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Articles

Tues, June 26, 2018

 

Sealcoating in Hot Summer Months

 

Mix design and other considerations to assure sealer performance and worker safety.

 

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Fri, March 9, 2018

 

 

Tips for Successful Sealcoating

 

Although sealcoatings have been an indispensable part of asphalt pavement maintenance programs for the past six decades, it is imperative to recognize that sealcoatings are engineered products that must be used with a thorough understanding of their performance properties which, in turn, are accomplished through proper steps encompassing project planning, execution and management of sealcoating projects.

 

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Fri, February 24, 2017

 

Colorizing Pavements

 

Although color-coatings have been used for sports and recreational surfaces for many decades, their use on mainstream pavement surfaces is relatively new. In the past, asphalt and concrete surfaces were coated with colorized asphalt or pigmenting concrete that were, well… sort of unattractive. The best possible base materials that provided any kind of durability in a coating system were dark and could only be tinted up to muted earth tones at best. Brightly-coated sports surfaces leaned toward more traditional paint formulations that lacked the durability needed under pedestrian or light vehicular traffic.

 

Read full article at callape.com

 

 

 

Tue, January 03, 2017

 

The Economics of Crack Sealing

 

Crack sealing is highly cost-effective and a lot less expensive than other preventive procedures like an overlay, which can cost 8 to 26 times as much. It’s also great for slowing down the reappearance of secondary cracks (caused by problems within the base course) like reflective cracks.

 

Read full article at callape.com

 

 

 

Mon, October 24, 2016

 

Some Sealcoating Performance Issues are Really Caused by Pavement Defects

 

Sealcoatings are wonderful for protecting and preserving asphalt pavements. For optimum performance though, it is imperative that sealcoatings be applied on structurally sound pavements that are clean and free of defects. Defects in asphalt pavements can interfere with the sealcoat’s performance. While examining sealcoating failures, it’s important to look at the pavement itself and ask from where the problem is originating. Property owners have to be made fully aware that the sealcoatings are not repairing products and their performance depends on the condition of the pavement.

 

Read full article at callape.com

 

 

 

Thu, September 15, 2016

 

Your Questions About Mix Designs Answered

 

Girish Dubey, President of STAR, Inc., fields your frequently asked questions about mix designs.

 

Read full article at callape.com

 

 

 

Tue, June 21, 2016

 

Traffic Marking Paints: A Technical Review

 

Although traffic markings serve the same basic purpose (clear delineation of traffic lines), they differ profoundly in their composition, properties and durability. Some traffic markings are suitable for temporary markings while others can be expected to last months.

 

Read full article at callape.com

 

 

 

Thu, December 17, 2015

 

Evaluating and Forecasting Environmentally - Responsible Sealcoatings

 

In recent years there has been a deliberate attempt by manufacturers to label their products as “green.” This tag is often too far-fetched and doesn’t even come close to being true in regards to sealcoatings though. I purposely refrain from using the “green” when describing the new generation of sealcoatings that are under development – I would rather use a more accurate term, “ER” (Environmentally Responsible). If you are curious as to what is developing in this field, here is a peek into the direction that the sealcoating industry is heading.    
Logically, ER coatings should be durable, contain renewable and recycled materials, and have minimal impact on the environment both during application and after it has abraded away.

 

Read full article at callape.com

 

 

 

Thu, October 22, 2015

 

The Importance of Surface Preparation and Priming

 

Save your reputation and relationships – they are everything in this highly competitive business economy.

 

Read full article at callape.com

 

 

 

Fri, August 21, 2015

 

Best Sealcoating Practices: Eliminating Bonding Problems

 

Through years of research, I have concluded that the majority of sealcoating failures (e.g. premature wear, flaking, and peeling) happen due to bonding problems between the sealcoating and pavement surface. While sealcoating manufacturers are meticulous in detailing the aspects of material and surface preparation prior to sealcoating and urge the applicators to comply, it’s still not always possible to cover everything considering the myriad of pavement types, ages and conditions. In this article, we will review the causative factors and remedies that are practiced as good sealcoating practices.  
The #1 rule in most sealcoating rulebooks is that the pavement should be clean – free of dirt and debris, free of surface defects, and suitable for sealcoating.

 

Read full article at callape.com

 

 

 

Mon, June 22, 2015

 

Traffic Paints: Specifications and Common Application Practices

 

Traffic paints, which are also known by other names such as striping, zone, and line marking paints are a group of specialty paints and coatings that are used on both concrete and asphalt pavements, serving the basic purpose of delineating pavements for safety in visibility, traffic control, regulation compliance and warnings. Traffic marking paints and coatings are represented by a comprehensive range of products: specialty paints (both solvent- and water-based), thermoplastic, epoxy, pre-formed tapes, etc.

 

Read full article at callape.com

 

 

 

Mon, November 24, 2014

 

A Checklist to Winterize Your Sealcoating Business

 

As winter rolls around, it’s time to conclude the sealcoating season and prepare your equipment for the next year. When you button up your shop for the season, your main focus should be on thorough cleaning and proper storage of all your equipment and materials.

 

Read full article at callape.com

 

 

 

Tue, July 22, 2014

 

Caring For Your Property After Pavement Repairs and Sealcoating

 

Pavement is a major investment that impacts the overall value of a property. This is something that you, as a contractor, should let your clients know.

 

Read full article at callape.com

 

 

 

Tue, April 22, 2014

 

Understanding the Differences Between Asphalt and Refined Coal Tar

 

We can all agree that sealcoatings are an indispensable component of pavement maintenance programs and that the majority of these materials are based either on refined coal tar or asphalt. It is therefore imperative that both property owners and sealcoating professionals understand the very basic differences between asphalt and refined coal tar. You may not remember, but coal tar was also used quite commonly for road construction as recent as the 1970s and is still in use for roofing compositions. The use of coal tar for road construction fell out of favor primarily due to its availability, and to a certain extent, to softening under elevated temperatures, much more so than with asphalt. 

 

Read full article at callape.com

 

 

 

Fri, March 21, 2014

 

Asphalt and Asphalt Pavements - A Technical Overview

 

Asphalt, asphalt pavements and roads have been indispensable components of modern infrastructure and industrial developments, making it is essential for a pavement professional to know the basics.

 

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Tue, February 26, 2013

 

Sand or Aggregate in Sealcoatings - Their Value and Selection

 

Select grades of clean angular, quartz sand or aggregate are commonly added to sealcoatings. Boiler slag or coal slag, which is an amorphous mixture of Iron, Aluminum and calcium silicates, is available under the brand name Black Beauty, also commonly used with seal coatings. In the following paragraphs, the descriptions mentioning sand, largely apply to Black Beauty as well. Both materials supply the following benefits:

 

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Tue, February 26, 2013

 

Altering Sealer Mix Designs to Suit Cure Conditions

 

Sealcoating professionals frequently ask how to change the mix design to suit the weather-related conditions, sand/aggregate loadings or simply in the amount of water in the mix. Before we attempt to answer such questions, it is imperative to understand the fundamentals relating to sealer drying, film formation, mechanism and the factors which influence the proper set and final cure of sealer films. Lets us start with the basics; sealer composition, film formation, the conditions for proper film formation and finally the adjustment of mix designs.

 

Read the rest of the story at Paveman Pro

Tue, February 26, 2013

 

How to Get Started in the Sealcoating Business

 

Entrepreneurship is engrained in the psyche of most Americans. A stage comes in the lives of hard-working people when they feel compelled to have the freedom to call the shots, be their own boss and control the destiny of the company and people around them. They want to so-called “take the plunge” and make a big splash, and with the proper planning and execution, they have a good chance of achieving the American Dream. In doing so, however, they must also keep in mind that 85% of businesses fail in the first year. There is a myriad of reasons and factors for failure, but we will concentrate on success and how to give yourself the best chance at having a successful business.

 

Read the rest of the article at Paveman Pro

Tue, February 26, 2013

A Contractor’s Letter to Customers Regarding Refined Coal Tar Sealers

If you use refined coal tar sealers and have recently received resistance from new or existing customers regarding their safety, you may not have immediate answers to help you explain the industry position. In fact, some contractors have switched away from using RCT sealers all together under the pretense of being "green" because of recent articles and media hype.

Read the rest of the article at Paveman Pro

Tue, February 26, 2013

 

13 Pavement Defects and Failures You Should Know!

 

With all the snow and ice over the last week on the east coast, I thought it would be an appropriate time to look at some of the identifiable ways asphalt is adversely affected by weather – and other conditions. After all, correctly identifying pavement problems and their causes is at the heart of our business. Below we have identified and pictured 13 specific distresses/failures any pavement contractor should be able to identify.

 

Read the rest of the article and view the defect images at Paveman Pro

Tue, February 26, 2013

 

How Strategy Can Impact Your Position in the Economic Recovery

 

It’s been a tough few years for almost everyone in business. Those who have made it through this last downturn could be in a position to benefit from the recovery that seems to loom somewhere in the near future. The question is “how” do I capitalize on the upturn and are there opportunities for me to “reposition” or “redefine” my business.

 

Read the rest of the article at Paveman Pro

Sat, January 19, 2013

 

Girish Dubey - A Rising STAR

 

STAR Specialty Technology & Research, Inc. is a major manufacturer of pavement sealcoatings with a comprehensive line of performance-driven, pavement maintenance products. STAR’s flagship sealcoatings STAR SEAL, STAR SEAL SUPREME and STAR MICRO-PAVE, have been the benchmark standard of the industry for years.

 

Read the rest of the article at Alliedpavingequipment.com

Mon, November 26, 2012

 

Best Sealcoating Practices: Eliminating Bonding Problems

 

Over the years, I have concluded that the majority of sealcoating failures e.g. premature wear, flaking, peeling, etc, happen due to the bonding problems of the sealcoating to the pavement surface.

 

Read more at Pavemanpro.com

Mon, November 26, 2012

 

The Facts about Refined Tar Sealers (RTS) & PAHs

 

Over the last few years, more precisely since the ban on the use of RTS in Austin, TX, in January 2006 there has been a great deal of enthusiasm amongst counties, municipalities, cities, and states in various parts of the U.S. to jump on the bandwagon and challenge the safety of RTS.

 

Read more at Pavemanpro.com

Mon, November 26, 2012

 

No Change in Amount or Sources of PAHs in Austin, Texas Years After Product Ban

 

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than two years after Austin, TX banned refined tar sealants, there has been no discernable change in either the amount or sources of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in sediment in Austin's waterways.  Austin's ban went into effect on January 1, 2006. 

Mon, November 26, 2012

 

Understanding how sealcoating works and how it can save you money

 

Research has demonstrated that properly applied (and properly timed) sealcoat can save the owner of a property $100,000 or more — over the life of a hot mix asphalt pavement. But what does seal-coat actually do that results in this substantial savings?

Mon, November 26, 2012

 

Star Seal Supreme Offers Top-level Price Point For Niche Sealcoating Customers

 

Marketing sealcoating to clients who always seem to take the lowest-priced bid can be frustrating, and competing on price with that low-ball contractor can damage a business. But contractors who understand the various niches within their market, who can identify those niches, and who can rely on their sales skills to sell long-term benefits over short-term costs can overcome the price sensitive customer by offering a premium-quality sealcoating.

Mon, November 26, 2012

 

How To Know When Your Sealcoat Is Dried and Cured

 

As most sealcoaters know, water is the major component of sealcoatings. The sealer is supplied as a concentrate and contains typically 60% water by volume. After adding 30% water to 100 gallons of the concentrated sealer the water proportion increases to nearly 70%, by volume. 

 

Read more at forconstructionpros.com