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

Can You Use Overlay Over Cracked Asphalt?

When asphalt becomes worn and cracked, replacement is not always the only option. Asphalt overlay is used to create a new surface over the existing asphalt, extending the lifespan. However, when asphalt is severely cracked, sometimes the cracks can work their way up through the overlay, ruining the new surface. New technology in the paving industry now offers overlay options that can be used on cracked surfaces and prevent cracks from the underneath asphalt affecting the new surface.

The Perma Flex® overlay system is a new option in repairing old asphalt and an alternative to replacement. When old asphalt driveways, roads or parking lots become cracked and worn, they often need to be completely removed and replaced. With the Perma-Flex overlay system, the existing asphalt is used as a base for the new surface. The technology used in this system is made to prevent reflective cracks, or the cracks that migrate up from the old asphalt underneath.

Since removing and replacing asphalt is labor and material intensive, it can be expensive. Replacing asphalt can be more expensive than paving a surface for the first time. Using asphalt overlay is less expensive than replacement and can add many years to the lifespan of a driveway, parking lot or road, making it a wise investment.

If you have a cracked asphalt surface you want to resurface with an overlay but are worried about reflective cracks appearing, find a paving company that offers the Perma-Flex overlay system. This can make your asphalt look like new again and add many years to the life of your surface while saving you money over the cost of replacement.

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

Perma Flex ® Overlay System

Although asphalt surfaces have a long life span if properly maintained, eventually they will begin to deteriorate and show signs of failure including cracking.  Traditionally, property owners two options when dealing with asphalt failures.  In the first option, the contractor will remove the damaged asphalt and repair the sub-base if necessary. 

Once removed and the sub-base repaired, new asphalt is laid.  In the second option, the contractor would “overlay” the damaged asphalt with a thin layer of asphalt.  In many cases, neither option was ideal as the first option is expensive, while the second option often resulted in reflective cracking, where an existing crack migrates towards the surface of the new asphalt. 

The Perma Flex ® Overlay System now provides property owners a third option.   This system allows the existing cracked asphalt to be used as a base for the asphalt overlay.  Due to the unique nature of the product, the material “bridges” cracks and does not allow reflective cracking to occur.  This system is also very economical and cost effective over alternative methods. 

The first step, in determining if your property is a candidate for the system, is to contact a highly qualified paving contractor that uses the system and that is licensed and insured.  They will perform an on site assessment of the condition of the existing pavement and will make specific written recommendations on possible solutions, including the Perma Flex ® Overlay System.  Once the terms are agreed to the contractor will mobilize on site with the specialized equipment and manpower required to install the Perma Flex ® Overlay System.  The system will be installed to the highest quality standards as quickly as possible and will provide the owner with years of service!