Jul
26
Curb Appeal Can Help Your Business


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If you had to choose which business to shop at just based on what their parking lot looked like, would you choose the one that had lots of cracks with weeds, potholes and no defined places to park or would you choose the store with the well manicured parking lot that has clean crisp lines, defined parking, and nice looking curbs that define where you walk as a customer and where you park?


Without knowing anything else about either business, as humans, you would naturally be drawn to the store with the better parking lot. Why? Because in most circumstances, we are drawn towards things that look nice...the finer things in life if you will. Here are some other reasons why curbing is importan...


Jun
22
Is Milling A Good Option For My Project?

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As the weather turns warmer, the time comes again to start working on all those projects that you thought about during the winter months. Weather, traffic and time can put a lot of wear and tear on surfaces. At Albatross Asphalt, we strive to help the customer make the best decision for their resurfacing projects.

One of the options when looking to replace a surface is milling. Do you know what milling is? Milling is a process that involves grinding up an asphalt surface to provide a smooth and even surface for repaving. Asphalt milling is an economical solution for restoration of pavement and is often more affordable than a complete demolition and repaving.

Projects that are ideal for mil...


May
20
Pet Safety During The Summer

As the weather gets warmer, there's nothing better than being outside with our four legged side kicks. To keep them in the best health this Summer, here are a few tips to follow:

1) Try to avoid prolonged exposure to hot asphalt, sand, or similar surfaces. If it's too hot for your hand, it's too hot for their feet!

2) Walk your pet on the grass if possible.

3) Avoid strenuous exercise on extremely hot days. Take walks in the early mornings or evenings, when the sun's heat is less intense.

4) Trim longer haired dogs, but don't completely shave them. Fur serves as cooling insulation and sunburn protection.

5) Never leave your pets in a parked car on a hot day.

6) Wet your pets paws, as this a good ...


Apr
29
National Work Zone Awareness Week

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The last week in April 2021 is National Work Zone Awareness Week. National Work Zone Awareness Week was created to help raise awareness about the dangers that road workers face when working to improve the roadways throughout the country.

According to ODOT, there were 4,536 work zone crashes in Ohio in 2020. Of those 4,536 crashes, 18 of the crashes were fatal and 96 resulted in serious injuries. There were also over 2300 citations given out across the state, with nearly half involving drivers going 20mph over the speed limit.

Mark Potnick, Director of Labor Relations & Safety Affairs for the Ohio Contractors told ODOT, "Each Spring, hundreds of experienced contractors and their dedicated ...


Apr
09
Springtime Maintenance

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Spring has officially sprung here in Ohio! There are so many things to love about Spring, but for us it's also a great sign of us getting back to doing the thing we love to do the most...Asphalt. As the snow melts off, here are some things we recommend businesses and home owners do to preserve the life of their asphalt parking lots and driveways.

One of the things we recommend is creating a maintenance plan for your asphalt. By creating a maintenance plan that includes crack filling and sealcoating, you can extend the life of the asphalt. Also if you see any small issues, it is more cost effective to fix them now and prevent those expensive repairs later on. If you have recently had aspha...


Apr
24
Heated Driveways

Which Radiant Heat System Should You Choose?

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Heated asphalt driveway.

After this crazy cold and snowy winter we've had in Ohio, doesn't a heated driveway sound like an amazing addition to your home? We've gathered the pros and cons regarding a decision between the two options of snow melting systems. This blog contains the estimated cost of installation, the process of installation, and the best time to install a radiant heat system for your residential drive way. Albatross Management has never had the opportunity to install a heated driveway but we're remaining optimistic for a future possibility.

The advantages of a snow melting system are many.

  • The biggest advantage in our opinion would hav...

Feb
05
Potholes – The When, Where, and How

When do most potholes form? Most potholes in Ohio form during the colder months of the year. You may have already noticed the holes all over the roads and parking lots this season. After our most recent cold snap and the temperatures quickly increasing, we're beginning to see the devastating effects.

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Township road with multiple potholes.


Jan
24
Protecting your Investment (Winter Addition)

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Properly winterizing your asphalt property is essential if you want to keep that amazing curbside appeal for the years to come. The best time to inspect and protect your asphalt is during the late summer to early fall, before the first snow. We all want our visitors and customers to arrival safely and depart happy.

  1. Prepare the asphalt

    • Remove Debris – Use a stiff bristle long-handed push broom to remove all the dirt from the surface and cracks.

    • Pressure Wash – Apply a gentle cleanser to begin pre-treating your asphalt and let it soak. Use a smooth, sweeping motion while washing the entire area. Make sure to clean any excess oil with non-clumping cat litter.

  1. Inspection

    • Proper Dra...