Have you recently had new asphalt installed for your home or business? Whether it was residential paving or commercial parking lot paving, this was undoubtedly a significant investment for your property, and you would like to maintain it for as long as possible. Regardless of whether your new asphalt is at your home or office, there are ways to ensure that you are doing the right things to keep it in the best shape possible.
What to Do with New Asphalt
Most certified asphalt paving contractors will include sealcoating in their new asphalt service packages. After it’s cured, your asphalt contractor must seal the blacktop to maintain its fresh appearance and durability. Sealcoating is an extra layer of protection for your driveway or parking lot. It helps keep out water, protects against harmful UV rays, and blocks chemical penetration of the subbase. Any of these can cause untimely deterioration of your asphalt paving. If your pavement was recently applied, but you haven’t discussed sealcoating, you should reach out to your asphalt installers today to schedule your service.
Create a Maintenance Plan
Before your contractor packs up from installing your new asphalt, you should already have an asphalt maintenance plan in place. Regular maintenance will be critical for you to have a driveway or parking lot that can stand wear and tear as well as the harsh New England climate. Some maintenance items include drainage upgrades, curb fixes, and resealing asphalt every few years. Many companies also offer yearly evaluations to avoid missing the signs of more significant issues like subbase shifting or signs of frequent overloading. Your maintenance plan should also include instructions on repairing any problems such as asphalt potholes that you may find throughout the year.
Business Parking Lot Safety Guidelines
A new parking lot or industrial lot requires a few extra steps in order to be ready for visitors, employees, and delivery vehicles. You will need to account for the application of appropriate signage, lighting upgrades, and paint striping for your new lot. These are all ways to reduce your property liability and provide a safe and functional lot for your business. You will need to account for vehicles and pedestrian foot traffic both day and night. Curbing is also another option that helps you direct people on where to go as well as block off areas that you prefer not to be driven on. Experts also suggest that your new parking lot be ADA-compliant and have the appropriate number of handicap accessible spaces at the correct size.
Work with Asphalt Experts
You should never have to guess the next steps after your asphalt parking lot or driveway repair service is complete. At Cassidy Paving, we make a point to work with each client to lay out expectations for your next steps and come up with an asphalt repair and paving plan that fits your schedule and budget. Give us a call today at 866-978-9788 for help on deciding what to do with your new pavement or get a free estimate on asphalt services.