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Pavement Facts

Written by WAPA - Washington Asphalt Pavement Association (http://www.asphaltwa.com/2010/09/18/welcome-facts/) on January 1, 2016

There are over 4.05 million public centerline road miles (8.52 million lane miles) in the U.S. and of this, 2.50 million miles (or 63 percent) are paved (FHWA 2009). About 70 percent of Washington State roads are paved.

Pavement Purpose Typically, pavements are built for three main purposes:

Load support. Pavement material is generally stiffer than the material upon which it is placed, thus it assists the in place material (called “in situ” material) in resisting loads without excessive deformation or cracking.

Smoothness. Pavement material can be placed and maintained much smoother than in situ material. This helps improve ride comfort and reduce vehicle operating costs.

Drainage. Pavement material and geometric design can effect quick and efficient drainage thus eliminating moisture problems such as mud and ponding (puddles).

Pavement Categories Pavements can be broken down into three broad categories:

Unpaved roads. These are roads that have no paved surface on them (e.g., dirt roads, gravel roads). Unpaved roads comprise about 33% of all roads.

Flexible pavements. These are asphalt pavements (sometimes called bituminous pavements), which may or may not incorporate underlying layers of stabilized or unstabilized granular materials on a prepared subgrade. These types of pavements are called “flexible” since the total pavement structure bends (or flexes) to accommodate traffic loads. Flexible pavements comprise about 95 percent of U.S. paved roads. This equates to about 63% of all roads (paved and unpaved).

Rigid pavements. These are portland cement concrete pavements, which may or may not incorporate underlying layers of stabilized or unstabilized granular materials. Since PCC is quite stiff, rigid pavements do not flex appreciably to accommodate traffic loads. Rigid pavements comprise 5 percent of U.S. paved roads. This equates to about 4% of all roads (paved and unpaved).

Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) Defined
Hot mix asphalt (HMA) is a bituminous concrete made principally from asphalt binder and aggregate. It is distinguished from other bituminous products by its constituent materials (asphalt and aggregate), mixture design methods and elevated mixing temperature (thus the term “hot mix”). Although it is known by many different names such as hot mix, asphalt concrete (AC or ACP), asphalt, blacktop or bitumen, this Guide makes a conscious effort to consistently refer to this material as HMA. Other types of asphalt-based pavement surfaces discussed in this Guide such as fog seals, slurry seals and BSTs are not HMA but are nonetheless important to the pavement industry.

Tar vs. Asphalt
Tar and asphalt are two different materials. Tar, often called “coal tar” is a byproduct of the destructive distillation of coal to form coke. Coal is of plant origin and was formed in swamps similar to present-day peat bogs and in lagoons, probably partly from plants growing in the area and partly from plant material carried in by water and wind. Asphalt is a petroleum residue left over from the distillation of crude oil. Crude oil is the result of incompletely decayed ancient plant and animal remains. The carbon chains within tar are, in general, slightly shorter than those in asphalt. In pavement applications, tar is generally more brittle and less elastic than asphalt causing it to crack under typical loading and environmental conditions. Tar will, however, not dissolve as easily in the presence of lighter petroleum distillation products such as gasoline and kerosene. While asphalt is used throughout the pavement industry, tar is generally limited to sealant use.

Road Use
U.S. and State roads are being used at an ever increasing rate. Although U.S. road centerline miles have only increased by about 13 percent from 1960 to 2008, U.S. registered vehicles have increased by almost 300 percent and vehicle miles traveled have increased by more than 400 percent over that same time. In sum, our road network, which has not significantly expanded since 1960, is now carrying over 4 times the number of vehicles. Moreover, truck (the most damaging type of vehicle) vehicle miles traveled (VMT) is increasing at an even faster rate than automobile VMT. A typical tractor-semi trailer combination averages 100 – 200 miles/day in the U.S. for a total of 35,000 – 70,000 miles/year, which is substantially more than the typical passenger vehicle (USDOT 2000). Thus, pavement loading is growing at an even faster rate than traffic.
[see graph of VMT vs. public road mileage from 1920 to 2008]

Note 1: A centerline mile is based on a road's physical length regardless of the number of lanes. A lane mile is based on the total length of lanes. For instance a 1 mile road with four lanes would constitute 4 lane miles.

Obama Signs $305B Highway Bill

Written by Keith Laing via www.forconstructionpros.com on December 30, 2015

President Obama signed into a law a five-year, $305 billion highway bill on Friday, with just hours to spare before the scheduled expiration of the nation's road and transit spending. Funding had been set to expire at midnight. The new law, paid for with gas tax revenue and a package of $70 billion in offsets from other areas of the federal budget, calls for spending approximately $205 billion on highways and $48 billion on transit projects over the next five years. It also reauthorizes the controversial Export-Import Bank’s expired charter until 2019. The measure is the first long-term national transportation spending package in a decade. It follows a string of temporary patches that began before Obama entered office. Ending the pattern of short stopgap funding fixes has been a priority this year for both the Obama administration and Republican leaders in Congress. Obama has railed against short-term patches, and he noted Friday that the highway bill that he received from lawmakers fell short of a six-year, $478 billion proposal he sent to Congress earlier this year. "This bill is not perfect, but it is a commonsense compromise, and an important first step in the right direction," Obama said in a statement ahead of the bill signing on Friday. Congress has not passed a transportation funding bill that lasts longer than two years since 2005. The new law, dubbed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or the FAST Act, formally reauthorizes the collection of the 18.4 cents per gallon gas tax that is typically used to pay for transportation projects, and also includes $70 billion in “pay-fors” to close a $16 billion deficit in annual transportation funding that has developed as U.S. cars have become more fuel-efficient.

Thermoplastic Pavement Marking

Written by Joel Greear on December 12, 2015

There is a good chance you know what a painted line in a parking lot is. As technology changes, so do the materials and methods we use to do our work. Although the material has been widely used in the pavement marking market for the last decade, thermoplastic striping is becoming more popular as a durable way to stripe a parking lot or direct traffic on the road. Thermoplastic is simply plastic that is melted to a liquid form and then sprayed, extruded, or ribbon applied to the pavement. The melted plastic is approximately 400 degrees F when applied to the pavement at which time it cools and mechanically adheres to the asphalt. Thermoplastic can be used on asphalt, concrete or brick. Thermoplastic is widely used throughout the the state from Yakima to Everett.

Commercial Asphalt Sealcoating - Yakima WA

Written by Joel Greear on December 6, 2015

Earlier this year we completed a large commercial crack sealing and sealcoating project for Ferguson - Plumbing Supply Store in Yakima. By maintaining their pavement, Ferguson is ensuring that their parking lot will stay in great condition for years to come. Central Paving was able to coordinate with Ferguson to set up a schedule that was beneficial to them and allowed us to complete the work in a single day. We sealed thousands of square feet in the time frame we had. It is always a pleasure for us to complete jobs for our customers that ultimately save them money in the long run. Thanks again, Ferguson - Yakima.

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Things Are Changing

Written by Joel Greear on December 3, 2015

Lately, there have been many changes happening at Central Paving. Obviously, we have decided to enter the asphalt paving market under a new name, Central Paving. We still offer all of the same services as before including sealcoating, pavement marking, crack sealing, and parking lot sweeping. We are excited for this transition and look forward to continuing to provide our great customers with another valuable service.

Now Serving The Yakima Valley!

Written by Joel Greear on November 28, 2015

As our Ellensburg customer base grows, we have been getting an increasing number of requests to complete asphalt paving and sealcoating projects in Yakima and the surrounding area. The warm dry climate of Yakima means that asphalt driveways can be paved earlier in the spring and later into the fall. We are currently estimating parking lot and driveway paving jobs for our customers for early 2016. Call us today for a free consultation and quote anywhere in Yakima.

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New Name! New Service! Same Company!

Written by Joel Greear on November 27, 2015

The past month has been an exciting transition for Central Sealcoat. As you may have seen or heard by now, Central Sealcoat has undergone a company name change to Central Paving...because we now have the ability to lay asphalt! There have been requests from our valued customers over the years to pave and reconstruct the driveways and parking lots that we seal and stripe. Now with the ability to pave asphalt, we can offer installation AND maintenance of asphalt pavement to further save you money. The team at Central Paving is very excited about this transition and we are looking forward to helping with your next asphalt paving project!

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City of Ellensburg Utility Trench Patch

Written by Joel Greear on June 26, 2015

This week, Central Sealcoat completed the utility patch for the City of Ellensburg. We can help solve your patching needs of any size.

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City of Ellensburg Utility Trench Asphalt Cut & Removal

Written by Joel Greear on May 23, 2015

Recently, Central Sealcoat cut and removed approximately 600 LF of asphalt near Central Washington University in Ellensburg for a new utility installation. If you are a contractor, utility company, or public municipality, we can help with your asphalt cut, removal, and patching needs.

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What is the Dollar Value of Pavement Maintenance?

Written by Joel Greear on May 3, 2015

Maintaining asphalt pavement is not much different than maintaining other things in our lives. We paint our houses to seal out moisture, protect the siding material from deterioration, and make the structure visibly appealing. We paint our cars to protect the steel from corrosion and for aesthetic appearance. We brush our teeth to fight against unwanted buildup and deterioration. The same is true for asphalt pavements. Preventative maintenance makes your pavement last longer and look better. But is the investment worth it?

We at Central Sealcoat have seen a lot of asphalt but the numbers speak for themselves. For every $1 you spend to crack seal and sealcoat your pavement, you save $2 or more over the lifespan of your asphalt. For example, the current price of an asphalt overlay or reconstruction is around $2-$4 per square foot which will last 15-20 years. The industry average to crack seal and sealcoat is $0.15-$0.25 per square foot which will last 3-5 years. Do the math. Investing in crack sealing and sealcoating your driveway, parking lot, or road will return AT LEAST 100% on your investment!!!

Please give us a call before it is too late to invest in pavement maintenance.

Walgreens Parking Lot Striping & Crack Sealing - Moses Lake

Written by Joel Greear on April 26, 2015

Recently, Central Sealcoat completed a parking lot re-stripe, asphalt crack seal, and pavement marking job at Walgreens in Moses Lake. Re-striping your parking lot is a cost effective way to add value to your property and increase the appeal of your business to potential customers. Pavement marking is also a way to reduce cluttered parking lots and meet federal and local American Disability Association codes. Sealing the cracks in your asphalt is an inexpensive way to extend the life and asthetics of your pavement. We serve all of Moses Lake and Grant County with our parking lot striping and asphalt crack sealing services.

Call us today for a free parking lot striping or crack sealing estimate at 509-929-1044

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Moses Lake Asphalt Patching & Repair

Written by Joel Greear on April 21, 2015

At the newly remodeled Carl's Jr in Moses Lake, Central Sealcoat recently completed a pavement repair and patching project. The asphalt had sunken and become a liability around four catch basins which were cut and patched to return the asphalt to proper grade. Several other sections of the parking lot were patched and the old asphalt replaced. Central Sealcoat serves all of Moses Lake and Grant County. Call us today for a solution to your Moses Lake asphalt repair and pothole patching needs.

Call us today for a free parking lot striping estimate at 509-929-1044

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Recently Completed ADA Pavement Marking Project In Quincy WA

Written by Joel Greear on April 4, 2015

For commercial property owners, maintaining proper ADA designations is essential in order to meet the needs of your customers and building code. Central Sealcoat can help you figure out what you need in order to meet code and most efficiently lay out your lot. We cover all of Central Washington with our pavement services including parking lot striping.

Call us today for a free parking lot striping estimate at 509-929-1044

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2015 Outlook - Good Or Bad?

Written by Joel Greear on March 31, 2015

The asphalt pavement industry that Central Sealcoat is involved in is unique. It is seasonal. Its success is determined by the oil market. It is usually the last place that maintenance budget money is allocated to. The construction market in general has had a rocky journey the past couple of years. Unfortunately, many asphalt paving companies have suffered and some have gone out of business. Although the recovery of the industry has been slow, we at Central Sealcoat are optimistic about the future.

Seasonality: Washington State experienced a very dry winter. For pavement professionals, our season has already begun. Many areas of the state have already begun sealcoating. For an asphalt company who normally only has about a 6 month window of work opportunity, this is great news. With an extended season, pavement contractors are able to lower prices slightly because expensive asphalt equipment will not be sitting around and depreciating as much as past years.

Oil Prices: Although asphalt oil prices do not directly fluctuate with gasoline prices, this year has seen the first small drop in asphalt oil prices in a while. Lower cost asphalt and sealcoat material means that your maintenance dollar will go farther this year.

Maintenance Budgets: One of the most common themes I hear when talking to customers is the need for an emergency solution for an asphalt problem. Although we all appreciate driving on asphalt, honestly, the last place people want to spend money is on their parking lot, driveway, or road. During the past few years, many parking lot maintenance budgets have been significantly cut or eliminated all together. With an extended season, lower oil prices, and a recovering economy, all of us will be able to spread our maintenance dollars further.

Overall, many pavement professionals are optimistic about what will happen with their industry this year. If you are in need of anything asphalt related or have any questions, we are here to help at anytime.

Call us today for a free pavement consultation at 509-929-1044

Recently Completed Pavement Marking Project At Iron Horse Brewery In Ellensburg WA

Written by Joel Greear on March 21, 2015

It's that time of the year. As you begin thinking about the needs of your parking lot this year, it can be helpful to have an asphalt contractor who has addressed those issues before. One of my favorite services that we offer is new parking lot layout and striping. Often times, without a structured parking layout, a parking lot is unable to fit as many vehicles as it could. This means that you are potentially losing revenue from customers who simply cannot find a place to park. Parking lot pavement markings create an orderly parking arrangement that allows for the maximum number of vehicles to park. We recently completed a new parking lot striping job at Iron Horse Brewery in Ellensburg. Customers were having a hard time finding a place to park in the tight parking lot. We were able to maximize the parking area by simply laying down a few straight, sharp parking lines.

Call us today for a free parking lot striping estimate at 509-929-1044

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What Happened to Roads Post-Winter?

Written by Jessica Stoikes, www.forconstructionpros.com on March 9, 2015

Winter has long been the arch nemesis of asphalt roads and parking lots. The freeze/thaw cycle, salt, and snow plows – especially when combined with traffic -- wreak absolute havoc on the condition of the asphalt. When the ice melts and spring rolls around, what will the roads and parking lots you’ve worked on look like? And what does that mean for your business?

First off, rest assured that the pavement will be in worse condition than you saw it last fall. Cracks that were hairline will have expanded, areas with minor alligator cracking might now exhibit extensive alligatoring, and areas of slight depression or minor damage might easily be full-fledged potholes – or potholes that were created and filled with a temporary material during the winter.

Cracks that form in the pavement surface and are not properly sealed allow many harmful substances to infiltrate the pavement surface such as water, impurities (chlorides, deicing chemicals, fuels), debris and sunlight, effectively leading to the failure of the pavement surface.

Cracking Up

Cracks are a natural development in asphalt pavement due to oxidation, traffic loads and pavement deterioration. Cracks are inevitable, and neglect leads to accelerated cracking and potholing, further reducing pavement serviceability according to FHWA. So the first step of any crack repair operation is to evaluate the pavement to assess the extent and type of cracking present; only then can you determine the appropriate treatment(s).

A post-winter evaluation might include the following (for roads and parking lots):

Is there more cracking than there was in the fall? If the answer is “Yes,” then there’s work to be done and you need to determine if the cracks can be treated by crack filling or cracksealing.
Are cracks that existed last fall larger? If so, make an effort to determine why that might be. If they were too small to repair, then there was nothing you could do and those cracks are now prime candidates for repair this spring. However…
If the cracks were repaired in the fall, what happened? Examine the sealant in the cracks to see why it failed. Perhaps it wasn’t applied properly, or perhaps cracks weren’t properly prepared. Or it’s possible the pavement needs a higher-quality crack sealant to withstand winter abuse. There are numerous producers of crack sealant in the market and many can match the qualities of the sealant to the demands of the job and climate. Check them out.
But regardless of the reasons for the cracking, those cracks now must be properly repaired. The ideal time to treat cracks is as soon as they appear in order to prevent as much damage as possible from occurring. Spring is a perfect time to asses previous damage and address. Not repairing problems in pavement – especially cracking -- can lead to premature deterioration, like potholes, which shortens pavement life.

Call us today for a free pavement evaluation at 509-929-1044


Ways That Snow Affects Your Asphalt Pavement

Written by Joel Greear on January 7, 2015

As the winter months grow colder and the snow is falling, you might wonder how freezing weather and snow affect your asphalt driveway, roadway or parking lot. From freezing and thawing, to deicers and snow removal equipment; there are many things that you should know about winter conditions and asphalt pavement.

- Continual Freezing and Thawing: Temperature changes throughout the winter can impact the structure of your pavement. Proper structural design and installation of pavement will help it resist damage from freezing and thawing. Freezing or “frost heave” is the leading cause of pavement cracking in the winter. As the ground under the asphalt pavement freezes and thaws, the pavement moves. Proper sealcoating and crack sealing slows the penetration of damage causing moisture.

- Use of Deicers: Deicing agents, like salt, should be used sparingly because of an increased risk of damage to asphalt surfaces. Deicers can discolor pavement and affect how sealcoat will bond or stick to the asphalt in the future.

- Snow Plows: Anything that scrapes along your pavement has the potential to cause damage, but the damage is usually minor. If you notice scrapes in your pavement, it could be that your sealer was stripped exposing unsealed aggregate. A new sealcoat application once the snow melts can help restore your pavement to its original look.

- Melting Snow: One of the benefits of asphalt pavement is that it absorbs heat from the sun and in turn, can melt snow and ice more quickly than other surfaces. The downside of this is that traditional pavement surfaces can lead to rapid water runoff, pooling water and even flooding conditions. A wet aggregate sub base means a weak sub base. To prevent future sub base damage plan to have your asphalt sealed this summer.

While the winter weather conditions may affect many aspects of your life, it should not cause too many problems with your properly installed and maintained asphalt surface.If you have any questions contact us at 509-929-1044 or team@centralsealcoat.com.

Why Maintain Your Asphalt?

Written by Joel Greear on November 23, 2014

When discussing our services to potential customers, we are often asked “Why should I spend money to maintain my asphalt?” This question is often followed by the statement “I was just going to wait until my asphalt falls apart and then re-pave it.” It is a huge misconception that spending a little money here and there to maintain your pavement is a waste of money. It is much cheaper to routinely maintain your pavement and extend the time until an overlay is needed than to wait until it falls apart. Contact us today for a pavement consultation and we will get you an estimate so you can budget necessary asphalt repairs for 2015! 509-929-1044 or www.centralsealcoat.com. -The the team at Central Sealcoat

Asphalt pavement is basically sand, gravel and glue. The glue used to keep the sand and gravel together is asphalt, a heavy by-product of oil refining. While sand and gravel do not deteriorate significantly, the asphalt binder does quite rapidly due to oxidation, solar radiation, pollution and chemicals spilled from vehicles.

​No pavement has been constructed that does not need maintenance. Many community associations find out too late that proper maintenance could have prevented costly replacements.Maintenance is the art of keeping pavements in full service, with minimum expenses, and the least inconvenience to the public and the residence. Improper maintenance is usually worse than none at all. Preventative maintenance is a wise investment. There are several basic forms of maintenance.

1. Seal coating. This procedure will protect against oxidation and spills while making the asphalt visibly attractive. This application should be applied at least every 3 years ormore frequently if use is heavy and deterioration is apparent. Applied at proper intervals,it will prolong the life of pavement indefinitely at a fraction of the replacement cost.

2. Crack Sealing. Cracks are usually caused by either a failure of the base, water damage or excessive weight on the pavement surface. Installing a hot pour mix to fill them caneasily repair cracks. The crack sealer provides a waterproof bond and is rubberized to give support while the pavement expands and contracts in changing temperatures.Cracks that go unsealed will continue to allow water into the base structure, causing severe damage to the pavement as the base deteriorates. A pavement crack inspection and correction should be done annually.

​3. Patching. If significant deterioration has taken place, removal and replacement of certain areas may be possible. If excessive ground water or poor soil conditions have aggravated the problem, corrections should be performed before applying the patch.

Remember, if you maintain you pavement, you WILL save money.

​Have a great holiday season!!!

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Thank You!!!

Written by Joel Greear on September 25, 2014

Our Customers,

​We at Central Sealcoat would like to thank you all for a great summer. It is a pleasure for us to be able to work with you in order to protect your pavement investments. We are grateful for all the new friends we have made and those of you who give us the opportunity to save you money by protecting your asphalt. This summer Central Sealcoat sealed over 1.1 million square feet of asphalt! Throughout the summer Central Sealcoat saw an opportunity to add a new service, hot asphalt repair. Areas around catch basins, manholes, and drainage areas are the most common places where asphalt pavement fails. As always, Central Sealcoat strives to set the industry standard for asphalt work just as we do for asphalt sealing and striping. We appreciate the opportunity to continually provide new services and solutions that save you money and protect your property. Thank you.


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