Celina Tx is beautiful country alright! These days it's a wonderful mix of vintage rural Texas meets high-speed Internet. It's got some amazing businesses, ranches and horse farms, wineries and other cool places, along with old and new residential properties with one thing in common - the people who live and work in Celina take pride in it.
We've been in Celina working nearly every day and it's obvious that there is a unity about the town, one based on progress and success. But underlying the optimism there's trouble brewing. The conveniences of city life are close at hand these days, so close that the challenge now is taking the good without the bad. It's making modern-day improvements without shedding any of that remarkable Texas tradition.
Put another way, we're not all cowboys waiting on our friends to winch our pickup out of a patch of mud, only to brag about it later at the local bar. Today, vehicles from motorcycles all the way up to the heaviest semi trailers are pounding the living daylights out of the roads, parking lots, and rural driveways. This means divots, worn and washed away areas, water puddles, mud, dust, and bumps of all magnitudes are no longer acceptable.
The non-cowboy folks in small cars are bottoming out and some bigger vehicles are getting stuck in the mud - and nowadays they're not bragging... they're angry, late, and worried instead.
So, rough and tumble Texas just needs a way to fix itself up, without huge expense, and with a product that will be easy to maintain. Oh, and it has to take that Texas sized punishment, too.
Fortunately, we're solving erosion problems, grading issues, and covering all the dusty stuff and ankle twisting rocks with a crushed asphalt that retains a country look with some loose stones on top, but a hard surface underneath. The product just needs to have a bit of that Texas heat and some moisture and it will firm right up, tackling all the diverse needs of the new-school wild west, one where we need a bit of civilization to go along with our rugged and free attitudes.
That's not all though, there are many ways to get a level driving surface, from low-budget right on up.
There's no budget we can't work with. Some jobs require just simple maintenance, others may have some drainage concerns, and many need a chip stone, tar and chip, recycled concrete, crushed asphalt, hot mix skim coat, or full hot mix asphalt driveway to solve their problems.
We understand the area well, so call 214-305-3262 and you'll discover that there's no reason anything should keep you from fully enjoying the remarkable lifestyle Celina has to offer.
Note- the photo above was a very dusty and bumpy business parking lot where many large trucks ripped it up over time. We leveled it off, added base rock to strengthen the base, and used our paving machine to lay down a flat level surface. We finished the job by rolling it all in and compacting it. Now mother nature will do the rest and all those heavy trucks can do their best to wreck it. If they succeed in any way, we just add a bit more material and re-roll it. If they don't, they'll just be enjoying the amazing dust-free parking lot for many years to come.
This place is absolutely amazing. Not only is it a True Value hardware store and farm supply store, it's a gift shop, petting zoo, and a great restaurant - all in one!
It's actually quite a busy place and deservedly so.
The only issue over time is that they get so much heavy traffic that their nice country road driveway became a bumpy ride, one in which we were happy to fix up for them.
We were asked to help with the drive in and opted to pave the driveway with crushed asphalt for a nice solid base - one that would retain that country driveway look. Once the road in was graded we applied the crushed asphalt with a paving machine and used a roller to compact it before the daily line of big trucks arrived for lunch and supplies.
It turned out really nice. Now we're looking forward to the next stage of the project (grading the large parking areas on the sides of the building to improve stormwater drainage). Now that the new material is on the main driveway, heat and moisture will go to work hardening the material into a solid enough road to handle all the heavy vehicles, and allow for easy maintenance over time.
If you get a chance, go see the great folks there at Preston Trail Farms just off of Preston Rd. (State Hwy. 289) in Gunter, Tx. Just tell 'em the folks at Allstar Paving sent ya.
Texas has it's share of extreme weather. The heating and cooling of the ground through the seasons along with rain and vehicle traffic exaggerate any soil issues under country roads and driveways.
Simply put... over time, country roads get bumpy.
A Celina, Tx rural neighborhood asked us for help after the roads into their properties became too damaged. Leaving and getting home everyday was a jittery, jaw clambering experience, one where bumps were jarring and uncomfortable.
As if that wasn't enough, the driveways were long, and the roads even longer.
Grading the roads and adding material to it was a cost effective way to put homeowners at ease, without the expense of installing new private roads. Many residents took the opportunity with us out there to upgrade their driveways as well.
Homeowners in this private rural neighborhood of Celina, Texas went from buying replacement shocks for their cars, to enjoying a leisurely country drive home.
You don't have to wait until the road is impassible to have it fixed—even if you have a private road with an HOA that doesn't want to spend a lot. Just reach out, get us to take a look at your problem for you. We can fix the issues without completely redoing the road using any combination of excavation & grading, crushed concrete, recycled asphalt, or chip rock.
We repaired and upgraded the horse stall floor of a barn with several stalls in McKinney, Tx.
If a horse stands in a particular spot, the area underneath can become soggy. In some cases, the area will never drain or dry out. This is what happened here in McKinney. The soaked mud became soft under the weight of the horses, and needed to be addressed.
The solution is to remove the damaged soil areas and replace the wet topsoil with a new, more sturdy material—one that absorbs moisture!
In order to accomplish a floor replacement the straw was removed. Then we removed mats. From there, any damaged areas (mucky nasty mud) was removed. The stalls were filled with a course base material, and then a finer top coat. The areas were leveled & packed. Some water was applied to begin the curing process. Lastly, the mats were replaced and new bedding was put down.
In this case, we used two types of crushed recycled concrete to make a stable base, and then used a recycled asphalt to use in common areas in the center of the barn. The result is a clean, medium-hard surface that will properly drain and last for many years to come.
There is a natural give to the materials we used that simulates solid ground, but is not hard like cement or new asphalt. We've found that many horse trainers dislike the more denser materials since it can be harder on the horses feet and legs than necessary.
The employees and horse trainers there will notice a huge reduction in dust particles. The horses will notice a firmer, safer floor without pockets of sagging.
Timeframe & Maintenance:
The process of installation is relatively fast depending on how many stalls are done, and how bad the soil underneath is (but just a few days because we use the right equipment for the job). Concrete and asphalt, however, do possesses an interesting characteristic—it hardens with moisture and heat. So, as time progresses, the horse stalls will become even more sturdy and long-lasting.
Maintaining them once we leave is just a matter of watering areas we point out and waiting until a few warm days to heat the materials, both heat and water will help to bind the materials together.
Take a look at our recently completed projects! These are all jobs we were asked to do for your neighbors here in North Texas! Enjoy!