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Asphalt vs Concrete for Bike Trail Paving

by Administrator19. July 2017 08:49

Why should I build a trail?

Bike trails are growing in popularity, and for good reason: they increase both quality of life and value of nearby businesses, wherever they are. The benefits of bike trails have been extensively studied and documented over the past few decades. For example, one University of Cincinnati Master’s Thesis found that home value increases by $7.05 for every foot nearer to a bike trail it was. That test was performed specifically on a trail near Cincinnati’s Little Miami River. In addition, 70% of people say that it’s important for them to live near a trail. Not only do property values increase alongside proximity to trails, but businesses can also expect more customers the nearer to a trail they are. So, if you were considering installing a bike trail, here are some things you’ll want to know:

o   Trails are extremely effective at getting people near them to exercise

·         This happens across all ages and demographics

o   Trails pay for themselves in reduced healthcare costs

·         A 1999 study showed that every $1 spent on a trail resulted in a $3 return on medical benefits

o   Trails attract wealthy people

·         A huge percentage of people who frequent bike trails are wealthy

o   Trails attract people from out of town

·         Trails make it more likely that people from out of the area will visit

o   Trails bring money to the local economy

·         If people from out of town do visit your area, they will spend an average of $16 per day. If they end up staying overnight, that number jumps to over $100 per day

o   Trails are good for the environment

·         When given the option, many people will choose to walk, run, or bike to wherever they are going. This reduces emissions in the area

What material should I use for my trail?

The two most popular building materials for trails are asphalt and concrete. They have both been around for the same amount of time—about 300 years—and they both have large presences in everyday life. Asphalt is commonly found in roads—in fact, 95% of the paved roads in America use asphalt—and concrete is mainly used for sidewalks. Despite that, there are debates about which material is better for trails, and we hope to clear that up for you today.

Strengths of asphalt and concrete

Asphalt is the most common material for bike paths today, and with good reason—it has the best cost/lifespan ratio of all the materials. Also, it sets quickly. An asphalt trail is ready for riders the day after it is put down. Another of asphalt’s strengths is that it is easily and cheaply repaired, so a large crack doesn’t mean that you need to get your trail redone.

Finally, asphalt is safer than concrete. Certain kinds of asphalt, like porous asphalt, are extremely resilient to freezing and collecting snow. Asphalt is naturally more porous than concrete, and snow can more easily melt and run off there.

Concrete also has some strengths worth mentioning. It lasts about 30% longer than asphalt, and requires no sort of maintenance until it inevitably cracks.

Both asphalt and concrete can be colored or styled to look however people want, though this drives up costs considerably.

Weaknesses of asphalt and concrete

Though we believe asphalt is definitely the best tool for the job, it doesn’t come without its weaknesses. First of all, asphalt does not last as long as concrete does. However, most of asphalts degradation comes from constantly being driven over by cars. Because asphalt is naturally more flexible than concrete (asphalt in its natural form is actually a liquid), the continual pressure eventually causes it to deform. This is the biggest shortener of asphalt’s lifespan. However, with bike trails, this doesn’t happen. Bikes weigh a fraction of what cars do, so they don’t put enough pressure on asphalt to contribute to its degradation.

Another weakness of asphalt is that it does require some maintenance. Most professionals say that asphalt requires sealing every two to three years, though some argue that this is an unnecessary procedure. Even at its best, though, an asphalt trail won’t last as long as a concrete trail.

Concrete also has its weaknesses. It cannot be repaired at all, so concrete with a large crack has to be completely replaced, which is costly and labor-intensive. This is why sidewalks and other concrete pathways are poured in sections. It’s much, much easier to replace a section than an entire sidewalk or driveway.

Concrete’s biggest weakness is its cost. It is usually about double the cost of asphalt, and because it doesn’t last twice as asphalt, it just doesn’t provide the same value that asphalt does.



In case you have trouble remembering, we put together a table with summaries of the points discussed above.



·         ~$4 per square foot

·         Roughly 20-year lifespan (includes necessary interim repairs)

·         Can use the day after it is put down

·         Require resealing every few years

·         Can be repaired

·         ~$9 per square foot

·         Roughly 30 year lifespan

·         Takes weeks to set

·         Maintenance-free

·         Cracked sections must be replaced

If you are considering getting a trail paved, you’ll want to make sure it’s done right. J.K. Meurer is the only paver in Cincinnati that has the equipment needed to pave bike paths. So, give us a call and we can talk about making your bike path a reality.


2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award-Press Release

by Administrator29. January 2017 12:38

J.K. Meurer Corp. has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.

This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.

“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the asphalt paving companies in the Cincinnati market were able to do it.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

We are honored and proud of earning the Angie's List Super Service Award for the 6th year in a row.  Angie's List members expect the highest levels of service and quality when purchaing a new asphalt driveway.  J.K. Meurer's 30 years of experience and commitment to responsiveness has allowed us to consistenly exceed these members expectations.  We are so grateful for the member reviews that have been submitted that help share our story.-Chad Miller, General Manager-J.K. Meurer Corporation

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For more than 21 years, Angie’s List restricted access to its verified reviews to consumers who paid membership fees. When the company removed that barrier, some companies worried that the new, non-paying members would not be as engaged as members of the past. Experience has shown, however, that these newly added members are just as engaged – across all age groups – as prior members. Also, because the company continues to adhere to its review verification process, there has been no degradation of review quality.

“The biggest change at Angie’s List is that we are connecting even more consumers to high quality service professionals,” Hicks said. “And that’s good for everyone.”




Angie's List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than 4.5 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie's List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.


Asphalt Overlay vs. Removal

by Administrator25. January 2016 14:19


An overlay or resurface can be used on an asphalt driveway, parking lot, or road way. It consists of installing a new layer of asphalt over the existing asphalt and grinding at the transitions (i.e. sidewalks, garages, drains, curbs, or other asphalt points). A paving surface can be deteriorated but still maintain structural integrity in which an asphalt overlay is the proper solution. An existing asphalt surface is the best base for new asphalt. Damaged or troubled areas are repaired before the installation of asphalt. Sometimes all that is required is a leveling course, which is a thin layer of asphalt that is installed to take out any dips or low areas before the finishing course is installed. A tack coat is normally applied on the existing asphalt surface to help the new asphalt adhere to the existing surface. An overlay is usually installed at an average depth of 1.5” to 2” inches thick depending on the project. Overlays are normally cheaper in price and deliver same quality and strength as other asphalt options.   

Remove and Replace

            A remove and replace is exactly how it sounds, the existing asphalt is excavated or removed which reveals the gravel base. If there are any areas where the sub base is soft they will need to be undercut then fine graded to proper grade. An undercut is an area that needs to be fully excavated and backfilled with aggregate. Undercuts usually range in depth but for the most part are 8” inches in depth. After the existing asphalt is removed and the sub base is properly repaired a new layer of asphalt is applied and compacted to proper thickness. A remove and replace is more expensive and should only be considered if the existing drive is weakened by the structural integrity of the sub base, if there is a drainage issue that needs fixed, or if there are elevation issues. A remove and replace can be a great long term solution for your asphalt needs.

            Every driveway is different and factors such as surrounding elevations, drainage and use of paved surface can help determine the correct course of action. Please contact us for an appointment with one of our asphalt professionals to determine the correct solution for your project.




Cincinnati's Asphalt Contractor | JK Meurer

by Administrator21. September 2015 02:00

JK Meurer is the Asphalt contractor for you because our services will give you a perfectly paved driveway, parking lot, tennis court or other paved spaces. Our asphalt services can be performed on both residential and commercial property, and we can even repair areas in need.

Asphalt repairs are usually needed for fixing smaller parts of a parking lot or driveway. Usually the entire area won’t need to be re-done, just certain sections of it. JK Pavement will send an asphalt professional to your site to assess the problem, find the cause of the damage, and fix what is needed in the most efficient manner. 

Residential customers can expect us to deliver a long-lasting paved driveway for your home. When installing blacktop driveways, the details matter and our professional and experienced staff has the expertise to deliver a quality product.  Instead of just trying to get the job done as quickly as possible, we consider the amount of people that will come and go on your driveway, and how important proper installation is.

For our commercial paving customers we’ll provide professional consultation and free estimates to give you a specific scope of what work you will need done so you know exactly what you are paying for, and how you can get the best return on investment.  Our parking lots are built to withstand harsh winters with the seal coats we put on them.  After years of wear and tear, we can resurface, patch or repair the lot to bring it back to life.

Regardless of what kind of paving service you need, look to JK Meurer. We’re reliable, credible, and understand the importance of having a professional, safe and dependable asphalt surface for you or your customers.  That's why we've been paving the greater Cincinnati area for over 25 years now!  You can ask your neighbor, read testimonials on our website or search the web to see that we've been providing top notch services, and are here to stay! Give us a call at (513) 248-7500! 

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Tennis or Basketball Court-Running Track Construction

by Administrator19. August 2015 10:12

Looking for a paving contractor to install a tennis court, outdoor basketball court, or running track? JK Pavement has a skilled and experienced team of pavers that can build the desired space to your liking.  When these spaces are constructed properly, it ensures the best functionality for the longest possible period of time.

When developing a tennis court, our assortment of services is thorough.  We are thorough and complete in our efforts.  From the installation of asphalt that includes surfacing and coloring, to the completion of the tennis court through striping, fencing, and even pole and net installation.  With the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati right now, we know that tennis players are eager to get out and play!  With JK, as soon as we’re done, your tennis court will be suitable for play. 

This holds true for the outdoor basketball courts and running tracks as well, and for all three the proper installation is critical for accuracy and the safety of those that will be using it.  Would you want to run a race against someone with uneven lanes?  Would you want to shoot hoops on an unleveled court?  We didn’t think so!  With us these are issues you won’t encounter.

Make the community proud by making outstanding outdoor recreational facilities.  Maybe the high schools playing surfaces are in need of an overhaul, or they at least need some resurfacing.  In the case that this is true, you know where to go!  We’ve been paving for over 25 years, and we’re confident in the quality of our services.  

Tennis Stadium


Driveway Paving Season for JK Meurer's Contractors

by Administrator23. June 2015 15:37

Houses take a lot of work to keep them in good condition. When things need to be repaired at your home that you are not capable of doing or would prefer to have someone else do, an experienced and reliable company is desired to get the job done.  When it comes to driveways and other paving services, JK Meurer is that company.

 At JK Meurer we strive for greatness in quality and customer service.   We have over 20 years of paving experience, and our reliability is demonstrated through our A+ BBB rating, and Angies List Super Service Award.

Over our time in the asphalt paving business we’ve found that when spring and summer come around, people want to get their driveways paved. Driveway paving takes a specialized contractor and technique where experience is essential. Setting up a good foundation for you asphalt will ensure a smooth and even driveway that will last for years to come.

In Cincinnati this is even more important because to last, the driveway must withstand harsh winter conditions.  The better the job is done the more difficult it will be for water to make it’s way in, freeze, expand, and create cracks in the driveway.

Aside from asphalt driveways, we are also one of the few Tar and Chip contractors in the tri-state.  Tar & Chip offers great curb appeal that is natural, and rustic.  It is an option worth discussing when considering a new driveway.

If you’d like to get a quote on your specific project, it’s easy!  We have an online form for those that prefer to be contacted by email first, and you can also find our phone number and address on that page.  We look forward to making your driveway happen, and making you another satisfied client!


JK Meurer-The Trustworthy Paving Contractors

by Administrator27. April 2015 12:45

When working with any business, it’s generally important that you can trust that their product or service.  How can we verify something like this?  For JK Pavement this is a topic we are proud, and happy to discuss.  We’ve always thought that credibility and notable achievements are a way to separate our business from the rest of the pack.  Actions truly do speak louder than words, and our awarded paving services speak for themselves.

Recently, we received an award from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to celebrate our 25 years of accreditation.  They awarded us, and we have maintained an A+ rating.  We are pleased with our 25 years with BBB, as they have help conveyed to potential customers that we are worthy of their trust, and always push businesses to perform their best.

Another company that is always pushing businesses that we’ve had the pleasure of working with is Angie's list.  We have won their Super Service Award 9 times in the 14 years we’ve been listed on their website, including this past year.

Aside from awards, it’s comforting to know that a business is family owned and operated.  Our history dates back to the 1940’s, and it has always remained in the same family.  Family is important to us, and that’s how we treat each of our valued customers.

If you have any other questions or concerns regarding JK Meurer Corp. please leave a comment or contact us!  We hope that our credibility will lead you to entrusting us with your next driveway, parking lot, or other paving project.  You won’t be disappointed!


JK BBB 25 Yr Award


Driveway Replacement | JK Meurer Corp.

by Administrator15. August 2014 13:43

asphalt deterioration

When to Replace Your Driveway

If you’re like most homeowners, you probably only stop to think about the condition of your driveway when you’re lamenting the large cracks that have formed in it. Such cracks are unsightly and can take away from the overall look of your home’s exterior. Yet you’re probably debating on whether or not it’s worth paying the money to have driveway replacement done to a surface that you’re just going to continue to walk and drive over.

Driveway Replacement Rules

As soon as those cracks start to appear, the thought of replacing your driveway starts to grow in your mind. Yet with the option to try and patch those cracks being available, you might be torn over whether it’s better to have driveway replacement or repair done. In general, there are a few rules that you can rely on to dictate when you need to replace your driveway:

·         Consider its age: Your driveway is asked to go through a lot in withstanding the elements as well as providing you and your family a surface to drive over. After a certain amount of time, any material asked to endure such abuse will break down. If your driveway is approaching 20-25 years old, it may time to consider replacing it.

·         Some cracks are just too big: Small cracks in your driveway’s surface can often easily be patched with liquid crack fillers. Yet any that are more than a few inches deep or greater than a quarter of an inch wide could be a sign of deeper damage to the driveway’s foundation. In such cases, patching it only temporarily delays the need to replace it.

·         Add value to your home: If you’re considering a move, think of the aesthetic value that a new driveway could add to your home. Your driveway is one of the first things that prospective buyers will see. Seeing it full of large cracks may scare them away.

Let’s face it: nothing last forever. That includes your driveway. Given all that it’s had to stand up to over the years, it’s remarkable that it’s even made it this long. Do yourself and your home a favor by considering the driveway replacement surface offered here at J.K Meurer. We can replace your old, cracked surface with a brand new asphalt driveway that’s guaranteed to deliver improved strength and longevity. Why wait any longer? Give us a call today.  


Asphalt Paving | JK Meurer Corp

by Administrator23. July 2014 12:24

Asphalt Paving Repair and Maintenance

Asphalt is durable, low-cost, and versatile, which makes it popular for areas such as parking lots and driveways. However, it isn’t indestructible.  Sometimes cracks, potholes, or other damage can appear. Here are a few of the best ways to keep your asphalt paving intact, and the most common methods used to repair it.


To keep asphalt in good condition, its best to seal it every few years. Sealing the asphalt protects it from sun and chemical spills, as well as keeping water from seeping in. Most asphalt damage is done by water in freeze-thaw cycles—as water freezes, it expands, which can force the asphalt apart and crack it. Sealing the pavement helps prevent this from happening.

Other Prevention Tips

Water can also be kept out by installing a proper drainage system, which will help avoid seepage problems. Other ways to protect asphalt paving include preventing tree roots from growing underneath it, and ensuring that the pavement is properly installed during each stage of the project. This will keep it smooth, firm, and stable.

Milling Repair

How asphalt paving is repaired will depend on what kind of damage has been done. Milling repair is often done for small areas—the old asphalt is ground down a few inches, and then it is cleaned off. A specialized bonding agent is used to help attach fresh new asphalt to the old surface, and the edges are sealed with tar.


In more severe cases, the asphalt may need to be replaced entirely. In this case, the asphalt and gravel base are torn up and totally removed. A new gravel base isv then laid down and compacted before new asphalt is reinstalled. Usually, this is done in two layers that are a few inches deep. After these steps are finished, tar is used to seal the edges.

If properly cared for, asphalt paving can last for decades. At JK Meurer Corp., we can help you ensure that your pavement receives the maintenance and repair it needs—if you have old or cracking asphalt, contact us today.


Paving Contractors | JK Meurer Corp.

by Administrator18. June 2014 14:31

Learning What to Expect With Asphalt Paving

If you’ve got an upcoming asphalt paving job with the paving contractors of J.K. Meurer, we want you to know what to expect. While we will always do our best to make sure you are completely satisfied with the final product, we also want to familiarize you with what happens between the beginning and end of your paving job.

Your Vision

In order to better manage your expectations, you should talk with your contractor about what materials you’d like to have used for your paving job, the kind of asphalt that you’d like to have and how big your budget is. Paving contractors will use this information to complete the project as quickly and efficiently as possible according to your standards. 

Quality Materials

Using quality materials is the foundation of any professional paving job. When high quality products are used, your driveway, private road or parking lot will be more durable and will look its best. Not only is it better to use quality materials, it’s also good to obtain those materials through reputable manufacturers and suppliers. 

The Groundwork

You should also expect the width and length of your asphalt to be laid as perfectly as humanly possible. Specific industry standards are used when it comes to putting the layers in place. Paving contractors should also put down an extra layer if they can in order that the pavement will be extra durable. Something else that you should expect is proper drainage so that your driveway doesn’t become a pond when it rains.

The Finishing Touch

You can tell just how well an asphalt paving job was done by looking at the finish.  The paving should be kept as even as possible from the first layer to the final layer. Take a look at the pavement during the process to see how smooth and even it is.


The paving professionals at J.K. Meurer have the experience and industry connections required for any residential, commercial or municipal paving job. Give us a call to see what you can expect with your upcoming paving project.  


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