Most Cost-Effective Improvements to Make on Your Commercial Lot in the New Year

December, 24, 2022 By CASSIDY PAVING 8 min read
Newly paved commercial parking lot.

As you reflect on 2022 and prepare for 2023, you may be considering making improvements to your facility. The new year is always a great time to refresh, repair, and upgrade your current facility to make it safer, more appealing, and more operational. If you’re thinking about hiring an asphalt paving company to make improvements to your commercial lot this year, you may be especially mindful of your budget. Fortunately, there are plenty of options for cost-effective asphalt paving services that will do wonders in the way of upgrading your lot without breaking the bank.

Cost-Effective Asphalt Paving Services for 2023

What Are Some Common Issues on Asphalt Paved Lots?

First things first: let’s discuss what types of issues you might be noticing in your asphalt, as well as the types of issues you should be looking for. One of the biggest contributing factors to asphalt damage and deterioration is the weather. Cold weather is particularly problematic. Facilities based in the Northeast United States must contend with cold, snowy, icy winters that can wreak havoc on asphalt. You may have noticed some of this damage from years of winter weather, while other issues may have occurred in a shorter period of time.

The freeze-thaw cycle is one of the leading causes of asphalt deterioration, especially for facilities in New England. In a nutshell, the freeze-thaw cycle occurs when the temperature fluctuates from above freezing to below freezing, and then back again. How does this impact asphalt? When rainwater or snowmelt has leaked into the pavement (whether through large potholes or small cracks), it freezes during periods of chilly temperatures, expanding and deepening the crack. When warmer weather rolls back around, this groundwater melts once again. Over time, through many periods of the freeze-thaw cycle, this can lead to asphalt buckling – resulting in an uneven pavement surface. This cycle can also leave cracks and potholes significantly larger than before, as well as potentially cause lasting structural damage.

You may also be thinking of hiring a parking lot paving company to address concerns related to vehicle or foot traffic. Perhaps your commercial lot’s sidewalks see many pedestrians every single day. Perhaps you receive large shipments in trucks, or regularly have heavy machinery operating onsite. And don’t forget about the snowplows and shovels associated with New England winters – snow removal equipment can quickly cause damage like cracking and pitting to your asphalt. In addition to these concerns, you may also want to evaluate your commercial parking lot’s current ADA accessibility. Not only is this important in providing the best service to your customers and staff members, but if you leave these compliance measures unattended, you may face legal repercussions down the line.

Cut and Patch Services

As you’re looking at those sneaky cracks and troublesome potholes, you may be putting off hiring parking lot paving contractors because of the anticipated cost of a total asphalt reclamation. Good news: some asphalt repair services can address those problem areas in your lot without running your budget dry. One of the most cost-effective asphalt paving services is a simple cut-and-patch job – this is a great option for uneven areas, potholes, or cracking on your walkways or parking lot surfaces.

The two phases of this service are the cutting (where the removal of existing pavement damage happens) and the patching (which involves filling those spaces with fresh paving to restore your asphalt to its original condition). Localized cracking, potholes, and small deteriorated, crumbling, or damaged areas don’t typically need the more thorough process of pulverizing or extensive resurfacing, so this is often your best bet when it comes to an affordable asphalt repair job.

Overlay and Resurfacing Services

Another excellent option for a relatively quick and cost-effective asphalt repair job is overlay and resurfacing. If you have a strip of damaged pavement, overlaying can fix the problems without in-depth pavement replacement. During an overlay asphalt job, your parking lot contractor will use the existing layers of asphalt as a base for the new asphalt pavement, without having to completely grind up the pavement. Resurfacing involves applying a new layer of asphalt to a deteriorating pavement surface.

One of the biggest benefits of this service – besides its cost-effectiveness – is that it's limited to the area needing repair. So your asphalt paving team can actually make the repairs to the stretch of pavement in need, leaving the rest of your facility's paving usable and passable. This is ideal if you can’t afford to shut down operations or close for an extended period of time to make upgrades to your pavement.

Pulverize and Grade Services

Also known as reclamation, commercial asphalt pulverize and grade jobs are the initial stage of pavement renovation. Different from milling, pulverizing is focused on grinding and removing only layers of pavement. This commercial paving service is recommended if there's visible asphalt deterioration but not enough extensive damage to warrant full-depth reconstruction. It’s a step beneath totally overhauling your asphalt.

Asphalt pulverization and grading jobs are achieved by using reclaimers that grind the outermost asphalt layer, leaving a recycled base. After this is done, new pavement can be laid on that base for smooth paving without more extensive milling, digging, or grinding. Pulverizing is ideal if you need up to 10 inches of pavement ground and resurfaced. Since no new base materials are necessary, it’s a very cost-effective option for pavement repair and it eliminates excess materials – it also offers stability for the new asphalt. Best of all, this process reduces traffic and other disruptions by readily improving pavement quality in half the time of traditional excavation!

Need Something More Extensive on Your Commerical Lot?

If you find that the deterioration to your lot is more extensive than you initially hoped, have no fear – there are more major asphalt repair jobs that can be done to salvage your pavement, although they will likely require more time and money than those mentioned above. A commercial full depth reclamation/reconstruction job can fully restore commercial asphalt to peak condition, in the case of more extensive damage or deterioration below the surface of the pavement. Note that this project offers the highest chance of your infrastructure remaining sound and stable for years to come.

Full depth reconstruction involves removing existing asphalt or concrete, replacing the base material, and repaving the road. During such a service, paving is often ground down to the base layer. Pavement is crushed, pulverized, or blended to achieve a more stabilized base. Then, repaving can take place. During this process, contractors will assess whether extensive asphalt damage was caused by poor drainage, sewage issues, or faulty water lines. If so, those features will be reinstalled. This allows for significant damage and deterioration to be completely remedied, leaving your asphalt far better fortified against wear and tear from use and the elements. This asphalt paving job is also useful if you’re looking to install ADA-compliant curbs and ramps on your property.

Trust Cassidy Paving for Your Asphalt Paving Projects This Year

Above all, the best way to ensure you’re paying the right price for your asphalt paving and repair services is to work with a credible company. New England-based facilities have trusted Cassidy Paving with all of their asphalt needs for decades. We’ve handled some of the largest commercial and industrial paving projects in the area, and have helped business owners serve their community throughout long, icy winters and in the midst of heavy vehicle and foot traffic. From more minor asphalt repair jobs like cut and patch or overlay and resurfacing, to full depth reconstruction, lot milling and reclamation, and paving new roadways, we have what it takes to get the job done on time and on budget.

Since we’re headquartered in Haverhill, MA, you can trust that we know winter weather and the types of damage that the elements can present to your commercial asphalt. We’ll work hand in hand with you to complete the job to your satisfaction. When we send our team of subject matter experts, they’ll get to know your property layout, your health and safety regulations, and your vision to grow and scale your business. We’ll always make the right recommendations for your budget and facility needs, working within your timeline and never recommending a service out of season.

Cassidy Paving
has the experience, the equipment, and the people power to handle any size commercial or industrial paving project. Our crew is comprised of full-time, bonded, fully-insured team members with over 100+ years of combined experience. We will communicate with you every step of the way, because we know that getting your questions answered is of the utmost importance. And once the job is done? You can rest assured that we care about your satisfaction – so much that we offer a satisfaction guarantee on all new paving services. Contact us today to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable representatives who can set up an initial assessment of your asphalt damage and provide a no-pressure sales quote.

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