Why Milling and Overlay of Your Commercial Parking Lot Should Be Part of Your Long-Term Planning

March, 24, 2022 By CASSIDY PAVING 6 min read

You might take it for granted, but your business’ parking lot is one of your most important assets. A sturdy, smooth parking lot provides easy access for employees, customers, and guests to park and walk up to your entrance while enhancing your property’s curb appeal. If you allow your commercial parking lot to wear down, you’re doing your people and your business a great disservice – one that will wind up costing you significantly down the line. Coming up with a long-term parking lot maintenance plan will keep your lot in great shape and minimize costly repairs. Here’s why asphalt milling and overlay projects should become integral parts of your long-term parking lot planning.

Milling and Overlaying Restore Parking Lot Integrity and Aesthetic

When your parking lot undergoes damage, there are more ways than one to solve the problem. Most minor issues like cracks and potholes are resolved via filling or cut & patch repair work. These methods do just fine in a pinch, but they often leave behind obvious patches where the repairs took place, diminishing the uniform look of a fresh parking lot. Investing in milling and/or overlay gives your parking lot a fresh face, refreshing larger sections of your lot (if not the entire thing). These services also increase your parking lot’s durability, helping it better endure the elements.

These Projects Don’t Take Long to Complete

Many services fall under the umbrella of commercial paving. Smaller projects like crack filling and hole patching fall on one end of the spectrum, whereas larger-scale projects like full depth reconstruction land on the other end. Milling and overlay projects end up somewhere in between. With milling, a parking lot’s surface is ground down and prepared for fresh asphalt. As for overlaying, this process is akin to a larger patching project, resurfacing a larger stretch of asphalt – this often takes place after milling but can also be performed on its own. In either case, these projects don’t take nearly as long to prepare for or complete as a full depth reconstruction project, reducing facility downtime and interference.

Milling and Overlay Help Prevent Significant Future Repairs

Parking lot repair projects are inevitable if you wish to care for your property and everyone who regularly uses your lot. That said, these projects take time and cost money, so the fewer repairs your parking lot requires, the better. While milling and overlaying can be viewed as repairs in their own rights, they’re also preventative measures, limiting the extent of damage your parking lot undergoes over time. These projects also fix large sections of your parking lot in one fell swoop (as opposed to patching one pothole at a time). So, if you’re in this for the long haul, investing in milling and overlay will save you money in the long term.

Parts of Your Parking Lot Will Still Be Accessible

One of the main reasons facility managers hold off on asphalt paving and repairs for their parking lots is out of fear that these projects will render these spaces unusable for the duration of the project. When it comes to significant overhauls like full depth reconstructions, these concerns are well-founded. For milling and overlay, on the other hand, these projects tend to focus on individual sections of a given parking lot rather than the lot in its entirety. As such, customers, employees, and guests will still be able to use portions of your commercial parking lot during a milling and overlay project, mitigating these potential issues.

Reaping the Rewards of Parking Lot Milling and Overlay Services

Milling and overlaying offer thorough yet affordable and time-saving measures for restoring your commercial parking lot’s surfaces. At Cassidy Paving, we deploy these services for many of our New England clients in an effort to restore and preserve their parking lots for the long haul. Call us today at 866-978-9788 for a free estimate on your next asphalt repair project.

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