While it may not be the most glamorous renovation for your business, having a well-paved parking lot is essential. But how should you actually go about paving a parking lot? There’s a reason why most business parking lots you see are paved with asphalt. It offers several benefits that make life easier for business owners while significantly improving their bottom line.
While ‘flexible’ may not be the first word that comes to mind when you see an asphalt parking lot, compared to other materials, asphalt is just that. This, of course, does not mean that it is soft and rubbery, but the material can bend slightly to sustain heavy loads. If a 16-wheeler or construction crane drives in your parking lot, the asphalt can flex with weight, rather than cracking.
The flexibility also makes installation over rough surfaces easier. If you wanted to make a parking lot out of pavers, for example, there would need to be major and meticulous grading done to the surface you are paving so each paver lines up perfectly. Asphalt can be poured and smoothed over on less-than-perfect surfaces, although some grading will be required.
Freeze and Thaw
It may be surprising to learn just how detrimental the freeze-thaw cycle is on the pavement. When temperatures drop way below freezing and quickly rise, water within the pavement expands and contracts. This puts on a ton of stress and pressure that only material like asphalt can handle. Its natural flexibility allows it to remain durable after extreme temperature fluctuations. Other options may leave you with cracked pavement.
Snow and Ice
The freeze-thaw cycle isn’t the only weather-related issue to look out for. Snow and ice also present issues that asphalt is able to circumvent. Clearing a parking lot of snow and ice requires a lot of scraping as well as laying down corrosive salt and chemicals to melt the rest. Asphalt is is an extremely durable material that is resistant to scraping damage and is also highly resistant to chemical corrosion. On top of that, its dark color also makes snow and ice melt more quickly than other pavement materials.
As a business owner, you should always be thinking about your bottom line. Asphalt is the best option for someone looking to make a long-lasting and affordable investment. Because of its durability and chemical resistance, asphalt surfaces can save you a ton of money in repairs and replacement won’t be needed for a long time. Not only will it last, but the initial installation is often less than half the price of a concrete parking lot of the same size. You have so many expenses for your business, making the right choice with your parking lot will free up funds for what matters most.
Looks Great With Little Maintenance
Another great quality of asphalt is how little maintenance it needs. After an initial sealcoating treatment after installation, you won’t need to have the parking lot resurfaced for years to come. Sealcoating is a protective layer that is spread over the asphalt that fills in tiny cracks. Any large cracks that may occur can be filled in easily and because both materials are black, blemishes aren’t easily visible.
Start Paving with Asphalt!
Certified Asphalt provides full-service commercial and residential asphalt paving services to Ocean County, Monmouth County, and surrounding areas. We specialize in asphalt paving, milling, asphalt repair, sealcoating, and pavement maintenance. Family owned and operated for three generations, we have the skills and experience to deliver quality services at affordable rates. Fully licensed and insured, we guarantee your complete satisfaction! Contact us today for a free estimate!