WHAT ARE POTHOLES? AND WHY THEY NEED TO BE REPAIRED ASAP

We’ve all seen potholes in our own street and on city roads, but do you know how they’re formed?

A pothole is formed after small cracks begin to appear in the road allowing water to seep into the underlayers of the materials, then at night or on cold days the water freezes causing the road to expand, and when the ice melts, it contracts back down.

This constant cycle of expanding and contracting is what causes those pesky potholes to form, and if not caught and fixed in time they can cause massive damage to pedestrians and vehicles.

Here are some of the things that can happen if a pothole is not repaired in time

Tripping and falling

Have you ever just been walking down the road and haven’t been paying attention to where you’re walking and then suddenly catch the tip of your foot on something and lose your balance? For the average person this isn’t a huge deal, but for children and the elderly who don’t have a good balance, this could lead to injury.

Just stepping into a pothole and losing your footing could cause you to trip and fall, resulting in hitting your head on the ground causing pain and injury, so it’s best to catch these things before you or anyone is hurt.

Flat tyres

The last thing anyone wants on their way to or from work is a flat tyre and it’s not just because of the cost of getting a new one, you either must go through the straining task of changing it yourself or wait an hour for a tow truck to come and replace it for you.

Buying a new tyre can be expensive so choosing to fill a pothole in your street before it happens is the smartest choice you could make for you and the rest of your neighbours.

Accidents

Accidents can happen at any time and anywhere, but when it comes to car accidents it’s better to take every precaution rather than leaving it to chance. Losing control of your car because you’ve hit a pothole is not only dangerous for you but for anyone that happens to be walking or driving near you at the time.

Many accidents could be avoided just by making our roads safer, and the best way to ensure they’re safe is to report any problems you see to the professionals so they can fix them before someone gets hurt.

 

Every road eventually gets potholes it’s just how things are so when this does happen it’s best to get on top of it as soon as possible before something terrible happens, thankfully Ground Fill Landscape specialises in asphalt and pothole repairs, so you don’t need to worry.

If you see a pothole in your street or around your town give Ground Fill Landscapes a call on 1300513642 or head on over to our Facebook page for a free same day quote on the job.

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THE BENEFITS OF HAVING AN ASPHALT DRIVEWAY

When designing your dream driveway, you need to think of it as an investment since you will be using this piece of road for the better part of your life, not only that but it will be put under immense stress through temperature changes, constant weight being moved on top of it and general wear and tear.

These problems are for those who choose to have concrete driveways but for those who choose to pave their driveways with asphalt, these problems will be minimal at the worst of times for you and there are plenty of other reasons to consider an asphalt driveway

You also need to consider the look of your driveway and how others are going to see it, are you ok with the sun fading away your colour and large cracks being an eyesore for you and anyone you have over to your house? You should consider that and the following benefits of having an asphalt driveway before making your decision.

They’re easy and fast to install

Depending on the size of your driveway if it was concreted then it would take around 7-10 days to fully set meaning you couldn’t walk or park on it for over a week. While asphalt driveways will be set in 1-2 days and require less work to put in.

We should always look for the most effective and affordable way to achieve our building desires and asphalt is a great way to save both time and money but it’s not just that which makes it the better option.

Maintenance is easy and cost-effective

If your asphalt driveway does start to show signs of wear and tear such as cracks or chips coming off then instead of calling a construction company to came and patch up the driveway, the tools and materials needed to fix this are available to purchase in a wide range of stores.

So instead of having to pay a company a large amount of money to fill in some cracks, you have in your driveway you yourself can do this thus cutting your cost down significantly.

Installation cost is cheaper

So not only is asphalt easier than concrete to install but it’s also easier to maintain as well but did you know that it’s also cheaper? That’s right asphalt tends to be around $2-$4 per square foot while concrete will come at around $4-$6 per square foot and that does add up when paving a full-size driveway.

 

Now that you know the benefits of having an asphalt driveway why not call Ground Fix Landscapes and get a quote? It’s one easy step towards having a cheaper driveway with little to no work required to keep it looking good for years to come.

We have offices in Sydney and Sydney so if you’re around there and need a professional company to install an amazing asphalt driveway get in touch via our phone number 1300513642 or jump on over to our Facebook page.

7 Causes for asphalt damage in Australia

7 Causes for Asphalt Damage

We live in time in overconsumption – and this is not a bad thing!

When it comes to asphalt surfaces like driveways or roads, overconsumption will wear & tear the asphalt.

Unfortunately, we as humans are guilty of over-consuming with little effort to restore what has been worn & torn early.

Over time, asphalt pavements don’t look or function as good as they used to. There are many reasons for needing an asphalt upgrade, such as:

  • The driveway is now collecting rain water rather than letting the rain water flow into drains
  • People are slipping in your driveway
  • Pot holes have developed
  • The colour of your driveway doesn’t look like it used to

 

Whatever your reason is, Ground Fix Landscapes has you covered.

It’s always a great idea to look at the root cause of anything in life – asphalt driveways included. Without addressing, preventing or resolving the cause, a vicious cycle of “too many repairs” happens. Circling back to overconsumption, there are various causes for asphalt damage. Here are just 7 causes:

 

Cause 1: H2O

Water is great for humans. Large amounts of water is not good for asphalt driveways. Our team keep this in mind and will work with you to prevent water from collecting on your driveway.

 

Cause 2: Pot Holes

This may seem like an obvious cause. But most pot holes develop over time from a small hole to a large hole. As soon as you notice a small pot hole, we recommend resolving it before the problem becomes too large.

 

Cause 3: Improper Installation

We see it so often: people relying on DIY methods because it’s more cost efficient. However in the long-run, it could cost you more in repairs. Our team at Ground Fix Landscapes install asphalt driveways efficiently to prevent many issues in the future.

 

Cause 4: Planting Trees

Have you decided to plant a tree? That is incredible! We recommend not planting the tree too close to your asphalt driveway as the roots can damage the asphalt over time.

 

Cause 5: Leaking Oil

It’s inevitable that your car will, on occasion, leak oil. Cleaning up an oil spill fast will prevent issues for your asphalt driveway. This is because if the oil has spent enough time drying on your asphalt, damage will occur.

 

Cause 6: Heavy Vehicles

Some households may be unable to avoid this, but knowing this could show you why your driveway is cracking. Oxygen causes a black asphalt surface to turn grey over time. During the oxidation process, heavy vehicles cause asphalt surfaces to crack.

 

Cause 7: Time

Time can be our greatest healer and also our worst enemy. Over time, everything breaks down and doesn’t work as good as it used to. Until we manage to find a cure for time breaking things down, we must adapt.

Did you learn anything new from this blog entry? Let us know!

 

Give us a call today on 1300 513 642 to discuss your asphalt surface. We are located in Sydney, NSW.

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Asphalt Installation Price Factors

While the average cost for asphalt driveways is relatively low, there are several factors that can affect the final price for any project involving this material, specifically if homeowners are laying down a new driveway.

The following list outlines some of these common factors that can impact asphalt paving costs.

Material Cost:

Factors such as freight, the current market price, and fuel surcharges all impact the raw price of material used for your parking lot or driveway.

Drainage and other additions: The life of any paved surface improves with proper drainage.

Base Coat: At minimum, plan on two coats, base and top, for any job. The higher the material quality and the more time spent on the base, the longer the life of the paved surface will be.
Specialized Top Coats and Sealants: General top coats and sealants costs depend mostly on the size of the area.

Excavation and Clearing: If no current surface exists, workers need to make sure there is adequate room for the new pavement.

Foundation: The installation of gravel below the asphalt is necessary for drainage.

If you would like to know more about different surfacing options please give us a call for advice.