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The history of asphalt is a fascinating one. Many people never think about where our building materials came from due to the fact that they are everywhere and easily obtainable. After all, if you need an asphalt or concrete driveway, you simply call up your local paving and grading company such as Black Bear Paving & Grading in San Jose, they come out and pour your driveway in under a day, and you go about your merry way. However, it didn't always be this easy.

Black Bear Paving & Grading is an asphalt company based in San Jose. We help homeowners and businesses by supplying their asphalt and concrete needs, including installation, repair, maintenance, and sealcoating needs. Below, we'll take a brief look at the history of asphalt. Contact our paving company today to get started!


Asphalt occurs naturally in lakes and in rock. Thus, people have been using it for thousands of years, and probably much sooner than...

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Here at Black Bear Paving & Grading in San Jose, we are often asked which is better: asphalt or concrete? The answer can be a lengthy one, so we thought we'd break down that question here for you.

Our asphalt company offers a wide variety of residential and commercial solutions for your paving and grading needs, including asphalt paving, concrete foundation pouring, sealcoating services, and utility needs. With over 25 years of combined experience, we offer high-quality work done when you need us. Below, we'll go over some of the advantages and disadvantages to asphalt versus concrete. Contact us today for both your asphalt and concrete needs!


Both asphalt and concrete are used for the same purposes: road construction, driveways, sidewalks, and the like. Each has their advantages and disadvantages, although both are excellent choices for your needs. Consider the deciding factors...

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Most people think of asphalt as the black pavement material found in parking lots and roads. Beyond that, they don't think much about asphalt.

Black Bear Paving & Grading in San Jose specializes in asphalt repair, installation, and maintenance services. While asphalt may look similar, there are actually three different types of asphalts: hot mix asphalt (HMA), warm mix asphalt (WMA), and cold mix asphalt. Below, we'll explore each more in depth. Contact us today for all of your asphalt paving needs!


Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA)

HMA is produced at high temperatures, usually somewhere between 150 and 180 degrees Celsius, or about 300 degrees Fahrenheit. This type of asphalt is the most durable of all asphalt types. This asphalt is used in major highways and airport runways.

Warm Mix Asphalt (WMA)

WMA is made at a lower temperature...

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Most people can recognize asphalt by its distinctive black coloring. It is commonly seen in parking lots, airport runways, railway tracks, bicycle lanes, sidewalks, and roads. It is also seen in play areas and sports arenas. But what exactly is asphalt? And what gives it its distinctive black coloring?

Black Bear Paving & Grading is an asphalt company located in beautiful San Jose. We offer asphalt services ranging from asphalt repair to asphalt paving. Below, we'll explain what exactly is asphalt. Contact us today for your asphalt estimate!


Asphalt, also known as blacktop or bitumen, is a mixture of materials and aggregates. The aggregates include crushed rock, sand, or gravel. In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, recycled construction and demolition debris is also being ground up to form the aggregates. Aggregates make up about 95% of asphalt. Bitumen makes up the other 5%. Bitumen is the binding material that...

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Whether it’s in a local San Jose neighborhood or the parking lot of your business, potholes are a nuisance and a safety risk. People can trip on them, cars can get flat tires or other damage, and they are just plain unsightly. But what can be done about them? In today’s blog at Black Bear Paving & Grading, we talk about some of the most common methods used for pothole repair and how they are done. While you may be tempted to attempt pothole repair yourself if it’s on or near your property, we recommend leaving it to asphalt paving experts. Do-it-yourself solutions are often costly and ineffective.

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At Black Bear Paving & Grading in San Jose, we know that we are the clear choice when you are in need of a paving company. We know there are a lot of options out there and if you aren’t familiar with us, you may not know why choosing Black Bear Paving & Grading is the way to go. That’s why in today’s blog, we touch on five of the biggest reasons you should choose us as your paving company in San Jose and the surrounding areas!

If you’re ready to get your free estimate, reach out to our friendly staff at Black Bear Paving & Grading in San Jose today!

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ADA compliance is a crucial aspect of any business. If your business isn’t easily accessible to people with mobility challenges, you’re not only missing out on business, you are breaking the law. In essence, ADA requirements are a set of guidelines that ensures people with disabilities can quickly, easily, and efficiently access and interact with your building. This includes accessible parking, entrances, facilities and more. Of all the ADA requirements, restrooms are often considered the most complex to navigate. In today’s blog, our concrete paving company, Black Bear Paving & Grading, talks about five common signs your restroom is not ADA compliant.


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