The what, when and how of two types of asphalt services
Your parking lot is a huge investment. You want to be confident that you are choosing the right type of services for your asphalt pavement. Asphalt paving and asphalt maintenance (such as sealcoating) are two vastly different solutions for your parking lot. It is important to have a trusted contractor who can evaluate your lot for the best course of action.
Asphalt Paving is when the existing asphalt pavement surface is removed and replaced or when a layer of asphalt is added to the top of the already existing asphalt; also known as an overlay. When parking lots have deteriorated asphalt like large potholes and alligator cracking, it is best to replace the asphalt surface. Asphalt patching, pothole repairs and overlays are a few procedures that are cost effective solutions when repairing a parking lot; however, some asphalt pavement surfaces require a complete renovation. A complete repave includes removing the existing asphalt with a mill machine and replacing it with new hot mix asphalt.
Sealcoating is a service that should be a part of your routine parking lot maintenance plan and should be applied to existing asphalt every 3-5 years. If your parking lot has been recently repaved, the sealcoat application should be applied within 90 days to 1 year. Sealcoating will help extend the life of the asphalt surface by preventing oxidation caused by the sun and degradation from UV rays damage and traffic. There are two ways that sealcoat can be applied: spray or squeegee. Consult your trusted contractor to evaluate your lot and determine which application is best, based on the existing conditions.
If you are looking at your parking lot and notice any type of damage or deterioration, contact American Asphalt Company for a complimentary assessment of your lot.