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The Asphalt Kingdom Blog

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

It's Not Too Late To Start Your Asphalt Sealcoating Business

Hitting the ground running with the right equipment and supplies can help new businesses reach profitability in just a few short weeks, even if the sealcoating season is already underway.

Summer is in full swing, and that means we’re at the height of the asphalt sealcoating season. With temperatures across the country climbing to optimal sealcoating conditions, property owners and managers are looking to spruce up their driveways and parking lots with a fresh coat of sealer to protect them from the elements and keep them looking like new. 

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Topics: Asphalt Maintenance Business

4 Easy Steps to Asphalt Maintenance

Effective asphalt maintenance requires a series of four critical steps: preparation, crack and pothole repair, sealcoating and line striping. These video and blog resources will show you everything you need to know.

A well-maintained, crack-free asphalt surface with a dark coat and crisp lines is an attractive feature enhancing the value of any property. It serves as an invitation to residents, guests and customers, and adds significant curb appeal. Keeping asphalt that way demands consistent maintenance, however.

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How Restriping Your Parking Lot Benefits Your Property

Restriping a parking lot improves its curb appeal, organization, and compliance with accessibility requirements.

Line striping is one of the four major steps to asphalt maintenance. Oftentimes, it’s also the most overlooked. Sealcoating protects the surface from drying out and cracking, and repairing cracks prevents them from growing into potholes, but the necessity of restriping a parking lot is sometimes less obvious. 

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Topics: Line Striping

Choosing Parking Lot Line Paint: What You Need to Know

Is oil-based paint or water-based paint the right choice? Which colors are required for parking lot lines and symbols? Your parking lot paint questions answered here.

A parking lot or road without clear traffic lines and symbols where necessary can look incomplete or tired, but finding paint to apply those important features requires more than grabbing just any can from your local hardware store. When choosing paint for your asphalt surface, it's important to know which kinds are best for your purposes. 

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Topics: Line Striping

How to Stripe a Parking Lot

Painting professional lines on an asphalt parking lot requires the proper preparation, measurements, line striping machine, and cleanup.

Fresh lines can have a significant impact on the organization and curb appeal of any parking lot. Fortunately, achieving that professional look is also a very simple process when you follow the four major steps below:

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Topics: Asphalt Maintenance, Line Striping

Here's What to Do After Sealcoating

After sealcoating, keep traffic off the asphalt until it's fully cured, clean stains immediately, wash it frequently, and paint new parking lot lines.

Sealcoating is one of the most important measures a property manager can take to maintain the long-term health of an asphalt surface. It creates a barrier that will protect the blacktop from constant threats. The job doesn’t end once the sealer has stopped spraying, though. To reap the full benefits of complete asphalt maintenance, there are several additional steps you should take after you’re done sealcoating.

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Topics: Asphalt Maintenance, Sealcoating

How Sealcoating Protects Asphalt

Applying asphalt sealer every two years creates a protective barrier against the effects of the sun, moisture, temperature and traffic on your blacktop.

Asphalt is not a solid fixture to be laid down once and left to the elements, never to be maintained. It is a dynamic material that requires ongoing care for a prolonged lifespan. Sealcoating the surface every two years is therefore critical. While applying sealer is easy enough that anyone can do it with little knowledge of how it works, understanding exactly why asphalt deteriorates and how sealcoating prevents this will better equip you to care for your asphalt—sealcoating, and beyond.

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Topics: Asphalt Maintenance, Sealcoating

Start Small With Crack Repair

Crack repair is the simplest, most affordable way to start earning money in the asphalt maintenance industry.

What You Need To Know To Be Successful

Are you looking for a satisfying, lucrative job in an evergreen market? A market that stays strong, regardless of the economy? Perhaps you're looking to add a service to your existing asphalt business, maintenance business, or home care business.

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Topics: Crack Repair, Asphalt Maintenance Business

5 Tips for Making the Most of Night Sealcoating

Night sealcoating tips include daylight inspections, ensuring proper visibility, using additives, checking the weather, and properly disposing of debris.

Asphalt maintenance is an excellent career opportunity for anyone who wants to be their own boss, enjoys working with their hands outside, and isn’t afraid of hard work. Success in this exciting business, however, requires entrepreneurship and the ability to strategize ways of expanding and maximizing your services.

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Topics: Sealcoating, Asphalt Maintenance Business

How to Prepare for Line Striping

A successful line striping project requires careful preparation, such as ensuring the blacktop is in good condition, the weather is accommodating, the surface is clear, and that your markings are properly measured, before you begin.

No asphalt maintenance effort would be truly complete without a fresh layer of paint over your lines and symbols. Skip this step, and you’ll miss an opportunity to add valuable curb appeal to the property, organize the layout of your lot or driveway, and comply with regulations. It's unwise to simply grab a can of paint and brush and begin line striping without a plan, however.

As with any task, conducting due diligence and the proper preparation beforehand is critical to achieving the best results. For line striping, this involves four important steps: 

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Topics: Line Striping