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Once you have a paved driveway, you'll wonder how you ever got by without one. Pavement is so much easier to sweep in the summer and to shovel in the winter. It does not require a lot of maintenance, and it won't leave debris in your yard like a gravel driveway. Most people hire professionals to install pavement in their yard, but you should still know the basics. On this website, you will find information about choosing a paving contractor, designing a driveway, and applying sealant to your pavement. You'll also learn about common terms that paving contractors use when discussing projects.


Is It Time To Make Over Your Asphalt-Covered Parking Lot?

You may think the first thing customers or visitors notice when they pull into your parking lot is your building. The appearance, condition, and size of your parking lot are also things customers notice or focus on when they drive to your location. Here are signs your company's lot needs a makeover fast.

How Does Your Parking Lot Look and Feel to Customers?

Deep potholes, irregular surfaces, and even damaged parking spaces can deter customers from choosing your services. Potholes, in particular, can be very damaging to vehicles. Although asphalt is reliable, moisture and stress can affect it over time. Most of the stress placed on your pavement comes from everyday driving. If your pavement's old or hasn't been properly cleaned and maintained during the years, it can break down under stress.

Water from the rain or your sprinkling system can penetrate the cracks in your pavement. Water can expand once it comes into contact with soil, which causes the surface of the pavement to heave upward from the ground. Upheaving is just one type of structural problem asphalt can undergo without the proper maintenance. 

If you have serious structural problems in your parking lot, call a commercial asphalt paving contractor and request an assessment of the lot today. 

What Makeover Options Do You Have?

A contractor can do the following things when they assess your lot:

  • measure or calculate the width, size, and depth of your potholes
  • test the soil beneath your pavement for high water content
  • examine the surface of your lot for ripples, alligator cracks, and other structural damage

The fixes for each type of problem above can vary. For instance, if you have raised pavement throughout your parking lot, a commercial contractor may remove the material and cover the areas with new asphalt. If the soil beneath your pavement contains moisture, a contractor may need to dry the soil before they add a new layer of asphalt over it. 

You may need to replace the asphalt over your lot completely if it requires more than just one or two repairs. In this case, an asphalt contractor will provide you an estimate of how long they expect it to take to do the job and when. If you need time to consider your options, tell a paving company right away. There may be ways to repave your lot without disrupting business.

Don't wait to makeover your parking lot. Contact a commercial paving company for details today.