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Winter is Fast Approaching… Schedule Your Work Accordingly!

As the rainy season moves in and the temperatures begin to drop this winter, it becomes obvious that some aspects of property maintenance are just not feasible.  For example, it makes no sense to seal coat your parking lot at this time of year, because there is not enough warmth in the ground to have the seal coat cure properly, resulting in a sub-par product that will need to be addressed in the spring time.  We avoid situations like that because it wastes your time and our time, but most importantly it creates unneeded expenses for you that could be avoided by scheduling the work for the spring time, when the seal coat will have time to properly cure.

However, there is work that can be done all-year round, regardless of the weather conditions.  One area that you can continue scheduling through the winter is fence & iron work.  Whether you are in need of chain link installation/repair, iron gates, or ornamental fencing, DRYCO can provide exceptional service and results in any weather condition.

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In addition, DRYCO can bring your parking lot up to ADA Compliant standards, including handrails, striping, & signage.

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Call DRYCO to schedule your Fence, Iron, & ADA work today!

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Thank You Veterans

Thank you to all of the Veterans out there for your service and bravery.

 

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DRYCO Carnival 2014

On Sunday October 12th, the employees, friends, and family of DRYCO Construction, Inc. descended upon Central Park’s Lake Elizabeth in Fremont, CA for a day of fun in the sun. The office employees planned and executed a Carnival lasting from 12-5pm for the friends, families, and crew members of DRYCO Construction. The weather was perfect with temperatures ranging throughout the day from the mid-80s to the low 90s. Over 350 attendees came out to enjoy the event and celebrate coming together and displaying appreciation for every single person that is a part of our company.

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The main attractions of the Carnival were the crew-built games. Over the past 6 months, the crews worked diligently in teams to create and construct games as part of an internal culture-building competition (more about that later). These creative and completely built from scratch games included skee-ball, tricycle basketball, building blocks puzzle races, washer toss, sailboat water gun races, and a large-scale balloon dart board.

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Smaller activity booths for the Carnival included a fishing game, duck pond, face painting, temporary tattoos, animal balloons, lollipop tree, and “Pin the Face on Daren.”

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In addition to the booths, there was an obstacle course, two bounce houses, and a pumpkin carving station with 80 pumpkins ready to be carved into crafty faces.

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A number of team events took place at the Carnival as well, including Tug-O-War competitions, spoon-egg races, three-legged races, and sack races. There was even a series of “cake walk” competitions, wherein desserts donated by DRYCO employees were won by participants lasting to the end of a game similar to musical chairs.

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We can’t forget to mention all of the great eats and drinks throughout the day, because it’s not a Carnival without carnival food! There were booths set up for popcorn, nachos, snow cones, and the all-important cotton candy stand. As for the more meal-worthy foods, the regular staples were all there: hotdogs, hamburgers, potato salad, salad, and chips. In addition, we were fortunate enough to have one of the crew members augment the entertainment by bringing his PA system and a mobile griddle that he used to prepare over 400 tacos for everyone to enjoy. To quench one’s thirst, there was soda and water available all day, as well as kegs of beer for those of age to enjoy.

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You may be wondering what inspired the workers of DRYCO to put on this incredible event. There is no single answer to that question. The seeds of this Carnival were planted way back in early 2013, when the employees of DRYCO came together to create a company-wide Culture Initiative. The results of that process defined the values of DRYCO as a company: Teamwork, Open Communication, Fun, Integrity, and Trust. The acronym of the values soon became the mantra of DRYCO and has continued to be an important aspect of the company since its inception. The values define what it means “TO-FIT” at DRYCO.

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Throughout the past year and a half, DRYCO has been holding events emphasizing each of the company values, culminating in the Carnival that reflects upon all of the values. It took every DRYCO employee incorporating every DRYCO value to ensure a successful event. There is no way that the Carnival would have been a success without teamwork, open communication, fun, integrity, and trust.

Overall, it was a great day, a great event, and most importantly, a great coming together of friends and family of DRYCO Construction, Inc.

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World Series Champs… Again!

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants on winning the 2014 World Series Championship, their 3rd title in 5 years.

Giants pitcher Madison Bumbgarner capped off an amazing October by throwing five shutout innings to close out the series, and took home the Series MVP award after posting 2 wins, 1 save, and a sub 0.50 ERA.

With titles in 2010, 2012, and now 2014, the San Francisco Giants are officially a dynasty.

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DRYCO’s Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament & BBQ

On Friday, September 12th, DRYCO Construction, Inc. invited its customers to attend the 2014 DRYCO Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament & BBQ.  The day started at 8:30am with 81 customers competing alongside DRYCO employees in a golf scramble at Summitpointe Golf Club in Milpitas, CA.

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Our golfers begin arriving for the tournament.

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Heading out to their tees for the shotgun start.

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Teeing off!

After about five hours on the course, our golfers made their way over to the BBQ being held nearby. Many more customers attended the BBQ in the afternoon, and raised the total numbers attendees for the day north of 100.

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Relaxing in the shade before the BBQ.

The BBQ featured salad, fresh fruit, tri-tip, chicken, potato salad, and beans.

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At the BBQ, there were awards given out for the Most Honest Team, Longest Drive (Men’s & Women’s), Closest to the Pin (Men’s & Women’s), Putting Contest, and First Place in the tournament.  In addition, many great prizes were given to winners in the raffle.

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Our tournament winning team from Fernande & Sons: Randy Nickles, Lowry Pendley, Jim Susick, & Terry Wilson.

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That’s a big bottle of wine!

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Thank you to all of our great customers that spent the day with us and made the golf tournament & BBQ a big success!

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The Benefits of Asphalt vs. Concrete

Written by Alicia Wagoner, July 2014.

Often times you seek to do business with companies that specialize in the explicit thing you need. It gives you confidence in the work to be done – after all, they specialize in it, right? It just so happens DRYCO Construction, Inc. specializes in a whole lot of things; from concrete to striping and saw cutting to fencing. But let’s talk about pavement options. Better yet, let’s talk about asphalt.

An alternative to the smooth black pavement option may be concrete and I’m not going to talk about which option is better for you – we sell both and we deliver awesome quality no matter what service we’re completing for you! It just seems like lately people have been wanting a whole lot of cement and I’m beginning to wonder why asphalt is being so neglected. It occurred to me that maybe you might not know just how great asphalt is. There are some key things to know if you’re considering, or even open to considering, choosing asphalt over concrete. Some of the benefits of asphalt include:

  • Go Green! – Asphalt is 100% recyclable
  • Low Cost – Asphalt is cheaper upfront than concrete
  • Time – Cure time is pretty quick, as well as the time for the job to be completed
  • Safety & Smoothness – Asphalt offers safety features that concrete lacks as well as the preferred quiet & smooth ride

 

Sustainability

First, let’s talk about that ‘Go Green!’ initiative. According to the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), “asphalt is America’s most recycled material” with more than “100 million tons of old pavement reclaimed every year.” 100 million tons – that’s 13,333,333 elephants (and one poached elephant to be exact: 13,333,333.33). Not only is this amazing ecological-advocating news, but a trending one. Of all the general aviation airports in the United States, 85 percent use asphalts on their runways. Similarly, asphalt seems to be a popular option for parking lots, with 85 percent of U.S. parking lots being comprised of asphalt.

DRYCO Construction, Inc. prides itself in being one of the recycling leaders in the industry. As a business we hold our own recycling yard where we grind up old asphalt and reuse it as a base for future jobs. Annually, DRYCO recycles over 65,000 tons of asphalt and concrete. We bring bins to our job sites for our crew members to utilize, separating materials for recycling. At this point, I’m sure you’re on board for the eco-friendliness of asphalt, but I can anticipate the question on any commercial property manager or public work official’s mind: what’s the sticker price for this fantastic asphalt stuff?

To read more about the environmentally friendly qualities of asphalt, you can find NAPA’s report here.

 

Price

You can do your own research, and I suggest you do when making any important decision, but all sources will agree that asphalt is the cheapest upfront paving option. I won’t attempt to ignore the fact that yes, it doesn’t quite have the longevity of concrete and will need some maintenance. Let’s go ahead and crunch the numbers.

Two tons of asphalt and two tons of concrete with DRYCO will cost the same. However, the surface area covered by each is different. As explained by DRYCO’s owner, Daren Young during a pavement seminar, though asphalt and concrete cost about the same inch by inch and weight by weight, jobs require laying out more concrete material over the base than asphalt. In the image below (Figure A) you can see Daren holding visual representations of the differences of asphalt and concrete quantities used for a basic driveway: Holding concrete in his left hand and asphalt in his right. The other image (Figure B) will also help you understand further how each of the two are laid out and how maintenance costs play into the job. After the seal coating, to be done every 3-5 years, the two pavement jobs will end up costing you about the same amount (Figure C). Strictly speaking about the sticker price, it’ll really boil down to how much capital you have up-front for the job you need. This should definitely not be the only thing to take into consideration though. Things like weather conditions, and how much weight you plan to have driving over the pavement are among other important things to take into consideration. Keep in mind however, maintenance fees and the life of your asphalt will largely depend on the quality of the sub-grade and design which DRYCO is sure to do well. Let’s say one of your important considerations is how long the entire process will take. What if you need the job to get done fast?

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Timeliness

There isn’t much to be said when comparing asphalt and concrete on dry time and layout time. Inarguably, asphalt is the quickest. Regardless of what ways you manipulate concrete to cure it quicker, asphalt will still be set in a shorter amount of time. This may or may not be relevant to you. If it’s a job you need done quickly and you need to be able to sustain weight on the surface within a short period of time, then asphalt is a superior option. The Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa (APAI) explains in an article that “asphalt concrete is machine-placed, removing the need for time-consuming form work and steel reinforcement.” This means that traffic, people, and other vehicles can use the asphalt almost immediately. All this information is pretty technical but we also care about more individual, subjective concerns of the people who will be using the pavement on a day to day basis. This raises the question of safety and comfort. To read more about asphalt benefits you can read the article here.

 

Safe & Sound

A safety feature to consider is simply the contrast of dark asphalt against white or yellow striping making for visual clarity of traffic regulating signs. In accordance with popular beliefs, asphalt also tends to help keep ice and snow off the roads due to the science of heat absorption by dark asphalt. This is particularly beneficial in the rainy and winter season.

Due to the machine-placement of the pavement, APAI tells us that the surface “has a uniform surface unsurpassed by other pavements.” According to studies reported by the Asphalt Pavement Alliance, “driving on smoother surfaces can reduce fuel consumption in the neighborhood of 4.5 to 5 percent compared to the fuel consumption on a rough pavement” – like concrete. Concrete usually gets laid down in sections which creates a rough surface with bumps between slabs. A Swedish study concluded that “vehicles traveling on the smoothest roads in the country’s network consumed up to 10 percent less fuel than vehicles on their roughest roads.” That’s just another little environmental bonus for you on the smoothness. Of course, most of us can agree that we prefer a nice smooth and quiet ride as opposed to the rough bumpiness typically associated with concrete. Again, I’ll leave this up to your own preference.

 

Conclusion

It would quite honestly be bold of me to tell you one is absolutely better than the other. It really is a decision to be made with lots of consideration of a lot of things. Things to consider are what the job is, how much capital you have in hand to invest in the project, what sort of things you expect to be utilizing the pavement (heavy trucks, airplanes, cars, people, etc.), how quick you need to get it done, among many other things – even personal aesthetic preferences. This blog post focused on the benefits of asphalt, but that’s not to say concrete won’t be the product for you. In hopes that it may help a bit, you can view the image below to see what each of the two are generally used for. Whatever your paving needs are, DRYCO Construction, Inc. is confident that we will deliver excellent quality and satisfaction.  Click here for to schedule a free estimate today! Check out our other services as well to see how DRYCO can service any other needs such as ADA Upgrades, Game Courts, and Fence/Iron.

Note: We have recently acquired the company Northern California Fence. Read the press release here.

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References:
http://www.asphaltpavement.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=824&Itemid=1250
http://www.asphaltpavement.org/images/stories/sustainability_report_2009.pdf
http://www.asphaltroads.org/why-asphalt/why-choose-asphalt/
http://www.dryco.com/assets/downloads/DRYCO_spring_08.pdf
http://www.pwmag.com/bridges/asphalt-versus-concrete.aspx
http://www.greatdayimprovements.com/asphalt-vs-concrete-driveways.aspx
http://www.buildingspeed.org/blog/2012/09/dover-cement-vs-asphalt/

 

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[Press Release] DRYCO Construction Purchases Northern California Fence Company

Northern California Fence was recently acquired by DRYCO Construction, Inc., headquartered in Fremont, CA.  DRYCO has been a leader in the commercial pavement maintenance industry for over 30 years, and has welcomed the loyal and experienced employees of Northern California Fence to its organization.  Whether you need ADA upgrades, parking lot maintenance, parking lot repairs, concrete construction & floor finishing, fencing, and/or a seal coat, DRYCO is equipped to handle all aspects of your paving and fencing needsServicing the entire state of California and Nevada, DRYCO really is your all-in-one asphalt, concrete and fencing contractor.

Although the ownership is changing, the name will remain the same.  Northern California Fence is now a subdivision of DRYCO Construction, Inc.  DRYCO has promised to maintain current operations while investing new dollars in the newly acquired Northern California Fence assets.  DRYCO will be educating employees, updating equipment, and upgrading computers to allow us to serve you more efficiently as Northern California Fence.

Over the next few months we will be in the process of integrating this new company into the DRYCO family.  It is our goal to continue providing the highest level of service during this time and we look forward to long and mutually beneficial relationships with all of our customers.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like additional information.

Diane Rebecchi, Director of Business Development
408-202-8234    dianer@dryco.com

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