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The Different Types of Tennis Court Surfaces and Their Characteristics

by Administrator30. March 2018 14:46

One of the services that we offer here at JK Pavement is tennis court repaving and installation. You might not have known this, but asphalt (and concrete, for that matter) are actually popular tennis court surfaces. And with that variety comes a question: What’s the difference between the court surfaces? For that matter, is there a “best” surface? We’re writing today to answer those questions and more.

But first, a note on terminology

There are three considerations when determining the suitability of a court: speed, bounce, and ease on the players. Bounce is how high or low the ball bounces after it hits the ground. Speed is how much the surface speeds up or slows down the ball after it bounces. And ease of players is how hard the surface is on the body of the players.

Grass

Grass was the first surface of tennis. Despite being the first, though, it’s one of the least common out there today. Grass presents a tricky surface to play tennis on because it is extremely fast with low bounce. Often players will experience unexpected ball bounce when playing on this type of court.

Grass isn’t a popular tennis court choice today for two reasons: it is expensive to maintain and extremely sensitive to the weather. Grass, unlike many other surfaces, holds onto moisture, making it difficult to play on in the days following rain.

Clay

Clay is another uncommon tennis surface. Clay courts are made up of hard-packed clay or sand covered by loose clay or sand, giving it its distinctive reddish color. The only major worldwide tennis tournament that is played on a clay surface is the French Open. Because of the grittiness of the clay or sand, clay is the slowest surface out there. However, it also has high bounce. Players on clay surfaces will find that they don’t slide around because of the high traction of the court.

Like grass, clay surfaces are also sensitive to the rain and are extremely high maintenance.

Hard Surface

Hard surfaces, usually made up of either asphalt or concrete, are the most popular tennis surface out there for neighborhood and professional courts alike, and for good reason: they represent a great compromise between all the other surface types. Whereas other court types tend to favor certain types of players over others, hard surfaces balance things out so well that they have been described as “democratic courts” by some.

Hard surfaces are fast, but not as fast as grass. Hard surfaces are also the most predictable to play on, presenting players with few surprises.

Indoor Surface

Indoor surfaces, usually made of some type of carpet, represent the budget category of tennis. Carpeted surfaces are the cheapest and easiest to install, and they are also the cheapest to maintain. They are so cheap, in fact, that it’s often easier to outright replace them than to repair them if things go wrong.

Carpet is a fast surface with a low bounce, a mix of traits that isn’t shared by any of the other surfaces.

Jk Pavement is Available for All Your Tennis Needs

Whether you have a tennis court that you’re looking to resurface or you’re just thinking about installing one, JK Pavement has you covered! Call in today for a free estimate on your project.

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Reseal or Resurface? What You Need to Know About Asphalt Maintenance and Repair

by Administrator23. March 2018 16:55

You probably don’t think about asphalt every day. But you probably use it that often.

Asphalt is everywhere: on our roads, our roofs, and our driveways. It’s slick black look and value make asphalt a popular choice for anywhere we can stick it. But there’s one thing that puts asphalt high above concrete in the value scale: you can repair it.

Unlike concrete, which is laid in blocks because each block must be dug up and replaced when defects occur, asphalt can be repaired cheaply and easily.

Two methods of asphalt repair, resurfacing and sealcoating, are often misunderstood. One is a few steps shy of an outright repair, the other is just routine maintenance. We’re writing this blog to clear that up.

The Difference Between Resurfacing and Sealcoating

Sealcoating (also called resealing) a driveway is the process of applying one or two thin layers of asphalt, also called sealant, to an asphalt driveway. This has the effect of sealing up any cracks in the driveway—plus, it makes the driveway look brand new.

You should get your driveway resealed every 3-5 years.

Resurfacing (also called overlaying) your driveway is the process of ripping up the driveway a few inches down. Then, you apply brand new asphalt to the top, essentially creating a new driveway without having to dig up the yard. It’s extremely cost effective, but requires that the driveway was installed correctly to begin with.

You should only need to resurface your driveway once every 15-20 years or so.

Why Are They Necessary?

Asphalt, the kind we use for roads and driveways, is a mix of petroleum binding agent and aggregate, which is just a fancy name for rocks, sand, and gravel. The black binding agent is the asphalt itself, and it’s what holds the aggregate together.

Asphalt is incredibly flexible, which means it does a great job of supporting the weight of cars and people. However, this flexibility requires that asphalt sits atop a sturdy surface, so all asphalt sits over a bed of gravel. If it didn’t, asphalt would sink into the ground under the weight of a vehicle.

The sun’s UV rays slowly break down the asphalt, which is why asphalt gets gray and bumpy over time. As asphalt deteriorates, it opens up to cracks. That’s bad for asphalt because cracks let water seep inside the surface. Once cold weather hits, any water inside asphalt will expand and crack the driveway. If this continues for a few years, your driveway will become ugly and filled with holes. Sealcoating and resurfacing are ways to combat this deterioration.

When You Should Reseal

The short answer is that you should reseal your driveway every 3-5 years. After that many years, your driveway starts to show significant cracks that will fill with water and destroy the driveway over time. Resealing the driveway adds a thin layer of asphalt onto the topmost layer, sealing any cracks beneath it.

Luckily for you, driveway resealing isn’t very expensive. HomeAdvisor placed the cost at between 10 and 16 cents per square foot in our area. Regular resealing commonly adds 10 years to a driveway’s life.

While you can reseal a driveway on your own, we recommend you contact a professional to do it. The resealers sold at home improvement stores are lower quality than the commercial ones used by professionals.

When You Should Resurface

Asphalt resurfacing is the number one reason why you should care about how well your driveway is installed in the first place. If your driveway’s gravel base was installed properly, you will never need to rebuild your driveway. Instead, you can just get it resurfaced every 15 years or so.

Resurfacing involves tearing up a few inches of asphalt and applying fresh asphalt on top of it. You’ve probably seen it done on roads before.

Instead of applying an inch of new asphalt, resurfacing makes your driveway like new without the expense and hassle of getting a new one installed.

Cracks in your asphalt driveway are inevitable, so you shouldn’t worry about most of them. Some, however, indicate a defect in the gravel layer of your driveway. if your driveway experiences these defects, it means no amount of resurfacing will make them go away:

·         Alligator cracks—Cracks in a pattern that resemble the scales of an alligator

·         Edge cracks—Cracks along the edge of the driveway

If your driveway is free of these defects after 15 years, it means that you’re free to pursue the comparatively inexpensive option of resurfacing. If your driveway does show signs of alligator or edge cracks, it means you’ll likely have to pay for a full-on rebuild of your driveway. If you resurface a driveway with alligator cracks, they’ll show up again in just a few years.

Still Not Sure? Give us a Call

Your driveway is an essential part of the look and function of your home. If you want to know more about whether resealing or resurfacing is right for your driveway, give us a call today at (513)-831-7500. We’ve got experts on call who can walk you through the best solutions for your home.

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3 Times When You Should Resurface Your Asphalt Driveway (And 3 Times When You Shouldn’t)

by Administrator27. August 2017 16:47

If you’re here, you probably already know that resurfacing your asphalt driveway is one of the best and most cost effective ways of protecting your driveway investment. And it is an investment: driveways are expensive, inching up towards the $10,000 mark brand new, but they greatly impact a house’s curb appeal. So much so, in fact, that a prospective buyer might pass up on a house solely because it has a shoddy driveway.

Given the high cost of outright replacing your driveway, resurfacing it (when you tear down the first few inches of asphalt and pour new stuff over it) becomes a more and more appealing option. But before you pull the trigger on a driveway resurface, you should know when the conditions are right (and when they aren’t) to get the service done.

When You Should

When You Know Your Driveway has a Solid Base

Asphalt is only as strong as the subgrade beneath it. Since asphalt itself is supple (a quality that makes it perfect for parked and moving cars alike), it requires a sturdy underground base to keep its shape. Without that base, asphalt would sink and deform extremely quickly.

If you know your driveway has a solid base, you’re good to go ahead with resurfacing. But how can you tell? We’ll get into that a little later.

When You Want to Give Your Driveway a Facelift

In addition to strengthening your driveway, resurfacing will give your driveway a brand-new look without the price of a full-blown driveway replacement. The black part of asphalt gets worn down over time by the sun’s UV rays, and there is no way to reverse the effect. Your only chances of a pitch-black driveway come from resurfacing or resealing your driveway (two things we’ve written about before).

When You Want to Have Better Winters

The past two winters in Cincinnati have been terrible. But if you had a new driveway installed in the past few years, these winters were likely a little easier on you than other people. That’s because asphalt is the best material around when it comes to snow.

Asphalt’s deep black color attracts heat and helps to melt the snow off your driveway more quickly. But that’s not the only thing it’s good for.

Asphalt is also incredibly porous. That means when the snow on your driveway does melt, a lot of it melts and drains through the asphalt, meaning your driveway melts and drains snow more efficiently than your neighbors.

When You Shouldn’t

When Your Driveway Has Potholes

If you’ve ever driven on a pothole-covered road regularly (and Cincinnati has enough of those), you probably know what we’re about to say. You’ve probably noticed that it doesn’t take potholes long to reform after they’ve been patched. That’s because a pothole forms when the subgrade beneath a patch of asphalt erodes away. Without a sturdy base, the flexible asphalt quickly collapses on itself, forming a pothole.

If your driveway has potholes, they won’t go away for long if all you do is fill the holes. Unfortunately, the only way to get rid of potholes for good is to dig up the driveway and start from scratch.

When Your Driveway has Alligator/Spider Cracks

Alligator cracks, cracks in the pattern of the scales on an alligator’s back (though some see it as a spiderweb), also indicate structural failure of your driveway’s subgrade. Just like with potholes, if you see these cracks, you shouldn’t cover them up because they’ll just show right back up again.

When Rain is in the Forecast

You can repave asphalt when it’s raining, the effects just won’t be pretty. When it rains, the wetness will cause the oils in asphalt to separate from the rest of the mixture and weaken the whole thing. This can lead to oily runoff and craters. In fact, you have to wait for the ground to completely dry before you should even attempt anything with your driveway.

Interested in Repaving? Call JK Pavement

Whether you need repaving or a brand-new driveway, JK Pavement is Cincinnati’s top choice for driveway work. Check out our testimonials to see what others have said about us or give us a call today for a free estimate.

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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.

 

Table

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

Asphalt

Concrete

·         ~$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.

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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.”

 

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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.

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Asphalt Overlay vs. Removal

by Administrator25. January 2016 14:19

Overlay

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.

 

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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.  

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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.

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!

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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!

 

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