Expert Advice

The Rental Option

The Rental Option

Sometimes renting a paver makes more sense By Jeff Winke The construction equipment rental market has exhibited steady growth in recent years. It has reached record revenues of $93 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach $122 billion in 2024, according to...

How COVID-19 is Affecting the  Pavement Industry

How COVID-19 is Affecting the Pavement Industry

By Gary S. Goldman, Gary S. Goldman & Associates, LLC We’re living in a time of uncertainty, which is amplified by the global struggle with coronavirus--a novel pathogen that even the world’s top medical researchers do not fully understand. A recent Wells Fargo...

Small Pavers, Big Producers

Small Pavers, Big Producers

Size can make the difference on meeting needs By Jeff Winke Small asphalt paving machines occupy a comfortable, valuable, and identifiable niche in the paving equipment market. The smaller, commercial class of pavers––basically anything 16,000 pounds or less––often...

Acetone Paint May Turn  Green

Acetone Paint May Turn Green

Every once in a while, I get a call asking why a customer’s white paint turned a lovely shade of minty green. I always know it’s the acetone paint, and the answer to the question is that it somehow reacts with older asphalt. I’ve had no issues with layouts on newer...

Preparing to Succeed

Preparing to Succeed

Steps sealcoat contractors should take for a successful season By Jeff Winke With the construction and paving season fast approaching, the sealcoat contractor needs to be fully prepared with the right equipment and tools ready to go. “The key to a successful start of...

Selecting the Best Sealcoat Product

Selecting the Best Sealcoat Product

Research and a little help to get the right formulation By Jeff Winke Each type of asphalt sealer has different performance characteristics and application traits. As a solid starting point, it can be best to find and work with a reputable material supplier who can...

Fixing Potholes

Fixing Potholes

Avoid common problems, patiently follow the process By Krystal Strassman It happens to the best asphalt paved surface.... the dreaded pothole. Potholes are depressions in a paved surface that can vary in size and shape. They are caused by the expansion and contraction...

Good Training Brings Best Results

Good Training Brings Best Results

How learning infrared patching done right can bring profits By Jeff Winke Infrared patching is a method of blending new asphalt with existing to create a joint-free integral patch. The truck-mounted machine is capable of heating the existing pavement material to a...

Intelligent Compaction is the Key

Intelligent Compaction is the Key

Long-lasting, durable surfaces result from quality compaction By Jeff Winke The most elemental meaning of the word “compaction,” is the exertion of force on something so that it becomes more dense. In the realm of road construction, compaction is considered one of the...

Sealcoat Additives Enhance the Protective Coating

Sealcoat Additives Enhance the Protective Coating

Greater Adhesion, Cohesion, Viscosity and More By Jeff Winke Starting point: Sealcoating is a protective coating to asphalt pavement, which provides a layer of protection from water, oils, and U.V. damage. And quite simply, sealcoat additives are designed to enhance...

Law Abiding?

Law Abiding?

Understanding Sealcoating’s Regulatory Cluster By Jeff Winke Doing good. Being good. That’s pretty much what every contractor wants to follow. In a sense, being law abiding corporate citizens. When it comes to asphalt sealcoating standards, one can defer to Anne P....

Smoothing the Way

Smoothing the Way

How to repair and resurface asphalt pavement through milling By Jeff Winke When an asphalt surface becomes rough for motorists to drive on or people to walk on that’s the time when it needs to be roughed up further. Milling is the process used before repairs or...

Decorative Pavement, Beauty and Function

Decorative Pavement, Beauty and Function

Transforming ordinary to extraordinary By Jeff Winke Beautiful, affordable, and functional are adjectives used by many when describing decorative asphalt pavement. It is a way of transforming the appearance of gray-black asphalt pavement through color, graphics,...

The Infrared Patching Solution:

The Infrared Patching Solution:

Creating joint-free, integral asphalt repairs By Jeff Winke Infrared. The word "infrared" conjures up science fiction, international espionage, or comic book tales. But in the context of asphalt paving, infrared is a practical, utilitarian tool used to repair...

Rheological Additives For Sealcoatings

Rheological Additives For Sealcoatings

By Girish C. Dubey, President STAR, INC. Rheology is the property that deals with the flow behavior of a coating during the manufacturing and application process. The very basic requirement for a coating to perform adequately is to flow evenly and cover the substrate...

Asphalt Sealcoating Protects, Preserves Paved Surfaces

Asphalt Sealcoating Protects, Preserves Paved Surfaces

...And also promotes a professional image By Jeff Winke A newly paved asphalt driveway, parking lot, or road has a glow. It is unblemished and, at the risk of getting too carried away, it looks young, vigorous and ready to handle anything that drives over or parks on...