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Basic Asphalt Care

SEAL COATING:Seal coating should be done every 2 – 4 years to maintain the aesthetic appearance of your asphalt and preserve its useful life. EDGES:To prevent edge breakage, have the ground level equal to the height of asphalt. Avoid turning wheels while in a park position or turning the wheels slowly to avoid scarring. Also avoid parking in the same spot all the time and driving over edge with heavy vehicles or equipment. Edging with rock or brick borders is helpful. HOT DAYS:Asphalt softens in hot weather. Use caution when turning wheels of the car while in a stopped position. Hose down the asphalt to cure and harden the surface on very hot days. During the first year, new asphalt tends to be soft. DEPRESSIONS:During the first 6 -12 month period of new asphalt application, use care and caution when driving, parking vehicles or using heavy equipment on the surface. Depressions or tracks could occur during this period especially during hot days. HARMFUL FLUIDS:Gasoline, motor oil, transmission and power steering fluids will penetrate through the asphalt. Consequent damage should be repaired as soon as possible.   THINGS TO KNOW: Asphalt has various sizes of stone and sand that will create varied textured surface. It is natural for areas that have been raked and manually applied to appear slightly rougher than those done by a machine. This should not be a concern. Expansion and contraction of the ground will naturally cause random cracking of pavement. Therefore, cracks should be sealed promptly to prevent water from penetrating the asphalt and causing further...

Crack Filling and Sealing

Crack filling & sealing is critical to maintaining longevity of your parking lot area. Water penetration is one of six factors that control the length of your pavement’s useful life. Water penetrates through cracks and reaches the base, thus weakening the foundational base of your asphalt pavement surface. A preventative maintenance program that includes routine crack filling & sealing is imperative. And just like with seal coating, there are many types of crack sealants manufactured for a different variety of cracks found in asphalt pavement surfaces. Ask us which will be best for you. A.i.M. Services Ltd. we can recommend the best products for your specific application. Available cure time, crack deterioration, water drainage profile, traffic pattern, and many other factors govern which crack filling & sealing product is best for your lot or road. Proper crack filling and sealing installation technique is critical. There are multiple material placement methods for crack sealants. These include flush fill, band-aid, overbanding or capping, recessed band-aid and reservoir methods to name but a few. We install crack sealants to the highest standards that are recommended by the manufacturers and industry experts to ensure proper bonding and durability. A deep reservoir and recess method is usually recommended where cracks are routed using a power router and backer rods are installed where needed to ensure a solid foundation for the sealant. These extra steps are usually the difference between a long lasting seal job and a band-aid seal job that is porous after a few months. Contact us to request a free estimate...

Seal Coating

Save Money – Reduce Maintenance – Protect Your Investment Seal Coating provides your asphalt pavement surface with two critical benefits: It extends the life of your pavement by protecting it from elements that destroy its structural integrity, thus lowering the lifetime costs of the parking lot areas. It enhances the image and look of your parking lot area, which appeals to your customers. Why choose A.I.M. SERVICES Ltd, a full service asphalt paving and maintenance contractor, as your Seal Coating contractor? Peace of mind. We are rigid in adhering to manufacturers’ specifications for mix design and application rates. We also have extensive training for our crews in proper application techniques. In simple terms, “we apply it correctly the first time”. We treat your customers like our customers. Our crew is trained and encouraged to be courteous and considerate of your customers. They recognize that minimal inconvenience is critical to your customers. The crew also works hard to ensure a safe environment through proper barricades and signage during the seal coating process. CONTACT US TODAY TO BOOK YOUR...

Line Painting

As you may already know, asphalt paved parking lots do need maintenance from time to time. One known asphalt paving maintenance technique is to have your parking lot re-striped to add a nicer look to existing asphalt paving properties. The repainting (striping) of an asphalt lot usually takes place every one to two years; it mostly depends on the amount of wear and tear made by people driving on the asphalt paved lots. First, the lot must be cleaned and checked to see if there are any major problems with the lot currently. As a rule of thumb, the number of parking spaces on the lot will typically designate how many handicapped spaces are required. By using high quality paint when asphalt striping, you will ensure a greater life expectancy of the clean look of your paved lot. The lines have to be as bright as possible for people who will park in between them at a later date. The striping also serves to direct the parking lot traffic to ensure safety of drivers. You want to make it as easy as possible for drivers to see where they are supposed to go at all given times. Also, by having very bright yellow speed bumps on your asphalt paved parking lot, you make it safer for those who will not be in cars as well. Also, the proper signs must be displayed on the parking lots and in places such as crosswalks, loading zones and handicapped areas. The lines that will be put on the parking lot will first be chalked to ensure a clean straight look when the...

Questions and Answers

The following is a list of frequently asked questions. Scroll down to find answers to your questions on asphalt paving and maintenance and call us for a free estimate at any time. We do repairs all year round. UNDERSTANDING ASPHALT PAVING QUESTION: Can you please explain the Pave process? ANSWER: Paving is complete when the hot bituminous mix (“hot top”) is applied. In some instances, two layers – the binder course and the surface course – are applied. If two courses are applied, the same hot top mixture is used for both courses. The thickness of each layer, or course, is a compacted thickness. Normally, about two inches of compacted hot top is plenty for household driveway traffic. QUESTION: What is the curing process, and what does it mean? ANSWER: Asphalt, like cement and other surface protectors, cures as it gets older. It completely dries and cools with the passage of time, becoming harder and harder. QUESTION: Can you excavate and pave on the same day? ANSWER: Many factors contribute to determining whether or not we can excavate and pave on the same day: The condition of the driveway, its age, time of year, weather conditions, and the condition of the base. In general, the base does have a better chance to settle and compact when you wait longer to add the asphalt. QUESTION: What will happen if my driveway is not properly compacted? ANSWER: Cracking, crumbling, or sinking of the asphalt, are signs of the driveway that was not properly compacted. QUESTION: What questions should I ask when getting estimates from paving contractors? ANSWER: In order to assess...

Glossary of Terms

ACCELERATORS – Material additives used to accelerate, or reduce, the setting time of concrete causing it to harden faster. AERATED CONCRETE – Concrete that is formed using gas-forming admixtures that form hydrogen or oxygen bubbles in the cement mix. AGGREGATE – A mixture of sand, rock, crushed stone, expanded materials, or particles that improve the formation and flow of cement paste and improve the concrete’s structural performance. AGGREGATE BASE – crushed gravel that is typically added as a foundation for the asphalt pavement. AGITATOR TRUCK – Vehicle designed to take ready-mixed concrete and deliver it ready to be used at a construction site. The truck bed contains a large barrel or drum that is used to continuously roll or agitate the concrete mixture keeping it from solidifying before use. AIR CONTENT – The volume of air present in a concrete or mortar mix. A controlled air content prevents concrete from cracking during the freeze/thaw cycle. ASPHALT – A brownish-black solid or semisolid mixture of bitumens obtained from native deposits or as a petroleum byproduct, used in paving. As a petroleum byproduct it is a mixture of rock (aggregate) and hot oil mixed together at a temperature of about 375 F. ASPHALT DRIVEWAYS – are made up of many different environmentally safe products: stone (aggregate), fine stone, asphalt cement, & sand. These different ingredients are bonded together by the asphalt cement to form a very strong hot mix, which is usually about 350 degrees in temperature. ASPHALT GRINDING – Is used to remove damaged asphalt or to prepare an existing surface for an overlay. The ground asphalt makes an excellent...