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Matching the Commercial Sweeper to the Need

Matching the Commercial Sweeper to the Need

Which works best for the job By Jeff Winke Commercial sweepers are valuable to asphalt paving contractors. They perform necessary clean-up to ensure a project jobsite is safe and attractive. They perform a variety of tasks, but which type of commercial sweeper is best...

Selling Decorative Paving

Selling Decorative Paving

The benefits are more than a pretty face By Jeff Winke One has to wonder if the Munchkins from the Wizard of Oz may be the best “spokeskins” for decorative paving? They definitely make a compelling case for a yellow roadway that promises to lead to a better life....

Is Bigger Always Better?

Is Bigger Always Better?

For infrared asphalt repair units, the answer varies By Jeff Winke Bigger, Better, Best! is the title of a children’s math learning book which helps in understanding the importance of calculating stuff, such as the area of a play room for instance. The title does not...

The Road to Safety Starts with Stability

The Road to Safety Starts with Stability

How offset compaction roller attachments ensure a safer jobsite By Lynn Marsh, Road Widener LLC President Safety is the highest priority on any construction jobsite, but not every equipment solution aids in attaining that safety goal. In fact, in 2020, more than...

Intelligent Compaction Is the Key

Intelligent Compaction Is the Key

Long-lasting, durable paved surfaces result from quality compaction By Jeff Winke Compaction is the exertion of force on something so that it becomes more dense. With asphalt paved road construction, compaction is considered one of the most important processes. It is...

Will Adding Striping Add Up to More Business?

Will Adding Striping Add Up to More Business?

Expansion of services may be a good thing By Jeff Winke Growing an asphalt paving business can be a challenge. There are numerous concerns with obtaining and keeping good employees, how best to cope with supply-chain issues, and how best to diversify the services...

Managing the Milling Sub

Managing the Milling Sub

By Jeff Winke Subcontractors are a bit like cats. They’re independent and, yes, they do like you but you get the sense that it’s all on their terms. Managing subcontractors requires finesse -- a subtle and delicate manner that combines firm control with gentle...

Sealcoat Equipment Question

Sealcoat Equipment Question

Continue maintenance or upgrade By Jeff Winke When it comes to asphalt pavement sealcoating equipment there is a balancing act between continued maintenance or replacement. The contractor must decide if their trusted existing equipment can continue to produce at its...

Best Buying Considerations

Best Buying Considerations

Infrared asphalt repair equipment By Jeff Winke Nothing is simple anymore. Gone are the days of binary choices... off/on, yes/no, and in/out. Try ordering a cup of coffee. Used to be you could sit down at the counter and ask the counter man Joe for a cup of java and...

Safety is Key

Safety is Key

There is never too much safety awareness and practice By Jeff Winke For asphalt paving contractors, safety is a key concern...some might say it should be a major obsession. At a paving jobsite the ingredients for potential accidents, harm, or disaster are there --...

Proper Preparation

Proper Preparation

The key to success is in the prep By Jeff Winke Effective asphalt sealcoating starts with the preparation. As one contractor said... with sealcoating it is 95% preparation and 5% actual sealing. It is as Benjamin Franklin astutely said: “By failing to prepare, you are...

Family-Owned Piedmont  Paving Thrives for 30+ Years

Family-Owned Piedmont Paving Thrives for 30+ Years

Paver credits LeeBoy and its dealer Ascendum By Jeff Winke Piedmont Paving Inc. based in Kernersville, North Carolina, was established in 1992 by David McGee to provide paving services to the Piedmont Triad region in the north-central part of North Carolina. The...

Crack Sealing

Crack Sealing

Tips for Success A step-by-step guide By Jeff Winke Cracks are generally not seen as good. Novelists have a way of describing cracks as personal flaws or, at best, a means to allow the positive in -- “the cracks in your heart are there so the light can shine through,”...

Sealcoat Additives, Some Best Practices

Sealcoat Additives, Some Best Practices

Additives add benefits By Jeff Winke Asphalt pavement sealcoats are commonly used for the protection and preservation of off-street asphalt surfaces such as home driveways, parking lots, airports, gas stations, and the like. Additives are specialty chemicals that are...

Key Considerations When Choosing New Products

Key Considerations When Choosing New Products

Compare/contrast before investing By Jeff Winke It is a given that the use of asphalt pavement provides a fast, efficient and economical construction process with unsurpassed versatility. If rehabilitation is required, it can be accomplished quickly with minimal user...

Infrared Pavement Repair

Infrared Pavement Repair

The steps to a durable solution By Jeff Winke Given the options, it is becoming clear that infrared repair may be the best choice for performing critical asphalt pavement repairs that do not need more extensive resurfacing or replacement. It is the process through...

Qualifying Prospective Hires

Qualifying Prospective Hires

Selecting employees who can do the job right By Jeff Winke Finding good employees is a challenge, but it is not impossible. Yes, some paving contractors claim that in desperation, they’ll hire anyone, as the idiom says...anyone who can fog a mirror to show they are...

Cracks, Crack Sealing Explained

Cracks, Crack Sealing Explained

Causes, culprits, and treatment By Jeff Winke Folklore and myths survive. Walk down a sidewalk or cross the street with a bunch of friends and observe how many avoid stepping on cracks. When asked, they’ll respond that they don’t want to break their momma’s back or...

Get Ready to Start Crack Sealing

Get Ready to Start Crack Sealing

By Ade Craig For many regions of the country, freezing winter temperatures keep sealcoating contractors and pavement maintenance professionals cooped up, unable to get out onto the pavement. As temperatures begin to rise, so do the number of calls seeking repair to...

Best Size Sealcoating Machine

Best Size Sealcoating Machine

Choosing what you need for each size job By Jeff Winke In a perfect world, the sealcoating machine would automatically size and configure itself for the job at hand. Small driveway...BOOM, no problem! Giant residential or industrial complex...POOF, easy peasy! That...

Diversify Into Striping

Diversify Into Striping

Adding pavement marking can boost the bottom line By Jeff Winke When talking about the road of life or taking the less-traveled road, one has to wonder is it generally understood that these roads have pavement striping to keep the traveler in the correct safe lane and...

Sealcoat Additives

Sealcoat Additives

The smart choice for saving time and money By Jeff Winke In a way, adding additives to pavement sealcoating can be the magic that helps save time and money... at least that is what is said. How does it work? What is the magic? How can sealcoat additives be a smart...

Training Infrared Asphalt Repair Crews

Training Infrared Asphalt Repair Crews

Proper training yields best results By Jeff Winke Construction machines need people. The best and safest results for anything involving machines comes from skilled and knowledgeable operators. This is especially true for asphalt infrared repair crews. Repairing...

Selecting the Best Paver

Selecting the Best Paver

What to consider By Jeff Winke In quiet moments of reflection, an asphalt paving contractor’s thinking will trip over the central question..... What type of paving machine do I really need? That is a big question. The answer can branch out into many directions, each...