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HOA & Sealcoating in Subdivisions

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If you’ve ever lived in a neighborhood or subdivision with gravel or dirt roads, you know how frustrating they are. It seems vehicles can never stay clean with these types of surfaces. Further, rocks and dirt flying up or stirring around can cause other issues as well such as worsening allergies and damage to cars and windows.
Most homeowner associations (HOAs) make roads a priority. Paving the roads of a subdivision is often first on the agenda for any HOA. The surface of choice is typically asphalt which generally is a mixture of 5% asphalt/bitumen cement and 95% aggregates (stone, sand, and gravel). This combination of materials allows the pavement to stay in place and repel water, two very important components for any traffic surface.
If your HOA is planning to pave or has already paved, be sure you sealcoat the asphalt approximately 12-24 months after installation. If you’re unfamiliar with sealcoating, below is a brief overview of the process.
Sealcoating 101
• Prevents cracking, potholes, and depressions
• Can add 5-10 years to the life of the asphalt
• Protects pavement from oil and chemical spills, oxidation, and water penetration
• Accelerates the rate of melting snow and ice
• Maintains the aesthetic appeal by preserving the smoothness and color of the asphalt
While it may seem like more work and a bit more expense in the beginning, sealcoating will save an HOA significant money and anxiety in the long run. Two of the biggest culprits to pavement are UV rays and water. UV rays break down carbon bonds on the asphalt surface which leads to quicker deterioration. Water can affect pavement from both the bottom and the top. Rain and snow can impact the surface while ground water will affect the base of the asphalt.
Sealcoating will protect your paved roads from UV rays, water damage, and other culprits. If your HOA is already taking the initiative to pave the roads of a subdivision, the team should also seal the surface to ensure the roads maintain beauty, flexibility and durability formany years to come.

Chip Seal Vs. Asphalt

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There are lots of options to choose from when considering which type of paved surface is right for your project. Two of the most traditional types, chip seal and asphalt offer similar, smooth surfaces, with a variety of different finish options.

 

Let’s compare the pros and cons of each:

 

Chip seal is the original paving style. If you’ve spent any time on old country roads, you might already be familiar with its look.

 

The look can vary from polished to very rustic depending on the type of gravel used as the chip, which forms the top layer.

 

A base layer of hot liquid asphalt is applied to the prepared surface, and then stone is applied and rolled into the asphalt. What makes this paving style unique is the many different looks available depending on stone choice. A few of the options include, granite, slate and river rock.

 

The lighter stone colors also absorb less heat making for a cooler surface than asphalt alone.

 

The embedded stones also provide excellent traction on slopes and high moisture areas. Chip seal is commonly used in rural areas for its natural look and high durability.

 

Asphalt surfaces provide an almost unlimited variety in form and flexibility and can last as long as 25 years, offering excellent long term value. Its flexibility makes it perfect for areas that would not be appropriate for concrete or other surfaces such as steep incline areas. It also performs very well in cold weather environments, resisting cracking.

 

The look is smooth and modern. The benefits of asphalt include trip free surfaces, reduced dust, and excellent waterproofing properties.

 

Unlike chip seal, asphalt does tend to get very hot in summer due to the heat-absorbing properties of the dark pavement color.

 

Asphalt surfaces work well in both residential and commercial applications. It is appropriate for new construction, remodeling and patching of existing surfaces.

 

Installation of asphalt can be completed around your schedule in off-peak hours, even in the midst of active construction.

 

Our asphalt services include installation, maintenance, repair, patching, removal and replacement, resurfacing and more.