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21 Reasons Why We Still Live in Minnesota- Despite the Winters

It’s forecasted to be an incredibly cold and snowy winter. It’s hard on our driveways, streets, backs- and mostly, on our spirits. So before the winter gets underway, we wanted to take time to remind you why we Minnesotans love it here- despite the seemingly endless winters of raging ice and snow. 21. Hotdish Can you really go wrong with tater tots, cream of mushroom soup, shredded cheese and ground beef? No. The answer is no. 20. Spring Nothing beats the first day it’s 45 degrees and the kids are running to the bus wearing shorts. Because- it’s shorts weather,[Read more…]

Perma-what?

Believe it or not, straight lines in landscaping don’t occur naturally in nature. Nope, those perfectly manicured lawns are made possible by the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance landscape edging; Permaloc. We’re all about you deciding you need a new driveway, but we’re even more about taking it to the next level. That’s what Permaloc does. A standard asphalt driveway has a tamped-down angle, making it more vulnerable to damage over time. What we, with the help of Permaloc, are trying to do is reduce the chance of edge breakdown over time. Installing Permaloc increases the edge strength of your[Read more…]

Throw the Ultimate Driveway Tailgate

Tailgating might make fall the most enjoyable of the four seasons. There’s something about cohesive drinking, eating, and laughing before enjoying a game of football that makes the world go round. Even if you’re not looking to head to a professional stadium parking lot to crack open a Bud Light or grill a burger, who’s to say you can’t throw a tailgating party with neighbors and friends on your own driveway? Checklist: A driveway you’re not embarrassed by Music A grill Grill basket Grill utensils Great recipes (or even stick to peanuts, popcorn, and hot dogs). We suggest: Buffalo Chicken[Read more…]

Fall Honey-Do List

You’ll have to forgive us if we’re always talking about seasons around here, our lives kind of revolve around them. Believe it or not with this wicked heat we’re experiencing, fall is just around the corner. And just as sure as those leaves will blow and that snow will fall, there are a few things that need to be done around the house and yard to get everything in tip-top cold weather shape. Think of it like spring cleaning only the, uh, fall version. Better to take care of it sooner rather than later (you know if you’ve learned the[Read more…]

Make Your Very Own Sidewalk Chalk

Sidewalk chalk is one of those magical activities that brings anyone back to the carefree days of childhood. A simple hopscotch board or a mural masterpiece, there’s something about holding that colored dusty object in your hand that relieves all stress; never mind the fact that it’s a fantastic way to bond with your kids. Up for the challenge of making your own concrete driveway art supplies? We think it sounds like the perfect weekend family project. Tools and Materials: 1. Cardboard tube (saved from center of paper towels, toilet paper, wrapping papers, tinfoil, etc.) 2. Scissors 3. Duct tape[Read more…]

Adding Curb Appeal

Adding curb appeal to your home not only makes you feel more proud as an owner, but can really up your chances of selling to potential homebuyers; would you want to see what was inside your house judging it from the outside? Here are a few simple ways to seize the season and give your place its long overdue face lift. Paint your front door! Why not make that focal point stand out a little bit? Pick a bold color to really revive that entryway. Replace your dingy-looking mailbox. Whether it has rusted hardware, is in need of a serious[Read more…]

Five years can be a long time…

…depending on the people you collect as family, friends and neighbors. We’ve all had them and we’ve all made them. Crazy relatives and stupid mistakes, that is. At Richfield Blacktop and Concrete, we strive to not only improve your property with a fantastic paved surface, whether it’s a driveway, sidewalk, patio or garage floor, but also are determined to help you keep it looking and performing beautifully over time. Our specialty is driveways – the special place on your slice of paradise that is witness to many activities, events and emotions. The paved space between the street and your house[Read more…]

Breaking news: Garage beats out Deck, Patio to take 2nd place this season!

Some things in our daily lives get little respect and appreciation. We often take for granted daily blessings when we get used to them: Electricity, a hot shower, air in our vehicle’s tires when it’s time to drive, nice weather, wifi hot spots, safe roads, mail delivery, open grocery stores, good health. Until something breaks down in some way, life just floats happily along without one-more-thing to add to the list of things to accomplish each day. Your garage is one of them. Your driveway is another. They put up with a lot, given the ever-changing weather extremes in the[Read more…]

Concrete vs. Blacktop — How do I choose?

Whether it’s time for your current home to replace its driveway or you’re building a new home and need to start from scratch, navigating the driveway world can be a bit of an intimidating subject. This blog post intends to help simplify all pros and cons of the asphalt vs. concrete debate. Asphalt and concrete are the two most popular types of material for paving a driveway and what we here at Richfield Blacktop and Concrete specialize in. There is no cut and dry answer as to which is better, but together we’ll decide which pavement choice suits your needs[Read more…]

‘tis the season to bring the indoors – outdoors

Now that summer weather is upon us in Minnesota, our outside lawns, gardens, patios and even driveways become extended “living space” for a few long-awaited months. Enjoying outdoor living space is becoming more popular than ever with “staycations” and home entertaining at an all-time high.  Trends in outdoor rooms and furnishings are a natural invitation to enjoy time with your family and friends in the warm open air. Functional and beautiful outside spaces are often simply a comfortable expansion of a home’s interior.  Patios, porches, even widened sidewalks create unique and useful surfaces for landscape structures, interesting plantings, art, or[Read more…]