed if they could see what they started!

About Integrity Paving and Coatings: Serving Central Texas since 2007, Integrity Paving and Coatings is known for Quality, Efficiency, Logistics, Communications and Transparency. Integrity Paving and Coatings consistently provides the highest level of customer service and professional workmanship. You can learn more about our services here.

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Top 10 Reasons to Seal coat Your Parking Lot Now

Most effective preventative maintenance programs call for parking lots and other asphalt surface areas to be seal coated every 2-3 years. Now that the weather is getting warmer, it is a great time to sealcoat. In fact, Mid-May through Mid-September are the best times to sealcoat your parking lot or any asphalt surface areas. The sealcoat can last twice as long when applied during this time, because the hot sun creates the best environment for curing the pavement sealer film. When the sealcoat is applied to hot asphalt, the water immediately evaporates from the pavement sealer. The sun dries the sealcoat film from the surface, curing from the top down. This process “hard bakes” sealcoat film onto the asphalt surface, and the harder the cured film, the more durable and longer lasting the sealcoating job will be

Besides it being the perfect weather to sealcoat your parking lot, there are many other reasons you should not wait to sealcoat.

Here are our Top 10 reasons to seal coat your parking lot now:

10. Creates better traction for pedestrians and vehicles
9. Provides a deep, rich black color, and makes traffic lines more visible
8. Boosts curb appeal and improves property value
7. Decreases oil, salt, fuel and other chemical damage
6. Seals out water and moisture
5. Prevents oxidation
4. Protects from environmental distress and weathering
3. Increases pavement flexibility and helps prevent cracking and chipping
2. Doubles your pavement life

And the #1 reason you should seal coat your parking lot now:

  1. Saves You Money – Seal coating costs pennies per square foot whereas asphalt repairs cost dollars per square foot.

Convinced? We hope so! If you want to inquire about seal coating or a free on-site estimate and honest evaluation of your property please fill out our contact form, or call us at 844-PAVETEX.

 

About Integrity Paving and Coatings: Serving Central Texas since 2007, Integrity Paving and Coatings is known for Quality, Efficiency, Logistics, Communications and Transparency. Integrity Paving and Coatings consistently provides the highest level of customer service and professional workmanship. You can learn more about our services here.

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5 Reasons To Choose Integrity Paving & Coatings

These days, it can be a little overwhelming trying to choose the right asphalt paving company – especially if you don’t know much about paving. But at Integrity Paving and Coatings, we have the right tools, the right knowledge, and the right attitude to get your project done, and we’ll even explain everything from start to finish. If you’re in the market for a new parking lot, driveway, sidewalk, or ADA improvement, here’s why you should call Integrity Paving:

Experience
When it comes to paving projects, you don’t want to hire just anyone. You need an asphalt paving company who has the experience needed to get the job done right. Whether you need a new parking lot or you need to seal coat, our experts know exactly how to plan, prepare, and execute nearly any job. We’ve been in the paving business for since 2007, so you can count on our experience.

Quality Products
We know that, parking lots, driveways and other major paving or concrete projects get a lot of use and their materials need to be durable and long-lasting. The asphalt, concrete, and other materials that we use for our projects is of the highest quality, which means you’ll be able to enjoy it for years to come, no matter how much wear and tear it gets. We know asphalt and concrete is an investment, and we make sure that each and every one is well worth your money.

Friendly & Professional
When it comes to asphalt paving companies, you may not expect much friendliness from them. But at Integrity Paving, we strive to be polite, friendly, and professional to every one of our clients. Whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner, we’ll work with your schedule to make sure we get your project done at the right time, and you can expect great customer service and communications from us.

Trusted Services
If you’re thinking about investing in a new asphalt or concrete project, you’ll want a company you can trust to do the job right the first time. At Integrity Paving, we cater to a wide variety of customers throughout Central Texas and have completed hundreds of successful services. We not only get the job done right, but we get it done in a timely manner and for a fair price.

Workmanship
Quality workmanship is important in any business, but especially in the paving industry. If all of our steps aren’t completed accurately, it could mean a shorter lifespan for your driveway, parking lot, sidewalk, or sealcoat. We want you to love your asphalt or concrete in Central Texas for years to come, and that can only happen if it’s installed or repaired properly. When you call our asphalt paving company, you know you’ll be getting workmanship you can count on.

For a free on-site estimate and honest evaluation of your property please fill out our contact form, or call us at 844-PAVETEX. You can learn more about our services here.

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