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The Asphalt Kingdom Blog

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

Top Tips for Hiring (and Keeping) Great Staff

Use the power of the internet and these tips on hiring staff to build a rockstar asphalt crew...and retain them!

The crew hiring season is coming soon and many business owners struggle to find people who have what it takes to succeed and help the company grow.

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Topics: Asphalt Maintenance Business, Property Management

Make Your Brand a Competitive Advantage

Do you want to attract better clients? Get paid top dollar for your work? Retain clients and win repeat business? It's possible with the power of branding.

“Your brand is what people say when you’re not in the room.”

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Topics: Asphalt Maintenance Business

5 Parking Lot Eyesores You Can Fix Yourself

Parking lot eyesores such as stains, cracks, potholes, faded asphalt, and chipping or fading paint can easily be fixed at a low cost by just about anyone.

Did you know that properly maintained asphalt can last up to 30 years?

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Topics: Line Striping, Crack Repair, Pothole Repair, Cleaning and Preparation

Introducing the New RY10 Elite Melter Applicator

The new RY10 Elite Melter Applicator is the most advanced push melter on the market, thanks to upgrades to its kettle, valve, dash, and more.

It’s not easy to improve on an industry-standard machine, nor do companies normally risk tinkering with a product that works. But that’s just what crack sealing equipment manufacturer Ryno Worx did.

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Topics: Crack Repair, Asphalt Maintenance Business

Call the Contractor: When DIY Asphalt Repair Isn't the Answer

The size, scope, difficulty, time frame, and budget of an asphalt repair are all factors to weigh when determining whether to hire a contractor—with a greater complexity typically the threshold.

In asphalt maintenance, anybody can complete simple repairs. DIYers can fill cracks, clean surfaces, sealcoat small properties, and line stripe parking spaces like a professional

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Topics: Asphalt Maintenance

5 Asphalt Maintenance Tips Only The Pros Know

Thoroughly cleaning the repair area, enlisting a friend or family member to help, checking the weather beforehand, and utilizing the proper equipment are among several helpful asphalt maintenance tips.

It's important to remember that you can cover more asphalt maintenance than you might believe. Crack filling, sealcoating, line striping, and other repairs can easily be completed by DIYers. 

The challenge comes in trying to match the look of professional jobs. After all, if your work is lackluster, you may find yourself returning to the same problems over and over. 

The following professional tips can help you execute your next asphalt maintenance project, from preparation and crack repair to sealcoating and line striping. 

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Topics: Asphalt Maintenance

What Are the Standard Dimensions of a Parking Space?

The exact dimensions of a parking space will depend on local regulations and factors such as parking lot traffic, the angle relative to the curb, and accessibility.

Like most maintenance projects, repairing the lines on your parking lot will be less expensive if completed by you. In fact, taking a little time to do the work yourself can save you and your facility as much as 90% per linear foot versus what a contractor would have charged. Unlike other asphalt maintenance jobs such as crack filling and sealcoating, however, line striping properly requires adherence to highly specific measurements mandated by various governing bodies. 

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Topics: Line Striping

Preparing a Crack for Filling

Asphalt cracks must be cleared of debris, dried, and measured before they can be filled properly. Asphalt Kingdom has the knowledge and tools to help.

With the sun, rain, ice and traffic constantly assaulting your asphalt surface, cracks developing in the blacktop is an all too common experience for countless property owners and managers – one that can lead to greater damage and even hazardous conditions!

When they do appear, it’s important to repair them as soon as possible to prevent them from worsening and leading to more extensive, and expensive, repairs. Doing so effectively requires the right preparation—otherwise, you'll be wasting your time and your asphalt will continue to deteriorate

Here are several useful tips to help you properly prepare a crack for filling:

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Topics: Crack Repair

The Line Striping Machine Buyer's Guide

Finding the right line striping machine will depend on the kind of projects you will be using it for and the size of the asphalt surfaces you plan on painting. This buyer's guide will help you get started.

Asphalt line striping machines come in a variety of models with specific features best suited for certain projects.

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Topics: Line Striping

How to Sealcoat Edges

Sealcoating edges is best performed with a precision-focused accessory, such as the Wand Wizard Edger.

Sealcoating a driveway or parking lot is not only one of the most important steps a property manager can take to maintain it and prolong its lifespan, it’s also an investment that can add value and curb appeal to the property. An attractive, dark coat of sealer will only look professional, though, when the entire surface is sealed evenly and neatly—including its edges

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Topics: Asphalt Maintenance, Sealcoating