How Often Should You Sealcoat Your Parking Lot?

Asphalt & Pavement Sealcoating in Nashville & Franklin, TN Asphalt & Pavement Sealcoating in Nashville & Franklin, TN

Nothing lasts forever.

Not diamonds, wealth, or fame.

Even cockroaches, which are said to be able to survive a nuclear blast, must eventually die.

So with that being said … have you looked at your parking lot recently? Really looked at it? Is the pavement smooth and nice to look at? Or is rough pavement, potholes, and subpar surfacing plaguing your lot?

As Nashville continues to boom and as surrounding communities like Franklin and Brentwood experience growth, the health of your parking lot is more important than ever.

Think about it this way – your parking lot is a basic necessity for your property. It provides your customers a place to park while reflecting the value of your business. Whether you are managing a restaurant, church, school, or apartment complex, your parking lot will need maintenance and repair. It’s not a matter of if, but when.

This raises the question: how often should I sealcoat my parking lot?

Many people procrastinate sealcoating because Nashville asphalt sealcoating can be expensive – but trust us, the investment is definitely worth it. Here’s everything you need to know.

Sealcoating – Does Your Parking Lot Really Need It?

In general, you will want to sealcoat your parking lot every three years. However, this is just a baseline figure for the average property. The traffic you receive, weather, and drainage can all impact how often you need repaving.

To determine whether or not you need to contact an asphalt company in Franklin, TN about sealcoating, ask yourself the following questions:

How old is the parking lot?

If your parking lot is brand new, chances are you won’t need sealcoating for a few years. But you should still keep an eye on your parking lot. Water runoff, traffic, and exposure to sunlight can result in cracks and potholes. If you spot any damage, then contact Mad Jack’s for sealcoating services in Franklin, TN.

When was the last time you had sealcoating?

If 3-5 years have passed since your last sealcoat, then it’s probably time to apply sealant as soon as possible. Sealcoating is more than just an aesthetic fix – it strengthens the performance of your parking lot by improving durability.

Can you see damage on your parking lot?

Don’t blame yourself if you see damage on your pavement. Cracks, fissures, and potholes are all natural effects of traffic, age, and harsh weather. However, if you can visibly see damaged surfaces, then it’s time to contact asphalt contractors in Franklin, TN.

Mad Jack’s is the leading service for asphalt paving in Franklin, TN. Contact Us online or call (615) 472-9288 to learn more.

Top 3 Ways to Help Your Parking Lot Fight Climate Change

The Top 3 Ways Your Parking Lot Can Fight Climate Change

It’s time for a little tough love, okay?

Whether or not you believe in climate change … no matter your political beliefs … you can invest in environmentally friendly paving practices that protect our planet.

Yes, your parking lot can help fight climate change. The best paving companies across the country are utilizing eco friendly asphalt in an effort to go green. If you are a property owner or property manager, it’s important to learn about asphalt paving practices that can actually help the environment.

Mad Jack’s is a Nashville concrete maintenance and repair company that is committed to cutting-edge practices and asphalt technology that best serve our customers while protecting the planet.

Green Asphalt Technology for Your Parking Lot

When you hire Mad Jack’s for your construction, maintenance or repair, you can trust that we’ll get the job done quickly, on-time and on-budget. Facility owners and managers trust our asphalt contractors in Nashville to do the job right. The best part? When you hire Mad Jack’s, you have the opportunity to fight climate change.

Here’s how:

1. Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP)

Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) offers our clients the greatest economical, environmental and engineering impact on their project. It is cost effective, eco-friendly asphalt, and will perform well under various weather conditions. Most RAP that is produced is recycled from reprocessed pavement materials that contain asphalt and aggregates. RAP is one of the most eco friendly asphalt solutions, with as much as 41 million tons produced each year in the United States alone.

2. Warm-Mix Asphalt

Warm-Mix Asphalt (WMA) is one of the most eco friendly ways to lay down asphalt. WMA can reduce the manufacture and lay down temperatures anywhere from 30 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. By lowering the temperature, energy costs are reduced by as much as 60 percent – helping both the environment and your wallet. Because of the lower temperatures, WMA minimizes greenhouse gas and hydrocarbon emissions. This makes it popular in cities like Nashville where air quality needs to be considered! On an equally awesome side note, lower temperatures make the work site safer!

3. Drainage Repair

Poor parking lot drainage is one of the most overlooked building defects not just in Tennessee, but also across the country. Functioning storm drains are critical to preserving the life of your parking lot. If water collects, it can deteriorate the parking lot, leading to unnecessary repairs and danger to your customers. Mad Jack’s can evaluate your parking lot drainage to ensure it is functioning at optimal capacity.

Mad Jack’s is the leading Nashville concrete maintenance and repair company. Contact Us online or call (615) 472-9288 to learn more.

And that’s a wrap Jack!

It’s crunch time. Time to get in all those parking lot repairs! Before we know it, the months will be getting colder and permanent repairs will be on ice. Is your parking lot still Jacked up?

The most beneficial winter preventive maintenance you can do to your parking lot is crackseal!! Sealing the cracks deters moisture from working its way deep into the asphalt and expanding during the freeze. We all know that when water freezes, it expands.

Make sure to get your lot into shape before our summer is gone. And that’s a fact Jack!

Safety Madness

There is a certain MADness to all projects regarding safety.

Proper safety standards must be held on all projects big or small. The main safety concerns that Mad Jack’s has on its projects is the safety of its workers and their client’s employees and patrons.

Patron vehicle and foot traffic can cause disruption on a project. It is essential to hire competent laborers such as flaggers and machinists, which are knowledgeable about their client’s business and adapt by scheduling re-routing of both types of traffic.

We will provide Phasing Maps/Scheduling of your repairs before commencing the project. This will keep patron flow in line without disrupting business. We map out specific entry and exit routes for vehicle and foot traffic to prevent accidents from occurring.

Mad Jack’s also retains proper traffic flow with barricades and flaggers. This keeps the patrons a safe distance from the construction as well as allows individuals to become aware of where they need to go to keep out of harm’s way. We also make sure that our workers wear brightly covered clothing so that they keep visible as well as wear protective wear such as gloves, hats and eyeglasses.

Following these practices and many more will keep the MADness away and safety at bay.

How to Halt the Cracking MADness? Why Crackseal of course!

Cracks form from continued moisture and weather elements. Heavy traffic, air voids, poor base, drainage issues, and oxidation coupled with water infiltration and the freeze/thaw cycle can wreak cracking Madness on your parking lot.

Cracksealing is the most cost effective and beneficial repair that you can do for your lot. Not only will this type of repair fill these unsightly cracks, but it can extend the life of your parking lot significantly. The most common type of Crackseal repair in the Commercial business sector is the Bandover method. Bandover provides bondage on either side of the crack, resulting in filling the void and protecting the crack from expanding.

Another player in the Crackseal game is called GatorPave. Just like it sounds, it is used to cover any “alligator’d” type of cracks. GatorPave can be applied by squeegee/trowel and no heat is required! When budgets matter, this option is less expensive than the tried and true traditional asphalt repairs. Though, it is a good option for those areas that need to be addressed, but are not ready for full depth repairs.

Crackseal is a sticky and burning hot business, however, the results are quick and effective. This repair allows patrons to drive on your lot immediately following a Crackseal. Quick, constructive and money in your company’s pocket. What more can your lot and budget ask for? Give us a call to Crackseal the Jack out of your lot!

March winds and April showers bring forth May pothole repairs

Temperatures are rising, snow is melting, and everyone is starting to de-thaw from the MAD winter. Now is the time to evaluate your parking lot and work out what repairs will need to be executed in the upcoming months.

Right off the bat you will notice potholes. Why do you get so many during the winter months? The main problem is the freeze thaw cycle, coupled with snowfall and snow removal.

Potholes form when asphalt surfaces crack under the weather elements and the daily stresses of traffic. Water gets into these cracks, will freeze and expand causing the asphalt to deteriorate at a much higher rate.

How can you fix these unsightly holes?

In the winter there are only a couple of ways to repair these potholes: Cold Patch and Infrared Patching, also referred to as Heat Patching. These types of repairs are temporary, however, Infrared Repairs have a reputation for lasting a bit longer than Cold Patching.

During the spring months, potholes require more permanent repairs such as Milling and Resurfacing, and Full Depth Asphalt Repairs depending upon severity and client budget.

Once repaired, how do you keep potholes at bay?

Preventative maintenance on your parking lot is key during the warm months so that your lot stays in good shape upon winter approaching.

We are MAD about pothole repairs…give us a call to find out how much!

Identify early signs of damage and save money!

Let’s face it, Mother Nature can be very harsh on asphalt. Mad Jack’s goal is to protect and extend the life of your parking lot surface. When you live in a region where temperatures are extremely low or high, it will eventually cause damage to the paved surface. By frequently maintaining and inspecting the surface condition, Mad Jack’s paving can save you money. Our professional team will identify early signs of damage or surface cracking that can lead to more costly repairs in the long run.