Periodic striping, sealcoating, and crack repairs can add many years to the useful life of your asphalt pavement. These three procedures can also enhance the aesthetics and safety of your parking lot. However, although these procedures are extremely important, there is no universal schedule that covers how frequently they should be performed. Two parking lots in the same town might have different schedules if they vary in age, use, and previous care. A reputable contractor can evaluate your unique pavement and recommend an appropriate schedule, but it is possible to offer some general information on the interval between procedures.
When Should Cracks in Asphalt Parking Lots Be Repaired?
Cracks endanger the health of your asphalt pavement, so it is best to have them repaired as soon as they appear. Water that enters the cracks can freeze, worsening existing cracks and spawning additional cracks. If the water reaches the pavement’s base, the supporting foundation can be eroded and destabilized. Alligator cracking and potholes can develop, or the structural integrity of the entire pavement could be compromised. It is a good idea to have an experienced contractor inspect your parking lot periodically so that any significant cracks can be repaired immediately. For parking lots that are less than five years old, an annual inspection is usually sufficient unless the pavement is showing signs of distress. As your pavement ages, it is best to have your contractor inspect your parking lot every spring and again in the fall to locate and repair cracks. Regardless of the pavement’s age, you should also have cracks repaired before your contractor applies sealcoating.
How Often Does an Asphalt Parking Lot Require Sealcoating?
A new asphalt pavement should not have sealcoating applied until the asphalt has cured, which normally takes at least three months. However, you should not wait more than a year to have your contractor perform the initial sealcoating. After that, your schedule will depend on the condition of the pavement, the number of vehicles your parking lot supports, and the type of vehicles you allow. An average parking lot needs fresh sealcoating every two years. However, some parking lots only need sealcoating every three or four years, and other parking lots need to have high-traffic areas retouched annually. If the color of your pavement has turned from a deep black to an unsightly brown or gray, you should schedule a sealcoating job. The same is true if your existing sealcoating is flaking off, rippling, or turning to dust.
How Often Does a Parking Lot Need New Striping?
Crisp, visible markings can make your parking lot a safer place, enhance the curb appeal of your property, and help you ensure your compliance with certain laws and codes. Once your line striping and markings have lost more than 25% of the visibility they had when they were first applied, you should replace them. Similar to sealcoating, your parking lot’s age, condition, and use will determine the right interval, which could be as little as one year or as long as three years. You will also need new striping and pavement markings after sealcoating.
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Royal Pavement Solutions offers sealcoating, asphalt repairs, parking lot line striping, asphalt paving, crack sealing, asphalt milling, concrete services, and site work. We have the staffing, equipment, and expertise to consistently deliver exceptional results. Our goal is to exceed your expectations and earn your loyalty. Contact us for a free quote by either submitting the online form or calling 844-777-7924.