Since 1970 Suncoast Paving, Inc. has manufactured quality virgin hot-mix asphalt at our plant in Tarpon Springs. All of our mixes meet F.D.O.T standards past and current. Recycled mixes are not currently available but we are looking at the best possible way to add these to our product offerings.
What is Asphalt?
Asphalt, also referred to as “pavement”, is comprised of various aggregates (sand, gravel, rock) that are bound together by Asphalt Cement. There are multiple variations of asphalt which are called “mixes”. The mix design of asphalt is defined by the main aggregate base and the percentage of Asphalt Cement used.
What is Density?
In general, density is the weight of material per volume. Achieving optimal asphalt density is complex yet imperative in producing a lasting asphalt product. Asphalt must be compacted as soon as it is laid because as asphalt cools, it becomes more rigid and therefore difficult to compact. Waiting too long to compact the asphalt will result in an unsound asphalt product that won’t perform as designed. However with proper construction, asphalt has an average life of 15-20 years with light-use applications such as parking lots, subdivisions, schools, etc.
How does asphalt cure?
A common misconception is that asphalt cures much like concrete, however asphalt doesn’t really cure it cools then it starts to age. As asphalt ages through the thermal transitions of hot and cold, it gives off Asphaltines (light ends). The absence of these compounds make the asphalt less flexible (brittle). Once the asphalt becomes brittle it has surpassed its useful life. As it continues to expand and contract with the days heating (but since it’s no longer flexible) you will start to notice cracks form with no apparent pattern. This is the time for an overlay or remove and replace.
Suncoast Paving, Inc. has provided exceptional services to many municipalities in the Tampa Bay area, including all the familiar developers / site contractors to numerous to name. Suncoast Paving also provides paving services to other paving contractors to help ease their schedules.
What to look for in a Roadway Paving company
Roadway asphalt construction is an intricate process that requires collaboration with multiple contractors and entities as well as extensive engineering preparation. The top 3 things to look for when choosing a skilled roadway contractor:
1) Traffic Maintenance: Maintaining proper ingress and egress is one of the contractor’s top priorities.
2) Certifications: Roadway construction requires higher levels of certifications that normal commercial pavers do not carry. Be sure the contractor has the proper safety certifications and adequate insurance coverages.
3) Dedicated Project Manager: Your project is assigned one, main contact that manages the paving project in full capacity with a keen focus on collaborating with all other contractors for seamless production.
Does high traffic affect asphalt choices?
Definitely - High traffic volume dictates a need for larger aggregate (stone) in order to uphold against the elements longer. Additionally, highway paving is much different than commercial projects as it requires more extensive preparation in sub-base and base work, as well as an extremely durable asphalt mix.
Factors to consider before starting your highway project:
• Asphalt contractor’s experience, qualifications and certifications
• Engineer Reports
• Traffic Flow / MOT requirements
• Municipality or State requirements
Whether a small strip mall or a large office complex, Suncoast Paving, Inc. is equipped to complete your asphalt paving job regardless of size, professionally and economically.
What to look for in a Commercial Paving company
Since commercial paving is unregulated in most counties, it is imperative to choose an asphalt contractor such as Suncoast Paving with a strong reputation for paving projects that last.
The top 3 things to look for when choosing a commercial contractor:
1) Collaboration: A good commercial paver understands the necessity for businesses to operate as close to normal as possible during construction phases. This can be achieved successfully if the contractor aligns with business owners in scheduling lot closures and maintains adequate traffic flow throughout the project’s course.
2) Design: Commercial parking lot layouts can be much more complex than residential roadways making drainage difficult to achieve, especially with overlays. The contractor should make grade and drainage flow the number one priority with all project recommendations.
3) Professionalism: Crew arrives to site in uniform and a project lead is on-site at all times. Your tenants and their customers should never be confused as to why there’s cones littering the parking lot with shirtless guys running around without clear management.
What are my asphalt choices for commercial paving?
Commercial paving projects typically require a mid to high grade aggregate asphalt mix to uphold moderate to heavy traffic volume. If a project is new construction, the designing engineer will typically determine the FDOT mix that must be installed as to uphold current requirements . Engineers and asphalt estimators go through a calculation process that determines the recommended asphalt mix. The most current FDOT mix is “Superpave” and has a couple variations, ie: SP-9.5 and SP-12.5. You typically see SP-9.5 in light duty areas and SP-12.5 In heavy duty areas such as loading docks.
For existing commercial properties requiring an overlay of 1-2 inches, Type S asphalt mixes are a great alternative for strict budgets.
Factors to consider when preparing your project.
• Asphalt Contractor’s experience, qualifications and certifications
• Collaboration with business owners during project scheduling
• Traffic Flow / MOT requirements
• Municipality and/or State requirements, if any
• ADA requirements
• Chemical and wash-out areas from local businesses - contractor should advise alternatives in those areas to avoid destroying asphalt.
One of our experienced field consultants is available to sit with you or provide a presentation to your entire Home Owner’s Association to answer your questions or set budget and schedules for the up coming years.
Let Suncoast Paving provide extensive and valuable information to you, since this is your communities’ investment.
Is Residential Paving similar in scope to Commercial?
Yes - these two project types are nearly identical. Residential paving typically requires the same asphalt grade as commercial paving, and the same factors of consideration apply in choosing a contractor and preparing for the project. Bottom line: Choosing an experienced asphalt contractor with a solid reputation as that of Suncoast Paving’s will guarantee that your investment is in the right hands.
Residents accessing homes during a project?
Ensure that your contractor supplies you with a detailed scheduled well in advance with instructions for residents on where to park during their section’s closing, as well as other tips to allow for minimal inconveniences for all parties. Residents should be advised to park in designated areas if they need their vehicles during their section’s closing. Should residents be handicapped or require assistance to enter or exit their property without a vehicle close by, assistance with other residents or board members can be set up.
How often should we evaluate residential asphalt?
Depending on the traffic volume, asphalt in residential areas can range in life expectancy anywhere from 10 to 25 years. We recommend having an experienced asphalt contractor review the asphalt’s condition at least once every 3 years to avoid costly delays. If asphalt is left in a state past maximum deterioration for too long, the base beneath the asphalt can become compromised, doubling, if not tripling, the cost to repair.
Seal coating is recommended by the asphalt institute and national asphalt paving association wherever the asphalt is porous, in an effort to prevent surface waters from saturating the asphalt.
What is seal coating?
The concept behind seal-coating is to provide a protective layer to the asphalt to prevent or inhibit water penetration and oxidization due to exposure to the elements. This is achieved with an application of either an asphalt based material or a coal tar based material. Both products have their pros and cons which should be evaluated specific to site conditions and owner’s desires.
How long does seal coating last?
Depending on the type of sealer used, application method and traffic volume, seal-coating life ranges anywhere from 12-36 months. There are many different variables that play into proper seal-coating methods such as sunlight, humidity, ground temperatures, material mix, etc.
Is seal-coating right for me?
This has been a regular discussion in Florida for years amongst contractors as our apshalts are a dense graded nature making it difficult for water intrusion. We’ve seen unsealed asphalts out-live sealed asphalts more often than not. We feel it is an owner’s choice and we will always do our best to educate our clients so an informed decision can be made. There are a few factors to consider if you are contemplating sealing your asphalt; Seal-coating asphalt that is already beyond its age will do more harm than good. Additionally, seal-coating improperly or with the wrong amount of material will also cause your asphalt to age more rapidly rather than preserving it. Too much sealer is one of the worst things for asphalt as the sealer ends up pooling on the surface, causing deep cracks to form in the asphalt. Choosing an experienced contractor such as Suncoast Paving ensures that the best options are made available to protect your asphalt investment for years to come.
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