Tacoma asphalt company celebrates one-year anniversary of branch office

What started as an experiment with three people and a couple trucks last summer has blossomed into a bustling enterprise, as Tacoma asphalt company Rainier Asphalt & Concrete celebrates the one-year anniversary of its first-ever branch office in Tacoma. “In some ways, it’s back to the beginning,” says owner Tom Merry, a Gig Harbor native. […]

Rainier Asphalt & Concrete announces annual community gift of services

On the occasion of our company’s 10 year anniversary of being located in North Bend, we make a significant announcement of our intention to partner with the community (see letter below). If you’d like to submit an idea, please fill out the form located at the bottom of this page. January 5, 2017 Kenneth Hearing, Mayor […]

Benefits of Recycled Asphalt

[maxbutton id=”4″] Asphalt is the most recycled material in the world, measured by weight — approximately 75 million tons per year (or about twice as much as paper, glass, aluminum, and plastics combined.) Despite this, there is a tremendous oversupply of recycled asphalt that is removed from roads, parking lots, and driveways when it’s repaired […]

What makes a good asphalt driveway?

by John Davis and Dwight Walker, P.E. This article re-published with permission of The Asphalt Institute. There are some key considerations in having a good asphalt driveway. These critical points include: adequate foundation, proper drainage, appropriate materials, good construction practices; and timely maintenance. Don Siler, asphalt technology specialist for Marathon Petroleum Company (MPC), concurs. “Good materials, good practices, good workmanship, […]

Helpful Links About Pavement Maintenance

Click on the links below: When do you need to install a curb ramp? Pavement preservation tactics and treatment options. What makes a good asphalt driveway?

Getting the best ‘bang-for-buck’ in your asphalt repair budget

One of the most difficult things about selecting an asphalt contractor can be sorting through the cacophony of opinions presented from various contractors. How exactly does one compare apples to oranges? An important thing to remember is that there is often no “right” answer. When we train our estimators, we teach them that finding the […]

Strategies for asphalt maintenance on a tight budget

Over the course of 10 years in the asphalt business, I have gathered dozens of pictures into a folder on my laptop inelegantly titled “Stupid Asphalt Repairs.” From poor craftsmanship to the wrong remedy for a given symptom, it is disheartening to see property owners waste their money. With today’s especially tight maintenance budgets, it […]

Being Proactive About Pavement Maintenance in Autumn

The most common method of maintaining pavement surfaces is a so-called “worst-first” strategy. Mostly it is not an intentional process, but property owners and managers take a quick survey of their pavement and want to address the areas that look the worst. Unfortunately, this is usually not the best long-term, budget-conscious approach. Pavements that are […]

10 steps to choosing a quality contractor

Selecting a quality contractor can be an arduous task. Here are some tips, including specifics about the way Rainier Asphalt & Concrete does business. (1) Is the contractor license, bonded and insured? This is a bare bones place to start. If a contractor can’t provide this, it’s not worthwhile to even entertain further examination. The […]

The profound cost savings of preventative maintenance vs. reactionary maintenance

Pavement maintenance and repairs become progressively and exponentially more expensive to remedy the worse they get, which underscores the importance of having a good preventative maintenance strategy. Industry experts and engineers utilize a so-called “Pavement Condition Index” or PCI to assess the overall condition of a pavement structure. The scale runs from 0-100, with brand-new […]

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