Asphalt pavement is often used for parking lots because of its durability, cost-effectiveness, and strength. It is the material of choice for parking lots across the nation because asphalt withstands heavy loads and lasts for many years when combined with proper asphalt maintenance.
A “hole-y” parking lot
However, as with all things, asphalt also has it’s downside: as soon as freshly laid hot asphalt pavement mix begins to cool, the aging process begins. A middle Tennessee parking lot has many enemies: gas, oil, sun oxidation, salt, water penetration, and hot or cold weather.
Oxygen and water combine with asphaltic binder of the pavement causing a chemical change. This process is necessary in the beginning for the pavement to become hard and firm. However, if the process is not halted, a complete deterioration of the asphaltic binder will take place and soon your new asphalt parking lot will be nothing but a layer of loose stone.
Protect Your Investment
In addition to routine inspections and ongoing maintenance, sealcoating asphalt pavement with a coal tar or asphalt-based emulsion slows pavement deterioration by protecting against the enemies of a parking lot. However, for maximum benefit, sealcoat needs to be applied approximately 12 months after the initial application and then on a regular basis, about every 24 to 48 months, thereafter.
In order to maximize the life of your asphalt parking lot, Exterior Maintenance Service will develop a pavement management plan that involves routine inspections and ongoing preventative maintenance. Call today for your no-cost-to-you inspection! 615-973-9626
Asphalt Repair & Patching
Patching is a common asphalt repair on areas of pavement with potholes. Potholes occur when water seeps into pavement through unsealed or improperly sealed cracks. When the water freezes, it expands and enlarges the crack. When the ice under the pavement melts, a void is left. Surrounding pavement falls into the void and forms a pothole.
Asphalt Removal & Replacement
Asphalt repair – better than new!
As asphalt pavement progresses through its life-cycle, its appearance diminishes over time. Hairline cracks spread and deepen within the asphalt. Without ongoing maintenance, water will enter through cracks and holes may form, undermining the substrate. The most effective form of repair is to remove and replace the deteriorated area.
In more severe cases of asphalt failure, a long-term solution is to resurface the asphalt pavement (also referred to as overlay). If you notice grade depressions (standing water on the pavement) and/or large sections of alligatored areas (interconnecting cracks forming a series of blocks resembling an alligator’s skin), it is a good idea to have your pavement resurfaced.
Infrared Asphalt Repair
This unique method of asphalt repair blends hot-mix asphalt right in with the original asphalt and then compacts the area to create a seamless restoration. If you notice potholes, pavement heaving or uneven surfaces surrounding catch basins, or rough surfaces in drive lanes or parking stalls, it is a good idea to consider infrared repair.