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If you’re looking to improve the condition of your asphalt, then you may want to consider an asphalt overlay to help preserve and protect the integrity of your property.  Not only will an overlay be a cost-effective alternative to a complete replacement, but it will also greatly improve the look and quality of your paved spaces. You may not be familiar with all the different methods of asphalt resurfacing, or which one is the best option for you and your property. Should you do an overlay, sealcoating, crack sealing, patching or replace the asphalt completely?  Fortunately, American Asphalt has a team of experts that will help you decide what options of pavement repair best suit your needs. In the meantime, this article will give you some working knowledge about asphalt overlays and how they work.

Fundamentally, a typical overlay is a fresh layer of asphalt approximately two inches thick applied to an existing surface. Overlays are recommended for parking lots that still have structural integrity but could use a fresh coat of asphalt to maintain and preserve the condition of the underlying asphalt. An overlay is a cost-effective way to give your property a fresh and healthy look while also helping to protect future deterioration. It is estimated that a proper overlay could extend the life of a paved area for an additional 10-15 years, potentially saving you thousands of dollars worth of repairs or replacements over that period. Timely repairs on surface problems will extend the life of the asphalt pavement, while also preventing potential liabilities. 

It’s important to consider the age of your property. A well-maintained parking lot has a 20-year life expectancy. If the parking lot is 15 years or older, an overlay might not be your best option. If the lot is already significantly debilitated, an overlay will only cover the damage for two or three years before the underlying foundation damage begins to resurface. In this instance, a replacement pavement may be your best option. On the other hand, if the asphalt has minimal cracks and/or crumbling and the existing asphalt is still structurally sound, this would be an ideal application for an overlay.  Our highly knowledgeable team at American Asphalt will be able to best identify the proper course of action for you and your property.  

The process of overlaying involves cleaning and leveling the space, making repairs as needed, and ensuring that the existing layer can receive a new topcoat. Typically, a tack coat or binding agent is applied to ensure asphalt adhesion. Another consideration is pitch and proper draining. Sometimes milling is necessary to maintain curb and gutter ratios. Depending on the amount of prep work involved, removal and replacement might be a more cost-effective option after all.  But for those pavements that meet the right criteria, an overlay is by far the least invasive and budget-friendly option in achieving the look of a brand-new lot.  

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