Asphalt (or bitumen) is a paving material kind of like pitch mixed with sand, gravel and lime. The main advantages of using this building material are its durability and relatively low cost. If properly maintained, Well-installed asphalt paving can last a lifetime. Especially in certain weather conditions, Asphalt is well suited for any hard surface, especially for transport. This is the reason why you see it everywhere! Driveways, roads, and parking lot paving is widespread for a reason, and our company has made it our goal to deliver the very best asphalt contractor services available. We provide services for the installation of parking lots, starting from building the base layer to finishing the asphalt with sealcoating.
Parking Lot Paving
The process of installation a parking lot is our expertise, and full of benefits if you choose our company. Before the parking lot installation, it is necessary to measure the exact dimensions of the property in question in order to meet the specifications of the project. Measure twice, pave once! The final purpose of the paving area factors heavily into how we choose to pave the space. Our extensive experience as a paving contractor really gives us an advantage here. After so many years in the industry, we’ve pretty much seen it all. This gives us a leg up in determining the exact way we want to go about the paving project. This is also the stage where communication with our customer is so important. If we don’t know all of the details regarding the purpose of the paving project, we can’t have all of our bases covered. We make sure to plan out as much of the details as we can before we get to the jobsite.
Next, it’s time to clear the space, which is the excavation phase. We generally end up doing some digging and cleaning out the space so we can lay down the asphalt without any obstacles or hindrances. This can be as simple as removing weeds to more heavy-duty ground clearing.
The entire exposed surface will be compacted when the base layer is not made of concrete. In order to improve the load bearing capacity of the soil and to prevent the penetration of the gravel into the soil, some foils may be used between the soil and the base layer. We’ll put the base layer on our newly scraped and exposed surface. The choice of the base layer differs from work to work depending on the designer’s specification and depending on the intended use of the paved surface. Again, this is why it is so important to plan well.
At this point there are some options available. Generally we put down a base coat of gravel which helps for a consistent spread of the asphalt. Of course, we usually take a roller to it as well. Finally, we finish the job by providing some industrial coating, which is usually a layer of asphalt sealcoating. If we are doing a parking lot or a similar project, we’ll also offer to do the final pavement markings or line striping as part of the initial specs. Once that is wrapped up, we’ll clean up the site and leave you with a large space of freshly paved asphalt.
A sealcoat or a pavement sealer is liquid layer mixture that is applied on the asphalt pavement. Sealcoating is well-known as a protective coating that extends the life of asphalt surfaces. It is a crucial finishing touch that can add decades to the pavement. It also has benefits to drivers as well, as it reduces abrasion and increases the anti-skid properties of the asphalt.
Sealcoating can be done on any asphalt surface, and is recommended as part of a comprehensive maintenance program. Sealcoating involves applying a specially formulated liquid layer to an existing asphalt surface. When the fluid is hardened, it seals asphalt from harmful elements, including weather, chemicals and moisture from daily weather. Sealcoating slows down oxidation, prevents penetration of water and chemicals on the surface and is easy to clean. While asphalt surfaces and replacements are recommended for a surface at the end of its life, sealing is up to 10 times less expensive and can double the lifetime. The benefits of sealcoating really are tremendous!
Sealcoating is like a a protective coat; it does not act as crevice filler or leveling material. Sealcoating is only as good as the asphalt pavement to which it is applied. It prevents the asphalt from cracking, which can be caused by excessive voids, insufficient compaction, poor mix stability, poor drainage and low use areas. We know how hard it is nowadays to find a good team for performing pavements, but we can get the job done right for you. Call today for a free estimate!