Board of Directors
At Thomann Asphalt Paving Corp., we work with purpose on and off the jobsite. Every job is an opportunity to create a better experience for our clients and their customers. It’s rewarding that we can provide this to the community through our work. It is not enough though. The Western New York community has given us so much. That’s why we encourage our employees to actively participate in worthy community organizations, outside of work. We regularly supports causes that help to strengthen our community as a whole; more specifically, we give to non-profit organizations that are dedicated to helping take care of needy families, the sick, and homeless.
Here are just a few of those organizations that hold a soft spot in our heart here at Thomann Asphalt Paving Corp.
- Harvest House
- Catholic Charities
- Child & Family Services
- Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York
- WLOF Buffalo Catholic Radio 101.7 FM
- Food Bank of WNY
Thomann Asphalt Paving Corp. — Altogether thorough.
Thomann Asphalt Paving Corp. was established in 1925 by Dennis Thomann, an immigrant from Alsace, Lorraine in France. In the 1950s, his sons took over the business and formed Buffalo Asphalt, which became one of the largest Asphalt Paving Contractors in Buffalo and throughout Western NY.
Over the next five decades, the company continued to grow and today, we function as a fourth generation asphalt paving contractor and boast the most experience in the industry. Our scope remains focused on commercial and industrial paving and site work projects in both the public and private sector throughout Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Jamestown, and Erie, Pa.
With over 85 years in business, Thomann Asphalt Paving Corp. is proud to say that we are now one of the oldest and most experienced paving and site work contractors in the nation.
We are a family owned full-service asphalt paving company. This doesn’t mean we are a Mom & Pop shop though. We specialize in parking lot maintenance, including paving, patching, seal coating, crack sealing, drain work, and site work, which includes a full complement of grading, excavating, and utility installation services.
Our business is more than parking lots, it is based on long-term relationships.
We strive to get to know our clients and understand their organizations. We discuss their needs and develop a plan that meets their budgets, minimizes risks and liabilities, and ensures their parking lots are well maintained and make great impressions.
At the end of the day, Thomann Asphalt Paving Corp. is truly a service company at heart.
That’s why, after over 85 years in business, we still adhere to the same core values as we did in 1925. We don’t cut corners, we do what we say we’re going to do, and we take care of our clients – each one, every time.
Thomann Asphalt Paving Corp. — Altogether thorough
We’ve won awards for our work. Frankly though, if you’re not familiar with our industry they won’t mean much to you. Awards are great, but they don’t speak to who we are and why you should consider us. You should know who we are as a company and what we believe in. Our story starts with…
85 years of Experience
The roots of Thomann Asphalt Paving Corp. date back three generations to 1925 when Dennis Thomann began doing paving repairs. We pride ourselves on our family traditions and the length of service of many of our employees. We blend young and old, helping make us the vibrant and aggressive paving company we are today. You shouldn’t hire us based solely on our roots though, we offer…
We strive to be ahead of the curve on our price points for all services we provide, from paving repairs to new parking lot construction. When you work with one company for the whole project it keeps your costs low and it also allows us to have a…
Our promise to you is that we will always be responsive to your needs. Your questions or concerns will always be met in a professional and timely manner. Your time means a lot to us, we don’t want to waste it. One of the most important aspects of our business is to provide a service of…
This is the mainstay and the focus of our business. We strive to maintain our customer relationships and acquire repeat business through the quality of our work, including the materials we use and the professionals we hire. We do thorough research and testing on all the products we use. Another great incentive included when working with us is that we are a…
One Stop Shopping
Offering only paving or grading services is often not the best answer to your particular issue. We offer a full scope of paving and site work services, including paving repair and new parking lot construction, that enable us to provide quality solutions at reasonable prices in the most expeditious way.
Our goal is simple. To do whatever we can on our end to make your customer’s experience with your business a success. Your customers are the reason your business flourishes. Therefore creating the best experience for them matters to us. That’s why we promise to:
- Provide timely estimates and return your calls promptly.
- Listen to your paving and repair needs to better understand your project goals and expectations.
- Be attentive to your budget, and recommend cost-effective solutions to spend your money wisely.
- Ensure you receive the best work within a timely manner.
- Stand behind our paving and site work and guarantee it will get done right.
By keeping these promises, we hope to gain and expand your confidence in us as Western New York’s most reliable and trustworthy paving and site work contractor.
Thomann Asphalt Paving Corp. — Altogether thorough.
Founded in 1925, Thomann Asphalt Paving Corp. is one of the most experienced paving and site work contractors in the nation. An altogether thorough approach and keeping our clients customers in mind has gotten us this far. With nearly 75 people in three locations – Buffalo, NY, Raleigh, NC, and Salisbury, NC – and 85 years in business, we can handle any commercial or industrial paving site work project, big or small.
For more information, please contact us or download the brochure below.
We might sound a little different on the radio. That’s a good thing. That’s because we’re a little different in the way we handle our business too.
Thomann Asphalt Paving Corp. — Altogether thorough.
We want you to feel as comfortable about our process and work as possible. If you have a question that isn’t addressed below, please contact us to let us know.
Thomann Asphalt Paving Corp. — Altogether thorough.
What sort of maintenance is required to prolong the life of my parking lot?
We recommend annual preventative maintenance, such as crack sealing when new cracks occur. Sealer should also be applied to your lot at least every two years. If you are interested in learning more, contact Thomann Asphalt Paving Corp. We can develop a customized plan that involves routine inspections and ongoing preventative maintenance.
Asphalt Paving FAQ
What is the difference between asphalt paving and asphalt paving sealer?
Paving is really the process of installing asphalt (blacktop) on some sort of surface. Usually the asphalt surface can be measured in inches and the number of courses. It is preferably laid on compacted stone or an old asphalt surface; however, there are applications that allow it to be laid on other types of surfaces such as dirt, clean stone, or concrete.
Asphalt pavement sealer is a surface coating that is applied over the asphalt surface to beautify and protect existing asphalt. It is associated with the process of “pavement sealing” which is usually applied every few years along with pavement marking and line striping. Pavement Sealing – through asphalt pavement sealer – will significantly increase the life of a parking lot by reducing the effects of oxidation and water on the surface of the parking lot.
Contrary to you might believe, asphalt sealer will not reverse any effects of aging that have already occurred. Any cracking in the asphalt surface due to age or insufficient base must be corrected with a structural repair. Crack Sealing can help the situation to some degree, but should only be seen as a minor corrective measure that will only have limited success.
What is stamped asphalt and is it as good as paver blocks?
Stamped asphalt was developed as an inexpensive alternative to the labor intensive installation of paver blocks. There are a few notable differences.
First, since paver blocks are made of concrete, they are generally colored through the entire block. Stamped asphalt is normally colored by adding a colored surface coating after paving and stamping. In terms of long term wear, concrete paver blocks will hold their color much longer. Stamped asphalt however can be coated again and again.
Second, stamped asphalt is generally not as thick as concrete paver blocks, which helps it in terms of cost in a normal residential type application. Stamped asphalt however can be as thick as necessary in order to adapt to the application, which makes it useful in many commercial installations.
What is blacktop paving?
The word “blacktop” is interchangeable with the word asphalt. Thus asphalt paving and blacktop paving are one in the same.
How long should I wait before driving on a newly paved surface?
For a newly paved roadway, asphalt can be driven on as soon as the rolling is completed. However, for parking areas we recommend waiting 12 – 24 hours for the asphalt to cool completely.
Can you pave over concrete?
Yes, it is possible to pave over concrete; however, reflective cracking may occur as a result.
What are the major contributors to pavement deterioration?
The deterioration of your pavement surface may occur due to several reasons. The main cause is inadequate thickness of your pavement surface. Other factors include lack of maintenance, oil and gasoline spots from automobiles, or a weak and unstable subbase.
Why should I choose asphalt paving over other methods?
Asphalt is a petroleum-based product used for driveways, roads, cart/walking paths and any project that requires a smooth surface for foot traffic or motorized vehicles. Asphalt is flexible and gives during the harsh weather conditions experienced in our area. It is easily and inexpensively maintained and is aesthetically pleasing.
What determines the price of asphalt at any given point in time?
The price of asphalt is determined by the cost of crude oil at any given point in time.
Patching & Repair FAQ
When is the best time to perform patchwork?
The best time to perform asphalt patchwork is during the spring and summer months to allow the asphalt to cure over the winter and be ready for asphalt sealer the following year.
What causes potholes to form?
Possible causes of potholes include asphalt that was too thin, base failure under heavy loads or poor drainage that weakens the subgrade and base. Poor quality (segregation in the asphalt, poor compaction, or asphalt that was burnt or did not have enough oil mixed into it) may be a contributing factor.
What are the different kinds of patch repairs?
There are two main types of asphalt patch repairs procedures that will provide a suitable fix to most asphalt related issues – full-depth patching (peel and pave) and surface patching.
Full-depth patching involves the removal of the entire layer of pavement surface down to or including the subbase, depending on the condition of the stone base. New subbase is then installed, a tack coat is applied, and new asphalt pavement is backfilled into the patch area.
Surface patching is a more temporary fix and should only be considered for a surface that is in relatively good condition. This process does not involve the excavation of the existing surface or subbase. The asphalt is simply layered over the existing surface and feathered to match the in-place grade. In some cases, a rebate is milled into the surface, which eliminates the need to feather-edge the patch.
Parking Lot Maintenance and Asphalt Crack Repair FAQ
What are the benefits to parking lot repair through asphalt seal coating?
There are many benefits to applying a seal coat to your asphalt surface.
- First and foremost, this type of parking lot maintenance is a cost effective option that will increase the life span of your property.
- Also, pavement sealing will prevent water penetration to your subgrade and slow the effects of oxidation. It also makes your parking lot more flexible and resistant to gas and oil spills.
- Lastly, it will beautify your property by giving the effect of a brand new parking lot.
Why should I fill in the cracks that have developed in my parking lot with asphalt crack filler?
Asphalt crack sealing should be implemented for cracks in your parking lot that are at least a quarter inch thick. Cracks should be filled in with crack filler as soon as possible to prevent the further growth of that crack and also to prevent water from seeping under your asphalt surface into the subgrade.
What is the difference between asphalt sealer and pavement resurfacing?
The seal coating process is a preventative parking lot maintenance process that is sprayed onto your lot in a liquid form after applying asphalt crack filler. Resurfacing is the actual process of applying a whole new layer of asphalt pavement over your old surface for a more complete parking lot repair.
Does the asphalt sealer fill in the pavement cracks?
No, sealer will not fill in a pavement crack completely. The recommended method to asphalt crack repair is to apply a hot, rubberized asphalt crack filler product into the crack itself. This is the only way to solve your problem as it will slow the formation of new cracks. Some lots, due to a lack of parking lot maintenance, have deteriorated beyond the point of asphalt crack repair as a beneficial alternative. In these cases, your parking lot will need patch work and/or resurfacing.
How long should I wait before driving on a newly sealed surface?
The recommended wait time to allow traffic back onto your lot after asphalt crack sealing and pavement sealing is 24 hours. This allows enough time for the asphalt sealer product cure and will help prevent tracking and will also reduce power steering marks from appearing after the parking lot repair.
Should a newly paved lot be seal coated right away?
No, it is recommended that a newly paved parking lot be left to cure for at least one year before the first asphalt seal coat is applied.
When is the best time for a parking lot to be sealed?
The best time is during the months of May through September when the temperature is at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Concrete Repair and Services FAQ
What sort of concrete services do you provide?
We specialize in curbs, curb repair, and flatwork. If we can’t do it with our own forces, we know the concrete repair contractors who can and we will be with them every step of the way to assure you their work will meet our high standards.
Is there a difference between cement and concrete?
Yes, there is a difference. Cement, or portland cement, is a finely ground powder made from limestone and other raw materials. The materials are blended together and fired in a kiln at extreme temperatures. The resulting stone sized pieces, called clinker, are then ground into a fine powder called “portland cement.” Portland cement is the active ingredient in concrete.
Concrete is the product used in buildings, bridges, road paving, sidewalks, patios, etc. Concrete is a mixture of portland cement, water, aggregate (sand and stone), and miscellaneous chemical admixtures. Concrete is mixed at a concrete plant facility and delivered to customers in revolving drum truck mixers, also referred to as concrete trucks or mixer trucks. Concrete is sometimes generically referred to as ready-mix because it is ready to use or already mixed upon arrival at the project location and ready to be put to use for whatever concrete services are necessary.
Can concrete be placed in extremely hot or cold weather?
Concrete services can be performed at various temperatures if precautionary measures are taken. In extremely cold weather, concrete should not be allowed to freeze until it has gained sufficient strength to withstand the damaging effects of freezing. Concrete will lose its workability and set up considerably faster in hot weather.
What causes concrete to crack?
There are different types of concrete cracks. The most common of these is related to the natural shrinkage of concrete as it cures and dries. Shrinkage concrete cracking can be controlled or hidden by following proper jointing techniques. Different factors and conditions can contribute to each type of concrete cracks. It is important to understand these potential causes and take appropriate action to prevent cracking and the subsequent need concrete crack filler or concrete crack repair.
Why does some concrete develop surface deterioration?
Concrete surface deterioration is usually referred to as scaling. Scaling is a local flaking or peeling of the finished, hardened concrete surface, resulting primarily from multiple freeze-thaw cycles. The condition can be aggravated by the presence of de-icing materials such as salt. Any product that is intended to melt ice and snow can contribute to concrete scaling. Even products labeled Safe for Concrete can contribute to scaling. The probability that scaling may occur can be reduced or eliminated by using a durable concrete mix and following recommended concrete placing, finishing and curing/sealing practices performed by an experienced concrete contractor.
What causes discoloration of concrete?
There are different types and causes of concrete discoloration. Dark, shadowy areas may appear if the fresh concrete was placed over alternating wet and dry areas of the subgrade. Darker areas are typically located where the subgrade was too wet or actually muddy. Temporarily covering concrete with poly sheeting or construction blankets can also cause the hardened concrete to be darker in appearance. Another possible cause of dark, mottled areas is the uneven application of curing/sealing products. Curing/sealing products should be applied as uniformly as possible with a nozzle that will produce a fine spray or mist. There can also be differences in coloration between concrete slabs placed on different days. This is usually due to slight variations in temperature and weather conditions from day to day.
How soon can new concrete be put into use?
During periods of moderate to warm weather, new concrete could be opened for pedestrian traffic in 12 to 24 hours, or when the surface becomes scuff resistant. A general guideline is that new concrete should not be opened for vehicular traffic for a minimum of seven days. This seven-day period can be significantly reduced by using a faster setting, stronger concrete mix. Please note that concrete gains strength more slowly in colder weather so more time may be needed before putting your new concrete into use.
Asphalt Milling, Grinding and Pulverization FAQ
What is cold milling?
Cold milling is the automatically controlled removal of pavement to a desired depth with specially designed equipment, and restoration of the surface to a specified grade or slope, free of humps, ruts, and other imperfections. The resulting textured pavement can be used immediately as a driving surface, or it can be overlaid with a minimum of material.
What is grinding?
Grinding is just another term for cold milling. Generally the term is use with rebating. Rebating is grinding along edges where concrete curb or sidewalk meets an asphalt edge. Grinding or rebating is done to ensure there is no lip between surfaces, which can be a trip hazard or unsightly.
What is pulverization?
Pulverization is a process of grinding (or milling) the existing asphalt surface and mixing it with the underlying stone base. This process serves to strengthen the existing base and form a better foundation to build on.
Potholes Are Medieval Knights
Fix Your Pothole Before Standing Water Forms
Potholes are medieval knights. They lurk in the cracks and crevices tempting your shocks to a joust. Every Pothole Knight understands it’s place in this modern world. Not to go for the knockout but weaken the target over time. It’s a smart strategy, especially since you showed up to a jousting with the power of several hundred horses (give or take depending on your model).
That’s the thing about potholes. It is never that one pothole that wrecked your shocks. It’s a series of potholes over time, throwing jabs instead of haymakers, until your car finally taps out.
Sometimes life can send potholes your way. One of those days where you can’t pinpoint anything major that went wrong, but you still feel on the losing side of things.
In the parking lot you can try and swerve for potholes but it is not the safest strategy. One of the best things you can do for your vehicle is simple. Slow down. Less speed behind the vehicle equals less punch from the pothole.
It works for your vehicle and it will work for life’s metaphorical potholes too.
Take a moment, relax, and enjoy the ride.
Fisherman’s Landing Project Grand Island NY
When it all comes together
Sometimes the stars align and everything comes together. It doesn’t happen all the time. Perhaps not even most of the time. But it does happen and when it does you’re consumed with that sense of gratification that keeps you coming back. Maybe you can relate to this.
It happened to us recently.
Perhaps you heard about the Fisherman’s Landing Project in Grand Island, N.Y. A waterfront parcel near the South Grand Island Bridge once held a sewer station and was closed to the general public. Now it’s a recreational outlet for fishermen, bird watchers, joggers, bikers and visitors to the region.
A lot of things needed to come together for this project. We were lucky to be among the esteemed group of contractors and consultants whose ideas and abilities converged perfectly to create something everyone can enjoy.
The American Public Works Association promotes professional excellence in public works projects. They were chartered in 1937 and are the largest organization of its kind in the world. They think the Fisherman’s Landing Project is pretty cool, too. The Western New York Branch named it the best facility in 2012.
A special thank you to everyone who touched this project. We were honored to be included and even made a few thorough friends.
We Believe There’s No Such Thing As Being Too Thorough
Thorough doesn’t get the credit it deserves. It barely gets noticed, actually.
We notice when thorough is absent. Like when you order a blended drink at a coffee shop and they didn’t measure enough but the barista charges you $4 for a half-full beverage anyway. Or when the tree service cuts down your decaying oak but was too busy to rake up the debris polluting your lawn.
Thorough has an evil twin, cursory. And we all know everyone pays more attention to cursory.
Not all attention is good attention, though.
Perhaps you’re like us. You’d rather do the right thing than get noticed. Perhaps you’re okay flying under the radar a little bit. No attention can replace the pride from a job well done.
Consider this the space where thorough gets the attention it deserves.
We believe there’s no such thing as being too thorough.
Whose Precious Time?
Time is a valuable commodity. It’s bought often and spent carefully.
It’s in our best interest to use our time wisely. For us, more time often means more work. And more work means more happy pavers. (It’s never a bad day when the pavers are happy.)
For some, the quest to buy or save time leads some to take it out of your job. Time that should be spent on a second coat of sealant or double-checking all your measurements. It can be tempting to cut a few corners and carve some of that time out of a job. But those in search of short-term satisfaction almost always trade that for long-term peace of mind.
The extra time you spend on doing something the right way never has to be revisited. It respects you and those you work for.
It’s always the right time to spend your time wisely.
Cashing a check shouldn’t be difficult. Tell that to the customer who met the grumpy teller at the bank.
Or the guy at the sandwich shop makes it feel like an inconvenience for him to make you a sub.
Small things can have large consequences.
Why can such a small inconvenience be so powerful when it comes to how we feel about going certain places and doing certain things? Imagine what a small gesture like that does when it’s repeated over time. It can’t be good for business.
Recently I realized something: people just want to feel welcome.
You don’t just welcome someone with words, though. It means literally to greet the arrival of person with kindness and courtesy. We think the people you hire and the things you do and the environment you invite your guests into is just as crucial to providing a warm welcome.
People who hire us don’t care about their parking lots as much as they do the people who walk through them.
What kind of welcome are you providing?