Q: Why should I choose asphalt for my paving needs?
A: Historically, asphalt has proven to be an excellent paving material. Cost wise, asphalt performance is often equal to or more efficient than other more expensive options.
Here are a few asphalt benefits:
- Lower initial construction cost
- Reduced traffic noise
- Smooth ride and feel
- Environmentally friendly
- Performs well in areas of expansive soils
- Routine asphalt maintenance can be performed quickly
Q: How long will a new asphalt parking lot last?
A: Customers can expect a properly installed parking lot to last 25-30 years, with adequate care and asphalt maintenance. Overlays can be expected to last 7-15 years. The durability of an overlay is dependent on the condition of the original pavement and stability of the base.
Q: How long should I stay off my new asphalt parking lot?
A: You may walk on the asphalt right away, but we recommend that you do not allow vehicles to drive or park on the asphalt for at least 3 days. Try to keep very heavy vehicles off the asphalt for at least one month, if possible.
Q: How do I keep my asphalt parking lot looking good for years to come?
A: You can extend the life of your asphalt surface immensely by killing weeds along the edges, treating any oil or gas spills, filling any open cracks and keeping the pavement sealed.
Q: Why should I sealcoat my parking lot?
A: There are many benefits to Sealcoating your parking lot:
- Stops the oxidation process
- Resists water, gas & oil spills
- Restores the dark black color
Q: When should I sealcoat my parking lot?
A: To maximize benefits, you should sealcoat your parking lot when it first begins to turn gray, or 90 days after installation. If your parking lot has already been sealcoated, it’s recommended to apply a new sealcoat every 3-4 years, depending on the wear of the previous application.
Q: How big should a crack be before it needs to be sealed?
A: Any crack will let water into the base. The larger the crack the more water will go through it. Water in the base is a destroyer of many asphalt parking lots, so we recommend all cracks be sealed as soon as possible, regardless of size.
Q: Can I sealcoat my parking lot in cold weather?
A: Yes you can. However, if the temperature is below freezing the biggest challenge is moisture. Test the pavement by warming it with a torch or a heat lance, then observe the area for signs of moisture. If the pavement looks damp the sealant will not stick. In general, sealcoating is only effective between the months of May to October in Kansas. If done in freezing temps, the sealant will not cure and that will cause premature failure.