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How much time do you think you spend on pavement each day? You have to count all the time you're driving — unless you're driving on dirt roads. You also have to count the time you spend walking across parking lots. Pavement is really important. That much is clear. Since pavement is so important, we thought we would start a blog to write a little more about pavement and pavement contractors. They deserve mention, too. They have a hard job and one that requires quite a lot of skill. We'll explain some of the skill behind pavement work on this blog, and we'll also dive into other related topics.



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Resurfacing Might Save Your Asphalt Parking Lot And Restore Its Appearance

Resurfacing is a way to restore your parking lot. It involves putting more asphalt over the old lot so the lot looks new again. This saves you from the expense and disruption of tearing out your old parking lot. Here's why resurfacing is a good way to repair and protect the asphalt on your lot.

UV Rays Deteriorate The Bitumen In Asphalt

Asphalt is composed of sand and small stones. This aggregate mix is held together with bitumen, which is a form of crude oil. The bitumen is thick and sticky like glue so it holds the asphalt together. The substance is also dark black, so it's what gives asphalt its color.

As your asphalt driveway is exposed to the sun and rain over the years, the bitumen dries out and breaks down. That's why old asphalt fades. When the glue that holds the asphalt together disappears, cracks and holes form more easily.

Resurfacing Adds More Fresh Asphalt To Your Lot

The material that's used to resurface your parking lot is the same aggregate and bitumen that's used when a new parking lot is built. The asphalt is spread around the lot to give it a brand-new surface. As long as the old lot is still structurally stable, adding new asphalt to the top is almost as good as getting a new parking lot put in, and it's much cheaper.

Resurfacing Gives Your Lot More Years Of Life

One of the reasons resurfacing is a good way to maintain your parking lot is that it allows you to put off the expense of getting a new lot. Another reason is that it makes your lot much more attractive, and that's important when you want to make a good impression on clients and customers.

Getting your parking lot resurfaced is a good way to rejuvenate its appearance and slow down the process of cracking and other damage. Surface cracks are milled off during the process of resurfacing. This allows repairs to be done right before the new asphalt is applied.

The result is a strong and sturdy parking lot that should give you years of service. The whole process depends on the base underneath the asphalt still being in good shape. If your lot has drainage problems or if the base has sunk or been washed out, resurfacing might not be possible since the old lot needs to be torn out so the base can be rebuilt.

Talk to an asphalt paving contractor about whether your lot is a good candidate for this type of asphalt repair. They'll check the base and the severity of damage to your lot to determine if resurfacing can save your lot or not.