How long SHOULD it last?
After the initial installation or the complete replacement of an asphalt parking lot, you can look forward to years of use before a significant overhaul or complete replacement is required. In fact, if you follow some very important guidelines, you can be looking at up to 10 years before needing a major restoration and up to 20 years for a complete replacement. Protecting this sizable investment is possible with regular maintenance. Here are some tips:
- Routinely walk and scan the parking lot, looking for the following:
Unsightly stains: These can come from vehicle oil, natural landscape debris, liquids, or solids dumped by customers (ultimately ground in) or simply dust and dirt that has accumulated. For areas that cannot be cleaned yourself, a professional street sweeping service may help. Their vehicles use jetted water and tough brushes to scrub the asphalt surface and help restore its appearance.
Small cracks and crevices: Cracks larger than ¼-inch may appear “not too bad,” but they’re actually openings for potential big problems, and expenses. These cracks need to be repaired and sealed to make sure water is not able to enter and drain below, which can weaken the underlying structure and integrity.
Larger cracks and potholes: These are obvious problems that should take the highest priority for repair. First, they are potential dangers to the people using your parking lot (think lawsuits). Second, they clearly allow water from irrigation systems and rain or snow to easily permeate your asphalt surface to cause damages below. Once the top integrity has been compromised, it must be repaired as soon as possible to stop the spread of damage. If they are not handled quickly, you’ll definitely be on the road to larger, more expensive repairs much sooner than otherwise necessary.
Irrigation or drainage problems: Always be on the lookout for irrigation heads and lines that may be leaking. They may cause water to pool on your asphalt that can eventually lead to damage. Similarly, if you have any areas of pooling water caused by the weather, seek guidance from a professional asphalt contractor to remedy this situation.
Following these guidelines can significantly extend the life of your asphalt parking lot surface, minimizing any legal risks due to disrepair and minimizing the frequency of major repairs and resurfacing.
When It’s Time for Asphalt Parking Lot Repairs or Replacement
Downtime is a distraction, a nuisance, and a deterrent for customers, tenants, and guests who use your parking lot, and you’ll want to minimize those disruptions. Speak with your asphalt installation company to outline a plan for efficient repair work. For example, larger areas can be repaired in phases or sections.
The Professionals at Galt Development
As a leading asphalt installation company serving Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, and other Southern Nevada areas, look to the professionals at Galt Development. With decades of experience in asphalt installation and repair projects – roads, parking lots, and driveways – they are the trusted team to help you maximize the lifespan of your asphalt surfaces. We will do a great job with your installation and will be there to keep it in good shape along the way.
Contact us at (702) 331-3831 for a free consultation, maintenance tips, and estimates for your project.