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Asphalt resurfacing can be a cost-effective alternative to completely replacing an asphalt surface. If you notice grade depressions (standing water on the pavement) and/or large sections of alligator areas (interconnecting cracks forming a series of blocks resembling an alligator's skin), it is a good idea to have your pavement resurfaced.

The asphalt structure’s base holds the key to whether resurfacing is possible. As long as the base is stable and the drainage is sufficient, asphalt resurfacing can be a viable option. One of our professional paving experts can help you understand your options when making the decision to repair or replace your existing surface.

Resurfacing FAQ’s
Resurfacing is the process of installing a new layer of asphalt (generally one and a half to two inches) over the existing pavement (also known as paving, overlaying).

When should a parking lot be resurfaced? Resurfacing a lot is ideal when the surface has become heavily oxidized but the base is still stable. The pavement may have widespread alligator cracking.

How long should a newly resurfaced lot last? Dependent on: deflection of the original pavement (prior to resurfacing), how many trucks use the pavement and the thickness of the new asphalt layer. An Asphalt Maintenance Program is an important consideration in maintaining a long term pavement surface.

How long before traffic is permitted on a newly resurfaced lot? Rubber tire traffic will not damage the new asphalt but care should be taken to avoid sharp turns (especially power steering marks created by non-moving vehicles).

Why is edge milling prior to resurfacing important? A key consideration when resurfacing is drainage. How well does the lot drain prior to resurfacing and how will a new layer affect this? As a general rule an asphalt parking lot should have a minimum slope of 1% for water to flow properly over its service life. This translates to roughly 1" of fall for every 10 feet. Without edge milling, the new layer of asphalt will sit one and half to two inches higher than the adjacent concrete.

Asphalt Maintenance Tips

1. Carefully inspect your pavement on a regular basis for cracks, fading pavement markings, and other signs of failure or liability issues.

2. Sealcoating a parking lot helps to slow pavement deterioration; for maximum benefit, asphalt should be sealed every 24-36 months.

3. Singular cracks that are between ¼-inch wide and 1-inch are good candidates for cracksealing Crack widening or “routing” is strongly suggested in truck areas, but not in cracks that have already been sealed.

4. Fixing “birdbaths” as soon as they appear will lessen the chance of water seeping through to the base and becoming a pothole.

5. Catch basin installation can be a possible solution for improper drainage on a parking lot.

6. All pre-existing problems such as cracking, low spots, poor drainage, and base or sub-base damage should be resolved before resurfacing pavement