When Is an Asphalt Overlay the Best Choice for Your Parking Lot? Signs to Look For

May, 30, 2023 By CASSIDY PAVING 5 min read

As a property manager, maintaining the integrity of your infrastructure is critical to ensure safety, function, and aesthetics—and your parking lot is no exception. Over time, your asphalt pavement can endure wear and tear from heavy vehicle traffic, extreme weather conditions, and general aging. One of the most effective solutions to deal with this challenge is to apply an asphalt overlay. One of Cassidy Paving's premier services, asphalt overlay provides a fresh, revitalized appearance and a sturdy surface that can withstand years of use. It’s a more cost-effective solution than some other larger-scale asphalt repair projects. Let’s discuss how to determine whether this service is right for you.

What Is an Asphalt Overlay and When Should You Consider It for Your Parking Lot?

An asphalt overlay is a resurfacing technique where a new layer of asphalt is applied over the existing pavement. This new layer, generally 1.5 to 2 inches thick, can extend the lifespan of your pavement significantly, depending on factors such as the base conditions and the amount of traffic it endures. If your parking lot has surface-level damage such as minor cracks, potholes, or surface wear but the foundation remains in good condition, asphalt overlay can be an ideal asphalt pavement repair solution.

There are several signs that your parking lot might need an overlay. If the surface layer starts showing signs of fatigue such as alligator cracks, or if the asphalt is starting to fade and lose its rich, dark color, it might be time to consider this service. However, if the damage extends into the base of the pavement, more extensive repairs may be needed.

How to Tell if Your Parking Lot Needs an Asphalt Overlay

To determine whether your parking lot needs an asphalt overlay, conduct a thorough visual inspection to identify any signs of distress. Pay attention to the presence of cracks, potholes, or depressions in the surface. Additionally, look for signs of water pooling on the surface after rainfall, as this may indicate an issue with the grade of the parking lot.

Another important factor to consider is the age of the pavement. If it's more than 20 years old and hasn't had any major maintenance, an overlay could be a timely choice. You can certainly complete this audit of your property on your own. However, a professional assessment is always recommended for peace of mind and expert weigh-in. Cassidy Paving's team can help you decide whether an asphalt overlay is the right solution for your parking lot.

Considerations Before Deciding to Invest in an Asphalt Overlay

Before deciding on an asphalt overlay, there are several factors to consider. First, the condition of the base layer is critical. An asphalt overlay is most effective when the base layer is in good condition; if the base layer is compromised, the overlay won't last long.

Furthermore, drainage considerations are also essential. An overlay can alter the height of the pavement, which may affect the water flow and drainage. Lastly, consider the time it takes to complete the overlay process, which usually requires closing the parking lot for a day or two. Ensure that you can accommodate the necessary downtime in your schedule before proceeding with this type of project.

Benefits of an Asphalt Overlay Compared to Other Options

Compared to other options like complete pavement replacement, an asphalt overlay provides several distinct advantages. First, it’s typically less time-consuming and disruptive than other types of asphalt repair or repaving projects. Unlike full-depth replacement, asphalt overlay usually requires just a day or two of work, minimizing disruptions for your tenants, customers, or visitors.

Cost-Effectiveness of Getting an Asphalt Overlay

The investment of an asphalt overlay in your commercial or industrial parking lot is often significantly less than a full replacement, as this type of work uses fewer materials and requires less labor. By rejuvenating and protecting the existing pavement, an overlay can extend its lifespan by several years. This can delay the need for more expensive repairs or replacements down the line.

While the upfront cost of an asphalt overlay may seem high, consider the long-term savings. If left untreated, minor cracks and potholes can develop into more serious issues that are costlier to repair. Additionally, a well-maintained parking lot enhances the overall impression of your property, which can indirectly contribute to its value.

Contact Cassidy Paving Today to Discuss Your Asphalt Project

If you’re in New England, consider partnering with Cassidy Paving for your asphalt overlay project. We’re a family-owned and operated asphalt paving company headquartered in Haverhill, MA, serving clients in Massachusetts and throughout New England.

Our team has worked on countless asphalt overlay projects for clients at all scales—from small commercial parking lots to large industrial complexes. Our full-time crew has over 100 years of combined experience and is bonded with full liability and full workers’ compensation insurance. From our state-of-the-art tools and equipment to our in-depth knowledge about a multitude of asphalt paving projects, we’re confident in our ability to provide the best possible service—one you’ll be thrilled with. We even offer a satisfaction guarantee on all new paving services.

Contact us today to get in touch with one of our representatives and start discussing your parking lot issues and potential asphalt repair needs. We can talk through your options and conduct an initial assessment to determine whether asphalt overlay is the right route to take for your property. If so, we’ll get your project scheduled at the most optimal time for your facility’s needs.

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