Asphalt Parking Lot Paving
Commercial properties, whether they be corporate office buildings or shopping areas, typically accommodate large numbers of visitors and frequent guests. With those guests come their vehicles that need a place to park and navigate for easier access to the property grounds. Asphalt has continually proven to be a durable paving material for parking lots that are exposed to direct sunlight and other weathering elements. Asphalt can easily withstand frequent and heavy traffic, is also simple to repair, and can be installed en masse for large spaces.
If you have a large-scale parking lot that needs paving, asphalt can be applied to the parking lot and ready to go within a matter of days. Asphalt, which is made from aggregate and recycled materials, is often rolled onto the surface area and is pressed into the frames where the anticipated parking lot has been measured. After the asphalt has been laid into place, it is then sealed and left to cure for a few days before it can be walked or driven on. For parking lots, we also provide striping to demark the parking spaces and road directions. Added drying time will be needed to ensure the paint settles.
In order to lay asphalt onto a parking lot, the area must first be prepared. If an area is not prepared beforehand, this could lead to premature deterioration of the asphalt. To prepare a parking lot area for asphalt, the area must be measured and cleared of any existing pavement such as concrete. Once this has been done, the base of the lot is then compacted to avoid dirt and debris from submerging into the hot asphalt layer. A base of crushed rocks is then placed on top of the compacted soil for added strength. Once this mixture has settled, the asphalt can then be added atop the rock-base mixture.
Asphalt has long been appreciated for its durability against most weathering elements. While it’s not completely immune, asphalt does combat most types of outdoor elements such as UV rays, fluctuating temperatures, and some rain or ice. Too much of any outdoor substance has the ability to obstruct asphalt, especially water, so it’s crucial that drainage systems are in place to divert water and sealants are added to extend the lifespan of the asphalt. Similarly, asphalt must be applied when the time of year permits it to dry at an even and appropriate rate. If asphalt is laid onto wet or frozen ground, this could promote damage for the asphalt in the future, once it has cured.
When an area has been prepared for asphalt, the asphalt can actually be laid in pieces rather than as one big roll, meaning that your parking lot can be up and running in no time, if it needs to be back in service as soon as possible. Since most asphalt projects can also be completed in as little as one day, you likely won’t see congestion or heavy traffic coming in and out of your parking lot. Likewise, while asphalt can hold heavy traffic better than some other pavements, it should be given several days to cure before cars can readily park on it regularly.