Have you resolved to do that paving project in 2019?
Like most New Year’s resolutions, that paving project you’ve resolved to do this year can seem a little overwhelming. Breaking your paving or asphalt repair project into simple steps can make it easier to steam-roll through to getting it done.
STEP 1: Understand the current state of your parking lot
Take a good hard look at your parking lot with one of the Hall Paving experts by your side. We will walk your lot with you and give you a free evaluation of what we find along with recommendations for the best, and most affordable, course of action for your specific situation.
STEP 2: Understand the repair options available to you
Based on the findings from your free evaluation it is important to understand the asphalt repair process and what will be involved. One of our experienced Asphalt U faculty can help familiarize you with different methods of asphalt repair. Frequently, there may be more than one answer to your asphalt problem.
Crack Filling - One of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to cracks in their pavement is waiting too long to get them filled. With time, cracks will only get worse. What was once a small crack can quickly become alligator cracking or even a pothole, compromising the integrity of your entire pavement surface.
Sealcoating - Sealcoating will protect asphalt from fuel, oil, water, weather and traffic wear. This option will leave your pavement looking sleek and dark. It’s the perfect solution if you are looking for a simple way to improve the appearance of your asphalt road or driveway.
Milling - Milling is the process of removing the top layer of asphalt without disturbing the underlying subbase. This is an excellent option if your subbase is perfectly functional and only the top layer of your asphalt needs repair work.
Patching - Patching is the process of filling in potholes.
Overlay - An asphalt overlay is a great means for cleaning up areas of your lot to give it a fresh appearance. Overlay is typically used when existing asphalt is showing some signs of cracking and potholes, but not quite enough damage to warrant a full replacement.
New Installation - A fresh start for your pavement.
STEP 3: Understanding the types of asphalt available to you. There are many options available.
Porous Asphalt - The term “porous” refers to the fact that there are tiny holes in the asphalt material which provide an environmentally friendly way to manage storm-water. The water travels into the ground beneath where it undergoes natural water cleansing processes. Porous asphalt is an environmentally friendly paving solution and it’s an EPA best practice paving method.
Cold Mix or Green Patch Asphalt - Cold mix asphalt is good for filling potholes in winter because it stays soft in cold temperatures and repels water.
Hot Mix Asphalt - Hot mix asphalt is the designation given to asphalt mixtures that are heated and laid at temperatures between 300 and 350 degrees. It is the most commonly used asphalt.
STEP 4: Budgeting for your parking lot project
You should leave room in your budget for a pavement restoration project every 10 to 15 years. You may not need the work done every 10 years, but it’s best to plan your budget as if you would, just in case.
STEP 5: Preventative maintenance
The easiest way to avoid costly projects is to do smaller maintenance projects that will keep your asphalt from needing big repairs in the first place. Quick, inexpensive maintenance includes:
Seasonal street sweeping
Crack sealing when cracks first appear
At Hall Paving our focus is on keeping you informed and helping you make the best choices for your unique project. Contact us today to get your free inspection and estimate for the best outcome of your parking lot project.