“My Estimator Robert has always done a wonderful job providing me with the kind of information and detail I need. The feedback I receive from my site managers is always very positive and that is something that I appreciate. Thank you DRYCO for being on top of your game!”
—Tyler, Catalina Restaurant Group, Inc.
Structural Building Blocks
DRYCO specializes in concrete block wall construction, which is typically used for constructing small buildings, standalone walls, and retaining walls. These structures are built using concrete masonry units, also known as concrete blocks, cement blocks or foundation blocks, which are large rectangular bricks made from cast concrete. High density blocks are constructed of sand and fine gravel aggregate, while lower density blocks may be produced by using cinders as an aggregate, and are known as cinder blocks, breeze blocks or clinker blocks. Concrete blocks that do not contain cinders are often mistakenly called cinder or breeze blocks in everyday speech. Lightweight blocks can also be produced using aerated concrete.
Concrete block is cost-effective for building smaller curb walls, planter walls, and trash enclosures. DRYCO’s years of experience working with this material ensures that the concrete block retaining call construction goes quickly and smoothly with a top-quality end product. Because most people find the appearance of concrete block to be drab and unattractive, exposed surfaces are generally given a decorative finish of stucco, brick, paint, stone, or siding; so you can turn a grey concrete block wall into a decorative concrete retaining wall. DRYCO can complete the job with any finish that you choose, so that when we leave the jobsite you have a finished product you can be proud of.
- Concrete Block Retaining Wall
- Decorative Concrete Block Walls
- Interlocking concrete Block Wall
- Wall Construction
- Block Wall Construction
Question: Which is more expensive to pave with?
1 yard weighs 2 tons
You need twice as much concrete than you would need asphalt. In the example here, we’re assuming a depth of 6″.
To pave this section with concrete, you would need 2″ of base rock and 4″ of concrete. To pave the same area with asphalt, you would need 4″ of base rock and 2″ of asphalt. So even though the cost for each pavement is $130 for 2 tons, you can spread that asphalt over twice as much area.
The reason that the amount of each pavement that you would need differs is because concrete is a rigid pavement and asphalt is a flexible pavement. Have you ever walked on an asphalt pavement surface on an extremely hot day? You can almost feel the pavement flexing underneath your feet.
Now, based on that math, you would think that paving with asphalt would cost half as much as concrete, but there is more to it than that. Paving with asphalt requires more equipment, so that increases the up front costs, but asphalt is still the cheaper up front cost option.
Another factor, however, is the ongoing cost of ownership. With concrete, you can set it and forget it. The concrete will continue to harden and should last 30 years. Asphalt requires maintenance, and with a routine sealcoating plan every 5 years, you should be able to have your asphalt last 30 years as well. Every sealcoat adds on to the total cost of ownership, and at some point, those costs will overtake the initial up from cost of concrete.
Asphalt gets the rock and sand heated up to about 400 degrees. Then the asphalt cement is heated up to about 350 degrees.
Unique, Custom Concrete Finishes
DRYCO specializes in stamped and colored concrete, which can be used to beautify commercial driveways, walkways, plazas, pool decks, entryways, courtyards, and patios.
Stamped concrete is concrete that is patterned to appear like brick, slate, flagstone, stone, or tile in a wide array of available colors. Colored concrete is commonly used for architectural work or in commercial or residential construction for driveways, plazas, patios, walks, and swimming pool decks. Colored pigments are the most widely used method to produce colored concrete and are available in a variety of standard colors easily mixed into fresh concrete. Because color pigments are mixed throughout the concrete, they will not chip off like some dry shake surface colors or concrete paint.
- Stamped Concrete
- Colored Stamped Concrete Patio
- Colored Concrete Driveway
- Stamped Concrete Sealer
“Dryco is a Five star organization. We have worked with Dryco on two projects: A community Center in Los Altos, CA and at the new Mineta International Airport at San Jose CA. Both projects were professionally managed, and the work in the field to the highest standards. Over the years Dryco has maintained consistent performance.”
Charles C., Los Gatos, CA
From New Construction to Repairs
While parking lots have traditionally been overlooked in terms of engineering, DRYCO, your asphalt pavement contractor understands the special regulations for the construction, configuration, and spacing of parking lots. Even the landscaping, drainage, and pollution factors can have a significant impact on your asphalts lifespan and is important to consider when installing a new asphalt parking lot, or a concrete parking lot. At DRYCO, we construct new parking lots with all this in mind from the ground up, including proper grading and compaction of sub-grade, a substantial section of base rock, and the right thickness of asphalt or concrete that has been properly compacted.
The typical parking lot is paved with asphalt, although some are concrete or gravel lots, and occasionally newer lots are surfaced with permeable paving materials designed to allow water to flow through the surface. DRYCO has the capability and experience to construct and maintain any of these types of parking lots, and we ensure that each lot we build is designed for the correct usage. Too often, parking lots are under-engineered and are unable to hold up to larger vehicles such as garbage trucks or moving vans. Another commonly overlooked issue is the integrated landscape irrigation—you will usually find failed pavement near lawn areas due to saturation of sub-grade from over watering to keep the lawns green. When you contract your parking lot jobs with DRYCO, you can rest assured that you will not encounter these problems, as we ensure top-quality craftsmanship at each stage of the project.
- Asphalt Maintenance
- Installation of Blacktop Parking Lot
- Parking Construction
- Parking Lot Resurfacing
- Parking Lot Design
- Parking lot Seal coat