Is Overlaying an Option to Repair Your Asphalt Parking Lot?

Asphalt parking lots can last twenty years or more, but deterioration is bound to occur. Pot holes erupt, and cracks appear, allowing water to seep into the asphalt and cause more damage. There comes a point when you need to decide whether to replace your entire parking lot or continue repair issues as the occur. There is another option. Overlaying your parking lot can be a wise choice, repairing cracks and extending the life of your asphalt.

When Can an Overlay System Be Used?

Some deteriorating parking lot must be replaced. If the sub-base is no longer stable, it is not recommended to use an overlay system. Overlay systems can be used on asphalt that is cracked and deteriorating, but still has maintained its structural integrity. Any major holes need to be repaired before the overlay, but if the sub-base is still good, this method can be used for repairing asphalt.

Will Cracks Reappear on the Overlay?

Overlaying asphalt has been used for decades to extend the life of surfaces and delay replacement. However, one problem that can occur is cracks from the underneath pavement can move to the new surface. These are called reflective cracks. One option is to use an overlay system that is designed to prevent reflective cracks. The Perma Flex® overlay system is a perfect option for cracked parking lots, creating a smooth surface while preventing reflective cracks.

Overlaying an existing parking lot can be a big money saver over complete replacement. If you have a parking lot that is beginning to crack and deteriorate, talk to your local paving contractor about the possibility of overlaying to extend the life of your asphalt.

Posted on behalf of:
ACE Paving & Maintenance
3465 Francis Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 686-3758

3 Tips on How to Maintain an Asphalt Driveway

One of the many advantages of owning an asphalt driveway is that it is easy and cost-effective to maintain. It does not take much time or effort to keep it looking beautiful or to keep it in good repair. However, low maintenance does not mean no maintenance; you still should be doing the minimal maintenance tasks to help extend the life of your asphalt driveway. Here are three tips on ways to maintain your asphalt and ensure your driveway lasts for many years to come.

  1. Cleaning. Asphalt is easy to clean and is excellent at resisting stains. Sweep or blow away debris as needed and pressure wash or use a garden hose to clean away moss, oil or chemicals. If there are any stains, a mild soap, water and scrub brush can usually dissolve them away.
  2. Sealcoating. One maintenance item that can make your driveway last longer is sealcoating. Depending on the traffic level and the climate where you live, most driveways should be sealcoated every 2-3 years. It is a small expense to maintain your driveway and prevent premature deterioration.
  3. A small pot hole in your driveway can become a big, crumbled mess quickly. If you notice any cracks or crumbles in the surface or on the edges, call your paving company right away. A small repair can stop the damage, costing much less than repaving or resurfacing your driveway.

A little cleaning throughout the year and sealcoating or repairs as needed can help your asphalt driveway last for decades. Talk to your local paving service to determine how often to sealcoat for your region to stay on top of your driveway maintenance.

Posted on behalf of:
ACE Paving & Maintenance
3465 Francis Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 686-3758

Replace vs Overlay: Options for Your Commercial Asphalt Surface

If you own a business with a deteriorating asphalt parking lot or roadway, spring is the perfect time to schedule asphalt maintenance. You may be considering replacing that old asphalt, but before you invest in new asphalt, there are other options. In many cases an asphalt overlay may be just what you need to restore your asphalt surface with a lower expense than replacement.

Asphalt Overlay

For an asphalt surface that has some damage yet still has a viable foundation, an overlay service can save money over replacement. There are many different types of overlay options that can restore the driving surface of your parking lot or road without the expense of removing and replacing the existing asphalt.

One excellent choice of overlay products for cracked asphalt is the Perma Flex® asphalt overlay option. This system is designed specifically for cracked asphalt that needs repair. This system works with the existing pavement and provides a durable, flexible surface that can extend the life of your asphalt. This system is especially cost effective for large surfaces such as commercial parking lots.

Asphalt Replacement

In some cases, an overlay is not the best solution for repairing your asphalt surface. If the deterioration is deep, affecting the base, you may need a full asphalt replacement. Overlaying a surface that is structurally unsound only puts a bandage on a deeper issue. It can be a waste of money to try to repair a surface will need replacement in the near future, regardless of the quality of overlay used.

To find out which option is best for your commercial asphalt project, contact your local paving company that offers both Perma Flex® asphalt overlay service and asphalt replacement for a thorough inspection and recommendations.

Posted on behalf of:
ACE Paving & Maintenance
5665 Atlanta Highway
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 451-3226

Stages of Asphalt Failure

Asphalt is a very durable paving surface and can last for decades when maintained properly. However, eventually the material will begin to deteriorate and comprise the sub-base underneath. This is usually a slow process and often when the first signs of damage appear, they can be repaired and extend the life of the asphalt. Knowing the stages of asphalt failure can help you catch and repair issues in the early stages to delay replacement.

Hairline Cracks

The first stage of asphalt failure is the formation of small, almost invisible hairline cracks across the surface. At this point, resealing the asphalt could prevent further damage. If those cracks are left unchecked, they will deepen to the next stage.

Noticeable Cracks

Once the cracks are noticeable, the asphalt is no longer water resistant. Water will penetrate the asphalt and begin destroying the sub-base. Every time a vehicle drives on this asphalt, it is wearing away at the foundation that is holding the asphalt in place.

Potholes

Once the sub-base is compromised, mud and soil from under the foundation will begin to work its way up through the asphalt. Eventually, the asphalt will crumble and create a pothole. If the pothole and asphalt is not repaired, the damage will spread until there is complete asphalt failure, possibly creating a sinkhole.

The best solution is to extending the life of your asphalt driveway or parking lot is to routinely have it sealed by a professional asphalt paving company. They can inspect your asphalt for the appearance of hairline cracks and give you recommendations on how to care for your asphalt. With proper repair and maintenance, you can add many years to the life of your pavement.

Posted on behalf of:
ACE Paving & Maintenance
5665 Atlanta Highway
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 451-3226

Selecting an Asphalt Contractor

Asphalt pavement is an important and significant element of your home.  Hiring an asphalt contractor who is equipped with the proper tools and expertise for your needs is important. Before choosing a contractor to take care of your asphalt resurfacing, repairs, or installation, do the following: 

ESTIMATES

Obtain a minimum of three  written estimates so you can do a detailed comparison, line by line. Make sure the estimates contain both the terms of payment and also the scope of work. The lowest estimate shouldn’t automatically be chosen because it might not be the best bid. Going with the cheapest estimate can end up being your most expensive choice if you have to hire a different asphalt contractor to finish or re-do your pavement. 

REFERENCES

You should get three references from each asphalt contractor. Get references for both recent jobs as well as past jobs. This allows you the important opportunity to check the contractor’s references and also inspect their previous work. 

COMPLAINTS

Contact the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to see if there have been any complaints filed against the asphalt contractor. You can do this by going to their website at www.bbb.org where you can see their “reliability report.” You can also access information via the phone by calling your local Better Business Bureau (BBB). You can determine how many years the contractor has been in business, the number of complaints filed against them, and if the complaints have been resolved. 

GUARANTEE

You need to find out if a contractor provides you with a guarantee. Find out if they guarantee your satisfaction upon completion, (any broken areas, and water runoff).  You need to know if they’ll fix any problems that arise over at least the first 12 months.