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Understanding the Sustainability of Asphalt

A lot of people believe asphalt to be unsustainable, so we wanted to give you a few facts today to prove otherwise. Asphalt is actually the best material for parking lots, driveways, and roadways because it is so sustainable – as well as recyclable, economically friendly, and ecologically friendly. Let’s take a look at several ways asphalt is better than other types of pavement. […]

By |May 10th, 2016|0 Comments

After-Winter Asphalt Inspections and Repair

Spring has sprung, and we’re finally finished with yet another Chicago area winter. While this winter was relatively mild, we did see some pretty cold snaps that included snowfall, so our roadways and parking lots took the usual freeze thaw damage. Here are several things we will look for during your asphalt inspection. […]

By |April 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Residential Asphalt Maintenance: Avoid the Following Damaging Conditions

If you have a driveway at home or accompanying a rental unit which consists of asphalt pavement you are likely aware of the ease with which true damage can be caused. The fact is that residential asphalt driveway damage that is severe such as potholes and major cracking can be avoided through preventative maintenance. […]

By |April 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Preventative Maintenance for Your Residential Asphalt Driveway Prevents Potholes and Cracks

While it may seem like the easy way to go by dealing with asphalt damage as it comes, the fact is that there are preventative measures which can be taken to keep your asphalt in top shape for a much more extended period of time. You do not have to treat your driveway like a fly-by-night purchase. If your asphalt driveway is riddled with chips, cracks, or potholes, you can have them repaired and then take specific preventative steps which will make the surface you have invested in last and serve you longer than you ever thought possible. Here we will discuss preventative maintenance for your residential asphalt driveway which will prevent chipping, cracking, and potholes, saving you grief and money for a much more extended period of time than you are currently experiencing – read on. […]

By |April 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Asphalt Paving Takes a Beating From the Elements – We Fight Back!

From baking in the sunlight to freezing under a sheet of ice, your asphalt paving takes a year-round beating from the weather it endures. The damage really becomes obvious with the dawn of each new spring, and you may the prospect of repairs and costs are quite overwhelming. While asphalt is both tough and attractive, it simply cannot remain that way without regular maintenance and upkeep. […]

By |April 8th, 2015|0 Comments

Asphalt Patching and Pothole Filling: Hot or Cold Patches?

We all know how the great city of Chicago goes from one weather extreme to the next from season to season. And we know what kind of havoc this weather can wreak on your asphalt paving. When you experience potholes or the need for asphalt pavement patching you find yourself facing a very important choice when it comes to maintenance: Should I go with hot mix or cold patching? What is the best choice for my needs? Here we will discuss both options, as well as what circumstances will dictate the best decision for your asphalt repair project. […]

By |April 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Post-Winter Asphalt Repairs Are Well Underway

Mother Nature has a way of wreaking havoc on paved surfaces. The freeze thaw process is very damaging to Chicago’s roadways and parking lots. We’re sure you’ve noticed an abundance of cracks, patches, and potholes that we haven’t had a chance to address yet. We’re getting there! Unlike our lone friend in the photo above, we have full crews of expert asphalt workers across the city making things happen. Let’s talk about how weather affects asphalt and the processes required to repair damaged asphalt. […]

By |March 25th, 2015|0 Comments

Asphalt Sealcoating and Line Painting Go Hand in Hand

Sealcoating is the process of using a squeegee or a sprayer to lay a coat of sealant on top of an asphalt surface. This process rejuvenates the color of the asphalt, effectively bringing it back to the perfect pitch black of new pavement. Because it does cover all lines and imperfections in the surface, new lines must be painted on parking lots and roadways every time a sealant is applied. Here’s a brief overview of the processes. We hope you will understand why it takes proper maintenance for your favorite parking lots or roadways to retain that just-paved appearance and functionality. […]

By |March 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Asphalt Maintenance Requires Expertise

Over the years there are many companies that are going to jump into the fray of construction and the trades. The same is true for industries like asphalt and paving, and many times people find that the new comers aren’t quite as good as those that have been in business for some time. That’s the big thing that many are finding out across trades, and it’s a matter of expertise and equipment. For instance, you’re going to find we at RAPCO have been in business since 1961. We have been working with paving for longer than many other companies and the work we do shows expertise in a lot of different arenas. […]

By |March 11th, 2015|0 Comments

3 Reasons for Getting an Annual Maintenance Program for Asphalt

Millions of cars go through the parking lots of big box retailers, and small business lots alike. As a driver you may not think twice about this, but business owners have to think about the wear and tear that this inflicts on parking lots. Not only that, there are other issues at play as well. Natural elements can cause havoc to a lot including harsh weather like rain, sleet, snow, and heat. When these variables collide over the course of a year, even the most amazing paved areas will crack, peel, and break apart. It’s imperative to protect investments through the use of an annual maintenance program as it can help in a variety of ways. […]

By |March 4th, 2015|0 Comments