Planning Your Asphalt Repair Budget

There is a lot you can learn from a thorough asphalt inspection. A parking lot requires maintenance to help ensure that small repair needs don’t become a major resurfacing project. Effectively planning your budget for asphalt repairs could lead to considerable savings over the long term. A well-designed and maintained asphalt parking lot can last for as long as 20 years.

Is Your Pavement Cracking Under the Heat?

Running a business in South Florida has its perks. The weather is great – usually – and the region enjoys the spoils of a rich and vibrant tourism industry. However, the climate in South Florida can also wreak havoc on your asphalt parking lot or pavements. Heat can cause cracks that will inevitably lead to water seepage.

The sub-surface layers of an asphalt lot can suffer damage resulting from erosion. If air gaps form between the sub-surface layer and the top layer, it makes the surface vulnerable to further damage when traffic passes through the lot. The conclusion is a top layer that begins to sag and eventually collapses and even crumbles. At this stage, you may have both cracks and potholes throughout the lot.

IS YOUR ASPHALT PARKING LOT LOSING ITS SHINE?

Asphalt parking lots can take a battering for a number of reasons. Water seepage, petroleum spills and general dirt and grime that really ruin that shine. As much as you try to keep your parking lot clean and well maintained, there is no substitute for asphalt sealcoating.

The process of resealing your asphalt parking lot involves more than simply replacing the surface. A coal tar pitch or asphalt emulsion acts as a layer of defense against most of the common issues that asphalt parking lots have to deal with on a daily basis. Asphalt emulsion is mixed with inert fillers, water, emulsifying agents or additives for maximum protection.

LATEST PROJECT: MASSEY YARDLEY CAR DEALERSHIP SEALCOAT AND STRIPE

MAKE A LASTING FIRST IMPRESSION WITH A NEWLY SEALCOATED PARKING LOT

U.S. Pave has proudly completed a Sealcoat and Striping project for the Massey Yardley car dealership in Plantation, Florida. As a customer service oriented business it is extremely important that car dealerships keep their parking lots in pristine condition. The lot needs to be constantly maintained and repairs should be made immediately when an issue arises.

A large portion of the work for this project was completed during off hours and overnight so it did not impact the daily operations of the car dealership.

If you are in South Florida needing concrete or asphalt repair and maintenance, the parking lot specialists at U.S. Pave are here to help. We pride ourselves on being able to complete any job within your timeline and budget. If you have any questions or would like an estimate call (888) 681-9355.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR PARKING LOT NEEDS REPAIR?

Many businesses in South Florida have to analyze the situation of their parking lots and driveways. The fact is – there are cracks, and there are holes. Potholes and an entire array of damage to the pavement are ailing parking lots all over South Florida. Some business owners aren’t sure what the next step is.

Parking lots should be repaired as soon as possible. Immediate attention given to the concrete pavement ensures that the parking lot stays safe for those that are using it.

Steps to Parking Lot Repair

Inspect the Parking Lot for Damage
It is important to routinely inspect a parking lot to be certain that there are no cracks, gaps, or potholes appearing in the asphalt. These imperfections in the pavement may start small but will end up having a great impact on the overall surface of the lot.

How Bad is the Crack?
The next thing to determine is the severity of the crack or pothole. In South Florida there can be many disturbances in the pavement, whether it is made of asphalt or concrete. The severity of the problem is important because the type of crack will determine how the lot will be repaired.

Patching for Uneven Asphalt
For asphalt surfaces that are uneven or irregular, patching is a remedy and solution that can be used to level out a parking lot. Asphalt patching is a simple process that involves placing new asphalt over older patches that are showing signs of deterioration. To patch asphalt, tack coat is applied to the existing surface for adhesion, and then the new material is applied and compacted.

Pothole Repair
To prevent potholes from being a safety hazard, the best way to fix them is to cut it away and replace it with new asphalt that is hot and can fill in the hole that was there.

Asphalt Overlay
In certain cases, when the base of the asphalt is not cracked and is in proper condition, it can have an additional layer of asphalt installed over the top of it. This is a good option for times when there is a budget, and removal and replacement of the old asphalt would be too costly. This option can work short term, but long term it is usually better to go with the replacement option.

Prevention is the Best Choice
The routine maintenance of parking lots and other paved areas keeps them looking their best, safe for visitors, and in compliance with ADA Accessibility Guidelines. Failure to tend to the upkeep of a lot can reap unwanted consequences on a business, and to neglect the repairs of a piece of concrete or asphalt is to neglect the safety needs of the people who would be using them.

U.S. Pave offers asphalt and concrete maintenance and repair in South Florida. Located in Fort Lauderdale, they service commercial parking lots in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties and can be reached at 888-681-9355.

Why Is Parking Lot Maintenance So Important?

Over time, concrete and asphalt can creak and crack, becoming hazardous to both drivers and pedestrians alike. Believe it or not, having a smooth parking lot is extremely important for your business. The pavement of the lot is the first thing new customers will see, and is even the first you, as an employee or business owner, see going into work every day. Maintaining the pavement in front of your business is one of the best ways to present yourself to the world as the competent and competitive business that you want to be.

Reasons for Parking Lot Maintenance

Liability
The first big reason that having a repaired parking lot is so important is liability. What we mean by liability is that if an accident occurs in a parking lot because of a crack or crevice that has appeared in the concrete or asphalt of your parking lot, your business could be held responsible for any damage done to any persons or vehicles during an accident. Imperfections of the concrete or asphalt are one of the biggest causes of accidents in parking lots. Pedestrians could slip and stumble, and it could be hazardous and inconvenient to cars attempting to park as well.

ADA Inspection
There are many variables that go into a parking lot being able to pass inspection as well. First of all, all parking blocks need to be marked with highly visible paint and securely anchored to the pavement. All parking lot striping and crosswalks need to be easy to see and clearly visible. But the main thing is that there cannot be any potholes or cracked pavement throughout the parking lot. Imperfections. be able to pass a thorough inspection, your parking lot will need to be free of breaks in the surface and free of any potholes or imperfections.

Aesthetics
Another reason that having your parking lot resurfaced could be a great idea is that it greatly improves the aesthetics and beauty of any parking lot or business complex. Having a smooth, tailored, neat concrete surface in the parking lot is a great way to set your business apart. Failure to properly maintain the concrete of a parking lot can set a business back, especially when it comes to employee recruiting and attracting new customers.

If you are in South Florida needing concrete or asphalt repair, the parking lot specialists at U.S. Pave are here to help. We pride ourselves on being able to complete any job within your timeline and budget. If you have any questions or would like an estimate call (888) 681-9355.