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Residential Driveway Sealing Rochester NY

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What to Expect After you Get your Dream Driveway

Residential Driveway Sealing Rochester NY

Residential Driveway Sealing Rochester NY

Residential Driveway Sealing Rochester NY

You’ll hear a lot of different opinions when it comes to properly maintaining your driveway. “Don’t drive on it,” “Drive on it as often as possible – it’ll help flatten the surface,” “Get it sealed every year,” “Don’t seal it for the next ten years,” “Don’t get it wet,” etc.

Frustrated yet?

Your friends mean well. And if you just recently got it paved, you’re probably tempted to listen to ALL the advice you get. But be careful – some tips that sound like good advice can actually damage your pavement.

Like What?

For example, freshly laid asphalt doesn’t fully cure until it’s set for a year. During that time, you should be careful what you do on that pavement. What should you NOT do?

  • Don’t spill harmful fluids on the pavement.

Residential Driveway Sealing Rochester NYCar fluids like antifreeze, gasoline, power steering fluid, and transmission fluids can damage your new asphalt. When it’s spilled, it seeps into the crevices and dilutes the aggregate that holds the pavement together. If you don’t immediately wash it with dish soap and water, the fluid will form holes in your driveway – the last thing that you want for your new pavement.

  • Don’t park vehicles with heavy, pointy tongues on the pavement. 

Tractor trailers, car ramps, and anything with heavy axles can damage your pavement if you let them drag behind you. You don’t want those deep ridges left permanently in your asphalt.

  • Seal your driveway every 2-4 years.  

Did you know it’s possible to seal your driveway too often? The surface will become extremely slippery and dangerous and may even crack from the shrinkage and build-up.

We suggest getting your driveway resealed one year after you get it paved and every 2-4 years from then on. Residential Driveway Sealing Rochester NY

If you’re interested to learn about how to care for your new driveway, check out our Frequently Asked Questions! You can also call us at 315-589-8661 and chat with a live representative. We’d love to answer any questions!

Potholes – What Does Your Parking Lot Say About You?

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Had Enough of these Vicious Potholes?

Did you know first impressions occur within the first 7 seconds of recognition? You property owners invest a lot of time and money into your storefront branding to immediately impress your customers. But there’s something else about your property that will create a strong first impression even before your customers reach your door:

Your parking lot.

Pothole Repair Rochester NY

Pothole Repair Rochester NY

Potholes represent the most prevalent problem directly resulting from winter weather. In less than a month, the snow will melt to reveal countless potholes–we’re talking deep, craterous ditches–scattered throughout your parking lot. But it’s what you can expect for upstate New York; Weather.com reported Rochester to be the EIGHTH coldest city in America. Makes sense the coldest city would also have the most potholes.

What Message Does Your Parking Lot Send?

According to AAA, drivers pay a total of $6.4 billion annually toward pothole damage. With that in mind, what message does your parking lot give your customers? A smooth, freshly-sealed parking lot will demonstrate attention to detail, customer-consideration, and proper priority. On the flip side, a pitted, craterous parking lot indicates carelessness, forgetfulness, and misplaced priority. Which response does your parking lot incite?

Potholes Are Bad, But Are They ALL Bad?

If you’re familiar with the Pothole Project, you know some people actually can have fun with these annoying pavement problems. We can thank husband and wife Claudia Ficca and Davide Luciano for turning these incredibly annoying and damaging holes into something humorous.

Pothole Repair Rochester NY

Pothole Repair Rochester NY

Pothole Repair Rochester NY

Pothole Repair Rochester NY

Pothole Repair Rochester NY

Pothole Repair Rochester NY

What Can You Do to Solve the Issue? Pothole Repair Rochester NY

With our paving capabilities, you can maintain a positive response from your customers when they first roll into your parking lot. We patch and fill all potholes, even those we’ve previously repaired. We’ll help you create that irresistible first impression for your business. Read our Driveway and Seal Coat FAQ.

Considerations for Concrete Projects and Stamped Concrete

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All County Construction provides concrete services for the tri-county area, including Ontario, Williamson, Webster, and Marion. We accept a wide range of projects such as sidewalks, catch basins/gutters, retaining walls, and patios. Including various textures and colors, we provide three different stamped concrete patterns: London Cobble, Grand Ashlar Slate, and Random Flagstone.

Seasonal Considerations for Stamped Concrete

Stamped Concrete

Stamped Concrete

During the summer, we use a retarder to keep the surface of the concrete soft despite high temperatures. We want to postpone the setting time till after we’ve added the stamped pattern. The softer the concrete, the deeper and more definitely defined the pattern will be.

During the fall, we mix an accelerator into the concrete to speed up the setting time. To prevent the concrete from crumbling, we won’t pour during freezing temperatures, especially below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature reaches high 30s, we’ll use insulated warming blankets to encourage the concrete to set correctly.

Two Types of Concrete

We provide interior mix for indoor concrete projects such as basement floors and garages. Interior mix, which lacks air pockets, has a smooth, dense texture. Exterior mix, which has air pumped through it, is used for outdoor projects like driveways. The air pockets allow water to expand without damaging the concrete construction.

Recycled Concrete

When we accept concrete renovation projects, we first break up the damaged concrete slabs to prepare the site for construction. We then remove the blocks of used concrete so that they can be crushed and recycled for the next project. Recycled concrete works well as the aggregate for replacing virgin aggregate. We try to get as much use out of the concrete as economically possible.
We’ve had years of experience in concrete services. If you have any questions, call All County-Construction at (315) 589-8661 or visit our webpage! http://all-county-paving.com/concrete/

Stamped Concrete Rochester NY: Know Your Stamped Concrete Surface

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Stamped Concrete Rochester NY

Stay informed about all aspects of your stamped concrete, especially if you live in Rochester, NY.

Live in Rochester, NY? Winter is headed our way and we know the brutal freezing-melting season will wreck havoc on most stamped concrete surfaces. So what should you keep in mind to prepare for the coming season?

Stamped concrete gives you a plethora of options, such as stone patterns, colors, textures, and depth. Many residential and commercial property owners appreciate its aesthetic appeal. We at All Country Construction want to keep you informed about stamped concrete so you’ll know how best to maintain your surface.

1. Stamped Concrete vs. Paver Bricks

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Paver Bricks

Stamped concrete and paver bricks have the same price, so you can choose which look you like better. Our concrete stamps, made from polyurethane, can make your poured concrete look like bricks, cobblestones, or flagstones. We can provide other textures upon request for an additional charge.

2. Resealed

Stamped concrete needs to be resealed every 2-5 years, depending on the traffic. However, unlike paver bricks, you won’t have moss or grass growing between each rock, since it’s composed completely of a single layer of concrete. In addition, your patio won’t sink or develop uneven dips and slants.

3. Non-Stackable

Stamped concrete is permanent, but it’s not stackable. If you try to layer concrete, the top layer will mimic every crack and flaw that the bottom layer has.

All County Construction believes in simple beauty. We’re excited to start your stamped concrete patio and make it look exactly the way you want. We love aesthetics just as much as you do, and our workmanship demonstrates just that.

Webster, NY; Residential Driveway Sealing

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Are you tired of the splits, cracks, potholes, and broken sections of pavement on your driveway? The tri-county area of Rochester, New York sees harsh winters that seriously damage asphalt driveways. Once the rainwater of autumn sinks into the cracks of your driveway, the frigid temperatures of winter come and freeze that rainwater. The ice swells and breaks open the bond of asphalt, which creates those deep crevices every year.

Enough Already! It’s time for Residential Driveway Sealing

But enough is enough. It’s time to get your driveway newly paved. We’ll explain the process with you so that you can know what to expect once the paving process begins.

1. Analyze your Driveway

residential driveway sealing

Residential Driveway Sealing

We’ll first take a look at your driveway and see if we can resurface areas instead of completely replace it. If you do need replacement, we remove the driveway that’s already there. We’ll use a backhoe to scrape away the old pavement to make way for the new. If you still live in the gravel driveway days, we’ll collect all loose stones to make the foundation smooth. Our twin drum roller firmly compacts the soil.

If it’s a complete dig out project, we install drain ditches to direct rainwater. We run water over the work area to see where it flows and then fill those places with soil to prevent heaving or collapsing. The levelling process is called grading.

2. Lay the Base

We lay 8″ of stony, jagged rocks. Sand requires fewer inches of base than clay. This layer of rocks should be left alone for a full week in order for it to settle. Rain actually helps it settle in.

3. Seal the Driveway

We install the binder over the stone. Once that’s compacted with the 2,000-10,000 lb. roller, we seal the edges and inspect the final product.

Each paving job differs from one another. But our promise for durable residential driveway sealing remains the same.