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The Asphalt Kingdom Blog

Insights, how-to’s, and much more from the world of asphalt maintenance

The Top Ways to Remove Paint from Concrete

How can you remove paint from concrete? Warehouse floors, decorative brick, and old walls all present special challenges.

Do you have some paint on a concrete surface that you need to remove? It might seem like it will be difficult, if not impossible to remove paint from concrete surfaces, or from brick. However, there are some simple and effective methods that can work well to help you remove paint whether you have a lot to remove or only a few relatively small spots of paint.

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Topics: Cleaning and Preparation

How to Remove Oil Stains From  Your Driveway or Parking Lot

Ignorning ugly oil stains on your driveway? Not only do they look bad - they might also be eating away at the pavement underneath! Find out how to get rid of oil stains and protect your pavement.

Do you have unsightly oil stains on your driveway? These stains can detract from the beauty and even the value of your home. More importantly, they can weaken the pavement underneath them and cause the beginning of cracks or even potholes.

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Topics: Cleaning and Preparation

When Should I Restripe My Parking Lot?

Property managers often wonder when should I restripe my parking lot? Here are four factors to consider before you put paint to pavement.

If you own a parking lot, it is important to make sure that the lot is always in the best shape possible, naturally. You want it asphalt to be intact and sealed, and you want the stripes and spaces in the lot to be clear and bright. It offers a range of benefits for your parking lot and business. There are many times that you should consider restriping the parking lot.

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Topics: Line Striping

Winter Damage to Asphalt Surface

A hard winter means trouble for asphalt surfaces. Find out the three most common problems and what you need to address them before permanent damage occurs.

After one of the coldest, snowiest and stormiest winters in over a decade, and as the snow finally starts to melt, a lot of parking lot owners are seeing the unexpected consequences of winter damage on asphalt surfaces.

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Topics: Asphalt Maintenance

Pavement Maintenance: A Landlord's Money-Saving Guide

Pavement maintenance is an important part of protecting any building's second-largest asset: find out five tips to help you keep yours in great shape.

Keeping tenants happy is one of the most important tasks of managing a commercial asset. And what any sophisticated landlord understands is that there is a direct link between bottom line of the building and your tenant's overall satisfaction -- both inside and outside the building. A tenant's experience starts the minute they pull into your property. Not only can a well-maintained parking lot help command higher rental rates, but it can also positively impact your tenant's experience. Maximize tenant satisfaction and minimize liability with these five tips.

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Topics: Asphalt Maintenance

Tax Cuts: Contractors Benefit With More Building Maintenance Jobs

Building maintenance tends to go by the wayside in tough economic times. But the renewed interest in tax cuts and investments in infrastructure mean one thing for you: more work in asphalt repair and rejuvenation.

Presidents are often elected by promising tax cuts. Obviously, this would be a welcomed move by most people. However, these tax cuts could have a far greater impact on your life if you understand the secondary opportunity they represent. In fact, these tax breaks could be worth considerably more.

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Topics: News

Why Are Asphalt Maintenance Prices Rising?

Why are asphalt maintenance prices rising so quickly? A number of factors are contributing - and they aren't going down again any time soon. Find out why in this article.

If you've been in the business for a while, or if you did your own asphalt maintenance a few years ago and you're surprised at how much more it is costing this year, you might be wondering: what is causing the recent run up in sealer and crackfiller pricing?

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Topics: News

Three Common Asphalt Striping Mistakes You Need To Avoid

If you're new to parking lot maintenance, you need to check out the three most common asphalt striping mistakes people make when first starting out.

Painting parking lot lines is a great stand-alone business or add-on to an existing sealcoating or property maintenance business.  It's fast, satisfying work and it helps improve traffic flow and a building's aesthetics.

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Topics: Line Striping

Parking Lot Surface Preparation

Maintaining your parking lot is one of the most important investments your company can make. The first step? Parking lot surface preparation so that your hard work doesn't wash away with the next rain.

Whether you are a professional who works on parking lots for a living and you have years of experience in the business, or you are just getting started, you want to make sure that you have the surface of the parking lot completely prepared before you do any work on it including crack filling, seal coating, and parking lot line painting.

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Topics: Cleaning and Preparation

Bulk Sealer Tanks – Save Time and Money on Large Jobs

How much can you save by getting a bulk sealer tank of asphalt blacktop delivered directly to your job site? Is it the right option for you?

When you first started out in the asphalt business, you probably were fine just using the smaller drums and totes for your sealers.   You had time (and the patience!) to drive to sealer plants, transfer, fill, clean, and maintain the containers.  However, as we all know, the fastest path to success is to leverage efficiency.  If you want your business to grow, you will need to make sure that the equipment that you are using is growing along with it. You are not going to have an easy time covering the parking lot of a sports center or a shopping mall if you only have small drums.

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Topics: Asphalt Maintenance Business