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Asphalt or Concrete Paving in Rochester, NY

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Many people use the terms “asphalt” and “concrete” interchangeably. However, there are significant differences between the two. Asphalt is made out of small stones and a petroleum-based tar while concrete is made out of fine stone, cement and water. You should understand what each material entails so that you pick the right one for your next paving project.

Asphalt Pros

One of the biggest benefits of asphalt is its affordability. It often costs much less than concrete. It is also more resistant against stains, and it can be repaired relatively easily. Asphalt is great for the winter because removing snow from asphalt is simple.

Asphalt Cons

Asphalt paving does come with some disadvantages. For starters, it develops an oily texture when it is exposed to intense heat. It also has a relatively short lifespan. Most asphalt roadways or driveways last anywhere between 12 and 35 years. The longevity of your asphalt structure ultimately comes down to how well it was installed and how well you take care of it. You can increase the lifespan of asphalt driveways or parking lots by getting it resealed once every couple years.

Concrete Pros

Concrete generally lasts much longer than asphalt. On average, concrete lasts for between 30 and 40 years. It is more permanent than asphalt paving. Unlike asphalt, it does not have to be resealed as often. In general, concrete requires far less maintenance. It is also simpler to add colors or scores to concrete if you want to customize an area in any way.

Concrete Cons

Concrete does not do as well in the snow as asphalt. This is especially true if salt is used to remove snow. Salt has the potential to significantly damage concrete, so it should be used sparingly if at all on the material. However, sealing will protect concrete from the elements. Concrete also stains more easily than asphalt. That means if a vehicle starts leaking oil, then it is more likely to leave an unattractive stain behind. Lastly, concrete typically costs more to install than asphalt. That means if you are working with a tight budget, then it may be preferable to go with asphalt. However, it is important to keep maintenance costs in mind, too. It may end up being more affordable in the long run to get concrete if you do not have to maintain it as often.

Which One Is Right for You?

Everyone’s needs are different, so you need to weigh the pros and cons of each to reach a conclusion. Luckily, All County Construction offers both, so you can contact us regardless of which one you pick. We offer concrete and asphalt installation services for both residential and commercial properties in the Rochester, NY area. Contact us to get started.

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4 Reasons to Repair Your Commercial Parking Lot Now

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As a commercial property owner, you have numerous responsibilities, and upkeep of the building and surrounding land is one of the most important. Parking areas are crucial to daily operations, as they provide access to your facility for tenants and customers. If your lot has fallen into disrepair, here are four reasons why you should call a commercial paving contractor as soon as possible.

 

Attract New Tenants

Office buildings and retail complexes can be great money makers, but you must have tenants in your units to keep the revenue flowing. If you’re trying to woo new businesses into some of your empty suites, you need to put your best foot forward to make a great first impression. When potential renters see a crumbling parking lot, it can raise questions about your attentiveness as a property owner.

 

Satisfy Your Existing Tenants

In the competitive world of commercial real estate, it’s common for one property to lure tenants away from another, which is why it’s important to keep your existing renters happy. A dilapidated parking lot makes it harder for customers to patronize a business, and that could inspire some of your occupants to seek greener pastures. By working with a commercial asphalt paving company, you can make ingress and egress a breeze.

 

Increase the Value of Your Property

Commercial properties represent a significant investment of time and resources, and you hope to get a return on those outlays when it’s time to sell. If your parking lot requires significant work, it could limit the number of interested potential buyers. Before you put the land on the market, it’s in your best interest to be proactive in making repairs.

 

Decrease Insurance Liabilities

 

Parking lot upkeep goes beyond convenience, as you’re responsible for the things that happen on your property. While you carry an insurance policy to protect yourself against customer and tenant mishaps, you could face increased premiums if incidents keep occurring. Potholes, crumbling pavement and other imperfections in the asphalt can create tripping hazards and even cause drivers to swerve into pedestrians. By keeping your facilities in top condition, you’ll be doing your part to limit liabilities.

 

Keep Your Lot in Great Shape

 

If your parking lot has seen better days, turn to the experts at All County Construction for quality paving in Rochester, NY. Don’t let crumbling asphalt put a dent in the value of your investment. To schedule an appointment for a free estimate, call our office at 315-589-8661 or contact us online today.

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3 Reasons to Sealcoat Your Commercial Asphalt

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We know that first impressions matter, and the asphalt on your commercial property is the first impression your clients or potential clients will receive of your business when they arrive. It is imperative that it is in good shape, allowing your business to be associated with quality, safety, and attention to detail. Sealcoat, which can be placed on your asphalt 12 months after the initial installation, should be redone every two to four years to keep the pavement in tip-top shape. Here are three important reasons why you should sealcoat your commercial asphalt as soon as possible.

 1.) Sealcoat Prevents Cracking

 

Blacktop paving that has not been privy to a sealant can face detriment from severe weather and seasonal changes, as well as regular wear and tear. While some damage is inevitable over time, a substantial breakdown can begin within the first few years, leading to significant cracking, crumbling, and oxidizing of unprotected areas. This can result in your commercial asphalt being closed off to visitors until repairs are made, due to the safety concerns that accompany broken or uneven pavement.

 2.) Sealcoat Extends Its Life

 

Climate and use can shorten the lifespan of commercial asphalt, but with proper maintenance and preventive care, it can last much longer. By including parking lot sealing as part of your regular maintenance, you can extend the life span for years or even decades. This can save you from having to budget in expensive rehabilitation or a full replacement sooner than necessary.

 3.) Sealcoat Improves Appearance

 

Sealcoat can greatly improve your curb appeal. It allows rain to easily wash away dirt, giving a cleaner, more streamlined look. It also helps increase the visibility of painted parking and loading lines, and allows your pavement to maintain a new appearance, offering a positive first, second, or tenth impression. Is there a chance you will be placing the property on the market anytime in the future? Is so, having blacktop paving that is topped with sealcoat can increase your property value and be a featured selling point.

Doing a project of this size yourself can be a time-consuming and costly task. Without proper training, you also run the risk of believing your pavement is protected while unwittingly leaving the area exposed to the elements. Using a commercial asphalt company with experience and a willingness to work within your budget can get your business protected and in a timely fashion. For further questions or to request a quote, give All County Construction a call today.

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Why Stamped Concrete Is More Economical Than Paver Blocks

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If you’re having a walkway, driveway, patio, or other area paved, then you’ll want to consider all of your options carefully. Two of the most common materials are stamped concrete and paver blocks, each of which has their own pros and cons.

What’s the difference between the two? Pavers are interlocking blocks, bricks, or stones, which are laid down individually over a large area, while stamped concrete is poured out in a single slab which then has a design stamped into it. While both paving materials have advantages and disadvantages, stamped concrete is the most cost-effective of the two options. Learn why stamped concrete is more economical than paver blocks. 

  1. Lower Initial Cost

Generally speaking, stamped or textured concrete has a lower initial cost than pavers; you can expect to pay anywhere between $8 and $18 per square foot depending on the complexity of the job. Brick pavers, on the other hand, can cost between $12 and $22 per square foot, while natural stone pavers can cost as much as $10 to $30, depending on the type of stone.

Additionally, stamped concrete costs less to install than pavers, since it’s less labor-intensive to pour a slab than it is to lay hundreds of individual blocks. Once installation expenses and material prices are factored in, the upfront cost of stamped concrete is about 10% to 15% less than that of pavers.

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  1. Longevity

As a general rule, pavers last longer than concrete, although there are steps that can be taken to make concrete last longer. Most stamped concrete has had special sealants applied that protect it from weather damage. Additionally, carefully placed saw cut control joints can prevent the concrete from cracking due to thermal expansion and contraction, while the right texture or pattern can help conceal minor imperfections. Generally, stamped concrete can last up to 25 years, while pavers have a lifespan of about 30 years. Depending on the project, this gap may be offset by the lower initial cost of concrete.

 

  1. Aesthetics

Property owners often take the aesthetics of a certain material into account when considering whether it’s worth the cost. Concrete pavers can imitate a wide variety of stone types, from slate flagstones to limestone cobbles. However, there are some cases where it comes down to a matter of personal taste. Stamped concrete might not be able to provide exactly the same feel as real brick, while certain geometric patterns or modern designs are not possible with traditional pavers.

Contact Us

Here at All County Construction, we have the expertise and experience needed to make your dream project a reality. Contact us today to receive a free stamped concrete estimate.

Culver-Ridge Plaza Parking Lot (by Regal Cinema)

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Testimonials

As a professional commercial paving company, we strive to do the best we can with all the paving projects we receive. Our job isn’t done until our customer is completely satisfied. Contact us if you need any advice about your next paving project or would like a free estimate.

Fairport, NY – Hi Chance, just wanted to let you know that we are very pleased with the final outcome of our parking lot. From the time we got serious in discussing the project, it took over two years to get to the final completed state. A lot wringing of hands, differing opinions, concerns over cost, etc. But in the end, I feel we did the right things and have a quality end result. Thank you to you and others at All County Construction for the quality work you performed. I’ve received numerous compliments over the past week how great things look. Thanks again.

Mike, Church of the Assumption 

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What Does a Milling Machine Actually Do?

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Asphalt Milling Rochester NY
Asphalt Milling Rochester NY

Wirtgen Milling Machine

In the past, we’ve used only our Skid Steer for all our milling projects, but this summer we’ve been excited to use our new Wirtgen asphalt milling machine. We’ve used it for main roads, large driveways, parking lots, and any project that required milling anywhere from a few inches to up to 4 feet. For smaller milling projects like patches and pavement trenches, we can use the Skid Steer, which can mill up to 6 inches deep and 2 feet wide.

So what’s the benefit of asphalt milling?

1. Recycle

Asphalt Milling Rochester NY

Recycled Asphalt Milling Rochester NY

First, every time we mill the pavement down, we use the leftover asphalt for new pavement. We outsource it to be ground up, mixed with aggregate and binder cement, and then delivered as fresh pavement ready to be used for a new paving project.

2. Rumble Strips

Municipal owners sometimes want rumble strips installed along highways for better driver safety – with the intention the rumble strips will wake late-night drivers from drowsing at the wheel. Our milling machine can install these quickly and efficiently.

3. Surface Smoothing

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Asphalt Milling

Milling removes uneven areas in the pavement by making the whole surface one even level. Our Wirtgen removes wheel ruts from traffic, dips from standing rainwater, and potholes from winter freezes. Once the existing pavement has a smooth surface, we can spread new pavement over the top and create a fresh surface.

4. Dowel Bar Retrofit

Dowel Bar Retrofit, another specialty item milling machines can accomplish, increases the integrity and longevity of pavement. The Wirtgen forms ridges in the pavement perpendicular to cracks. We then place steel bars within the ridges and seal them in place with non-shrink concrete. After that, the surface is diamond-ground to smooth any irregularities.

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Dowel Bar Retrofit


If you have a milling project you wanted to accomplish this season, don’t wait any longer. Call 315.589.8661 to book a free estimate! We’d be happy to chat and answer any questions. 

How to Care for your Commercial Pavement

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How to Care for your Parking Lot Pavement

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Parking Lot Paving Rochester NYAs we all know, customers can be rough on your company’s pavement. When they peel out or make tight turns in the parking lot, they can create deep scars in the asphalt. Winter, another threat to your pavement, damages asphalt by freezing, thawing, and freezing again, causing the aggregate bond to deteriorate. What can you do to keep your commercial pavement looking fresh and new?

1. Seal the Seams

Parking Lot Paving Rochester NYIn winter, water seeps into the cracks of your driveway and expands and contracts, creating seams throughout your pavement. You can fill the cracks with sealer or crack filler to keep your pavement looking new.

2. Avoid the Edges

The edge of pavement doesn’t actually have any support, which is why it’s the first part to crumble away. You can slow this degradation process by including stripes that prevent cars from driving close to the edge. You can also build up the soil around the edge to give it side support. Just make sure you leave about an inch free from the top to allow for water drainage and to prevent plants from growing over the pavement.

3. Patch the Holes

Parking Lot Paving Rochester NYAutomobile fluid such as oil, antifreeze, gas, power steering, and transmission fluid leak from parked cars and destroy the bond of the liquid aggregate. You’ll notice the holes forming in your pavement. You can fill the holes with what’s called cold patch to restore the smooth, pristine pavement look.

We want to help you keep your commercial pavement looking fresh and attractive to your customers. Call 315-589-8661 if you have any questions or would like a professional to repair your commercial pavement. We want your customers and clients to enjoy their entire experience at your facility. 

Commercial Paving Rochester NY; Pavement Maintenance

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Let’s Condense Pavement Maintenance Down to TWO

Commercial Paving Rochester NY

Commercial Paving Rochester NY

Commercial Property Owners → What DO you do to maintain the pavement of your PARKING LOT? Pavement will deteriorate a little each year, but you can significantly slow the degradation process by following these 2 simple MAINTENANCE suggestions.

War Against the Oxidation Process by SEALING

So you just got your company’s parking lot paved 2-5 years ago, but you’re already seeing deterioration of the aggregate and asphalt. You can thank the air we breath for that; once your pavement is exposed to sunlight, heat, and oxygen, its molecular structure immediately seeks a thermodynamic stable state through bonding. As a result, your pavement loses its elasticity, becomes brittle, and soon cracks.

So WHAT Can you DO About Oxidation?

Commercial Paving Rochester NYYou can extend/maintain the life of your pavement by 75% when you follow a rigorous sealing schedule, which we talked about in our previous post. You’ll actually end up SAVING money when you follow a strict sealing regime because you won’t have to pay for hefty pavement repairs farther down the road (no pun intended).

  • Install a GREAT Drainage System

You don’t want rainwater sitting on your pavement for long, loosening the aggregate bond and encouraging mold to grow between the cracks. You can install several drainage units that will ELIMINATE that problem:

  • Get a Culvert Pipe 

We install culvert pipes either beneath or adjacent to the pavement to regulate the flow of rainwater.

  • Work on the Pavement Site

During our excavation process, we level the land and create ditches to direct water away from your pavement.

  • Install Water Lines & a Pond 

Commercial Paving Rochester NYAdding a pond to your commercial property can not only help with drainage problems, but also increase the aesthetic appeal to your guests.

If you need any help finding a solution to your pavement problems, give us a call at 315-589-8661 and we’d be happy to offer suggestions and share our expertise.

What the Sealing Process can do for Municipalities

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Municipality Sealing Rochester NY

Municipality Sealing Rochester NY

Municipality Sealing Rochester NY

Each municipality pavement represents a valuable investment, and to get the most out of that investment, you’ll need to maintain it on a regular basis. Maintained roadways and parking lots within your town/city make great first impressions from tourists and maintain loyalty from locals. In order to keep all pavement maintained, you need to reseal each paving project every 2-4 years, and here’s what the resealing process can do for you:

1. Eliminates Mold & Mildew

Before your driveway can be sealed, it must first have all vegetation destroyed. Pesky plants force their way through the cracks in the pavement, breaking apart the asphalt and weakening the aggregate bond. All unwanted plants will be treated with preventative chemicals.

2. Cleans Up Harmful Chemicals

The pavement is powerwashed before the sealant is added, so all car fluid stains, gas puddles, tree sap, and other substances are completely removed. The sealant can then adhere to the pavement the way it’s supposed to and it’ll protect the pavement from future car leaks.

3. Smooths the Paved Surface

All the potholes and cracks in the pavement are repaired with high-quality asphalt and aggregate. The material is then compressed down into the hole with a high pressure tool that compacts the hot pavement. Once the sealant is added, the surface will be shiny and smooth.

4. Trims the Pavement Edges

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Rochester, NY

The chemicals in the sealant kill the grass outlining the pavement, leaving behind a trim, neat edge. Sealant leaves behind a better edge that a weed wacker as it leaves the grass looking fresh and maintained instead of chopped and haphazard.

The pavement of all municipalities needs to be maintained for it to keep an average lifespan, which is anywhere from 10-15 years. When you make sure to seal all paved surfaces within the recommended time frame, you’ll maximize on your initial investment. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call and we’ll be happy to chat!