It’s amazing the difference a little maintenance to the grounds and sealing of asphalt can do to improve the look of your home or business. Just take a look at the picture I posted above and you can see how a fresh coat of jet-black asphalt and newly painted lines in our parking lot pops so well against the bright green manicured lawn. Without much of a budget this year we have had to be creative in how we maintain and upkeep the various parts of our church. When the back wall of the apse began to crumble a member of our congregation with bricklaying skills offered his services at no charge, provided we paid for all the equipment. For electrical issues the pastor himself jumped in and got his hands dirty in order to fix the problem quicker and cheaper. Finally, for our aging parking lot that had more cracks than the liberty bell, we called Holland Hurst to help us lay down a fresh layer of asphalt.
The reason we called Holland Hurst is because we have used this asphalt paving company in the past and were very satisfied with the service we received. Their pricing is also very fair and as I mentioned, we were in a tight budget and needed to make every dollar work for us. Time was also a major constraint of ours because we were hosting a farmers market and fundraiser car wash event in that very same parking lot just two weeks after the sealing was to begin. Thankfully the Colorado sunshine is so relentless that once the blacktop had been laid it would only be a matter of days before it was completely set and dried. This same sunshine is a catch 22 because it is the same force that will keep you in a constant state of sealing and paving, thankfully asphalt has been especially designed to withstand this.
Because asphalt is made up of many small rocks called “aggregate” it has the innate ability to flex and move as needed. This is why on a very hot day you may see a small depression on the surface of an asphalt road or driveway after a heavy object has been placed on it. This flexibility means that it is capable of handling the bipolar weather we experience regularly here in Colorado. For anyone that isn’t from this colorful state, we see more sunshine on average than any other state in the union. This shocks most people because we often think of Florida or California as being the sunniest. Now, if sunshine was the only major weather factor you could pave your driveway or road in whatever material you want. The reason Holland Hurst is so popular is because they pave these surfaces with asphalt and that has the capability of flexing and moving slightly. In Colorado we experience the extremes of the weather in a short period of time. It is not uncommon for someone to see snowfall before they go to sleep and then direct sunshine and hot weather when they wake up.