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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Asphalt Sealcoat: Dos and Don'ts


Sealcoating your asphalt driveway is a great way to maintain its look for as long as possible. In fact, sealcoating every two years can more than triple the lifespan of your asphalt driveway. Whether done professionally or as a DIY weekend project, follow these tips to make your sealcoat as effective as possible.

Do regularly wash your driveway.
After your driveway is sealcoated, it is important to keep it clean in order to preserve its appearance. If you notice leaves, dirt, or other debris beginning to cover your driveway, give it a quick rinse with your garden hose to clear it off. If these materials are allowed to build up, they could begin to dig into the sealcoating.

Do stay off the edges of your driveway.
Your driveway is much stronger in the middle than it is on the edges. Asphalt contains no strength of its own and gets its durability from a stone base. When a large amount of weight is placed on the edge, there is a high chance that it will crack. To avoid this, always stay at least one foot away from your driveway's boundaries with your vehicle.

Don't make sharp turns or move wheels while the car is still.
Turning your wheels too sharply, or turning them at all when the car is not in motion will cause gouges in your driveway's surface. Sealcoating contains oils to make it malleable, which leaves it susceptible to damage from the kneading and grinding motion of car tires. These oils will eventually evaporate and the sealcoat will completely solidify, but that process could take up to a full year.

Don't always park in the same spot.
Over the course of several months and years, parking your car in the same spot on your driveway could cause the sealcoating to compress. To avoid this from happening to you, move your car around to distribute usage across the whole driveway. For cars parked for an extended period of time, fire up the engine and move them a few feet forward or backwards every two weeks.

Stasi Brothers is Long Island's oldest asphalt contractor and masonry company, serving Nassau County for more than 50 years. Our high-quality work and satisfied customers are the main reasons that we have an A+ accreditation with the Better Business Bureau. For more information about our company, please visit our website or call 516-997-PAVE.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

How To Maintain Your Asphalt Driveway During Winter


Wintertime in the northeast is tough on our homes, cars, and even our driveways. If you have ever noticed potholes in your driveway during the spring, they were caused by the harsh winter environments. Use the following tips to make sure that your driveway looks like you remember it come March.
  • Sealcoat your driveway before winter. If it has been more than two years since you've last sealcoated your asphalt driveway, you should do it before the first snowfall of the year. Re-sealing your driveway will restore the protective top layer and help keep water from penetrating the surface of your driveway and causing potholes.
  • Keep your driveway clear of snow and ice. After a winter storm, it is important to rid your driveway of snow and ice as quickly as possible. Not only is it a safety hazard, the freezing and thawing process of the water will lead to cracks in your driveway.
  • Don't use salt or other deicers. Rock salt and most chemical deicers are harmful to the environment and can corrode your driveway. Instead of using these harsh products, opt for sand – it provides traction on icy areas and absorbs heat from the sunlight to help speed up the melting process.
  • Select your shovel carefully. Refrain from using snow shovels with metal blades, as they can damage your driveway by scraping it. Instead, use shovels with rubber blades, as they cause no harm to pavement surfaces.
If you live in Nassau County, New York and are in need of residential or commercial asphalt driveway repair, repaving, or snow removal, call Stasi Brothers at 516-997-PAVE. You can also visit our website for more information or connect with us on social media – we are active on both Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

How to Prevent Potholes in Your Driveway




Potholes are not only an eyesore, they are a hazard to your car. Whether on the street or in your own driveway, potholes can cause all sorts of problems including flat tires, rim damage, and steering system misalignment. If you are worried about potholes forming in your new driveway, use the tips in this article to prevent them.

How do potholes form?
Potholes are created when water penetrates the surface of the concrete and freezes. As the water begins to freeze, it expands, causing it to take up more and more space until the pavement is forced to bend and crack in order to make room. When the ice thaws and the water contracts, the pavement contracts too, leaving gaps and cracks on the surface. These cracks continue to get worse as more and more water enters and the cycle of expansion and contraction occurs over and over again. When the weight of an entire car drives over these weak spots, the concrete can't handle the pressure and begins to break one small piece at a time – which eventually leads to the formation of potholes.

How can I prevent potholes in my asphalt driveway?
Now that you know how potholes are formed, you have a better idea of how to prevent them. Some of the best prevention methods that we recommend are:
  • Keep your driveway clean. Remember when you were a little kid and your mom told you that if you keep things clean they will last longer? Well, she was right. Keeping your asphalt driveway clean of snow, water, oil, and even yard clippings will go a long way in preserving its appearance.
  • Sealcoat often. The first step in the formation of potholes occurs when water penetrates your driveway and seeps into the ground below the concrete. When a driveway is sealcoated, it adds a layer of protection on top which prevents water from passing through. Keeping a good sealcoating schedule will help prevent the seepage of water into your driveway and go a long way in keeping it free of potholes.
  • Fix cracks before they become potholes. Potholes don't form overnight, it is a long and slow cycle which must repeat itself several times. Pay attention to your driveway for warning signs that potholes are on the horizon. If you see an area in your driveway cracking, be proactive and patch the cracks up before they turn into something worse.

If your driveway is covered in potholes, a repaving may be the best option. If you live in Nassau County and need your driveway paved, call Stasi Brothers at 516-997-7283. Stasi Brothers is Long Island's oldest and most reputable paving contractor, serving the area and its residents for a proud 52 years. For more information about our company, visit our website or like us on Facebook.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Safe Ways To Handle Icy Sidewalks – Alternatives to Rock Salt


Winter weather is now here, and the sub-freezing temperatures provide a problem for homeowners across the northeast – ice. Many people with ice on their driveways or sidewalks use rock salt or chemical deicers to get rid of it, but this is not the best solution. Not only are these products harmful to your pets and the environment, they can also corrode the coating on your asphalt driveway. Instead of rock salt or other chemical deicers, opt for one of the following alternatives:

  • Shovel. The blue collar way to deal with an ice problem – with a shovel. If you completely shovel your driveway after a storm, there will not be anything left on the surface to freeze. It may take a little bit of manual labor, but it is free and completely safe for your driveway and the environment.
  • Sand. Sand is a great option for providing traction to icy surfaces. While it will not melt the ice, it provides you, your family, and any visitors to your house with a safe way to walk across it. Sand is the best option for traction because kitty litter gets messy in warmer temperatures.
  • Safe Paw. Safe paw is an ice melter which has been proven to be safe for children, pets, and the environment. The salt-free formula of this product allows it to quickly melt the ice outside of your home without causing any damage to your concrete or the ecosystem, which is why it was awarded with PTPA's Green Product Seal.

If you have a snow or ice removal problem in Long Island or the New York Tri-State Area, you can rely on the services of Stasi Snow to clear your property. For more information, you can visit our website or call us at 516-997-7283.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Why Choose Stasi Brothers


When it comes to asphalt paving and masonry, all contractors are not created equal. The same job done with the same materials by two different contractors can produce two very different results. When it comes to your Nassau County paving project, here are a few reasons why you should choose Stasi Brothers.

Family Owned
We are so proud of our work that we put our last name on it. We have been family-owned since our inception and still provide our customers with the same care and attention to detail that we did in 1962. That is why we assign a Stasi family member to each job to ensure that you are completely satisfied with your final product.

BBB-Certified
The Better Business Bureau is a national service which has helped consumers find businesses they can trust for more than 100 years. Stasi Brothers has consistently exceed the expectations of both our customers and the Better Business Bureau, and for that we have earned a rare A+ accreditation. For more information on our A+ BBB rating, click here.

50+ Years Of Experience
Stasi Brothers was founded in 1962, which makes us the oldest asphalt and masonry company on Long Island. Even with several down periods in the economy, Stasi Brothers didn't just survive – we thrived. Our company and our workers constantly strive for perfection, and that is why we have stood the test of time.

Client List
Stasi Brothers has served over 16,000 residential customers here on Long Island. Our high quality equipment, materials, and workmanship has also caught the eye of several Municipal and Government Agencies, who have contracted us to meet their asphalt needs. Some of our satisfied customers include the Town of Oyster Bay, Westbury Fire Department, and the City of Long Beach.

Fully Licensed, Insured & Bonded
Stasi Brothers is fully licensed and insured, and bonded. What does this mean for you? It means that we are certified to perform contractor services in the state of New York. Because we are insured, if there is an accident that results in damages to your home and property, you will not be responsible for paying the full amount. Not only that, we are also bonded, which protects you from poor or incomplete work provided by us. (Not that it would ever happen!)

For more information about our company, please visit our website or call 416-997-PAVE. You can also connect with us on social media – we are active on Twitter and Facebook.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

How Asphalt is Made


Asphalt is one of the most commonly-used materials in the country. Over 90% of America's 2.6 million miles of paved roads are surfaced with asphalt. We drive on it every day during our commutes and park our cars on it every night when we get home, yet most people don't know anything about it. This article will provide you with a brief understanding of the production process of asphalt cement.

Asphalt is not the smooth black pavement that you probably picture it as. Asphalt is actually a byproduct of the petroleum industry and is essentially leftover residue from the oil refining process. In this form, asphalt is a durable binding material which is resistant to both weather and chemicals.

Asphalt is solid at room temperature, so it must be heated to roughly 300ºF until its consistency becomes tar-like. It is then put in a rotating drum and mixed with sand and crushed stone until it thoroughly coats the gravel. After mixing, it is poured, flattened, and compressed with a steamroller to pave roads, highways, and parking lots. Asphalt is very versatile and can also be used in a variety of other products, such as roof shingles.

Stasi Brothers is an asphalt contractor and masonry company located on Long Island. We have been serving Nassau County for more than 50 years and have earned an A+ accreditation rating with the BBB. You can visit our website for more information or connect with us on social media – we are active on both Twitter and Facebook.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

5 Reasons to Consider Asphalt for Your Driveway


If you are considering a new driveway for your home, there is a good chance that you are debating between asphalt and concrete. If you want a durable and appealing driveway that is also eco-friendly, asphalt is the choice for you. Asphalt pavement offers many benefits, including:
  • Environmental Friendliness. Not only is asphalt a 100% recyclable material, it is the most recycled material in the United States. According to the EPA, over 73 million tons of asphalt is recycled every single year. Asphalt is a completely safe and friendly option for the environment.
  • Durability. Asphalt is a very strong and durable paving material. With proper maintenance, an asphalt driveway could last decades. It is not susceptible to flaking like concrete driveways are – especially ones which were poorly installed.
  • Ease of Installation. Asphalt offers a much quicker and easier installation process than concrete does. Most of the time, a new asphalt driveway can be completely paved and ready for use in under 48 hours.
  • Low Maintenance. Maintaining your asphalt driveway is an easy process, and one which does not need to be done often. Applying a layer of sealcoat to the surface of your driveway is all it takes to maintain its finish, and this only needs to be done every two or three years.
  • Beautiful Black Finish. In addition to all of its functional and economical qualities, asphalt also provides an aesthetic appeal which concrete does not. The deep black finish also retains more heat from the sun, so snow and ice melt faster during the winter.

Stasi Brothers is an asphalt paving company located in Nassau County, New York. We have been in business for a very proud 52 years, and have earned an A+ accreditation with the Better Business Bureau. To learn more about our services, call 516-997-PAVE or visit our website. You can also connect with us on social media – we are active on both Twitter and Facebook.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Snow Shoveling Tips for Your Driveway


Heavy snow is an annual occurrence in Nassau County, and one that will occur soon. Many people have the luxury of owning a snow blower or using a snow removal service like Stasi Snow, but for some life isn't so easy. If you are one of the brave warriors who shovels their driveway, we feel for you. That is why we are giving you these tips to shovel your driveway as quickly, easily, and safely as possible.

Safety First
Shoveling snow may seem like no more than a chore, but it is a physical activity (and can be a quite rigorous one depending on the quantity and weight of the snow) and should be treated as such. Proper precautions must be taken, such as stretching before starting and making sure to keep hydrated if it will be a long job. You will want to dress warm, but be careful not to overdress – you will quickly heat up once you start working.

Shovel in a Spider Web Fashion
The Wall Street Journal recommends shoveling your driveway in the pattern of a spider web for optimal efficiency. To do this, start in the center of the driveway, and shovel out to one corner. Continue walking back to the center and shoveling to the other three corners so there is a big “X” in your driveway. Then shovel the remaining spots, outlining your previous paths, as shown in the picture below. Doing this not only increases efficiency, it allows you to shovel shorter and shorter distances as your body tires.


Don't Shovel the Same Snow Twice
This is the cardinal rule of shoveling snow. If you choose not to use the shoveling method pictured above, pick a routine which prevents you from moving the same snow twice. Dump the first shovelfuls further away from you, and progressively drop them closer and closer as you progress through the driveway.

Save The Apron for Last
This goes hand-in-hand with the last tip, but save shoveling the apron of your driveway for last. The apron is the spot where your driveway meets the street. The reason you will want to save the apron for last is because chances are good that a plow will come by while you are shoveling and push snow from the street on to it. Not touching this spot until the end will ensure that you do not have to shovel a big pile of snow twice.

Stasi Brothers is a paving contractor and snow management serviced located in Nassau County, New York. We have been in business for a proud 52 years and hold an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. For a full list of our services, visit our website or call 516-997-PAVE. You can also connect with us on social media by following us on Twitter or liking our page on Facebook.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Decoration Ideas for Your Stairs and Sidewalk

Halloween is next week, and people are beginning to turn their homes into haunted houses for the hundreds of trick-or-treaters who will visit on October 31st. If you are having trouble thinking of ways to spook the neighborhood kids, Stasi Brothers has you covered. We are normally known for paving walkways and staircases, but in the spirit of Halloween, we can help you decorate them too.


Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart
Turn your porch into a bat cave
If you are looking for ways to make your doorstep a little more spooky, consider turning it into a bat cave. Those who are brave enough to ring your doorbell will be sure to remember the one-of-a-kind Halloween décor. Martha Stewart provides step-by-step instructions using only construction paper, a pair of scissors, and painter's tape. 



Sidewalk cemetery
Make trick-or-treaters think twice before walking up to your house by turning your walkway into a graveyard. Fake tombstones can be purchased for cheap at just about any store that sells Halloween decorations. Line your sidewalk with these decorative grave markers to give your house an instant spook factor.



A staircase full of jack-o-lanterns
Your front stairs can be as welcoming or terrifying as you'd like with a variety of jack-o-lanterns. Simply grab a handful of pumpkins and start carving them. Use bat, witch, and monster designs to add a menacing look, or carve silly faces and the words “trick or treat!” into the pumpkins to give off a more approachable vibe.


Spider Web Wreath
Door wreaths are a common decoration on many homes, regardless of the season. Put a spooky spin on this tradition with a wreath designed to look like a spider web. Give your visitors goosebumps and make their skin crawl as they lay eyes on dozens of fake spiders sitting on your door. These can be purchased at Halloween stores or you can make them yourself.


Stasi Brothers has been Nassau County's number one paving contractor for 52 proud years. We offer a variety of residential and commercial services and have received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. You can visit our website for a list of our services or like us on Facebook for company news, promotions, and tips.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Prepare Your Driveway for Winter in 3 Easy Steps


Winter is right around the corner, is your driveway prepared? The harsh winter weather not only takes its toll on us, our homes, and our cars – but our driveways as well. If you do not properly prepare your driveway for the winter, it might not look the same come spring. Follow these three steps from Stasi Brothers to make sure your driveway is as ready as you are.

Repair All Cracks and Potholes
Use this time of the year to fill all of the cracks and holes in your driveway before it is underneath a blanket of snow. If you don't repair the damages before the winter season, you are leaving them susceptible to getting worse. During the winter time, water can start to puddle in these cracks due to rain, sleet, slush, and melted snow. When the temperature dips below 32°F, this water freezes and expands, forcing the cracks to expand with it. If your driveway is in relatively good shape, you can do these repairs yourself in only an hour or two. We have a guide for this here. If there are numerous large cracks and deep potholes in your driveway, you will have to get it professionally repaired. If you live in Nassau County, Stasi Brothers can provide these services.

Apply Sealcoat
After your driveway is patched and level, the next step is to apply a layer of sealcoat. This can be done by the homeowner or a professional contractor, such as Stasi Brothers. Applying sealcoat to your driveway adds an extra layer of protection against the harsh winter weather. If correctly applied, it will also fill in minor imperfections and provide a beautiful, slip-resistant finish that makes your driveway look new. Regularly maintaining your driveway by applying sealcoat every couple of years can also more than triple the life of your driveway.

Stock Up Now
Rather than waiting until the day before the first big storm, take a trip to the hardware store now and get any supplies you may need for the winter. You will save yourself the headache of dealing with crowds of people, long lines, and out-of-stock products. If you have a snow blower, start it up to make sure that it is running properly. If you prefer to clear your driveway the old fashioned way, make sure you have at least two shovels in case there is too much snow for a one-man job. Grab a couple of containers of play sand or kitty litter to add traction when your driveways become slippery. Avoid salt and chemical deicers – not only are they bad for the environment, they can also cause serious damage to your driveway.

If you need your driveway prepared for winter, call Stasi Brothers at 516-997-PAVE. When the snow does hit, we also offer snow removal services. Visit our website for more information, and make sure to like us on Facebook for more tips as winter approaches.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

How to Patch Potholes in Your Driveway



Winter is almost here, and that means a lot of snow, ice, and slush is on the way. Not only does this mean extra layers for you, but it means extra damage for roads, sidewalks, and your asphalt driveway. If you currently have any cracks or potholes in your driveway, expect them to get worse this winter due to the weather conditions. One way to prevent this is by patching your driveway before the first snowfall. This is a quick job that can be done in less than an hour and will save you time and money down the road. Stasi Brothers has provided you with a quick, concise guide on patching your asphalt driveway in seven easy steps.

1. Remove any objects and debris from the hole. It is not necessary to remove every particle, but large objects should be removed either by hand or with a shovel.

2. Pick up some cold asphalt patch at a local hardware store. Most places sell this in 50 lb bags or 5 gallon buckets. How much patch you need is dependent on the size of the pothole, but anything smaller than a one foot diameter up to four inches deep should be fixed with one 50 lb bag.

3. Pour the asphalt patch into the pothole. If you cannot lift the bag or the bucket, you can shovel it in. Stop when you have poured about two inches of the material into the hole.

4. Compress the asphalt patch. This is the key to a good fix. You can compress this with a hand tamp or a shovel, but whatever you use, make sure to press it down tight.

5. Repeat this process of pouring and compressing until the hole is filled and the patching material is flush with the rest of your driveway.

6. Cover the patch with a piece of cardboard or plywood for 48-72 hours. This isn't necessary, however it will produce better results.

7. Remove the cover and enjoy your patched up asphalt driveway!

Remember: only use this method if you have one or two small potholes. If your driveway is covered in cracks in holes, it may be time to repave it. If you live in Nassau County, call Stasi Brothers at 516-997-PAVE. You can also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for more asphalt tips.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

What You Should Do Before Installing An Outdoor Patio


Check Your Local Laws & Regulations
If you are thinking about adding an outdoor patio to your home, you must make sure you do it legally. To save yourself from running into future trouble, check your local and state building codes to make sure that you obtain any necessary permits before you start planning or constructing your new outdoor patio.


Develop a Budget
Your budget doesn't need to be an exact spreadsheet of anticipated expenses down to the cent, but having a rough estimate will prevent you from overspending. A budget will give you an idea of what materials and services you can afford and will save you from spending more than you can afford on this project.

Locate Your Utility Lines
Before any digging begins, before you even pick the location of your patio, you should check to see if you have any underground utility lines in your yard and where they might be. A national “call before you dig” phone number can be reached by dialing 811 before starting any job which requires digging. Even jobs as small as planting a tree should be checked before starting to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you.


Choose a Size and Location
Now it is time to plan the layout of your outdoor patio. Where do you want it to be located? How big do you want it to be? These are questions you should ask yourself during this phase of planning. Once you settle on a location, outline it with stakes in the ground tied with string and observe this area for a few days. Is it getting adequate sunlight? Does it take up too much of your yard? This is the time to change your mind about the physical aspects of your patio, not after it is already built.

Determine How You Will Use Your Patio
What is your patio going to be used for? If you plan on pacing something heavy on top of it, such as a grill, it is important to consider it now so that you can reinforce the base where necessary. It is also important to think about any gas, water, or electric lines you may require in the future so you can plan to make these future installations as easy as possible.


Choose Materials
This will be largely dictated by your budget, but your personal taste and preference also plays a role. Patios can be made out of concrete, stone, tile, or brick – all offering their own unique look. To get a better understanding of the pros and cons of each, you can look at this guide by How Stuff Works.

Hire a Contractor
Now comes the easy part; hiring a contractor to build your dream patio for you. If you live in Nassau County, you can simply give Stasi Brothers a call at 516-997-7283. We have been installing home patios for over 50 years, and the Better Business Bureau has accredited us with a rare A+ rating. If you do not live on Long Island or nearby, it is best to contact many contractors who provide service in your area and get quotes from them. Research to see which of these provide the highest-quality work and make sure you know exactly what their quote covers.

To learn more about Stasi Brothers and our services, you can visit our website or like us on Facebook.

Friday, September 19, 2014

5 Things You Didn't Know About Asphalt


Asphalt is one of America's most used materials – it is responsible for millions of miles worth of roads, parking lots, and highways. This is because it offers many benefits including cost-effectiveness, durability, and installation speed. Even though we drive on it every day back and forth from work, many people know almost nothing about it. Here are five facts about one of the most taken for granted substances in the world.

  1. Of America's 2.6 million miles of paved roads, 93% are surfaced with asphalt.
  2. The asphalt industry annually produces more than 500 million tons of asphalt concrete and employs over 300,000 Americans.
  3. Asphalt is composed of roughly 95% stone and gravel and 5% asphalt cement, which is a petroleum product. The cement acts as a glue to hold the rock together.
  4. Asphalt is America's most recycled material.
  5. Asphalt it the most cost-efficient option for paving your driveway. With minimal maintenance, an asphalt driveway can last well over twenty years.

If you live in Nassau County and are considering an asphalt driveway, give Stasi Brothers a call at 516-997-PAVE. We have over 50 years of experience paving driveways, roads, and parking lots and have received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. You can also visit our website for more information or like us on Facebook for company news, promotions, and tips.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Driveway Repairs: Sealcoat or Repave?



Whether it is for resale value or maintaining a reputation around your neighborhood, homeowners know the importance of good curb appeal. Though it can greatly help or hurt a home's first impression, many people overlook the importance of an aesthetic driveway. If yours has cracks, holes, or other imperfections you have two options of fixing it; sealcoating and repaving. We will discuss the differences, pros, and cons of both methods below.

Sealcoating
As Sealmaster explains it, asphalt pavement is composed primarily stone held together by a binder known as asphalt cement. Over time, this binder begins to deteriorate due to a number of things such as U.V. Rays, water and rain, and daily/seasonal heating and cooling cycles which cause the pavement to expand and contract. Preserving this binder is the key to maintaining an appealing, healthy driveway.

The process of sealcoating involves installing a protective layer, known as a sealcoat, on the top level of your driveway. When applied correctly, this coating fills in minor cracks, provides a slip-resistant surface, and provides a beautiful black finish that makes your driveway look new.

Sealcoating should be used as a means of maintenance, it is not effective if your driveway is already badly degraded. When regularly applied as part of a maintenance schedule, sealcoating can more than triple the life of your asphalt driveway. How often you should sealcoat your driveway depends on what part of the world you live in and the climate conditions of your region. Contact a local paving contractor and ask if it's time for a fresh sealcoat.


Repaving
While sealcoating is used to maintain your new driveway and patch up minor impurities, repaving is the only option for driveways with severe deterioration. This is a complicated process that involves digging up your existing asphalt, repairing any weak spots in the foundation, then applying a brand new surface on top.

After your driveway gets repaved, your maintenance program should reset in order to preserve your investment for as long as possible. This means sealcoating every six months to a year, depending on where you live. Ask the contractor you hired what schedule is best for your driveway.

While repaving essentially gives you a new asphalt driveway, it is very expensive, costing several thousand dollars more than a sealcoat. Because of this, repaving should only be used when your driveway has decayed so much that a sealcoat would not help.


Stasi Brothers has been sealcoating and repaving residential driveways and commercial parking lots on Long Island for decades, leaving customers satisfied for more than 50 years. If you live in Nassau County and need your driveway repaired or repaved, call 516-997-PAVE today. You can also like us on Facebook to stay up to date with company news and receive contracting service-related facts and tips like these.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

What Qualities You Should Look for in a Paving Contractor

Paving companies come in many shapes and sizes. No matter what area of the country you are in or what you need paved; be it a driveway, parking lot, blacktop, or something else; chances are you will have a variety of contractors to choose from. All of these choices may overwhelm you, especially when you don't know the first thing about paving projects. Luckily for you, the Stasi Brothers are here to help. Here are six key qualities you should seek when evaluating contractors.




Licensing & Certification
First things first. Most states require contractors to be licensed and certified in order to operate. This is to protect the customer from rip-offs and poor workmanship. Make sure all of the companies that you are considering have the proper licenses and certifications to conduct business in your state.

Price
Generally speaking, cheaper is better. However, this is not necessarily the case when getting quoted by a paving company. A cheaper price may mean lower quality materials, which will deteriorate faster and end up costing you more money in the long run. You should also consider factors such as if the price includes the removal of existing surfaces and clean up, and the estimated duration of the project.

Experience
It is important to research the history prospective companies and find out how long they have been in business. While quality of work is not solely determined by experience, it is easier to trust someone who has been in business for 50 years than it is to trust someone who has only completed a handful of jobs.

Reputation
This may be the most important quality on this list. A well-respected contractor with a sterling reputation makes it easy to sleep at night knowing that you have made the right choice. In order to accurately judge a company's reputation, it is important to use multiple sources. Searching the company online, asking them to provide testimonials, and seeing their past jobs in person are just some ways you can measure the quality of their work. 





Knowledge & Professionalism
A paving contractor should be knowledgeable and professional in your interactions. Ask several questions about the assignment. If they answer these questions quickly, confidently, and directly, it is a good sign. The contractor should always be punctual, courteous, and mindful of your worries and concerns when talking to them.

Warranties
If the company does not offer any warranties, it is a red flag. A company that is truly confident in their work will stand behind it and offer some kind of guarantee. Ask prospective companies what their warranty policies are and keep them in mind as you make your decision. 


If you are looking for a paving company in Nassau County, look no further than Stasi Brothers. For over 50 years, we have been meeting the asphalt needs of Long Island. Call 516-997-PAVE for a quote and like us on Facebook to stay up to date with company news.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

How to Remove Oil Stains from an Asphalt Driveway

Did you know that August is National Curb Appeal Month? All month, homeowners have been encouraged to improve the visual appeal of their property, as seen from the street. Many homeowners know that this can include their house's paint, roofing, windows, lawn, and garden, but not many people think about their driveway. Nothing can ruin the attractiveness of an asphalt driveway like the eyesore of an oil stain.

We at Stasi Brothers know a thing or two about asphalt, as well as the importance of good home aesthetics. Here are some ways to remove a pesky oil stain from your driveway.


The sooner you treat the stain, the easier it is to remove. If you notice an oil stain tarnishing your driveway, you should begin trying to remove it as soon as possible. The longer you leave the stain to soak into the pavement, the more difficult it becomes to get rid of.

You can use what you already have. The good news about these oil stains is that they can be removed with common household products. After you soak up the excess oil with a disposable cloth or rag, you can eliminate what is left with one of the following products:
  • Cat Litter – pour a generous amount of kitty litter over the stain and gently rub it into the ground with your foot. Allow the litter to sit for at least two hours (or overnight if it is an old stain) before sweeping it up and hosing off your driveway.
  • Coca-Cola – depending on the size of the oil spot, pour a can or two of Coca-Cola (Pepsi works too!) on it and allow the soda to set in for 10 minutes. Then, scrub the spot with a brush and hose off your driveway when the stain has vanished.
  • Dish Soap – this method works best on a cool day. Completely cover the stain with a liberal amount of dish soap (such as Dawn) and allow it to sit for an hour. Then, use a little bit of water and elbow grease to scrub it out with a brush. Hose off your driveway when done.
  • Baking Soda – apply a liberal amount of baking soda over the oil stain and scrub it with a brush. Let it sit for approximately 30-45 minutes before washing it away.
  • Laundry Detergent – you can use either a powdered or a liquid detergent for this method. No matter which kind you have, the method is the same. After covering the oil stain with detergent, add ¼ cup of water and scrub with a brush for 3-5 minutes before rinsing it away.


Stasi Brothers is Nassau County's leading provider of commercial and residential paving services. We have been family owned and operated for over 50 years, accumulating well over 15,000 satisfied customers in that time span. If you need your driveway repaved or any masonry services, contact us today!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

3 Things That Attract Customers to a Parking Lot

Did you know that the look and design of the parking lot outside your storefront could be turning customers away? Think about it: A potential client sees your parking area before he or she even enters your store. That’s why it’s important that your parking lot makes an outstanding first impression. Below are three things that attract customers to a parking lot.

A smooth surface

First and foremost, a smooth, well-kept parking lot will attract customers to a parking lot. When you’re driving, you likely try to avoid potholes, cracks and puddles. It’s no different in a parking lot!


Furthermore, a blemish-free parking lot is also a safer parking lot. Taking care of obstructions lessens the likelihood of accidents and pedestrian injuries. With Premium Property Maintenance by Stasi Brothers, parking areas and walkways get immediate and constant attention throughout the year with one of Long Island’s largest assembly of equipment, manpower and training.

Beautiful landscaping


Landscaping and shrubbery not only help boost your commercial property’s curb appeal, but they also provide shade. Potential clients appreciate a shady parking lot because it can help keep their cars cool during the hot summer months. Stasi Brothers started out as a landscaping company, so we know everything there is to know about making your property look gorgeous.

Snow removal



Here on Long Island, we’re used to getting around in snowy conditions. After all, life in New York doesn’t stop for anything! Still, there’s nothing worse than a poorly plowed parking lot. Snow and ice will thwart customers from visiting your storefront.

Stasi Brothers is dedicated to keeping your property clear, safe and open for business throughout the rough winter months. In fact, snow and ice management has been one of our specialties since 1988! Our winter maintenance programs are tailored towards:
  • County, town and village municipalities
  • School districts
  • Corporate office buildings
  • Retail shopping centers
  • Industrial properties
  • Large parking areas
  • Institutional facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Sports complexes
In short, Stasi Brothers excels at making your parking lot attractive to customers, helping to bring more business to your storefront. Dial 516-997-PAVE or tweet us @StasiBrothers today to get in touch with a representative! We’d love to discuss smart and unique ways to make your parking lot more alluring.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Get to Know Stasi Brothers


Here at Stasi Brothers, we take our client relationships seriously. Relationships are built on trust, and trust is built through knowing and understanding one another. Get to know Stasi Brothers by reading through this blog post.



Stasi Brothers launched in 1962 as a landscaping company. By 1964 we branched out to constructing asphalt driveways, Belgium block concrete and many forms of brickwork.

Stasi Brothers is a family owned and functioned business. Because it bears our family name, we take great pride in our work.

In 2012, we celebrated 50 years of business. In our 52 years of service, Stasi Brothers has served more than 16,000 satisfied customers here on Long Island, from New Hyde Park to Montauk, as well as dozens of municipal and government agencies.

We have remained one of the industry's leaders by keeping up to date with the state-of- the-art equipment and materials, as well as employing only the finest craftsmen in the business. Our staff comprises only the most seasoned field laborers, professional masons and the most experienced machine operators.

By setting high standards we have been able to produce quality work at reasonable prices for you! Our main goal is quality and the complete satisfaction of you, our customer.

Have more questions about what we do? Visit www.StasiBrothers.com and follow us on Google+!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

How to Patch up Concrete Cracks

Although concrete is a durable surface, cracks happen. Whether you hate how they look or want to close up potential entry points for groundwater and insects, you’ll be happy to know that fixing cracks in concrete is possible!



Here in New York, concrete cracks are most often caused by seasonal temperature changes. Winter’s freezing and thawing cycles are tough on concrete, and in the summer, concrete expands. Cracks can also develop due to tree roots and movement in the soil. Here’s how to patch them up:

1. Clean your concrete


The first step is to thoroughly clean your driveway using a pressure washer. This will remove mold and mildew as well as dirt. Be sure to get into the cracks to remove dirt, debris and loose concrete.

2. Mix new concrete




Empty dry concrete mix into a bucket, and mix with water until you’ve reached a consistency similar to that of cookie dough.

3. Pour concrete into cracks


Once you’ve got the concrete all mixed up, pour it carefully into the cracks you wish to repair. Use a flat-edged tool to work the mixture in. Then, smooth it out.

4. Dry

The concrete will have to dry overnight. You may choose to resurface the entire area afterwards. This will help create a consistent look.

If you’re not comfortable doing it yourself, don’t hesitate to call Stasi Brothers at 516-997-7283! We can also redo an entire space if your concrete cracks are too damaged to fix. Follow us on Google+ for more tips from Stasi Brothers.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How to Keep Brick Pavers Looking Like New

Brick pavers are ideal for high-traffic areas like patios and walkways because they don't require too much maintenance. And while they're more durable than plain old bricks, they can still weather down and stain from time to time. Here's how to keep your brick pavers looking like new:

Clean regularly



Dirt and spills can fade your beautiful brick paving, so clean them routinely! Sweep away dirt and debris, and always clean up spilled liquids and oils as quickly as possible.

Apply mild detergent



Small stains can be removed using a mild detergent mixed in water. Simply rinse it down and scrub lightly where you see unwanted marks.

Consider power washing



For more stubborn stains, you might want to pull out the power washer or hire a professional. Power washing your brick pavers will give them a deep clean and refresh your landscape design. 

Use a sealer

After you've thoroughly cleaned your brick pavers, applying a layer of sealant will help keep them clean, prevent weeds from growing, and repel stains.

For more info about caring for your brick paving, don't hesitate to call Stasi Brothers at 516-997-7283. Add us to your circles on Google+ as well!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

How to Choose a Paving Material for Your Pool

Ready to pave the area around your pool, but not sure which paving material is a good fit? We’re here to help you make the right decision. Consider the following points before choosing paving materials for your pool:

Surface texture


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The area material surrounding your pool shouldn't be too rough when you walk or stand on it. After all, you will likely spend a lot of time out there during the summer. Concrete is smooth and finished, making it one of the most popular pool pavers around. Brick is not only smooth, but also slip resistant. Stone has a more natural texture that might not feel as nice on your skin.

Size


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It’s important to take into consideration how large the paving area is. Concrete will cost you less than brick or natural stone, so if the area surrounding your pool is very big, concrete will be more cost-effective.

Appearance



Concrete, brick and natural stone all have their own distinct look. Try to envision how each paving material will look with the rest of your house and landscape before making a decision.

Time

Have a deadline? The time it takes to pave with concrete will be different than that of brick. Call Stasi Brothers Asphalt at (516) 997-7283 for help determining what’s right for your situation.

Browse our photo gallery today for more ideas on paving the area around your pool. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook for more tips and pointers from Stasi Brothers Asphalt!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Concrete vs. Asphalt: Which Is Right for Your Driveway?

When it comes to paving a driveway, the two most popular options are asphalt and concrete. While both surfaces are similar, there are key differences that need to be taken into account. Here’s a look at the pros and cons of each:

Asphalt


Pros:
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Less likely to crack
  • Less likely to show stains
  • Easy to repair
  •  Easy to tint
  • Flexible strength
  • Salt resistant

Cons:
  • Short lifespan
  •  Maintenance required every few years
  • Oily texture softens when it’s hot
  • Rough edges


Concrete

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Pros:
  • Longer lifespan (30-40 years)
  • Low maintenance
  • Does not soften when it’s hot
  • Easy to color and score
  • Resists indentation
  • Pothole and weather-resistant
  • Stays cool in the summer heat

Cons:
  • 40-60 percent more expensive than asphalt
  • Prone to cracking
  • Not easy to repair
  • Easily stained
Did this list of pros and cons help you decide whether concrete or asphalt is better for your driveway? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Caring for Your New Asphalt Driveway: Dos and Don'ts

Everybody wants to keep their driveway looking as good as new. There are certain things you can do to care for your new asphalt driveway. And, of course, there are some things you should avoid doing. Let’s take a look at the dos and don’ts of caring for your new asphalt driveway:

DO wait at least 24 hours before driving on your new asphalt driveway. If it’s hot out, wait 3-5 days.

DON’T turn your steering wheel when the car is stopped on your new asphalt driveway for 2-3 months. Parking the car in a straight line can help extend the driveway’s life.

DO hose down your driveway on especially hot days to help harden the asphalt.

DON’T allow sharp objects like motorcycle stands and lawn furniture to touch the surface for about a year. They will leave an indentation.

DO keep dirt off of your new asphalt driveway at all times; it can pull important oils out of the blacktop.

DON’T allow weeds and other plant life to crowd the edges of your new asphalt driveway. Eventually, they could burrow through the stone base and up out of the asphalt.

Learn more about the asphalt used by Stasi Brothers Asphalt at our website. What other tips do you have for keeping your asphalt driveway looking good? Tweet us @StasiBrothers.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

How We Install a New Driveway

Here at Stasi Brothers Asphalt, we use a six-step process to install every driveway. It might sound excessive, but we’ve found that this is the best way to ensure a high-quality, long-lasting driveway.


Here’s a look at each step:

1. Removals

Whether you’re replacing an existing driveway or building a new one from scratch, we’ll have to work on removals first and foremost. Stasi Brothers Asphalt will get rid of your current driveway quickly and efficiently. If you have no driveway, we’ll work to remove grass and dirt in the spot you plan to build a driveway.

2. Stone Blend Recycled Concrete Aggregate (RCA)

Once we’ve made room for your new driveway, we’ll install your stone blend foundation. It’s a mixture of crushed concrete, asphalt fine screening that’s compacted to about 95 percent density with a three to five ton roller.

3. Belgium Block

In a proper foundation, Belgium block must be installed at the correct grade. It protects your driveway while also adding to its overall aesthetic appeal. We install Belgium block after the foundation is down.

4. Grading & Rolling

We grade and regrade. The final grade must be perfect before we install asphalt. Stone must be rolled until it’s compacted.

5. Install Asphalt

Next we install your new asphalt. We roll the asphalt until it’s set up.

6. Seal Coat

Finally, we apply the seal coat. The time it needs to set will vary based on factors like traffic uses.

Have more questions about how we install a new driveway? Visit www.StasiBrothers.com for more information. Plus, share photos of your updated driveway with us on Twitter! Just tweet your photos @StasiBrothers.

How to Turn Your Backyard into a Summer Escape

Who says you have to go to a fancy resort in order to enjoy your summer? The experts at Stasi Brothers Asphalt can transform your backyard into the oasis you’ve always dreamed of. Our experienced staff will help you choose additions that conform to your style and taste.


One of the easiest ways to create a backyard getaway is to install a brick patio. A patio is an important aspect of the home environment. We strive to give every patio a fresh, relaxing and decorative look. Stasi Brothers Asphalt offers a variety of stone and layout options. Better Homes and Gardens recommends using “planting beds, container gardens, and weatherproof furniture to decorate the outdoor space.” The experts at Stasi Brothers Asphalt will help you create a patio you’ll adore at a price you won’t believe.


If you’re hoping to redecorate the space around your pool, Stasi Brothers Asphalt can do that as well! Our brickwork will transform your pool area into a landscape that’s tailored to your home’s look and style.


We all love eating outdoors, but what about cooking outside? Make your backyard the place to be by installing an outdoor kitchen area. Stasi Brothers Asphalt is very familiar with creating gorgeous and useful outdoor kitchens places. Our staff will work with you to determine the best size, shape and color for your outdoor kitchen based on space available as well as your style. You’ll love how easy summertime entertaining is with an outdoor kitchen!

What other ideas do you have for transforming your backyard into a summer retreat? Tweet us @StasiBrothers.

Stasi Brothers Asphalt's Green Earth Program

Lately it seems like everywhere you look, another company is claiming to be eco-friendly. Here at Stasi Brothers Asphalt, we’ve been proudly committed to protecting the environment for years. Through our Green Earth Program, we do our part to leave a smaller carbon footprint. Let’s take a look at what it entails.

United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Membership


Stasi Brothers Asphalt is a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which designs and oversees all green (environmentally-friendly) building in the U.S. and sets standards all over the world.

Recycling


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We recycle and use recycled materials whenever possible. We reuse products such as old Belgium blocks and bricks from households or facilities that no longer use them. We also recycle concrete, clay and other similar materials to be reused for granular fill in roads and sidewalks.

Local Sourcing



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Stasi Brothers Asphalt uses materials from local vendors whenever possible. Furthermore, we map our routes as efficiently as possible to avoid excess transportation and environmental costs.

We believe that it’s our responsibility to run our business in an eco-friendly manner. To find out more about the measures we’ve taken to be as environmentally-friendly as possible, visit our website now.

What other tips do you have for going green? Share your ideas on our Facebook page!