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Bitumen Sealing Strips

Why Do You Need to Use Bitumen to Seal Freshly Laid Tarmac Areas?

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Bitumen tape is used to seal new tarmac edges into old existing tarmac. Rolled out in strips, it is heated by a blow torch causing it to melt and seal over the joints.

This technique is perfect for using on pothole repair, where the new tarmac meets the old tarmac.

Painting the joints with a brush or spray can leave an uneven finish and may not always seal the joints sufficiently.

With bitumen tape joints are sealed much more neatly and with greater accuracy, giving a longer lasting and higher durability finish.

Why We Use a Compactor (or Whacker) Plate

Compactor plates are mainly used for the compaction of surfaces such as hard core, on areas not accessible by larger machines.

Blackoak Surfacing also use compactor plates for compacting asphalt to go over the surface initially.

This is done post roller and to compact areas close to walls and around man holes creating a neat and tidy finish.

When using a compactor plate on asphalt surfaces, water must be applied to the plate to prevent it sticking to it.

Tarmac Car Park

The Benefits of Well Structured Tarmac Car Parking Areas

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As businesses grow and branch out and set up new spaces of work normally parking space becomes a problem, this can be due to the more congested roads and as a side effect of this more & more people snap up public parking spaces.

This can cause stress to  drivers due to the waste of time looking for a place to park, making them an angry worker and have a bad start to the work day. Studies show that workers are 56% less productive if they have a stressful start to the work day. However, to solve this car parking outside the workspace can be created for the person to park easily and without stress and anger causing them to have an easy way into the work day and for them to get straight to work.

What to consider when building or adding to car parks

Design of a car park what does it involve?

Well with work with the planning and design team the car park will be designed to match the customers needs or wants with his or her idea of how it will be used and how the planned car park will be used in accordance to the needs of the customer

From here the planned and agreed on idea of the design of the car park will be acted on with the design team considering the key aspects of what makes a car park easy to use and accessible with the following being carefully thought upon and with the design being based around

  1. 1 Access driveway
  2. 2 Accessible entrance
  3. 3.Size of parking space
  4. Types of vehicles using the car park (if heavy vehicles will use the space provided for services such as delivery’s
  5. Number of car parking spaces needed
  6. Design of the car parking space

In the designing faze much care is taken by the team to make sure that using the car park is stress free and issues do not occur making sure that the design is practical and is satisfactory to use and meets all guidelines and standards needed from such building work and professional team designing such a project

Right what happens after the designs are finished?

After the design of the car park is finished and have be authorised by the authority’s work begins using a professional team to start building the agreed on car park design carefully building it around the design using expert building skills and care to make sure the product matches the exact design agreed on making a very satisfied customer.

Materials such as tarmac will be laid by our crack team creating the base and space and strong structure where the rest of the design can fall into place with a smooth and professional finish making sure that when entering a smooth and easy drive to park can be achieved. From here the defined parking areas will be defined adding areas of disabled parking or heavy vehicle parking can be added depending on the needs of the customer. With the end product showing a very professional car park and project done by both the design team and the building team creating a very happy customer knowing that they have a professional job done and that working from now on is less hassle and a more easy and enjoyable place for the customer and anyone using the space provided to use

Pothole Damage

Are You ‘Tyred’ of Potholes Damaging Your Car?

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How to drive over a pothole correctly

When we hear the word pothole the modern driver trembles at the thought due to the associated damages and high repair costs they can bring. However, what if they were a way to drive over these little pains without worry about damage to the vehicle. Here is how to tackle a pothole without your car becoming a wreck

1) Check your car before tackling the road

Now many of us always forget to check our car before tackling the road however, the occasional check on your tires and the air pressure inside the tires may save a later repair. Most of the reason why potholes can cause such damages are that they can shred through the wheels of the vehicle due to aged tires or low pressured tires. So, check your tires giving up a little time will lead to not giving up money!

2)  Check if you can avoid the pothole

Right you have checked your vehicle and it’s on a road and you see a pothole now what do you do? Well obviously the first step is to see if you can avoid the pothole because you can’t damage the car because of a pothole if you don’t drive over it. However, only take this when it is possible and it is acceptable in the eyes of the law to do this.

3)  Slow down

Right there’s no way round the pothole so now what do you do. Well the obvious thought is to slow down. The higher speed a vehicle traverses a pothole only increases the chance and likely hood of damage and frustration to the driver. 60% of the time damages from potholes are due to a vehicles speed being too high to traverse a pothole. So basically, when you see a pothole slow down there’s no point rushing somewhere to damage your vehicle.

4) A firm hold of the wheel

Obviously always on the road a firm hold is necessary but even more so when traversing a pothole. Potholes can make the vehicle shake in all directions due to the sudden change in the smoothness of the road. This can lead the driver if not paying attention to let go of the vehicles wheel leading to untold consequences.

5) The water filled pothole

The all too common silent killer the water filled pothole. This pothole is often never seen by the ordinary driver due to its look as a small puddle however, they can be immensely deep. To tackle this always drive over these with caution and treat them as an ordinary pothole because much like the ocean you never know what lies underneath.