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Car Park Trivia

For most people, car parks are at best, a mundane necessity in everyday life and at worst, a daily trial that tests even the calmest driver’s patience. But if you dig a little below the surface, parking lots have quite a colourful history, which if nothing else, might make the next time you have to endlessly circle one looking for a space a little less painful. Here are five strange and interesting facts about the unassuming car park. The first multi

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5 Simple Things You Can Do to Boost Your Curb Appeal

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. Re-do your driveway In most Australian front yards, paving takes up a significant proportion

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5 Good Reasons to Install an Asphalt Driveway This Spring

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

The Benefits of Edging your Path or Driveway

Edging the garden path is one of the last things homeowners think about when landscaping their garden. Although it is only a small, subtle thing, garden edging can have a huge impact on the appearance and functionality of your garden. This week, we take a look at four key benefits associated with installing edging along your garden path or driveway. Aesthetics From a design point of view, garden edging adds depth to your landscape and is a great way to give your

5 Signs You Need to Replace Your Driveway

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. Asphalt Driveways Melbourne 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,

Designing the Perfect Garden Bed

Planning out a garden bed seems like an intuitive sort of process, you choose what you like, you plant it, and it grows. But unfortunately unlike the spontaneous beauty of plants in nature, your average suburban flower bed requires careful thought if it’s to look anywhere near as aesthetically pleasing as you imagine. This week, we take a look at the essential elements required to design a perfect garden bed. Balance size and colour Even the most abstract looking wildflower gardens have

Why You Should Always Leave Asphalting to the Professionals

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. Equipment First

How to Create a Welcoming Entranceway

Whilst the outward appearance to your home might not matter much to you, to a visitor or potential buyer, the first impression they have of your home plays an important role in crystallising their feelings towards the property as a whole, so it’s crucial that you get it right. In this article, we look at five simple ways you can boost the ‘curb appeal’ of your home to make it more enticing for guests or prospective buyers. Create a garden path Pathways

10 Interesting Asphalt Facts

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. Asphalt is the only perpetual pavement One of asphalt’s most unique qualities is that it can be implemented as a perpetual road surface

Famous Asphalt Racetracks Around the World

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

Preparing your Yard for Winter

In the second part of our winter home care series, we look at some of the ways you can prepare your yard for the colder months, so that it still looks great come springtime. Seal your driveway Nothing makes a front yard look run down like an unsealed driveway and come winter, the problem becomes a functional one too as the ground surface becomes sodden and muddy. Sealing your driveway with asphalt is a fast, durable, and cost effective way to instantly

The Future of Asphalt

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

4 Asphalt Myths Busted

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. 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

5 Asphalt Problems and How to Manage them

Asphalt is a fantastic surfacing material but like any other building material, it is subject to problems as a result of wear and tear, improper installation, and damage from the elements. In this article, we look at 5 common asphalt problems and the solutions available. Potholes Probably the most easily recognisable asphalt problem, potholes are caused by moisture infiltration and untreated cracking. When cracking is severe, small chunks of asphalt become lose and break away as vehicles or other heavy objects move

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Potholes

Perhaps the most easily recognised type of asphalt failure, potholes are a perpetual thorn in the side of local governments, homeowners, and businesses alike. In this article, we provide a run down of some of the most common questions that our clients ask about potholes. What causes potholes? There are three key factors which contribute to the formation of potholes: Insufficient drainage: If water is left to pool in the underlying soil structure, it weakens the foundations of the pavement, making it more vulnerable

5 Reasons Why You Should Choose the Team at Custom Asphalt

There are plenty of asphalting businesses in and around the Melbourne area but not all are created equal. Custom Asphalt is built on a philosophy that great professional experience and attention to detail creates outstanding results. This is an ethos which has helped our business emerge as one of Melbourne’s foremost providers of asphalting services and has earned us a loyal customer base of businesses, councils and homeowners. In this article, we explore 5 of the key reasons why Custom

5 Advantages of Asphalt Sporting Courts

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

4 Reasons Asphalt is an Environmentally Friendly Material

It’s been hard to conceptualise asphalt as an environmentally friendly material ever since Joni Mitchell first sung the line “they paved paradise and put up a parking lot” way back in 1970. However, Ms Mitchell may have felt about the subject, asphalt is one of the most environmentally sustainable, energy efficient, and low emission construction materials available on the modern market. Here are four key reasons why asphalt should be considered a green surfacing option. 1. Recycling and energy efficiency Asphalt is

Why You Should Choose Asphalt Over Concrete

Whether you are considering laying a new pathway leading up to your home or looking for a durable driveway material that is capable of managing everyday wear and tear, then asphalt is the ideal solution in terms of cost, efficiency, and durability. Here are seven key reasons why you should choose asphalt over concrete as a building material. Cost effective Asphalt is around 30-40% cheaper than concrete which can add up to substantial savings when you consider that the average single driveway

Repair, Replace or Resurface? Learn How to Care for Your Asphalt Driveway

Between constant exposure to the elements and supporting hundreds of kilograms of hot moving metal on a daily basis, driveways are subject to a fair amount of wear and tear over their lifetime. Asphalt driveways have a typical lifespan of around 20 years and signs of deterioration will become visible within the first five years of being laid. Although the professionals make it look easy, quite a lot of work is involved in installing an asphalt driveway and it can