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hile the world is diving deeper into this technology-rich era, it seems like building automation is among the bottom list of the industries that have adopted this revolutionary change. There are relatively fewer innovations and technological breakthroughs in the building automation industry compared to the numerous consumer products such as mobile phones and televisions that are starting to penetrate the market today. Thankfully, a handful of bright minds had begun to involve the industry in this development. There are already a few surfacing ideas that have proven to be long-term solutions to the industry’s age-old problems. Building automation is starting to actualize the concepts of machine learning, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, and even Cloud Computing into their own systems, eventually building the foundation of smart cities and maybe even smart countries. The concepts mentioned are not technically new to the field. In fact, we all may have heard about these ideas at least or twice in our lifespan. They have been invented and conceptualized since the past decade or so but are not fully implemented and utilized in 4

Building Automation Trends the industry today. All they are doing now is waiting for the right industry to turn them into value-generating services. This is where building automation comes into play. It may not be evident now, but these trends are steps closer to achieving a more sustainable form of living where facilities are more energy efficient, low-emission, and maybe even controlled by Artificial Intelligence. Our end goal is to provide better services and more environment-conscious facilities to the world. Seeing that the industry of building automation, along with other sectors with the same motive, are taking the necessary steps to this kind of improvement makes us want to look forward to the near future.

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Latest Trends in Building Automation


22 Johnson Controls Announces Acquisition of Lux Products Corporation, A Leader in Residential Thermostats and Smart Products

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Trends may be merely spontaneous innovations at a particular time, but a handful of them have proven to be a catalyst of change, especially in the building automation industry. Over time, they have shaped the industry in a way that reflected the world we are living in today — highly modernized and technology-driven.


Those note-worthy trends are starting to be used to solve problems that had long been present in the industry. Among these trends and technological breakthroughs are these six innovations that are now remodeling the way we construct our buildings for the better.



Lighting and HVAC Integration It may sound a bit puzzling how the building industry tends to separate the HVAC controls from that of the lighting when in fact, there is simply no solid proof nor technical and customer satisfaction at such installation procedure. Although they are both connected to the central building management system, it has proved to provide lesser energy savings and energy efficiency.


With the rise of polyvalent and intelligent controllers, this problem has finally become a thing of the past. Managing lighting and HVAC simultaneously led to lower costs both for hardware and installation. This is also a competing factor for hotels and residential areas where customers tend to choose the technology-driven path instead of the traditional HVAC and lighting separation.


Networking Everything While “smart cities” and “IoT” may sound related to building automation, they are, in fact, separate blocks of a larger whole. Building automation was once perceived to function separately from the rest of the systems such as fire alarms, elevators, and access controls. Each of these systems has its own interfaces, disconnected from the rest of the controls and merely functioning on their own.


Thankfully, integration has solved this problem. Automation is now being connected into a single network with the rest of the systems where everything functions as a whole and is controlled by the mastermind existing in the cloud. From integrating the different systems within the building, we can then move forward to integrating structures within a vicinity, finally forming smart cities.


Wireless Functionality The wireless age has long been the solution for everything that wires seem to complicate. Using this capability in the building automation industry will significantly reduce installation and modification costs and will make the system more manageable and flexible even from outside of the local network. Remote operations will boom, and considerable savings will be returned to the owner in no time. In addition to that, the world is already taking advantage of this technology, and it seems logical enough to adopt this technology to building automation. There are plenty of technical support and innovations in the wireless industry that is surfacing nowadays, so integrating them into our buildings would be as easy as pie.

Application Development While technologies are starting to penetrate the industry of building automation, there arises the problem of managing the big chunks of data that comes from the system. To transform this data into useful information that can be used to provide more quality service to customers, application development should be one of the top trends that need to be 15

Managing lighting and HVAC simultaneously led to lower costs both for hardware and installation.



COVER STORY implemented. Building automation needs well-developed apps to filter the data and turn them into value-added assets. Without these apps, the generated data collected in their databases prove to be more of junk than value.

Openness Some companies may be skeptical when it comes to making code sources and data open to the public, but more prominent companies are starting to explore the world of open source. When codes are open, it provides IT experts to better the system and eventually improve its overall performance. Open source platforms have long proven to be more of a benefit than an actual threat.

User Experience Customers nowadays are getting more accustomed to using high-end technology that offers not only excellent functionality but also friendly user interfaces. This factor should be no exception when designing the building. Usability should be among the top priorities of building automation, mainly because customers are the life of the industry, and serving them better is the end goal of every business. 18

This may sound more demanding on the part of the customer, but this actually sparks the idea of creating

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Johnson Controls Announces Acquisition of Lux Products Corporation, A Leader in Residential Thermostats and Smart Products Acquisition strengthens Johnson Controls’ product and technology portfolio and affirms commitment to thermostat portfolio

Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) today announced it has acquired the assets of Lux Products Corporation (LUX), a leader in residential thermostats and smart home products. LUX markets several successful residential and commercial lines ranging from timers to smart home thermostats including Kono and Geo.

products to even more customers, leveraging Johnson Controls’ resources to drive continued innovation.”

This announcement comes shortly after the launch of Johnson Controls’ new GLAS®, the stunning new smart thermostat that features a translucent OLED touchscreen “The acquisition of LUX display, among other high-tech strengthens our portfolio in the features. For Johnson Controls, consumer retail channel and the LUX acquisition enhances its offerings in thermostats,” said commitment to thermostats, a Chris Eichmann, vice president, natural progression from the general manager of Johnson company that invented the first Controls. “We are excited to work room thermostat more than 135 together with LUX to bring great years ago. The move also enables 22

faster product development cycles, improves customer service capabilities and supports greater product innovation. “We look forward to joining forces with Johnson Controls, a company that shares our passion for expertly-designed, innovative and reliable products,” said Rob Munin, CEO of LUX and newly named general manager, Thermostats for Johnson Controls. “Together, we will enhance a strong position in the residential channel and look forward to expanding our offerings to serve a wide range of customers.”

HVACR – to ensure that we exceed customer expectations at all times. We operate in more than 150 countries through our unmatched network of branches and distribution channels, helping building owners, operators, engineers and contractors enhance the full lifecycle of any facility. Our arsenal of brands includes some of the most trusted names in the industry, such as Tyco®, YORK®, Metasys®, Ruskin®, Titus®, Frick®, PENN®, Sabroe®, Simplex® and Grinnell®.

About LUX Products Corporation

About Johnson Controls Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi-industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. Our 120,000 employees create intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation transportation systems that work seamlessly together to deliver on the promise of smart cities and communities. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. We are committed to

helping our customers win and creating greater value for all of our stakeholders through strategic focus on our buildings and energy growth platforms.

About Johnson Controls Building Technologies & Solutions Johnson Controls Building Technologies & Solutions is making the world safer, smarter and more sustainable – one building at a time. Our technology portfolio integrates every aspect of a building – whether security systems, energy management, fire protection or

Since its founding in 1914, LUX has been an innovator in residential products and home comfort. Through its rich heritage in designing and selling innovative Pro-friendly products and services, LUX serves the industry with a wide variety of superbly designed, featureappropriate, reliable thermostats for every home and budget. In addition to its broad product portfolio, LUX provides impressive customer service to homeowners and its professional partners through its US-based team. LUX products are designed by its creative, in-house technology and development team at its Philadelphia headquarters. LUX thermostats are distributed nationwide from Laredo, Texas.





Daikin Europe N.V. marks anniversary with global partners and staff

Celebrating 45 years of success since Daikin first established a presence in Europe, Daikin Europe N.V. held a grand event last week at the Ostend Casino to mark the occasion.

and a turnover of €17,620 million.

Responsible for Europe the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), the Daikin Europe N.V. team has established itself as a clear Daikin Europe N.V. marked its leader in climate control 45th year in Europe last week solutions, with a significant on a grand scale by holding a geographic presence, production partnership celebration and staff capability and workforce that event in Belgium at the Ostend continues to expand, delivering Casino. Daikin Europe N.V. is an upward trend in profit and part of Daikin Industries Ltd., a sales, year on year. Attending major manufacturing force with a from Daikin’s Senior global presence in 150 countries Management Team were Mr. In26

oue, Chairman of Daikin Industries, Mr. Togawa, President & CEO of Daikin Industries Ltd and other members of senior management. In one of the welcome speeches Mr. Minaka, President of Daikin Europe N.V. said: “Key to our strategy has been the rapid expansion of our R&D activities, supported by a workforce that has increased from 170 employees five years ago to over 350 today. We founded the

including official representatives, clients and partners. The high-profile event saw the participation of key regional civic representatives including: Mr. Tommelein, Deputy Minister-President of the Flemish government, Mr. Vande Lanotte – Mayor of the City of Ost end, Mr. Decaluwe – Governor of West-Flanders, Mr. Hayashi – Japanese Ambassador to Belgium - and Mr. Kodama – Japanese Ambassador to the European Union. Incorporated in the programme was a personal video address from Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel, congratulating Daikin ection as a visionary innovator, committed to the environment and moving ahead positively in the future.

EMEA Development Centre in 2011. This resulted in the development of many new products that allowed us to pursue new opportunities in the market, for example in heating, with the launch of the new series of the Daikin Altherma series and a new combustion range. Our turnover exceeded the two billion Euro mark in 2015. Between 2013 and 2017, we achieved 133% growth, with 2018 also set to be a record year. “On the environmental side, we have also made good progress: we successfully anticipated the current legislation and we were the first in Europe to introduce

the new R32 refrigerant, which has only one third of global warming potential compared to previous refrigerants. “With regard to new business expansion, in 2016, we consolidated our strategy to become the leader across all segments of the HVAC-R market. Concurrent with this, Daikin Europe welcomed Zanotti into the Group, a company with more than 50 years of experience in refrigeration.”

Daikin in vision and sound On day one of the two-day event, Daikin welcomed 553 VIP guests

The day’s programme explored the company’s core values of trust, built around a people centric approach and shared pride, and passion for the company and the environment. This was expressed through a dazzling array of performances from national and international artists across a range of mediums ranging from dance and acrobatics to classic piano and pop music, interspersed with keynote speeches. The celebrations culminated with the gathering of 2,300 Daikin staff and guests from across the EMEA region on the second day.




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LG appliances deliver unrivalled quality matched with cutting-edge features and design.” The American Customer Satisfaction Index provides unique customer experience benchmarking capabilities that come from the Index’s one-of-a-kind, cross-industry structure. For over two decades, the ACSI has used its science-based, proprietary methodology to analyze customer satisfaction for 10 economic sectors and 46 key industries that together represent a broad swath of the national economy. LG’s top rankings from the ACSI come on the heels of LG earning more 2018 J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Awards for applianc-

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With proven technological track record, LG Electronics to lead the smart energy industry with its total HVAC solution LG Electronics targets tropical regions such as Middle East & Africa (MEA) with its unique smart energy solutions that offer high efficiency

June 30, 2019 (Dubai, UAE) – As a leader in the HVAC industry, LG Electronics is strengthening its foothold as a pioneering provider of smart energy solutions in the Middle East & African (MEA) market. According to Mordor Intelligence, a global market research company, the energy management system market in the MEA region is expected to grow at an annual rate of 11.87% to reach USD 3.76 billion by 2021 . As such, continuous research and development of efficient energy management policy is undergoing in government and international organization-scale in the MEA region. In particular, members of the Gulf Cooperation Council are increasing investment in energy infrastructure by utilizing smart grid, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia have all announced energy policies up until 2030 to maximize energy efficiency. Africa is not an exception. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, energy demand in Africa is expected to increase 2 fold by 2030 , while United Nations Environment Program analyzed that in regions like Africa where 32

energy access is restricted, efficient energy management is significant in times where demand skyrockets. In tropical climates like the MEA, where temperature goes high as 50°C, the key to smart energy management is in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) solutions. Representatively in Saudi Arabia, 70% of energy consumption is

used in cooling compared to 48% in Europe. To tackle such needs, LG Air Solution provides highly efficient HVAC solutions. LG’s representative line for its HVAC solution is the VRF system, MULTI V, is equipped with ever powerful and reliable LG’s ultimate inverter compressors, which are vital to the efficiency of a VRF. LG inverter technol-

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For instance, simulation for energy use based on information on weather, building facility data, operating history, etc. is held to predict energy demand with BECON solutions and manage energy supply and demand. Review and analysis of energy production, saving, and load is also undergone through renewable energy facilities for smart energy management. With these advanced technical capabilities realized in LG Science Park, LG will move on to globally expand its technological leadership in smart energy management.

Mr. James Lee, President of LG Electronics Middle East and Africa said, “Starting from 2020, the MEA region is welcoming key momenta with numerous international events and government-led construction projects that can lead to high demand in energy solutions. With LG’s smart energy solutions that can maximize energy efficiency, we will contribute to the changeover of MEA cities to become intelligent.”

About LG Electronics, Inc. LG Electronics Inc. is a global innovator in technology and manufacturing with operations in 140 locations and a workforce of over 70,000 around the world. With 2018 global sales of USD 54.4 billion, LG is composed of five companies – Home Appliance & Air Solution, Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Vehicle Component Solutions and Business Solutions. LG is a world-leading producer of TVs, refrigerators, air conditioners, washing machines and mobile devices, including premium LG SIGNATURE and LG ThinQ products featuring artificial intelligence. For the latest LG news, go to www.LGnewsroom. com.


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hether you’re always at home, burning the midnight oil as a member of the workforce, or a night owl who likes to come home just as the sun comes up, keeping the house safe from potential thieves and threats should be your top priority as a homeowner. There’s no better feeling than opening a locked door and seeing everything as it was when you left it. Inversely, there are few things scarier than coming home to an open door and trying to figure out what was stolen, broken, or tampered with. But keeping a house, or any property you may have, is always easier said than done because of how crafty people can be. This requires the best type of locks, safes, and home security technology that can trump the shiftiest of looters. So, just how can you put “safe” in your safe haven and “smart” in smart home? Here are 4 integral home improvement tools that will give your home a much-needed security upgrade!


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meric paints in the county. And among the latest trends in their coatings is the broad array of environmental innovations they incorporated into their paints, some of which are featured here.


Protective Features of Paint & Seal Products ROS Hydro Lock As what its name suggests, ROS Hydro Lock is uniquely designed to withstand wind-driven rains and extreme water pressure up to 15 psi which amounts to a 33-feet-high wall of water. Its superior formulation is also specially blended with agents to resist mildew growth. This super-premium waterproof coating is the ideal paint both for your interior and exterior concrete walls, along with basement walks, landscape walls, above or below grade concrete walls, and even concrete blocks. With its low sheen finish, the ROS Hydro Lock will not only protect your home from both negative and positive pressure but will also provide a sleek look to your dream house.

ROS Wall Mastic Especially formulated to solve the majority of your waterproofing problems, the ROS Wall Mastic is designed to create a surface membrane that can withstand water penetration. This coating stops leaks, fills pores, and seals hairline cracks of both your interior and exterior walls. It is highly durable and lasts longer than most of the paints in the market. On top of that, ROS Wall Mastic prevents any type of flaking, peeling, and chipping, leaving your home looking as sleek as its low sheen finish. It is also highly resistant to chalking and mildew. The paint is applicable for both new construction painting and repainting purposes. 48

ROS Roof Mastic The ROS Roof Mastic is Rain or Shine’s solution to leaking roof problems. With its premium quality formulation, this Paint and Seal technology protects your roof not only from minor and major leaks but also from the harsh Ultra-violet rays of the sun. ROS Roof Mastic creates a virtually impenetrable, protective membrane that keeps your roofs free of problems. This saves you both time and money, makes your roofs last longer, and creates a fine-looking finish.

ROS Deck Seal Mostly used for exterior concrete decks, ROS Deck Seal features brilliantly formulated elastomeric and crack building properties that are specially designed to keep your floors free from rainwater leakage. This ready to use roof deck sealer offers you with high tensile strength, hairline crack covering capabilities, and efflorescence prevention. Combine all of this with its low sheen finish and weatherproof features, ROS Deck Seal will prolong and protect your buildings and home while simultaneously providing better-looking roof decks.


Why Elite Families in the Philippines Choose TOSOT U-Crown Split Type Aircon These elite families deserve nothing but the best, and this TOSOT split-type aircon is nothing short of perfect.

Of course, these luxurious home décors fit perfectly in the traditional pre-Colonial mansions and have been well-thought-of even for the smallest trinkets that are made of either silver or gold. Some elite men even house cars as many as a hundred in their well-maintained garages. And not to mention how grand parties are in these posh “little” mansions. Anyone who’s anyone is definitely on the guest list!

TOSOT U-Crown Split Type Aircon Premium Features


razy Rich Asians, a 2018 film showcasing the luxe life (and love life) of crazy rich Asian people, particularly some Chinese families. Apparently, there is quite a handful of real-life “crazy rich” families in the Philippines as well. Despite its being a third-world country, one can never doubt the fact that it is home to dozens of known names in the society that are living the high life. Prominent names such as the Marcoses, Ayalas, Lopezes, Roxases, Tecsons, Tuasons, Yuchengcos, and Tans among others have graced the streets of Manila since the 1800s. They were definitely


the ‘it’ crowd and the epitome of elegance and luxury spending. From traveling abroad monthly to spending an easy 10 million for a child’s birthday party, these Filipino elites sure know how to celebrate their financial success. They need not boast of their hefty wealth since it is always evident in their myriad of extravagant properties, especially their homes, which are in fact taken care of by at least a dozen pack of househelps. Many of these homes were adorned with exquisite wood furniture (made exclusively by famous craftsmen) and a few fabulous classic paintings by the likes of Amorsolo and Hidalgo.

As expected, a very chic home deserves an equally premium air-conditioning unit materialized by TOSOT in their U-Crown Split Type Aircon. This wall mounted aircon is a combination of elegance with a hint of modern and innovative technology, perfect for luxurious ancestral houses and modern homes. Here are a few other reasons why Philippine elite families choose TOSOT U-Crown Split Type Aircon.

Unique Style and Design While many other split type aircon in the Philippines have the average-looking designs, TOSOT U-Crown wall mounted aircon is a definite stand out. Its slim U-shape integrated IDU design complements an equally elegant building interior and acts more of an aesthetic than a cooling unit. Another plus in its design is the 18dBA low noise which is practically negligible in

a mansion as big the elite families have. Thanks to this neat feature, this aircon can be installed in noise-sensitive areas such as the bedroom or library. Besides those mentioned features, TOSOT U-Crown Premium Series is also built with a wide air outlet with waterfall cooling, suitable for enjoying a relaxing lazy day during the summer.

R410A Eco-Friendly Refrigerant Modern air-conditioning units have already adopted the use of eco-friendly refrigerants in their models, and TOSOT is among those who have taken the earth-friendly route in aircon manufacturing. TOSOT U-Crown Premium Series is not an exception in this route as it features a very eco-friendly refrigerant called R410A. Homeowners can now cool themselves all day long all while preserving the beloved environment with this low-impact wall mount aircon.

Powerful Performance Fabricated with a full DC inverter that lengthens the life of the unit and lessens the total energy cost, TOSOT U-Crown Premium Series aircon is packed with powerful performance. Its two-stage compressor that operates from -30 to 54 degrees provides a more flexible option to the users. They can easily switch from freezing cold to burning hot in a matter of seconds, all with a push of a remote button. Its capacity outputs up to 18,000 BTU per hour and can cool large function rooms up to about 1000 square feet. It also features four different kinds of sleeping modes, adding to the user’s degree of freedom. 52

Maximum Efficiency Although elite families can obviously spend thousands of pesos for their electricity bills, a couple hundred pesos in savings can still do them good. With the aircon’s 1Hz Inverter technology that adds to the unit’s energy efficiency, even elite families can enjoy paying less for more. Its minimum input power is 15W to 0.2W standby power that will greatly save on energy consumption for the whole house. Pairing this with a full DC inverter and an eco-friendly

refrigerant, higher machine efficiency is a definite guarantee. To find out the best split type air conditioner for your condos, mansions or yachts, visit TOSOT showroom located at 2162 FB Harrison St., San Jose, Pasay City, Philippines or call +632-8330000 to book an appointment. You may also visit their website (click here) to get more information about the best split type premium aircon in the Philippines.


Construction’s Most Expensive Cities These are cities where construction costs a fortune... bloody expensive. According to a research by Arcadis, New York, Hong Kong, and London are the three most expensive cities for construction projects. The experts of Arcadis researched and compared the costs of construction projects across a total of 44 cities. The full report of the research can be obtained from the International Construction Costs Report 2016. According to the report, last year saw cost inflation that has been restricted due to falls in the prices of commodities. The index numbered the following cities among the 10 most expensive ones when it comes to construction:

1. New York

2. London

3. Hong Kong

4. Geneva


5. Macau

6. Copenhagen 6. Copenhagen

7. Stockholm

8. Frankfurt

9. Paris

10. Singapore



Exercise Bike Generate Electricity To Power Small Gadgets Tron-like stationary bike generate “Healthy Electricity” to power small gadgets.


ow do you like to achieve a sexy body, look cool and save some bucks at the same time? Such a tall order, yeah? But, did you know that it is now possible with the new generation stationary bicycle that not only kicks ass, but also creates electricity while you sweat it out. Though there’s nothing Earth-shattering about the idea of power-generating exercise machines, what sets this new stationary bike (aptly called “Healthy Electricity”) is its eye-popping design that will amaze even the most discerning of technophiles. Say goodbye to bulky exercise equipment: “Healthy Electricity” has a compact and boxy shape that makes it suitable even in the most cramped flats, say in New York, Tokyo or Hong Kong. An impressive blue-on-black lighting illuminates its handles and pedals as its user embarks on a journey to fitness and savings. It is like riding a lightcycle but for real! Though “Healthy Electricity” cannot power an entire home, it is particularly useful in juicing up small gadgets, like mobile phones and laptops, and small lamps.


“Healthy Electricity”, designed by Cao Yuan, Wu Hao, Xu Wen, Xiong Luyao, Cao Wenqi & Zho Una, participated in the Lite-On Awards, dubbed as the “Chinese Design Oscars”.


Asphalt Maintenance Tips From a Colorado Springs Company

Tips on how to care for and maintain asphalt surfaces to ensure their longevity Asphalt has the durability to take on years of vehicle and foot traffic without any visible signs of damage. However, all asphalt surfaces must be repaved when its materials break down or suffer wear and tear. There’s no need to worry, however, as this article will give you tips on how to care for and maintain asphalt surfaces to ensure their longevity. 60

Seal Your Asphalt Sealing your asphalt driveways in the dry summer season will help increase its longevity. It is best to apply asphalt sealant at least once every two years to renew its protective layer and have it looking fresh again. According to an asphalt Colorado Springs company, sealants help maintain the durability and strength of the asphalt’s foundation, making it last longer for years to come.


Repair Cracks Regular preemptive inspections are vital in keeping your asphalt driveway in tip-top shape. Make sure to repair cracks ahead of time, before any extreme weather conditions begin. Although small cracks in your pavement may seem harmless, it can rapidly expand and cause serious issues when exposed to harsh elements and regular use. Water percolation can cause cracks to erode and weaken the substrate below its surface, which can also lead to crocodile cracking. Spotting cracks and repairing them at first sight can help you avoid expensive repair jobs in the future. It can also be in your best interest to hire a reliable concrete repair Colorado Springs company to inspect and repair damages on your asphalt driveway.

Shovel The Snow Removing snow from your driveway is an essential part of maintenance. As the snow builds up, it can lead to hazardous conditions when driving in or out of your property. For example, a snow-covered driveway or parking lot can be slippery for pedestrians and vehicles alike. Regularly removing snow can help the asphalt retain its integrity and help reduce the likelihood of incidents from happening on your property.



Clean It Up

Use Potassium Chloride

Closing Thoughts

A simple step such as cleaning and removing debris on your driveway can go a long way when it comes to asphalt damage prevention. You should regularly remove dirt, leaves, debris, and standing water from your driveway and parking lot. Although it’s best to keep your driveway clean at all times, this can be particularly important before winter begins, as snow can freeze and stick debris to the asphalt surface. Frozen debris on your driveway can be potentially harmful for you, your family, and to the asphalt surface.

Rock salt can be effective in neutralizing slippery conditions on asphalt surfaces; however, it can also harm the asphalt pavement. Rock salts are highly corrosive and can cause premature external damages on your asphalt driveway and parking lot. Avoid using rock salt as a deicing agent and use less-damaging alternatives, such as potassium chloride.

Proper maintenance can go a long way in ensuring the longevity of your asphalt pavement. Although these tips can be easy enough to do yourself, it can still be a daunting task. Save yourself from unnecessary trouble and look for a reliable and professional asphalt company.


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