Northern Construction resurfaced several main roads in Somers New York.
Northern Construction resurfaced several main roads in Somers New York.
Spring is the time of new beginnings, and homeowners in the northeast will soon begin the process of spring cleaning and getting their homes ready for warm weather. Spring will be here soon, and as the weather warms up, you’ll begin noticing the damages left behind on your asphalt driveway from the relentless cold. Spring is the perfect time to refurbish your driveway, whether you decide to have it seal coated or just want to fill in any cracks that may have formed from ice. Here are some ways you can get your driveway looking its best just in time for the warm weather.
Spring is considered the best time of the year to get your driveway seal coated for many reasons.
So you’re ready to sell your home. Most homeowners want to get the most money for what their home is worth, and there are many factors that contribute to your home’s market value. One of those factors is curb appeal. Now you may be asking yourself what exactly is curb appeal? Curb appeal is a term used to describe the general attractiveness of a home’s exterior from a prospective buyer. The Northern Construction team is here to inform you of different ways you can increase your home’s curb appeal.
Pavers add a classy, rustic look to your home and can boost the value of your property significantly. Most pavers are utilized for the creation of walkways, patios, and sometimes even driveways. Northern Construction has over 25 years of experience installing Unilock, stone, and concrete pavers and can assist you in deciding where your pavers can be installed outside your home to maximize your property’s curb appeal.
Bluestone is a highly desirable choice by many homeowners in Westchester County. It’s readily available, durable, attractive, and ideal for all kinds of uses including patios, pool decks, stone steps, or entryways. Its natural earth-tone colors are gracious and complement almost any exterior landscape design. Its rough surface also means that it rarely gets slick or slippery even when covered in snow.
A new driveway is the first thing a prospective buyer will notice outside of your home and can make a huge difference in boosting curb appeal. Before you consider having your driveway resurfaced, choose a reputable contractor to visit your home and give you a free estimate. Northern Construction has been proudly servicing homeowners in Westchester and Putnam Valley for over 25 years and with our expertise, we will give you a fair price based on your driveway’s current condition.
With the upcoming winter arriving shortly, homeowners in Westchester County are preparing to stock up on rock salt and de-icers. Unfortunately, many homeowners are unaware of the damages that salt and de-icers can cause to interlocking pavers. The Northern Construction team is here to inform you about the damages de-icers can cause to your stone patios and walkways.
Flaking occurs when salt damages masonry surfaces causing them to scale and flake.
Salt crystals left on a concrete surface will slowly dissolve the surface leaving a pockmark. If there is an interlocking paver patio or walkway on your property salt will cause damage because pavers are pressed concrete products.
Rock salt and certain de-icers will cause discoloration to surfaces. As a result, the surfaces may look like they were bleached. This is a notorious occurrence when salt is left to sit natural stone products such as bluestone. This bleaching effect can result in small discolored spots or even discolor an entire stone.
Here are some great alternatives to consider to keep your pavers safe.
One of the benefits of calcium chloride is it has a freezing temperature of -25°, which makes it an excellent choice for those looking to melt ice quickly. It works exceptionally well for people who live in freezing climates during the winter.
Magnesium Chloride –
Magnesium chlorides freezing temperature is that of -13°, which makes it one of the better alternatives to handle ice in the coldest temperatures. Because it releases 40% less chloride into the environment, it is known to be environmentally safe for plants and animals. It’s great for homeowners with pets and it also leaves very minimal residue and doesn’t track as easily as rock salt.
This can happen for a number of reasons, and unfortunately one of the common causes is from the asphalt not being pitched properly. When there’s a low spot in your driveway, water will always travel to that low spot before it can pour off the surface of the pavement. Enough rainfall can cause pools of water to occur, and in the colder months, those pools of water will freeze turning into ice. Ice expands and causes these sunken low spots to enlarge and create more problems over time.
Yes, there are several ways to fix these issues! low spots can be fixed by having them professionally filled. If there is a spot that is too large to be filled, another alternative is to add a catch basin drain to collect and reroute water. Catch basins are very ideal for large irregularly shaped driveways where water may flow in multiple directions to different low points.
The Northern Construction team specializes in driveway drainage installation and repair. If you call us today we will give you an estimate from one of our staff members who will provide you with the answers to any of your problems. With our expertise, we will gladly provide you the best service and pricing suitable for your needs.
Asphalt is known as bitumen. It’s a sticky, black viscous liquid or semi-solid form of petroleum and its primary use today is for road construction. Its function is to serve as a glue or binder mixed with aggregate particles to create asphaltic concrete. There are natural asphalt deposits that do occur in certain locations around the world, but most of the asphalt used today for paving comes from petroleum crude oil.
The materials used to make asphalt and blacktop are the same. Both are made from bitumen and crushed stone. The main difference between the two results in how those ingredients are combined to produce the final product. Asphalt is mixed in a drum to hold a temperature of at least 250 degrees. At this temperature, asphalt turns malleable which allows it to pour out of a shoot from a truck with efficiency. It can then be laid down with ease. Additionally, the high temperature ensures the asphalt will come out strong enough to handle cars driving over it. Blacktop has a different ratio of crushed stone and bitumen. For blacktop, more crushed aggregate stone is added to the mix. The crushed stone what is gives a paved road a shiny appearance on the surface when it reflects light. Blacktop is also heated at a higher temperature, usually 300 degrees or higher.
Belgian Block also referred to as cobblestones can add a rustic look to the outside edges of your driveway. Before these blocks can be set into place a few steps must take place first. First, a trench is dug to allow space for the concrete.
After the trench is dug string lines are set up at a pre-determined height to be used as a guide. The concrete footing is poured and then the cobblestones are set into the wet concrete.
Once the stones have been set, it takes several hours before the cement dries and the stones to fasten. Once the stones are fastened into place wet cement is poured into the cracks, known as the joints. The cement is shaped with a shaping tool to fill the cracks and give a neat finish to the stones.
It is extremely important to have a drainage plan in place before paving a driveway. Implementing a drainage plan is the most important aspect of installing a driveway because if it’s not done correctly, parts of the driveway may have to be removed or replaced in order for it to be fixed. That will only lead to bigger costs for the homeowner.
One of the most effective ways to avoid drainage problems when installing a driveway is to make sure the asphalt has the correct pitch. If your driveway is properly graded with the correct pitch, water will run off of the surface to the nearest low spot. If it’s done incorrectly, the water may pool on the asphalt.
Trench drains are one of the best options for most homeowners who have a driveway that is sloped towards their home. Typically trench drains are installed several feet away from the cement floor of the garage. Water will flow into the trench drain and will be redirected through a pipe which is connected to the drain. The piping will lead to the side of the driveway and is pitched towards a low point, normally located on the side of the homeowner’s house or in the backyard. A solid pipe is used for collecting and redirecting the water. Swails are channels built adjacent to driveways often lined with gravel or larger stones. They’re another effective alternative chosen by many homeowners. The only difference between a swale and trench drain is swales sit on top of the soil and are lined with large rocks, riprap, or gravel. They do not need a pipe to redirect water.
There are plenty of ways for those annoying marks to show up in your asphalt driveway but timing, temperature, and tires have a lot to do with it.
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