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Coal Tar or Safe Seal Asphalt Emulsion? Which to Choose.

In any asphalt sealcoating operation there are two choices for asphalt sealer. The look and finished product appear the same, but are they? There are some major differences between Coal Tar and Asphalt Emulsion sealers and you will want to know what they are before your next asphalt sealing project. Coal Tar has been the…

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The Best Alternative To Coal-Tar-Based Sealants

The best alternative for coal-tar-based sealants is Safe Seal®️. While coal-tar-based sealants last a long time, many places have already banned their use to protect the environment and human health. If you would like to learn more, contact us today. Continue reading to learn why our asphalt sealcoating contractors recommend Safe Seal for parking lots and driveways. You…

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5 Tips For Maintaining Your Gravel Driveway

If you live outside of the city, you’re more likely to park your car on a gravel driveway. While gravel driveways require more maintenance than those made of asphalt, we’re here to give you our expert tips. We want to make sure you get the good longevity out of your driveway. Continue reading to learn how…

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How To Avoid Asphalt Paving Scams

Now that it’s summertime, more and more asphalt contractors will be knocking on doors looking for work. However, it’s important you know how to separate legitimate paving companies from the scammers. Scammers are more likely to target your home if the driveway is filled with cracks and potholes. If your driveway is starting to show its age, continue reading…

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5 Benefits Of Parking Lot Striping

If you own commercial property, it’s your responsibility to maintain the safety and curb appeal of your parking lot. Fortunately, our paving contractors offer a range of asphalt repair services, including parking lot striping. If your parking lot paint is faded, call our local asphalt contractors to schedule maintenance. Continue reading to learn why you’ll want to schedule line striping this summer. 1.) Improve…

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5 Reasons To Repair Your Asphalt Parking Lot

While a small crack or pothole in your asphalt parking lot may not seem like a big deal, think again. Not only can small asphalt cracks and potholes grow into more expensive repairs, but they can also affect your liability as a business owner. Keep reading to learn the 5 reasons you should hire one of our asphalt…

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Driveway Sealcoating FAQ

Once the weather warms up, asphalt companies will be flooded with calls from homeowners for driveway sealcoating. If you have questions about sealcoating, you’re not alone. Below, you’ll find a list of the most frequently asked questions we get from customers so you can make the best decision for your home or commercial property. We understand that your asphalt…

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What Is Infrared Asphalt Repair?

Have you noticed cracks and potholes in your asphalt pavement? If so, you’ll want to contact a paving contractor that offers infrared asphalt repair. Unlike traditional methods, infrared asphalt repair can be done year-round and doesn’t leave behind a seam that makes pavement vulnerable to future damage. Keep reading to learn how you could benefit from scheduling asphalt repairs that…

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How To Repair Asphalt Cracks In Your Driveway

Fall is your last chance to fill asphalt cracks before winter weather settles in for several months. We always recommend customers repair asphalt cracks before winter because rain, snow, ice, and freeze-thaw cycles can damage pavement. Whether you need to repair your residential driveway or the driveway to your commercial building, the way you repair a crack in asphalt pavement remains the same.…

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Can I Pave Asphalt Driveways In Winter?

As an asphalt paving company, we constantly get questions from customers about when is the right time to pave an asphalt driveway or parking lot. In general, it is best to hold off on paving projects until we have gotten through the winter. However, we can pave in the winter as long as weather conditions are dry and the ground…

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4 Ways Snow And Ice Affect Commercial Asphalt

In the winter, snow and ice make it difficult to notice growing potholes or water seeping into cracks in asphalt pavement. Unfortunately, this also means that a lot of commercial property owners are surprised to see their parking lots filled with asphalt potholes and cracks that were much smaller in the fall. The best way to avoid expensive asphalt…

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How To Budget For Asphalt Maintenance This Fall

Are you having a hard time convincing others in your company that asphalt maintenance is worth the cost? You’re not alone. Many of our customers have difficulty understanding that the asphalt maintenance you pay for in the fall has a direct effect on how much you pay for asphalt paving and repairs the following spring. In this blog post,…

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Benefits Of Two Sealcoat Layers For Commercial Pavement

Two layers of asphalt sealcoat are better than one for commercial pavement. Asphalt sealcoating contractors who use the squeegee and spray method do so because they know they’re giving pavement better protection against traffic and the elements. It also gives your pavement a nice even color throughout your asphalt driveway and parking lot. The heavy amount of traffic on commercial…

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What Causes Asphalt Pavement To Fail?

There are many reasons why asphalt pavement may need to be prematurely replaced. To prevent this from happening to you, we recommend you read through our blog post so you can start taking advantage of asphalt maintenance services today. With the help of a licensed asphalt paving contractor, there’s no reason why your asphalt pavement shouldn’t last up…

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How Proper Asphalt Installation Affects Pavement Lifespan

Whether or not an asphalt parking lot or driveway will last depends on two things: proper installation and maintenance. In this blog post, we will be focusing on how proper compaction during installation prevents your asphalt pavement from needing premature replacement. A licensed Big Rapids asphalt contractor will always make sure to use proper asphalt compaction methods so you…

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How To Improve The Look Of Your Asphalt Parking Lot

Given proper maintenance, there’s no reason why a new asphalt parking lot shouldn’t last you about 20 years. However, many business owners neglect basic asphalt pavement maintenance thinking that it’s not important. Improving the appearance of your parking lot means you understand its impact on how people perceive your business before even walking through your doors. A well-maintained parking…

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Why Potholes Are Bad For Business

Potholes are bad for business because they detract from your commercial building’s curb appeal, decrease your credibility, and make you liable for personal injury claims. To avoid the consequences of a neglected parking lot, you’ll want to take advantage of preventative maintenance services for asphalt pavement. An experienced asphalt repair contractor will be able to help you keep your…

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How To Prolong The Life Of Your Asphalt Surface

An asphalt parking lot or driveway is an investment in your property. Whether you are looking to improve the curb appeal of your home, or you are interested in keeping your commercial parking lot in good shape for customers, you will want to take advantage of asphalt preventative maintenance services. An experienced asphalt contractor will be able to apply a…

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How To Prevent Standing Water In Your Parking Lot

There shouldn’t be any standing water in your parking lot, especially when it’s been a few days since the last rain. If you notice standing water in your parking lot, this could be a sign of structural damage to the asphalt that needs repairs. To determine the best solution for your asphalt paved surface, you’ll need to consult with…

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Closing My Business Parking Lot For Asphalt Paving

Whether you are having sealcoating or asphalt paving work performed, your parking lot will need to be closed for a certain period. Because asphalt contractors know that your parking lot is critical to your business, they are accustomed to “going the extra mile” to make the process more convenient for you and your customers. If the work is to be performed…

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Eco-Friendly Green Asphalt Paving

With every passing year, the need to protect the environment becomes increasingly obvious. The natural resources that support life on this planet are far from infinite. One resource that is under constant attack is the global water system. Between pollutants and trash, the planet’s water supply has been severely challenged. In recent years, a great deal of…

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Keeping Asphalt Paving Safe

Every occupation in the construction industry carries certain risks, but those who work in the asphalt paving field face unique hazards. This is why keeping asphalt paving safe is important: Hot asphalt is a particularly “sticky” material that cannot be quickly and easily removed. If it comes into contact with the skin, it can cause burns that can…

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Safety, Sand, And Sealcoating

Customers ask asphalt contractors a variety of questions, but there are two subjects that tend to arise frequently. One is whether sealcoating will make their pavement slick. Another involves the reasons behind adding sand to the sealant mix. Will Sealcoating Make the Pavement Slippery? There is only one scenario in which sealcoating makes asphalt pavement slick: if the asphalt paving contractor did not add sand…

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Should I Be Concerned About Drainage With My Driveway?

Drainage is always a concern for asphalt paving contractors, it has to be right! Puddles of water on your driveway are unattractive, but they can also increase your risk of falls and have the potential to damage your pavement. Asphalt is an extremely durable pavement, but like all asphalt pavement, it can develop small cracks. These cracks can allow water to penetrate…

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Your Sealcoating Construction Site

You would think that it is unnecessary to ask asphalt sealcoating contractors whether they have the equipment needed to complete the job on which they are bidding. It is natural to assume, for example, that roofers have the equipment needed to access the roof safely or that carpenters own hammers, saws, and nails. However, even if they…

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Low Prices Are Not Always Your Friend

When comparing two identical products, choosing the one with the lower price is a wise shopping decision. However, you have to be sure that the two products are truly identical if you want to obtain the best bargain. If the products are merely similar, the one with the lower price could be dramatically inferior. Even…

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The History Of Parking Lot Striping And Pavement Marking

Imagine driving on a paved road without a center stripe, lane markings or any other type of visual guide to help you determine the limits of your lane. When the automobile was first introduced, this is precisely what drivers had to endure. As long as there were only a few hundred cars in the entire…

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What Is Your Highest Priority For U.S. Highways?

Throughout history, nations have relied on their road systems for trade, emigration, and troop movement. The Persian Empire began constructing an extensive network of roads more than 3,000 years ago, and most people are familiar with the fame of the roads constructed during the height of the Roman Empire. Older, more rudimentary roads have been…

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How Property Managers Can Budget For Asphalt Repairs

Asphalt pavement represents a significant asset. Like all assets, you hope to reap the best return on your initial investment. The best way to achieve this goal is to ensure that your pavement receives proper care. However, it can sometimes prove challenging to forecast your asphalt maintenance needs when it is time to prepare your yearly budget. The asphalt paving contractors at B&E…

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Sealcoating In The Winter

Sealcoating is the most effective and economical way to prolong the life of your asphalt pavement. It guards against automotive leaks, UV rays and other things that can damage your pavement. When winter weather is on the doorstep, many property owners begin to question whether sealcoating can be applied when the weather turns cold. In most…

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Snow Conditions On Your Asphalt Parking Lot

B&E Coating Services offers a complete range of asphalt maintenance services to customers throughout the Mid-Michigan area, where often homes and businesses deal with snow covering their asphalt pavement. The weather in Michigan can be unpredictable. Summers are usually mild, but heat waves do happen. The lower peninsula may have to deal with an occasional tornado during the late spring…

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Why Parking Lot Maintenance Can Save You Money Before Winter!

A properly installed parking lot can last for many years if it receives adequate maintenance. If it is neglected, however, its life will be significantly shorter, and it will also be unattractive. Fortunately, it is not particularly difficult to make sure that your parking lot receives the proper maintenance. 1. It needs to be seal coated…

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What Is Your Pavement Telling You?

Asphalt pavement normally goes through three distinct stages: wear, distress, and failure. Wear is normal; after all, the pavement was installed to be used. Failure indicates that pavement is reaching or has reached the end of its useful life. The middle stage (distress) tells you that your paved surface is suffering and in need of corrective measures to prevent premature…

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What Is The Difference Between Asphalt Paving And Sealcoating?

To explain the difference between asphalt paving and asphalt sealcoating, it might be helpful to use the example of your car. Your car is basically a metal structure that is covered by paint. Without the paint, the metal parts of your car would begin to rust. The elements, such as sun, rain, and snow, to which your car…

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What Is The Benefit Of “Additives” In Sealer?

Asphalt sealing additives enhance the basic performance of the sealant. Additives are not always necessary, but it is common for parking lot sealcoating contractors to include at least one additive in their sealcoating mixes to address specific issues that can range from customer requirements to weather-related limitations. Additives to accelerate curing time are commonly used if the contractor will be performing…

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The Different Types Of Asphalt Pavement

The asphalt roads built in America at the end of the 19th century would seem somewhat primitive to a modern asphalt professional. Over the past century, there have been many improvements to the product, equipment and technologies that make asphalt pavements better than they have ever been. Several different types of pavement have resulted, but three are the most…

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Standing Water Can Damage Your Parking Lot

Water that collects in low spots and refuses to go away as quickly as it should can detract from the appearance of your parking lot. Puddles can also accelerate the deterioration of your asphalt pavement, leading to premature failure or costly repairs. Before your asphalt paving contractor can repair low spots, he must first determine why they…

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Let’s Talk About Filling Cracks And Potholes Before Winter Hits

Your asphalt pavement represents a significant investment in an important asset. Like all physical assets, you want to protect your pavement so that it reaches its full lifespan. Unlike many other assets, however, asphalt pavement is relatively easy to protect. Proper maintenance is the most critical part of prolonging the life of your pavement. Having your commercial pavement…

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Should I Be Concerned About Cracks In My Asphalt?

Asphalt sealer is a wonderful product that offers a number of benefits, but it is not an appropriate choice for filling asphalt cracks for every situation. Here are the reasons why. Sealants need to be applied in thin coats so that they can cure properly. To fill a crack, you would have to apply the sealant too thickly…

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Property Management And Asphalt Maintenance

Whether you manage an apartment building with 50 units or the largest shopping mall in your state, you are tasked with ensuring proper maintenance for a variety of systems. One area of maintenance that is often misunderstood is the proper care of asphalt pavement. It can also be difficult for property managers to decide when it…

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Fix Your Potholes With Asphalt Repair

In an all-too-common scenario, an expanse of asphalt pavement disappears under a blanket of snow and ice. When the thaw arrives, the property owner is shocked to discover that potholes have formed in the pavement. Buried under the winter storm, the pavement was not even bearing traffic, so what caused the potholes to develop overnight? The answer to that question can…

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Do You Need Sealcoating, Asphalt Resurfacing, Or Repaving

Asphalt pavement is the most popular choice in the United States for parking lots, highways, residential driveways and city streets. It offers exceptional durability, and it is economical and fast to install. In addition, it is the nation’s most-recycled material and is environmentally friendly, leaching no harmful toxins into the soil or water table. With the right…

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Asphalt Pavement Deterioration

Under the proper circumstances, correctly installed asphalt pavement can last for three decades or more. Although it is not possible to prevent all pavement deterioration, experienced asphalt contractors are here to show you how to extend the life of your asphalt pavement and avoid early deterioration. Knowing the major contributors to pavement deterioration is the first key to unlocking a longer life for your paved…

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PAVEMENT WEAR & TEAR

Have you ever driven through a planned community that was built 10 years ago and noticed that some driveways featuring asphalt pavement still look great while others show obvious signs of wear and tear? If so, you may have wondered why driveways built at the same time can have such different appearances. Why do some 10-year-old driveways already need…

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Getting Value Out Of Your Asphalt Parking Lot

There are some “business gurus” who argue that value can never be quantified in terms of dollars and cents. They insist that value is simply the perception of the buyer; a vegetarian, for example, would not consider a coupon for 75 percent off on steak to be of much value, but someone who loves steak…

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Crack Repair Is Needed For Asphalt Maintenance

Autumn in Michigan finds many residents scurrying to winterize their vehicles, make last-minute repairs to their homes and prepare for another round of freezing temperatures and heavy snowfalls. However, some property owners fail to realize the importance of making sure that their asphalt pavements are as ready for winter as their vehicles and homes are. Your asphalt pavement is…

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Asphalt Paving Works Best Over Concrete

In recent decades, asphalt has replaced concrete as the paving material preferred by residential and commercial property owners, road builders, schools and even airports. Asphalt paving offers many advantages that concrete cannot provide. Not every decision to choose asphalt over concrete is based on the same benefit, and in many cases, the decision is based on a combination of benefits. Here are…

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The Differences Of Cost In Sealcoating

Suppose your business is located on a block with three other businesses. Each business has a parking lot of identical size and configuration. All four businesses ask a commercial sealcoating contractor to provide them with quotes for sealcoating their parking lots. When the business owners compare the estimates, they find that there are differences in the prices quoted. The reason…

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Asphalt Pavement Dilemmas & Solutions

If you are responsible for overseeing the installation or maintenance of asphalt pavement, you have probably encountered at least one aspect that left you uncertain. If so, you are in good company — most people have questions about asphalt pavement. The useful life of asphalt pavement depends on its use and the maintenance it receives. For example, assuming that…

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Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Guidelines

The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act brought new responsibilities to virtually every property owner with a parking lot, regardless of how few parking spaces were in the lot. Meeting the ADA guidelines is more complicated than simply setting aside a few spaces and designating them as handicapped parking. The guidelines contain specific rules that you must meet…

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After Season Sealcoating

Our local sealcoating professionals offer infrared asphalt repair, parking lot striping, crack repair, asphalt paving services to a variety of different Michigan clients. Sealcoating is an extremely effective process that can have a last impact on your paved surface. Winters can be hazardous to the health of your asphalt pavement. The repeated freezing and thawing of the ground and deicing chemicals such as…

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Cost Savings Of Sealcoating

Not every product on the market is intended to stand alone; instead, they are designed to improve another product. For example, an uninsulated home might be an architectural masterpiece, but if you add the proper insulation, the occupants will be more comfortable and the energy bills will be lower. The paint on a car does…

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What Happened To My Asphalt Parking Lot

Harsh winter weather and the passing years can sometimes take a heavy toll on your asphalt parking lot and leave you appalled by its condition. However, if asphalt pavement is installed correctly, it should stay attractive and functional for a very long time — provided you give it the timely maintenance that it needs. Often, property owners who report…

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Preparing For Parking Lot Striping

For most people, spring is a welcome change from the cold temperatures, snowdrifts, and icy pavements of winter. It is time to pack away the parkas and spend more time out of the house. They may want to dine out, shop, look for a new residence or visit a professional for advice. Whatever their motivations…

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When Can We Start Sealcoating

There are several steps you can take to make sure that you get the best return on your investment in asphalt pavement, but asphalt sealcoating is an extremely economical and highly effective maintenance procedure that can have a dramatic impact on the life of your pavement. Helps asphalt pavement retain its moisture content to prevent dry, deteriorated asphalt. Blocks…

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Choosing Your Asphalt Contractor

Many factors determine whether your asphalt paving will last for its full lifespan and whether it will be as attractive as you would like. The first factor, however, is to ensure that you hire the right contractor to install your asphalt paving. Improper installation can doom your pavement to a premature demise and can affect its appearance…

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Asphalt Driveway & Parking Lot Sealcoating

It’s been a long winter this year ,finally it’s time to start thinking about asphalt pavement maintenance in Michigan. As we drive around the mid Michigan , Greenville, Big Rapids, Mt. Pleasant , Rockford , Grand Rapids areas ,we see more potholes , cracks, and asphalt damage from the long drawn out winter. Contact us if…

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Property Management & Pothole Repair

Sooner or later, cracks will appear in asphalt pavement. If cracks are quickly repaired, the integrity of the pavement can be preserved. However, if repairs are neglected, cracks can soon lead to potholes. Incorrect settings on snowplows can also contribute to the formation of potholes, and placing more or heavier traffic on a surface than the pavement was…

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