Commercial property owners need to prioritize safety, which includes maintaining and protecting your property's parking lot. Over time, asphalt can suffer structural damage as well as other types of deterioration. This damage can pose safety hazards for your customers. You'll want to make sure that your asphalt parking lot is in good condition at all times. If you discover damage when you buy the property, you may need to have the entire parking lot replaced. Here's a look at what you can expect from the process.
Existing Asphalt Removal
The first stage in the replacement process is the removal of the existing asphalt. It's important to work with an asphalt paving contractor to handle this task because of the specialized equipment that's typically required to complete the task.
Asphalt needs to be removed with equipment such as backhoes, forklifts, and large waste removal trucks. It's best done with this type of equipment because of the scale of the project and the weight of asphalt. The old asphalt that's removed will be recycled, which is better for the environment.
Preparing The Foundation
Once the existing asphalt has been removed, the next step is to prepare the foundation for the new asphalt layer. Your asphalt paving contractor will begin by leveling the foundation then grading it. When that's done, the contractor will create drainage slopes throughout the parking area for water runoff.
The drainage system is essential because water accumulation can wash out the soil foundation of the asphalt parking lot. This results in cracking, potholes, and similar problems that can be hazardous for your parking lot.
Paving The Parking Lot
Once the foundation and drainage infrastructure are established, the next step is paving the parking lot. Hot asphalt will be spread evenly across the parking lot, then packed down and sealed to create a smooth, even finish for your new parking lot.
Your asphalt paving contractor will then examine the whole parking lot for any low spots, sinking, or other issues that may need to be addressed before the parking lot is finished. Then, the asphalt will be left to cure.
You'll have to keep the parking lot taped off until it has cured. Your asphalt paving contractor will tell you how long you should wait, so make sure that you follow their recommendations before allowing vehicles in the parking area.
Talk with a local asphalt paving company like Phend & Brown for more information and to plan your new parking lot installation.