Why sealcoating asphalt parking lots, driveways and roads should be an integral component of your facility’s maintenance program

Asphalt turns brittle overtime and begins to deteriorate without proper care and protection. At Griffin Contracting, we protect and preserve our customers’ asphalt surfaces by expertly and economically sealcoating them, which often doubles their useful life.

Basically, asphalt is a rock and gravel aggregate that is held together with a binder made from petroleum products. Maintaining the integrity of this binder is critical to ensuring that an asphalt surface provides years of service. Sunlight, particularly UV rays, rain, wind, gasoline and oil, to name a few, attack the binder, in turn weakening its hold on the aggregate and allowing cracks, potholes and ragged edges to occur, all of which are safety hazards and all of which cost money to repair. Sometimes the damage becomes so severe that the surface needs to be dug up and re-paved.

A facility maintenance program that includes scheduled sealcoating—perhaps as often as every couple of years, depending on use—can extend the life of asphalt pavements more than twice as long as pavements that are untreated.  This can amount to substantial savings when one considers the huge expense associated with repaving versus the low cost to protect. 

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What is Sealcoating?

When properly applied, sealcoating inhibits erosion and provides a dark black slip/skid resistant surface. It also enhances the curb appeal and safety of a parking lot, driveway, or road. It is a liquid, coal-based product that is mixed with sand and/or other fillers and is applied to an asphalt surface by spraying or brushing. 

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What are the Other Benefits of Sealcoating?

Besides enhancing curb appeal, safety and durability, sealcoating offers these other benefits.

  • Prevents water penetration—Because sealcoating fills surface voids, it minimizes the impact of water on the binder, particularly the rate at which water seeps into the surface and weakens its integrity.
  • Resists oil and gas spills—Gasoline and oil drip onto asphalt surfaces from automobiles, trucks and motorcycles, causing the asphalt binder to soften and breakdown. Sealcoating will help make asphalt surfaces impervious to gas and oil spills.
  • Makes the pavement easier to clean–Sealcoating creates a smooth surface that is easier to sweep and/or hose off than unsealed surfaces.
  • Painted lines are brighter and better looking with sealcoating—Freshly painted parking and traffic control lines on a sealcoated surface enrich the appearance of any parking lot, dirveway or road and make them safer to navigate,

Adding sealcoating to your property’s asphalt maintenance program is an investment that will pay for itself in short order. For more information about our sealcoating services, or for information about asphalt paving, painting, patching, line striping and milling, contact Griffin Contracting today.

Griffin Contracting Adds Cutting Edge Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Technology to Quickly and Precisely Locate Buried Utility Lines

Here at Griffin Contracting, we make it a point to continually invest in new equipment and technology to better serve our customers, and to that end we are pleased to announce the acquisition of US Radar’s new Q5C rolling radar equipment to improve our site preparation capabilities.

What is the new Q5C Plus?

US Radar’s Q5C Plus GPR system is an incredibly powerful underground utility location tool that makes site preparation more efficient than ever before. It’s about the size of a small lawn mower and can be easily wheeled around a site where digging and excavation will occur. It’s also a single frequency GPR device with a 500Mhz antenna—the most powerful one on the market, with the ability to identify objects 15 feet below ground. A few of the buried items it can locate appear below:

  • Metallic and non-metallic pipes
  • Fiber optic cables
  • Water boxes
  • Valves
  • Conduits
  • Landfill limits
  • Voids
  • Tanks
  • Buried drums

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What are some of its features?

The Q5C Plus makes use of U.S. Radar’s Acquisition Software, which is completely configurable and allows us to mark targets for easy reference and to generate 3D models of the land being scanned.

The software also allows us to use Google Earth to mark the radar data we collect into geographical context. To make life even easier, it even integrates with our CAD systems, allowing us to produce underground utility maps. The data can also be saved to a thumb drive for convenient backup.

Griffin Contracting is always on the lookout for new and innovative equipment that can help us provide our clients with the best service. Our new Q5C Plus will be a huge help to our site preparation services and give our customer peace of mind knowing that utility related delays will be kept to a minimum. For information about our site preparation services or about any of the other services that we offer, be sure to contact us at Griffin Contracting today.

Griffin Contracting Improves Traffic Flow at Busy Intersection in Pooler, Georgia

Griffin Contracting recently completed a new intersection that will serve as a key traffic management tool for the City of Pooler for years to come. The intersection is located on Pooler Parkway at its junction with Pipemakers Circle. Pooler has experienced rapid growth over the past several years and this new red light was cheered by both citizens and businesses alike. Work completed includes removal and replacement of over 1500 CY of unsuitable material. Placement of approximately 2500 TNS of Base and Asphalt Paving, Storm Drainage Improvements, as well as Jack and Bore work. The project also saw new Curb and Cutter, Sidewalk and Handicap Ramp Improvements completed under the Project Umbrella.

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Alongside the traditional roadway work was the installation of a new traffic signal at the proposed intersection and a cutting edge corridor management system. The red light management system connects all of the intersections control cabinets along the 3 mile corridor via wireless and traditional fiber connections. The system monitors traffic behavior via a network of interconnected cameras designed to record traffic flow, vehicle counts, que lengths and wait times on a 24 hour cycle over the entire corridor. The data is processed in real time and used to provide optimal green times on the heaviest movements for the highest and best use of the corridor. The technology has proven effective in reliving traffic congestion on several congested arteries in the US. Griffin and the Project Owners look forward to the operation of the system and the intersection to help improve the community and the travel time for its growing population.

Five Great Reasons to Hire Griffin Contracting

Griffin Contracting is a premiere heavy construction general contractor operating in Georgia, South Carolina and northern Florida. You’ll find our work in Spartanburg, Columbia, Charleston, Jacksonville, Macon, Brunswick and Savannah.

Founded in 2001 and centrally located in Savannah, we typically work with municipalities, school districts, public utilities, manufacturing companies, office complexes, residential developers and large construction managers.

Our capabilities include general construction, masonry, bridge building, general contracting, asphalt paving, concrete construction, foundations, crushed concrete, asphalt milling, demolition, pile driving, roadway construction, site preparation and utility work.

Most of our business is repeat business. Our customers depend on our reliability. The following are five reasons to help you depend on our reliability, too.

1. We are Locally Owned and Operated.

We’re close enough for Griffin Contracting’s owners and top managers to meet with you face-to-face prior to construction and for progress updates along the way. Because we’re close, your costs will be lower and communications will be faster. Our workforce lives here. Our professional staff is here. We own and maintain our equipment locally. We’re part of the South.

2. We Offer Comprehensive, One-Stop Capabilities.

Construction schedules can be highly complex and prone to delays when multiple sub-contractors are involved in a project. This is not the case when Griffin Contracting is managing your construction project. We solve the complexity of construction schedules and avoid delays because we bring our own workforce, engineers and equipment to each of our projects, making the journey from project vision to project reality as rewarding as possible.

3. We are Efficient and Effective.

Our company has been providing heavy-duty construction services throughout the area for more than 15 years. During this time we have completed just about every kind of heavy construction project there is. We’re experienced and we have the wherewithal to see projects through to completion. We know what works and what doesn’t. We keep your project on schedule and on budget.

4. Our Staff is Highly Skilled and Experienced.

One of the reasons we have such a strong reputation for efficiency and effectiveness is because we make certain that our staff is properly trained. Our turnover is low, our teamwork is exceptional, and our focus on the customer is unparalleled.

5. We Will Save You Time and Money.

Our proven processes and procedures, coupled with our professional staff and skilled workforce, create efficiency throughout the entire construction timeline. This efficiency saves you time and money. And because you’ll enjoy our one-stop shop capabilities for all your construction needs, you’ll not have to worry about managing several different contractors and their respective schedules, strengths and weaknesses.

To learn more about how we can help you, contact Griffin Contracting today.

Griffin Contracting Improves Client Communication with Their New Website

For more than 15 years, Griffin Contracting has provided heavy and civil construction services to municipalities, utilities and developers in coastal Georgia, the Carolina Lowcountry and northern Florida. Now, we are pleased to announce the launch of our new website, designed to make it easier for you to communicate with us.

Our new website is uncluttered and easy-to-navigate to help you quickly grasp who we are, what we do, and how to reach us. The navigation bar along the top takes you to short discussions about our business and how we can help you. These pages include Our Services, Our Affiliated Companies, Customer Testimonials, Employment Opportunities, MBE/DBE/WBE Opportunities and a Contact Us page.

The Our Services tab is a drop down menu listing our six primary areas of specialization—Site Work, Utility Work, Concrete Work, Asphalt Work, Foundation Work and Demolition Work—each with a brief description about what it is and how we can help you with it. These service pages also include representative photos of our recent projects and can also be accessed by the six image links that appear at the bottom of the Home page.

The Affiliated Companies tab takes you to our construction supply company, Griffin Materials, that specializes in crushed concrete, topsoil and seal coat products and to our on-demand labor company, Griffin Labor, that will get you the skilled labor you need for just about any type of commercial construction project.

The MBE/WBE/DBE and Career Opportunities tabs help us locate the resources we need to help you. The first encourages certified minority owned, women owned or disadvantaged businesses to contact us relative to our government contracts. As we continue to grow, the second helps us find the talent we need to deliver the projects you entrust to us.

The Contact Us page shows our street address, phone numbers and email addresses for our key managers, and includes a map that indicates where we are located. There’s also a message box for you to send us questions and/or project specifications.

Last, we added a “Request A Quote” button to help you quickly send us an RFP, and we added links to our social profiles—Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube—to make it easier for you to keep abreast of Griffin Contracting news.

We’ve taken care to make certain our new website quickly and concisely gives you the resources you need to plan next steps. Please take a moment and pay us a visit — GriffinContracting.com. We look forward to talking with you soon.