How Do I Make My Asphalt Look Better?

Your asphalt pavement is important to you. It was a significant investment intended to increase property value, safety, and curb appeal. So it is no surprise that you are interested in learning ways to enhance the appearance so that it looks the way it did the day it was installed. Whether you have an asphalt drive way or parking lot, the options for making it look better remain fairly the same. Continue reading to learn how you can make your asphalt pavement look like new again.

Asphalt Overlays

If your paved surface is old and faded, an overlay is a great investment. As long as the existing pavement is in good structural condition, a new layer of asphalt can be poured directly over it, rendering a fresh, brand-new paved surface. Not only are overlays efficient and cost-effective, they are long-lasting. If your paved surface is not structurally sound, you can get the same results by removing the old pavement and repaving the entire surface with new asphalt. These two options are the most invasive and significant investments, but they are worth the overall value you receive long-term.

Do-It-Yourself Tips

If you are not interesting in a pavement renovation, you can still benefit by implementing some do-it-yourself strategies to keep your lot or drive looking great. First, routine debris removal is important. This involves picking up trash and litter on a daily basis. It also involves prompt leaf and snow removal every season. Not only does this prevent unsightly stains, corrosion, and hazards, it makes the lot look clean and fresh. If you have a large lot or complex, it is wise to invest in a street sweeping machine to make this chore more efficient.

Preventative Maintenance and Repairs

Whether you choose to overlay your existing pavement, remove and repave your asphalt, or implement DIY strategies, preventative maintenance and fixing minor damages is a must. Catching small problems early on can save you money and maintain strong pavement. This includes crack filling, pothole repair, line striping and painting, grade repairs, drainage adjustments, and more. You must always be maintaining your paved surfaces, regardless of condition or square footage.

Sealcoating

Every paved asphalt surface should have a protective coating. Asphalt needs to be seal coated every 3 to 5 years, especially in regions that are hot and dry most of the year. This thin, clear protective layer shields harmful sunrays, which prevents it from prematurely fading, cracking, and more. It also creates a waterproof barrier that prevents corrosion, crumbling, heaving, and more.

The Jamaica Kincaid We Don’t Want to Understand

Hail King Kincaid, for she is ferocious uncompromising honest and brave. Jamaica Kincaid spends a lot of her time dispensing what a critic so accurately put, awful truths; truths people spend a lot of time trying not to acknowledge. Understanding this Jamaica Kincaid takes us on a journey of discovery. We did not intend to travel on or wanted to, but once there we are familiar with the landscape. Even though we’ve never been there before; however our existence now, depended on our familiarity with said scene, then.

In “The Autobiography Of My Mother” Jamaica Kincaid has us on this road. Strange at it may seem Jamaica Kincaid’s autobiography of her mother is similar to the autobiography of my mother, your mother, our mothers, of mothers past and mothers to be. For, in revealing Xuela’s story that starts with her mother death. Jamaica Kincaid’s story is the story of her mother. Kincaid’s mom’s story like Lamarckism or osmosis unveils itself in Kincaid’s amniotic fluid, like the colonial history of her beloved island is exposed to Jamaica Kincaid in a foreign land. Xuela did not have to live on that little island or meet her mother. They’re consequences of her upbringing. Like genetic evolution or ideology repeated over and over; her identity her island pride revealed in another country; a set of contradictions and ambivalence that come to define, or mess with, our lives.

But what is so awful about that. Well, this is the exciting part. Kincaid is sexual, very sexual without apology or shame. A big deal, because sexuality like’s a lot of contradiction, interlopers, shame, and guilt. Present themselves in all matters sexual hell-bent on defining us. Their presences are Kincaid’s nemesis. There to be conquered with Kincaid’s empowering sexuality. Shame and guilt make their appearance in “Girl” for criticizing the preadolescent daughter for squeezing bread. And for being the kind of person for whom the baker will not let squeeze the merchandise. Criticized for playing marble in a skirt. Criticized for the way, Xuela wears her hair or Lucy’s smells.

Kincaid’s mother like her island’s morality is there to engage her. And if you pay attention they will reveal awful truths. Not just in your life but that of your mother. However unremitting, Kincaid is showing a need for love with her willingness to engage. This quest for love will eventually define her. Like her little island. And her dead mother. Available only in the arms of someone else’s husband to be conquered. Or in a foreign land and symbols: the white man, white lady; also to be captured by this woman who arrived on a banana boat.

Xuela Claudette Richardson, our protagonist, is sensual like Kincaid. She revels in sexuality exposed in her unloved life. What Xuela seeks in her sexuality is the feeling she is missing. A nemesis, not a lover. She is looking for someone to love or, hate; Her sexuality like the Phoenix rises from the ashes of her mother, like all of us. Kincaid “accept that we’re living in incredible contradictions and ambivalence”. Xuela is lonely without her mother and father. And she substitutes that loneliness with a sexual appetite. She is hungry, but she is aware of her hunger. And she takes control. She is not overwhelmed by sex; she embraces sex as a friend a companion whose company she enjoys, a trollop like “mother like daughter”. Like the death of her mother she comes to terms with sex, it’s natural.

And control Xuela does. She describes her lover: “He was like most of the men I know, obsessed with an activity he was not very good at…” Xuela is not in need of sex, the activity. She is in need of sex, the feeling; a feeling misplaced in contradictions and disappointments – her mother. With sex, Kincaid is a conqueror. Why did mother had to die? But her mother is alive, alive in her, revealing herself in causalities of Xuela’s life.

For Xuela had “long ago came to recognize this as perhaps an unremitting part of the way I am and so I looked for a man who could offer relief from this sensation”. Kincaid tells us this story, as she is about to unravel her breast with its pointed fruit purple nipples she writes are in a state of constant sensation. Xuela needs a man to suck her nipples to relieve the irritable feeling. Kincaid is taking control conquering like her mother.

While Xuela was alone caressing herself. She purposely trapped her hands In the hair between her legs. She remembers a man. The man she knew, a man she dreamed of, a man who was away, a man she wanted on top of her. Not the man currently on top, for he is not at all the person she dreamt of laying on top of her. For that dream belong to another woman’s husband. And it made sense that she wants this other woman’s husband, benign though it maybe it is a conquest. And Xuela like Kincaid is a conqueror.

Emotionally and physically Xuela is on the attack. Her little island, colonized by Britain. Guarded against innuendoes of uncivilized creatures only fit for banana production. The colonizers metaphorically represented with a white skin wrapped in English culture will be vanquished. Kincaid rages against the Colonial spirit, “a spirit that lives on in hierarchies of skin color. Moira, her lover’s wife came to symbolize the epitome of colonial culture. She was pleased to be of the English people. It’s where she drew her sense of identity full of charitable sympathies for others with contradictions, and many complaints. She too will be vanquished.

Like Kincaid’s provincial West Indies counterpart. The Jamaican dancehall queen, the one called Lady Saw who boasts: ” I Got Your Man, And You Can’t Do Anything About It / You May Think He Is Coming Back To You But… I Doubt It / Don’t Make No Sense, You Even Call Ur Man, Try To Work Out It /’cause I Got Your Man, And You Can’t Do Anything About It”. Kincaid, however, is worldly and brutal with her attacking, even deadly. In describing Moira, Kincaid gives an accurate accounting of the vain selflessness of colonialism. She Moira, a lady “a combination of elaborate fabrications, a collection of external, facial arrangements, and body parts, distortions, lies, and empty efforts”. Moira is far above the ordinary woman who moans during sex and grunts when excreting. Unladylike Xuela is a woman, common and indistinguishable from the next. Lady Moira far from sympathetic to others is a contradiction and ambivalence of self-hate of dehumanization and false sympathies, a liar to herself.

Blunt, brutal shameless is Kincaid, and wow Selfish, at least with her protagonist Xuela. In describing her sex with Phillip. At the moment, it started to wane, and she was not a prisoner of that primitive and essential feelings, orgasm, and sex. At the time when Phillip was attenuating to her pudenda. Her mind wonders to Roland for a new source of pleasure- Wow! Kincaid’s honesty is so not human. And one of those awful truths well, genuinely human truths. Again, Kincaid hints at the influence of her mother in dealing with the pleasures in her life. For he Ronald was a married stevedore the same kind of men as her father; He too will be conquered symbolically.

Not that conquering is easy. For him to be conquered she most first, love honestly, truthfully. For Ronald serves as an essential emotional symbol. Xuela aware of the consequences asserts: “who would betray whom, who would’ve captive, who would be captor, who would give and who would take, what would I do”. And what she does, is take no prisoners, brutality, honestly: “for I could not have loved Ronald the way I did if he did not love other women.” She said this after Ronald’s wife slapped her upside her head – hard! To which Xuela replied without bitterness, “I consider it beneath me to fight over a man.”

And in the middle of a “fight” Xuela gives perspective. While her clothing is rented, her mind is on the sensation of Phillip sucking her nipples. Encouraging her breast, dividing herself in two. For Xuela could not decide which feeling she wanted to dominate over the other. One breast into Phillip’s mouth or the sensation of the saliva evaporating on the one that just left his mouth. In the middle of a fight! With a heavy handed married West Indian woman whose is hell-bent on keeping her man. Even producing a list of names, of another woman who presumably she’d slapped. Undaunted Xuela declares she possesses herself. Phillip will be another on her list; and that his wife’s anger, like her Sunday best, and intentions are misplaced.

The Important Pros and Cons of Vinyl Siding

If you are on the market for new home siding, it is no surprise that you are considering vinyl. Vinyl plastic exterior has been a long-time favorite for both residential and commercial properties, and for many reasons. Although there are a few drawbacks you need to think about, this material is almost always a safe investment. Continue reading to review some of the common pros and cons of vinyl siding.

Pros

Vinyl siding is mostly admired for its extreme versatility. It comes in a wide range of colors, styles, textures, and more, which makes customizing the look of your home an easy task. Aside from versatility, vinyl is very low maintenance. Caring for it is simple, and there is very little you need to do to make it last a long time. Furthermore, installation is quick and easy, and the cost comparison to other options on the market is very low. It is one of the most affordable choices for residential siding you can buy.

Here are some more pros to this versatile material:

Very durable;
Lasts between 30 and 40 years with good care;
Endless color options and schemes;
Very low maintenance;
Easy to clean and care for;
Insulated options increase energy efficiency;
Cheapest siding option on the market;

Cons

There are not many drawbacks to vinyl siding, however, there are a few attributes that are important for you to know in order to make an educated decision. For instance, it is not waterproof. Although it is water-resistant, poor installation can let water leak behind the panels and cause rot, mold, and mildew. Also, many homeowners have complained that the color option is too permanent with vinyl siding. Whatever color you choose, it will always be that color. That is because plastic exterior siding cannot be repainted like other siding materials.

Another common con to this material is the potential for the boards to warp, bend, or dent. This can happen from a string impact or extreme summer heat. Homeowners also complain that whole panels must be replaced because there is no patchwork in vinyl siding. Some additional common complaints about vinyl siding include:

90% of homes have vinyl siding, so it’s not always the most unique;
Lawn mowers, weed trimmers, and even high winds can rip panels off;
Faulty installation can lead to water leaks, rot, mold, and decay;
It can crack in extreme cold weather, and warp in hot weather;