Stamped Asphalt is a decorative material that transforms regular asphalt product into imitation stone or brick. Stamped asphalt is most commonly used for crosswalks to clearly distinguish the road and walkway. There are various stamped asphalt pattern designs; such as, standard brick and herringbone.
Not only is stamped asphalt visually appealing, it provides safety for pedestrians because of the clearly defined crosswalks. Providing distinct crosswalks in your parking lot can help pedestrians and drivers navigate more easily.
Installation of stamped asphalt is not as complex compared to products like stamped concrete. The stamped asphalt can be applied to a freshly paved parking lot or a parking lot with existing asphalt, provided the existing asphalt is structurally sound, with no cracking or damage. The process of installing stamped asphalt uses a combination of a wired stamping template, plate compactor and heat in order to create the desired design impression. Once the stamping process is complete, the surface is coated with an epoxy paint, which is available in a variety of colors.
Stamped asphalt is a cost effective option for crosswalks in parking lots because it is not as labor intensive as some other applications, like brick pavers, and can be opened almost immediately for traffic; whereas, stamped concrete takes almost a week to cure and the stamping process must be immediate while the concrete is still wet (it cannot be reheated like asphalt).
Like any asphalt pavement surface, stamped asphalt is durable and easy to maintain. Asphalt can handle heavily trafficked areas and when maintained properly, the life of the asphalt can expand tremendously.
If you are considering whether stamped asphalt is right for your parking lot, contact our parking lot maintenance team. We can evaluate your lot and work within your budget.