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The Asphalt Kingdom Blog

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

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

How a Sealcoat Sprayer Works

Asphalt sealcoat sprayer systems utilize an engine and pump to draw sealer from a source, flow it through a hose, and dispense it out a spray gun for surface application.

Investing in an asphalt sealcoat sprayer is an excellent way to professionally sealcoat blacktop surfaces, saving significant time and up to 40% of material while doing so. The equipment might seem a bit complicated to those new to asphalt sealcoating, but this is not the case. A sealcoat sprayer operates in a relatively straightforward manner, as you’ll learn below.

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Topics: Sealcoating

The Benefits of Using a Line Striping Machine

A line striping machine can get the job done faster, with less materials, and better results.

Line striping is a necessary step in any complete asphalt maintenance process. It’s that finishing touch that takes a fully maintained and sealed parking lot to the next level, while creating an attractive means of keeping traffic on the property organized and safe. With such important purposes, it’s critical to accomplish this in the most efficient and effective way possible—for the good of your property and your wallet.

Using a line striping machine to do so holds three significant benefits:  

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Topics: Asphalt Maintenance, Line Striping

Best Accessories for Your Sealcoating Equipment

Utilizing the best sealcoating equipment and accessories can save you time, money and resources. Several innovative items to help improve efficiencies and maximize productivity include the Wand Wizard Edger, spray system Filter Kit, and Truck or Trailer Mount Hose Reel.

Improving efficiencies is a critical component of operating a successful asphalt sealcoating business. Correcting errors, repairing broken equipment and performing duplicate tasks expends time, money and resources better applied servicing customers and making more sales. Utilizing the best sealcoating supplies and equipment on the market can reduce waste, maximize productivity and boost your bottom line.

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Topics: Sealcoating, Asphalt Maintenance Business

5 Ways to Generate More Leads for Your Asphalt Business

Generating leads is critical to the growth of your asphalt maintenance business. Optimizing your website, staying active on social media, organizing contests, and participating in local events are just some of the ways to expand your contact base.

The asphalt maintenance business is a profitable one. With scores of property owners in your area looking to repair their asphalt surfaces at any time, there’s no shortage of potential business out there. Turning those strangers into customers can be a breeze when you know how to sell and have the right supplies and equipment to get the job done right, but finding those leads to nurture into customers can be tricky.

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Topics: Asphalt Maintenance Business

When Should I Repair Cracks in My Asphalt Surface?

Cracks, when left unchecked, will lead to more serious damage to your parking lot or driveway. The best way to prevent this deterioration is to repair cracks in your asphalt surface as soon as they appear, no matter what season it is, or how small they may seem.

Repairing cracks is one of the most important steps you can take to ensure the longevity of your asphalt surface. Doing so protects it against the natural forces that can penetrate the asphalt, worsen cracks, and lead to potholes and foundational issues, which are even costlier to repair. Given its importance, many are curious about how to repair cracks to get the optimal result, prompting the question: “When should I repair a crack?”

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Topics: Crack Repair

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