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5 Good Reasons to Install an Asphalt Driveway This Spring

September 8th, 2016 by

Now that the warmer weather has arrived in Melbourne, you’re probably beginning to think more about the exterior appearance of your home, and perhaps even looking for ways to add value to your property before the spring selling season takes off. One of the best ways to transform the exterior appearance of your property is by installing or upgrading hardscaping elements like fences, paving and driveways. This week, we take a look at five key reasons why you should install an asphalt driveway this spring.

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  1. Cost effectiveness

If you want to update your home’s exterior on a budget, asphalt is the way to go. Asphalt is between 30 and 40% cheaper than concrete, requires minimal maintenance, and never needs to be completely replaced, only resurfaced.

 

  1. Property value

In the property market, first impressions are crucial, so the exterior appearance of your home can make a big difference to the value of your property. Low cost exterior renovations like driveway installation, painting, roof recolouring, and paving can all contribute to the ‘curb appeal’ of your home and significantly boost the price at auction.

 

  1. Durability

Asphalt is an incredibly hard wearing surface which can withstand the elements without succumbing to issues like spalling or cracking like concrete does. An asphalt driveway has an average lifespan of around 20 years and only the top layer deteriorates.

 

  1. Aesthetics

An asphalt driveway provides shape and definition to your yard and compliments almost every colour scheme. Asphalt driveways enhance the other architectural and landscaping features of your property and help to give it a neat, well kempt appearance.

 

  1. Environmentally friendly

Contrary to popular belief, asphalt is an environmentally friendly and sustainable surfacing solution which will help reduce driveway runoff. Asphalt can also be recycled unlimited times and reused for things like roof shingles, glass, tyre rubber, and as a base aggregate for new asphalt surfaces.

 

Custom Asphalt specialise in installing asphalt driveways around Melbourne. Working primarily in the outer east, our service area includes suburbs like Narre Warren and Berwick, as well as regional locations such as Drouin. To learn more about our capabilities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 0418 137 943.

5 Simple Things You Can Do to Boost Your Curb Appeal

September 8th, 2016 by

The exterior appearance of your property is known as it’s ‘curb appeal’ and this can play an important role in the valuation of your home. Although it might seem superficial when compared to the internal features of your home, first impressions really do count on the modern property market. This week, we run through five things you can do to boost the curb appeal of your home.

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Re-do your driveway

In most Australian front yards, paving takes up a significant proportion of the yard space and therefore plays an important role in determining curb appeal. Resurfacing your asphalt paving or driveway is a simple, cost effective way to make your yard look neat and fresh.

 

Give your lawn some TLC

Nothing damages a property’s curb appeal quite like a scrappy, unkempt looking front lawn. If you are committed to the idea of having a lawn as part of your garden landscape, make sure you properly maintain it with regular mowing, weeding, watering and fertilising. On the other hand, if you decide lawn upkeep is too demanding, get rid of it and opt instead for a low maintenance option like paving or a rock garden.

 

Don’t forget about your front door

The front door is the central focal point of your home’s exterior, and it’s often the first thing the viewer’s eye is drawn to when looking at your property. As such, painting your front door in a statement colour, or investing in a quirky knocker and doorknob is an easy and affordable way to enhance the exterior of your home, and pique a potential buyer’s interest about what might lie inside.

 

Think about your perimeter

Hardscaping elements like your garage door, fence, and mailbox might seem like minor details to you, but these things provide your front hard with shape and definition, so it’s important not to overlook them. Taking the time to ensure these details are properly maintained will help convey the image of a neat, well cared for home to potential buyers.

 

Show your garden some love

A thriving front garden is essential window dressing when it comes to impressing potential buyers. Even if you’re not a passionate green thumb, it’s possible to make a statement using hardy, low maintenance plants like native grasses and succulents near the entranceway.

 

Custom Asphalt are one of the most respected asphalt companies in Melbourne. To learn more about our capabilities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling us on 0418 137 943.

5 Signs You Need to Replace Your Driveway

August 21st, 2016 by

The average asphalt driveway has a lifespan of around 25 years, but many residential and commercial property owners don’t know how to recognise the signs that it needs replacing. This week, we take a look at 5 sure fire indications that your asphalt driveway or parking lot is deteriorating and will soon need to be replaced.

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It takes a long time for water to drain 

If you’ve noticed water pooling or running in streams off your asphalt when it rains, then this is a strong indication that the surface is failing. Asphalt is a porous material and when installed properly, it should be able to filter the water down into the ground surface with little pooling or runoff. Drainage issues can quickly escalate and cause extensive damage to your property, so if you’re noticing a problem, call an asphalting professional immediately.

 

Multiple potholes

A classic sign of aging asphalt, potholes are caused by a combination of natural geological movement and wear and tear from traffic. As the ground beneath the asphalt expands and contracts over time, it weakens and cracks the asphalt, which is then broken up by the traffic. The appearance of one pothole may just indicate a weak spot in the paving, but if you find yourself dealing with multiple potholes at a time, it suggests the surface is no longer capable of supporting vehicle traffic and needs to be resurfaced.

 

The appearance of long, deep cracks

Cracks in your asphalt are inevitable are the surface gets used and ages, however, if you find yourself noticing longer, deeper cracks than usual, it suggests the damage is no longer cosmetic and a replacement is needed.

 

Shifting asphalt

If your driveway is beginning to look uneven in places, with visible areas of sinking or rising, this is a sign that the surface beneath your paving is unstable and has caused critical structural damage.

 

A scrappy appearance

The appearance of your driveway can tell you a lot about it’s state of wear. Fresh asphalt is a dense black, with a light sheen. As it ages, asphalt tends to turn more of a grey colour and become mottled by stains and weather damage.  If your asphalt has an aged, weathered appearance, that’s a good indication that the top layer has deteriorated significantly and it is time for resurfacing.

 

Custom Asphalt are one of the leading asphalt companies in Melbourne and offer a wide range of services which include asphalt repair, resurfacing and replacement. To learn more about our capabilities, get in touch by calling 0418 137 943.

 

 

10 Important Questions to Ask an Asphalting Contractor

July 28th, 2016 by

 

Finding a good contractor is a crucial part of ensuring the work completed is of a high quality and that you are covered in the instance of damages or accidents. Choosing the right contractor for your work can be challenging if you don’t know the right questions to ask, so this week, we’ve come up with a list of ten essential questions to ask a prospective contractor, and explain why you should ask them.

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  1. What kinds of insurance do you have?

It’s essential to hire a contractor that is covered for damage done to your property, or injuries sustained by their employees over the course of the project. To be properly covered, a contractor should have personal liability, worker’s compensation and property damage coverage. Failing to ascertain whether or not the contractor has insurance could mean you end up liable for damage or injury.

  1. How long have you been in business?

This will give you some insight into the competency and experience of the contractor. For larger projects, you’ll ideally want a contractor with over ten years of full time experience.

  1. Can you guarantee your work?

This is crucial; the contractor should be able to provide a written guarantee as to the quality of the work provided. Do not accept a verbal guarantee.

  1. How many projects similar to mine have you worked on in the past year?

It’s important to ascertain how familiar a contractor is with your particular project needs. To do this, it’s completely fine to ask for a list of clients or photographic evidence of the work.

  1. Do you have references?

Ask for three references within your community of people who can testify to the quality of the contractor’s work and take the time to call them.

  1. In what timeframe will the work be done?

Getting a clear idea of the timeframe means you can hold the contractor accountable for their efficiency.

  1. What are the working hours?

For longer projects, make sure you ask what hours there will be workers on site. If the contractor is unable to answer, it may be a sign of a lack of organisation.

  1. Have you ever been involved in a legal dispute over your work?

All you’re looking for here is an honest answer. Legal issues are a reality of construction work so even if the contractor has had issues, it is in no way indicative of their capabilities. A contractor who lies to you however, is to be avoided.

  1. Who will be overseeing the project?

Ask about the seniority of the person overseeing the work to ensure your project is being properly managed.

  1. Can you provide me with a written estimate?

A contractor should be able to provide an estimate in writing which breaks down the cost of work to be done, so you know exactly what you’re in for.

 

Custom Asphalt are a leading name in asphalting around Melbourne. We are fully insured, certified by Workcover, and are able to provide an obligation free written estimate. To learn more about our capabilities, please call 0418 137 943.

Why You Should Always Leave Asphalting to the Professionals

July 26th, 2016 by

Tempting as it might be to cut costs on surfacing construction by undertaking it yourself, asphalting isn’t really something you should DIY. Although there are a plethora of DIY asphalting tutorials available on the internet insisting you can get professional results in half a Saturday with equipment from Bunnings, large scale asphalt projects really require a degree of skill and experience to execute. In this article, we run through four solid reasons why you should leave asphalting to the professionals.

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Equipment

First and foremost, any asphalting project that extends beyond filling in a pothole is going to require quite an extensive outlay on equipment. To install an asphalt driveway for example, you’ll need to buy or hire a dump truck, plate compactor, roller, asphalt hand tools, wheelbarrows and a skid steer loader at a minimum. You’ll also need to know how to operate all of this machinery competently to get the job done, which will require a fair amount of research and practice.

 

Labour

Asphalting is hard physical labour and really not a one-man job, so you’ll need to be physically fit and have a few buddies willing to give up their precious weekend to help you. Your old driveway surface has to be cleared, the surface has to be graded, form boards have to be installed, the surface needs to be compacted and a base aggregate needs to be spread out even before you begin the asphalting process. Asphalting is heavy, tiring work, and you put yourself at risk of strain or injury if you don’t know what you’re doing.

 

Time

The time it will take you to complete an asphalt project is also important to consider. Even if you’ve done all your research, are physically fit and have all the equipment readily at hand, it’s still going to take you substantially longer to complete an asphalting project than it would a professional.

 

Quality

Not all asphalt surfaces are created equal and there is a precise science that does into installing asphalt that is both fully functional and aesthetically appealing. Factors such as your soil type, the necessary thickness of the aggregate base layer, the direction of water drainage, and the right size of the aggregate that goes on top all need to be properly identified and catered for if the surface is so have any sort of longevity. Poorly laid asphalt surfaces are vulnerable to a whole range of problems including potholes, cracking and water pooling.

 

If you have a big asphalt project planned, it really is best to leave it to the professionals. Custom Asphalt offer quality asphalt paving services in Melbourne that are both efficient and cost effective. Call us today on 0418 137 943.

 

10 Interesting Asphalt Facts

July 14th, 2016 by

 

Although on the surface, asphalt might not be the most fascinating of subjects, it’s one of the most important construction materials in the world and has a long and interesting history of being used for everything from making arrowheads to embalming Egyptian mummies. In this article, we’ve put together 10 of the most interesting asphalt facts for your perusal.

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  1. Asphalt is the only perpetual pavement

One of asphalt’s most unique qualities is that it can be implemented as a perpetual road surface and endlessly recycled. Because asphalt surfaces are installed in layers, it’s only the top layer that needs to be replaced due to wear and tear. The old top layer of asphalt can then be repurposed as coarse base layering for new asphalt roadways.

  1. It has a long history

Humans first used asphalt in the fifth millennium BC in what is now modern South Asia. It was used to line the bottom of baskets for gathering crops.

  1. It’s naturally occurring

Naturally occurring asphalt is made from the remains of ancient algae and other organisms, and is found in the mud on the bottom of oceans or lakes where these life forms once lived.

  1. It’s the most recycled material in the US

The country recycles some 80 million tons of asphalt annually.

  1. The Egyptians used it to embalm mummies

In fact, the word ‘mummy’ comes from the Arabic word mumiya, which means bitumen of asphalt. The Egyptians believed that asphaltum had medicinal properties and used it to fill out the body cavities of some mummies.

  1. Asphalt can reduce fuel consumption

The smooth road surface that asphalt creates can help reduce fuel consumption. Studies suggest that smoother surfaces can reduce truck fuel consumption by 4.5%.

  1. It plays an important role in stormwater management

Because it is a porous material, asphalt is able to filter road contaminants from stormwater, enabling it to return to aquifers and water sources in a cleansed state.

  1. If was first used as a road surface in 1824

On the Champs- Élysées in Paris, France.

  1. The word is thought to come from the ancient Greek ‘asphaltos’

The word asphalt has been theorised to come from the Greek ‘a’ meaning ‘not’ and ‘sphaltos’ meaning ‘able to be thrown down’ referring to it’s use as a mortar material in building.

  1. It makes the dollar go further

Every dollar spent on asphalt goes 26.9% further than a dollar which is spent on concrete.

 

Custom Asphalt offer asphalt paving services to residents, businesses, and local councils around Melbourne. To learn more about our capabilities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling 0418 137 943.

 

 

Famous Asphalt Racetracks Around the World

June 3rd, 2016 by

Asphalt has long been favoured as the surface of choice for professional racing around the world. Asphalt is peerless in terms of the smooth surfaces it can be used to create, and also in the way different aggregates can be used to suit different driving conditions and track designs. Performance wise, no other surfacing material approaches that of asphalt and to celebrate asphalt’s important role in the world of professional motorsports, we take a look at the top five asphalt racetracks around the world.

  1. Nürburgring
    Once dubbed ‘The Green Hell’, this enormous motorsport complex in Germany has been the benchmark for performance racing for nearly 100 years. First built in 1925 as a local council project, Nürburgring has gone through seven different track phases over the years and is known as the toughest purpose built racetrack in the world with more than 170 corners along it’s 27 kilometer track.
  1. Circuit de Monaco
    Probably one of the most famous (and unconventional) Formula One races in the world, the Circuit of Monaco is a hair raising race through the narrow streets of Monaco and one that rewards skill rather than speed. The race has been held since 1929 and features tight turns and frequent elevation shifts.
  1. Daytona International Speedway
    The spiritual home of NASCAR racing, the Daytona International Speedway is a tri-oval shaped course that rewards the fastest and most powerful racers. First built in 1959, the Speedway is the home of the internationally recognized Daytona 500, the most prestigious event on the NASCAR calendar.
  1. Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
    Nestled in our own backyard is a piece of racing history. Initially built for gravel road races in 1928, the Circuit received a Grand Prix makeover in 1951 and became the birthplace of a production car race that was to later evolve into the famous Bathurst 1000. Today, the Circuit is home to the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, the Superbike World Championship, and a number of V8 races throughout the year.
  1. Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
    This hilly venue is the site of the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix as well as several endurance races. Known for it’s intense corners, speed, and hilly terrain, Spa is a crowd and driver favourite despite being known as one of the most challenging tracks in the world.

Custom Asphalt specialise in installing asphalt driveways around Melbourne. Although they might not be quite as illustrious as a Grand Prix racetrack, our driveways offer the same superior performance, and durability that the famous tracks we’ve listed do. To learn more about our services, call 0418 137 943.

The Future of Asphalt

May 24th, 2016 by

An integral part of human nature is our propensity to conceptualise what the future may hold. How the urban landscape will look in 10, 20, 50 or even a hundred years is a topic that occupies artists, writer and filmmakers but the types of materials the metropolis of the future will be made out of is something that our imagination often overlooks. In this article, we take a look at some of the exciting research developments set to advance (or even replace) current asphalt technology.

Long life asphalt pavement

Scientists have found a way to limit bottom up fatigue cracking on pavements and increase the lifespan of asphalt roads beyond 50 years provided they receive periodic maintenance. By using the Fatigue Endurance Limit theory to more accurately predict how much strain asphalt can take before it becomes damaged, scientists believe they can increase the lifespan of the average high use road from 20-40 years to beyond 50.

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Plastic roads

If the plastic road concept of Netherlands based company VolkerWessels proves to be effective, then asphalt may be rendered obsolete in the future. The company claims to have created a ‘maintenance free’ road that is capable of handling the same weather extremes as asphalt and can even be constructed from recycled plastic. Although the plastic road project is still only in it’s concept phase, VolkerWessels is a company known for their innovative infrastructure solutions, creating the world’s first solar road, so there is every chance that this asphalt replacing concept will become a reality as well.

Inbuilt de-icing technology

Come winter, icy road surfaces are a common cause of accident and injury so to combat this, researchers in Turkey have developed asphalt that is capable of de-icing itself. Manual de-icing is a costly, time consuming activity which has a marked corrosive effect on the road surface and a detrimental effect on the environment. Researches at Koc University in Istanbul created an emulsion containing potassium formate which has similar de-icing properties to salt but is vastly more environmentally friendly. The emulsion was then mixed with bitumen and tested in standard winter weather conditions that are often conducive to black ice. The hybridised asphalt mix delayed the formation of ice for ten minutes longer than the control and continued to release the potassium formate for several months afterwards.

Custom Asphalt are the industry experts when it comes to asphalt paving services in Melbourne. To learn more about our capabilities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 0418 137 943.

4 Asphalt Myths Busted

May 2nd, 2016 by

Although ubiquitous in an urban landscape like Melbourne, asphalt is an often misunderstood building material that gets a bad rap in terms of it’s functionality and environmental impact. In this article, we aim to dispel four of the popular myths surrounding asphalt and it’s use in the building industry.

  1. Asphalt isn’t durable
    If asphalt is properly installed and maintained, then it has the potential to last between 20-40 years and is in fact known as ‘perpetual pavement’. Asphalt is far more durable when compared to concrete and does not have nearly the same amount of cracking problems. 
  2. Asphalt production is detrimental to the environment
    Although the production of asphalt does produce C02, it is one of the most environmentally friendly building materials available. Asphalt manufacturing has a smaller carbon footprint than any other paving material, it requires very few natural resources, and very little energy. On top of this, it is possible to recycle asphalt and reuse it.
  3. Concrete is a cheaper road paving option
    This myth arises from the idea that although the upfront cost of concrete is higher, the lifespan of concrete outstrips asphalt. Although this is technically true, concrete maintenance tends to be costlier that asphalt maintenance and resurfacing in the case of significant top layer damage is not a possibility. Asphalt is also much more cost effective in terms of the time it takes to install, resurface and maintain, this keeps manpower costs low and also means that traffic disruptions are minimised.
  4. It’s a terrible patching solution and does nothing to fix potholes
    Asphalt can be used in a number of ways to patch or renew damaged pavements. However, the effectiveness of an asphalt patch depends on how well the job is done, and whether underlying problems are also addressed. For example, asphalt patching is a great way to keep cracked pavements watertight, but if the underlying problem which is causing the cracks remains unaddressed, it is only a matter of time until more cracks appear and the surface continues to deteriorate.

As one of the leading asphalt companies in Melbourne, we think that asphalt is a pretty great building material. We specialise in asphalt installation, resurfacing and repair for homes, businesses, and government bodies.  To learn more about the range of services we offer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team by calling 0418 137 934.

5 Advantages of Asphalt Sporting Courts

March 18th, 2016 by

Asphalt sporting courts have long been the leisure surface of choice for local councils, schools and private property owners. In this article, we explore five of the key reasons why asphalt continues to be a popular surfacing option for sporting courts in Victoria and around the world.

Multifunction

One of the great advantages of sporting courts made out of this material is that they can be used for almost any sport or leisure activity. Asphalt has excellent surface tension properties which makes it ideal ball bouncing sports tennis and basketball. The traction that the concrete surface offers also makes it suitable for sports like netball and hockey, where the players are frequently stopping and changing direction.

Durability

There are few materials which can match concrete in terms of durability and strength. Asphalt sporting courts have a reputation for being exceptionally long lasting and remaining functional and relatively undamaged across their lifespan. In this sense, installing an asphalt sporting court in a school or park is not just an investment to benefit the community, but to help future generations remain active.

Cost

Asphalt remains one of the cheapest surfacing options on the market and it significantly undercuts the cost of other materials like rubber or polypropelene. The low cost of asphalt, and the comparatively fast installation time makes it a popular game court surfacing options for councils and schools.

Low maintenance

An incredibly low maintenance material, asphalt is not subject to issues like spalling or flaking which affect concrete, and resurfacing is all that’s needed to return old or damaged asphalt surfaces to a pristine condition. This is because asphalt is installed in layers, and it’s only the top layer that gets damaged over years of use, so the asphalt doesn’t need to be completely replaced once the surface becomes damaged.

Inbuilt drainage

The porous nature of asphalt plays an important role in the drainage requirements of a site as the water simply drains through the surface and back into the natural clay.  This makes asphalt ideal for surfacing outdoor courts which are exposed to the elements and public sporting courts which are maintained on a semi regular basis.

Custom Asphalt offer quality asphalting solutions in Melbourne. To enquire about having an asphalt sporting court installed, or to learn more about any of our other services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 0418 137 943.