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“Asphalt 101” Is Asphalt All the Same?

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The short answer is no. There are different types of asphalt for different purposes and applications. The “mix designs” of asphalt vary from state to state. Each state department of transportation has a standardized specification for different grades of asphalt material. “Surface” asphalt mix from Ohio will be different from “surface” asphalt from Michigan. What is common is that all asphalt “mix designs” fall into three categories: base asphalt, intermediate asphalt and surface asphalt.

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Don’t Fill Potholes. They get better by themselves.

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Go ahead ignore that little hole in your parking lot. It’s small and I bet it will fill up with dirt and stuff and fix itself. Hey wait! That hole is huge. It was just a tiny thing yesterday. When did that happen? Maybe you can throw a little gravel in it to take care of it. Whaaat? It’s back! And it’s bigger? Go to the hardware store and get a bag of cold patch. $50, for that little bag? I guess you’ll need two. This should take care of it. Noooooo! You patched that hole! It should last forever. The pothole insanity, when will it stop?

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20 Years, Thankful to be still fixing those potholes.

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Today, April 1, marks TAR, Inc.’s 20th anniversary. When I started the business, I thought “no matter what happens in the world there will always be potholes.” Today it’s proven to be very true. Even through recessions, oil crises', and wars, those potholes still needed to be fixed. TAR, Inc. has expanded its services to include all asphalt maintenance including sealcoating, striping, asphalt paving and repair. Through the years of change and growth, there are many things I’m thankful for.

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