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Family, not subcontractors, on every asphalt job

When you contract with family-owned AC Asphalt Specialists, you’re contracting with the real deal. We do every aspect of asphalt installation and repair ourselves – with our own equipment. We don’t rely on subcontractors like our competition often does, sometimes without your knowledge.

200 years combined experience

family owned asphalt company

You can be assured the A Team is on every job. Our employees have an estimated 200 years of combined experience paving and maintaining asphalt parking lots, feed pads, and driveways. It’s why our company’s name is AC Asphalt Specialists, not AC Asphalt Novices.

Family-owned asphalt company

Unlike other contractors in Northeast Wisconsin, AC Asphalt Specialists provides both paving and maintenance services. Many of our competitors do one or the other, and they hire a subcontractor to perform the work they can’t handle. We take pride in being a one-stop shop for all of your asphalt needs:

Questions to ask before hiring a contractor

When choosing an asphalt company, it’s smart to ask your contractor who will perform the work. You should also ask how the work will be performed, what equipment will be used, and other details related to your specific job. Before selecting an asphalt contractor ask for:

  • References
  • Proof of liability, vehicle, and worker’s compensation insurance
  • Warranty information
  • A written bid with a site plan and satellite images

Knowledgeable asphalt company

AC Asphalt Specialists’ co-owner Tom Snider makes site visits and prepares many of the bids for the company. He’s not just some guy with a wheel measuring the distance between Point A and Point B. With decades of experience, Tom sees things that others miss, like tree branches that will be in the way, or a cul-de-sac where the trucks can’t turn around and instead will have to back up a quarter mile.

Family on every job

Tom was 17 when he worked on his first asphalt crew in Minneapolis, and at age 70, he’s still on the job. Tom isn’t the only Snider working for the company. At one time, 8 family members were on the team. A family member has been on every job since AC Asphalt Specialists opened in 1988. Tom says family is the core strength of the company, so it makes sense that family is what you’ll find on each job. Not subcontractors.

About Us: “Specialists by Reputation,” AC Asphalt is a locally owned and family operated asphalt maintenance and installation company serving residential and commercial customers in Northeast Wisconsin.

Asphalt Scams: The Gypsies are Back

Gypsy salespeople tend to come around on a seasonal basis. In fact, these asphalt scams are increasing in frequency and flooding our area from even more locations. Buyers beware; you do not want your work done by pushy, seasonal, unreliable salespeople.

How to spot the asphalt gypsies

asphalt scams
Gypsy asphalt salespeople go door to door in trucks that are either completely unmarked or marked with 800 numbers. In contrast, AC Asphalt has its own fleet of trucks and state-of-the-art asphalt equipment.

You can typically pick out gypsy asphalt salespeople because they are going door to door in trucks that are either completely unmarked or marked with 800 numbers. If you attempt to trace these numbers or company names, you will usually come up empty because they are from out of state or because they aren’t legitimate companies at all. They are only here for asphalt scams. It is unlikely that you will find a local name, address, or website to accompany their services. Sometimes they also demand “cash only” and deals that expire in a short amount of time.

Why asphalt scams result in inferior work

Gypsy asphalt scams do not provide quality services. Rather, they are in a hurry to get your money and move on to the next job. Their work does not need to be high quality because they will simply do your work and disappear. After your work is complete, you will be hard-pressed to get in contact with them again.

Trust a local company like AC Asphalt Specialists

AC Asphalt Specialists is a Green Bay company that stands by its asphalt work. We will not come door to door or push you into contracting our service. Instead of costly asphalt scams, we offer high quality service with state-of-the-art equipment and materials. We take pride in our service and have a lot of satisfied local customers who will speak to our professionalism and quality work. Trust in a local company like AC Asphalt Specialists to perform your asphalt service.

Give us a call, 920-499-2220, during business hours or request a bid 24/7 right on our website.

About Us: “Specialists by Reputation,” AC Asphalt is a locally owned and family operated asphalt maintenance and installation company serving residential and commercial customers in Northeast Wisconsin.

What to look for in an asphalt bid

When is it time to request an asphalt bid? Is your asphalt driveway turning gray? Is the parking lot at your business, church, or school starting to crack and buckle, creating a hazard for visitors and a liability for you? Whatever asphalt/blacktop services you need, AC Asphalt is the Green Bay-area professional you can rely on for residential and commercial installation and maintenance.

  • The first question you have: How much will it cost?
  • The simple answer: Request an asphalt bid and find out.

Request an asphalt bid

Give us a call, 920-499-2220, during business hours or request a bid 24/7 right on our website. Simply fill in the form with your name, contact information, location and description of the project, and we’ll get back to you promptly with a bid. Choose from any of our high quality asphalt services:

  • Pave
  • Seal coat
  • Crack repair
  • Stripe

The bid you receive will be professionally prepared from our office. Typewritten. Detailed. Precise. Easy to understand. With no hidden costs or loopholes. What you see is what you pay.

Work with a credible asphalt company

Some competitors give a hand-written, chicken-scratch piece of paper for their bids. When you read our bids, it looks like we know what we’re doing, because we do. We’re a credible company with a long history (31 years and counting) and a stellar reputation. We invite you to shop around, and see how AC Asphalt stacks up against our competitors.

What should you look for in an asphalt bid?

  • Price, of course, but you should also dig deeper
  • Satellite images and a site plan showing the dimensions of the jobsite
  • 2-3 different options to consider, so you can choose what fits your needs and budget

Check online reviews

Before you make a final decision, read online reviews and visit our website to learn more about our company so you be assured you’re getting the best asphalt service in the region. We’re willing to meet with you in person—when it’s convenient for you—to look at the job site, ask questions, and offer our expert advice. All we ask is that you have a clear idea of what you want accomplished before out meeting. This helps to streamline the asphalt bid process.

Contact Us for a free quote

We’re happy to explain liability issues and return on investment with property owners and property managers. Just give us a call or send us an email, and we’ll get the asphalt bid process rolling.

About Us: “Specialists by Reputation,” AC Asphalt is a locally owned and family operated asphalt maintenance and installation company serving residential and commercial customers in Northeast Wisconsin.

Concrete vs. Asphalt: Which is better for driveways?

Concrete Vs. AsphaltAsphalt holds a special place in the hearts of all of us at AC Asphalt Specialists. With over 30 years in the industry, we know asphalt inside and out. We know it’s superior to concrete. Here’s why:

Maintenance

Asphalt can be maintained. Concrete can’t. If concrete cracks, it’s difficult and costly to repair. When asphalt cracks or deteriorates, it can be seal coated, crack filled, milled down, and repaired.

Winter melting

You’ll need to keep your shovel handy if you have a concrete apron outside your garage door. When it snows, you’ll have snow on that white apron forever. On blacktop, the snow will melt right off once the sun hits it.

Flexibility

Asphalt is flexible in nature. Concrete isn’t. Asphalt will bend without breaking. It’s pliable. You can drive over asphalt, and it’s more giving.

Weather resistance

Asphalt withstands the freeze/thaw cycles of our Wisconsin winters better. Asphalt has the ability to expand and contract as the temperature changes, whereas concrete is more apt to crack.

Stains

Oil and gas stains are more obvious on light-colored surface than dark asphalt. Who wants ugly splotches on their driveway?

Curing

When we finish an asphalt installation or maintenance job, we hang safety ribbon to restrict traffic for 24-48 hours. The curing time for concrete is much longer. It sets in 24-48 hours, but it takes a week for it to harden and a month for it to be at full strength.

Cost

It’s generally cheaper to pour asphalt than concrete. Asphalt costs $2-$5 per square foot, while concrete is $3-$10.

Longevity

With regular maintenance (sealcoating, crackfilling, pothole patching, etc.) asphalt is a long-lasting alternative.

Concrete or Asphalt

Thinking about installing a concrete apron for your driveway or a slab in your yard? Think again. Asphalt is the superior product, and AC Asphalt is the specialist you need to get the job done right. Call us at 920-499-2220 or request a bid today.

About Us: “Specialists by Reputation,” AC Asphalt is a locally owned and family operated asphalt maintenance and installation company serving residential and commercial customers in Northeast Wisconsin.

Crackfilling 101: Heat Lancing vs. Routing

crackfillingOnce we make it through a Wisconsin winter, summer can’t come fast enough. Who doesn’t love a hot, sunny day? Asphalt doesn’t! The sun is asphalt’s enemy. The sun steals the oil from the asphalt, making it brittle and susceptible to cracking. The freeze/thaw cycle and the weight of heavy equipment also cause cracks.

We can fix that. Crackfilling is one of the services we offer when we perform asphalt maintenance.

We use two different methods for crackfilling, heat lancing and routing. Let’s take a look at both methods.

Routing

For a crack large enough to hold rubber, we use a crackfilling tool called a router to grind out the dirt and clean the crack. A heat lance is used to eliminate moisture and scorch the side walls. A crack that’s clean and dry offers the best chance of solid adhesion for the heated filler we use. The crackfiller is put down as a liquid which hardens to a pliable, solid form.

Heat Lancing

For a hairline crack, we use a heat lancing wand. The wand blows high-velocity hot air into the crack to remove dirt and moisture while scorching the sidewalls. When we seal the asphalt, the sealant drips into the hairline crack and binds to the sidewalls.

Not all crackfilling services are alike

Everyone thinks all asphalt companies are the same, but they’re not. There are tremendous differences in the industry. Some companies simply use an edger to clear vegetation from the top of the asphalt, leaving dirt inside the cracks. When they put a sealant over the cracks, it doesn’t seep in. The asphalt isn’t any stronger or smoother than it was before crackfilling began. To get the best result, you need to prep the asphalt right.

30 years and counting

It’s no coincidence that we’ve been in business for 30 years and counting. Experience matters, and we’ve had plenty of experience crackfilling. We might fill 3,000 lineal feet of cracks at a single job, either with heat lance or routing. Our professional techniques give long-lasting results.

Contact us today

Is your parking lot or driveway in need of crackfilling? Call AC Asphalt at 920-499-2220 or request a bid today.

About Us: “Specialists by Reputation,” AC Asphalt is a locally owned and family operated asphalt maintenance and installation company serving residential and commercial customers in Northeast Wisconsin.

Sealcoating: Moon craters don’t belong in Earth’s parking lots

sealcoatingWhen it comes to asphalt, here are the words to live by: The first year you pave it, the second year you seal it. Sealcoating improves the look and function of your parking lot or driveway and increases its longevity. Here’s why sealcoating is so important: Protection from the sun.

The sun is the enemy. It’s beating down on the asphalt and stealing the oil, making the surface less flexible and more susceptible to cracks. People will have asphalt laid, wait until it turns gray and say, “Maybe we should get the blacktop sealcoated. It’s really getting gray.” By the time that happens, it’s too late.

Here’s a good example of the sequence of events that occurs without proper sealcoating. Imagine you’re standing in your parking lot looking at the catch basin, where the water drains. In the first year, a layer of sand will be visible around the catch basin. You might be puzzled and say, “I don’t know where the sand came from. We never use sand on the parking lot in the winter, only salt.” Here’s the catch: That sand you see — well, that is your parking lot.

After a parking lot is paved, the sun immediately starts to oxidize the surface, and the fine sand at the surface lets go because there’s not enough oil to keep it together. Every time it rains that sand slowly works its way to the catch basin. If you let the parking lot go another year without sealcoating, little stones will start popping out. If you let it go three or four years, now the blacktop has lost its flexibility altogether and becomes brittle. You’ll see cracks, and half-inch stones come out. The blacktop looks like craters on the moon, with little holes where the bigger stones have let go.

Routine parking lot maintenance includes sealcoating in order to maintain the longevity of surface. The sealcoating liquid fills and seals the hairline cracks and tiny holes that form because of oxidation.

Is your parking lot or driveway in need of sealcoating? Call AC Asphalt at 920-499-2220 or request a bid today.

About Us: “Specialists by Reputation,” AC Asphalt is a locally owned and family operated asphalt maintenance and installation company serving residential and commercial customers in Northeast Wisconsin.

Parking lot repair: The dos, don’ts, whys, what ifs, and be carefuls

Target milling outperforms infrared repair
Target milling outperforms infrared repair, as seen in this side-by-side comparison of parking lots of adjacent businesses. Cracks return when you use infrared repair. We saw cut and remove deteriorating blacktop and install a new layer of asphalt. The repair lasts for years.

Here’s the dilemma

The parking lot at your business is in good shape, except for one section where the asphalt is worn out. The blacktop in this section is cracked and susceptible to puddles. You don’t want to resurface the entire parking lot. That gets expensive and disrupts the flow of customers to your doorstep. Can you get by with just repairing that one bad section? You’re in luck! The solution to your problem is target milling, a process in which just one area is targeted for repairs.

What do some competitors do?

Some of our competitors use an infrared repair system. They heat the deteriorated asphalt to make it pliable, rake it so you can’t see the cracks, and re-roll it. We’ll bet you the cracks will show up again in 6 months. This repair won’t last for years. Instead, you’ll be looking at making a series of infrared repairs year after year. It’s just a waste of money.

Here’s what we do

We section off the area where the asphalt has deteriorated and use special equipment to pulverize the top two inches of the asphalt in this section. Then we clean the surface and apply a tack coat to act as “glue.” Lastly, we install a new layer of surface-grade hot mix asphalt to the full depth of the milled area. This repair will last for years.

Be careful

Think twice before you go with infrared repair, because we’ve seen the results and they’re not pretty. Target milling is a much better option. Instead of heating and drying out the existing asphalt with infrared heat, target milling allows us to repair the surface, leaving behind a fresh, long-lasting layer of asphalt. Target milling is not only the most effective method of repair, it’s also competitively priced. Milling and paving cost the same or less than infrared treatments, depending on the size of the targeted area and the number of repairs required.

Call us for parking lot repair

Is your parking lot in need of repair? Call AC Asphalt at 920-499-2220 or request a bid today.

About Us: “Specialists by Reputation,” AC Asphalt is a locally owned and family operated asphalt maintenance and installation company serving residential and commercial customers in Northeast Wisconsin.

Truck & Trailer: Does the asphalt company you hire have these?

truck & trailer AC asphalt improves efficiency AC Asphalt Specialists has a truck and trailer, and what a tremendous difference they make in our ability to serve our customers. Efficiency is the key. Instead of taking 2 trucks, 2 trailers, and 2 pieces of equipment, we now take just 1 truck and 1 trailer but still deliver 2 pieces of equipment. That’s a plus.

The new equipment allows us to extend our reach beyond the Greater Green Bay area. Before purchasing the truck and trailer, we would send out a crew to prep a driveway or parking lot and then drive back to the shop and switch the equipment over for paving. With the new truck and trailer, we can bring out the paving equipment on our first visit. We can move everything to the jobsite and do the job much more efficiently.

Now when we’re grading, even if it’s an hour-long round trip, we’ll have trucks running for mix. By the time the trucks get back, we’ll have it graded, prepped, and ready to go all in one day. That’s a savings on payroll and time, which makes it more cost effective for the customer, too.

“Every time we buy a piece of equipment it’s with ‘saving time and back’ in mind,” said AC Asphalt Specialists owner Tom Snider. “We have the same amount of people working with us today as we did 10 years ago, and we produce twice as much.”

Sure, employees have gotten better with experience, but the equipment is much better, too. Trucks now haul 23 ton instead of 12, and trailers also haul more weight and more equipment.

Today’s machinery is hydraulic, computerized, and state-of-the-art, so we can provide our customers with the finest in:

AC Asphalt Specialists grader
To better serve our customers, AC Asphalt Specialists purchased this grader for 2018.

    • Asphalt paving and repair
    • Seal coating
    • Line striping 
    • Crack filling 
    • Pothole patching
    • Target milling and planing
    • Catch basin repair

Contact us today at 920-499-2220 or request a bid today.

About Us: “Specialists by Reputation,” AC Asphalt is a locally owned and family operated asphalt maintenance and installation company serving residential and commercial customers in Northeast Wisconsin.

Equipment reputable enough to bear the logo of AC Asphalt

AC Asphalt owns top rated equipment and trucksWhen AC Asphalt Specialists works on your jobs, you will see our logo on trucks and equipment. What does that tell you? Hey, we own it! We invested a lot of money in our trucks, pavers, and equipment we use to serve our residential and commercial clients. The photos on our website are a true reflection of the top-of-the-line asphalt maintenance and installation equipment we use on every job.

Compare these photos to photos found on some of our competitors’ websites. Their websites show images of expensive equipment they only wish they owned. That fancy equipment isn’t theirs, and it’s not what their customers will see when our competitors go to a work site.

AC Asphalt Specialists is proud to show our logo on our machines because we work with the best. Our trucks, pavers, and asphalt equipment are among the industry leaders for efficiency, technology, and performance. Because we own the equipment, we take good care of it, giving our customers the added assurance that our equipment is well-maintained and therefore, less likely to malfunction, break down, or cause delays.

“Specialists by Reputation” is the motto at AC Asphalt, and we’ve built that reputation over the past 30 years in business. AC Asphalt Specialists has been accredited with the Better Business Bureau since 2013 and has earned an A+ and 5 out of 5 star rating. We take pride in the knowledge and experience we’ve compiled over the past three decades and the first-rate asphalt machinery we’ve invested in. We take pride in the trucks that bear our name and logo.

Contact us today at 920-499-2220 or request a bid today.

About Us: “Specialists by Reputation,” AC Asphalt is a locally owned and family operated asphalt maintenance and installation company serving residential and commercial customers in Northeast Wisconsin.

Paving the Way for 30 years

30 Year AnniversaryAnniversary celebration

Family is at the core of AC Asphalt Specialists, a Seymour-based company where a husband, wife, and kid sister operation grew to become the oldest mid-sized asphalt company in Northeast Wisconsin. While others in the industry have come and gone, AC Asphalt Specialists is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Humble beginnings

Owner Tom Snider vividly remembers the early days in business when the work was labor-intensive and the equipment was primitive compared with today’s high-tech machinery. “I virtually started this company with a Phillips screwdriver, next to my sister, on my hands and knees, digging in the dirt and cracks,” Tom said. Tom and his wife, Chris, own the company, and Tom’s sister Bobbi worked with them initially. “She was 5 foot tall and 100 pounds,” Tom said. Still, they got the work done.

Core strength is family

The company grew as more Sniders joined the effort. At age 17, the Sniders’ son, daughter, son-in-law, and grandsons all started working for the company. Someone in the Snider family has been on every job since AC Asphalt’s start in 1988. “We had eight family members working here at one time. Three started at 17, and they’re still with the company,” Tom said. “That’s the core strength of our company.”

Experienced crew

Tom estimates that the current employees have an estimated 200 years of combined experience. The MVP of the organization is Chris. “She’s the heart and soul and brains of this thing. Everything goes through her,” Tom said. Tom is no slouch, either. He has been in the business since he was 17 when he spent his first summer after graduation working with an asphalt crew in Minneapolis. At age 30, he returned to college for six months of the year (when he wasn’t laying asphalt) and earned a business administration degree after eight years. “I paved my way through school,” Tom said with a smile.

Turning point

Tom has had a few other jobs along the way, and when a fire damaged the building where he and his wife were employed, the couple was at a turning point in life. “Here we were with no jobs, and we said ‘What do we want to do?’ ‘Well, I know how to do asphalt,’ and that’s how it started,” Tom said.

Surviving the recession

AC Asphalt Specialists has had its ups and downs over the past 30 years, including the 2008 recession when the Sniders didn’t know if they could survive, but never thought of giving up. They had expanded their business, and the additional debt coupled with the lousy economy created a desperate situation. “We fought our way through and made it,” Tom said. “We are survivors, and we realized that when several other companies went under, the cream rose to the top.”

Retirement can wait

At 69, Tom is still bidding out jobs and working with the paving crew. It’s grueling work for people of any age. “Where I sit I have 350-degree asphalt flowing right underneath me. I have a little thermometer that is right where I sit. It’s over 200 degrees,” Tom said. There aren’t many 69-year-old asphalt pavers today, but Tom isn’t ready to retire. “It’s nice. I love doing what I’m doing,” he said.

About Us: “Specialists by Reputation,” AC Asphalt is a locally owned and family operated asphalt maintenance and installation company serving residential and commercial customers in Northeast Wisconsin.