When property owners first view their parking lots after an asphalt paving company has installed the pavement, they sometimes experience a fleeting thought that it seems a shame to allow vehicles to access such an attractive area. They know that their parking lots will not remain pristine forever, but they also understand that the pavement has a job to do. Asphalt pavements do their jobs exceptionally well, but even the best of them cannot withstand the demands placed on them by traffic, the weather, and the sun forever. Overlaying the pavement can be more cost-effective than rebuilding it, but how do you know that the time has come for an overlay? There are a few questions that can help you decide.
When Is It Time to Overlay Your Asphalt Parking Lot?
When You View Your Parking Lot, What Is Your Impression of Its Appearance?
Try to imagine that you are seeing your parking lot for the first time. How does it look? Is the asphalt a rich, dark color, or has it turned an ugly shade or gray or brown? Is the surface a patchwork of repairs that have been made over many years? Can you see cracks, tire ruts, birdbaths, potholes, or other types of damage? It may be time to call a commercial paving company to install an overlay.
Are Pedestrians and Drivers Complaining That Your Parking Lot Is Slippery?
Over time, vehicles driving on your parking lot can wear down the surface course, creating a condition that a paving contractor calls polished aggregate. Instead of sticking up just above the asphalt’s surface to enhance traction, the stones or rocks in the asphalt mix can be worn smooth or even worn away completely. This makes your pavement more treacherous to walk on or drive across. An asphalt overlay can take care of the problem. However, although unlikely, it is also possible that your sealcoating could cause a slippery surface. If you hired an inexperienced or unethical contractor to perform your parking lot maintenance, he might have neglected to add sand to the sealcoating mix. Sand enhances traction, and without a sufficient amount of sand in the sealant, your pavement can be slippery.
Do You Know When Your Pavement Was Installed or Resurfaced?
On average, most parking lots need an overlay every 12 to 15 years. However, age is only one factor. If your parking lot has always received professional maintenance and timely repairs, it may only need resurfacing every 18 years or so. Conversely, if the pavement has been sorely neglected throughout its life, you could need to install an asphalt overlay in less than 10 years.
Have There Been Significant Changes Since Your Asphalt Parking Lot Was Built?
Commercial paving contractors employ complex formulas to calculate the proper design for every asphalt pavement they construct. The goal is to design a pavement that will meet the demands expected of it without wasting the client’s money. The factors that contractors evaluate include the number of vehicles that the pavement will bear on an average day, the types and weights of those vehicles, and the number of each type of vehicle anticipated. Contractors also consider the surrounding landscape, the soil’s stability underneath the pavement, and the structures adjacent to the pavement. If any of these have changed significantly, your pavement could suffer. Although it may not be possible to correct the issues with an overlay, there are certain conditions that an overlay may be able to rectify.
C&C Super Seal Is the Paving Company to Trust
Since 1998, C&C Super Seal has provided customers with exceptional asphalt paving and parking lot services, including sealcoating, asphalt overlays, thermoplastic line striping, parking lot sweeping, pothole repair, and parking lot striping, crack repairs, snow removal, and parking lot bollard installation. Our reputation for craftsmanship and service is impeccable. If you are interested in a free quote, fill out the online form or call 267-223-9906.