What to Know About Asphalt Clean Up
Why It's ImportantThinking about a cleanup timeline will keep you on the right side of expectations for accessing your parking lot. Even though your project may look to be over, cleanup and debris removal will prevent you from using the lot until it is all done. It is highly suggested that you understand that timeline. By expecting access to these areas before it's truly ready, you could be negatively impacted, and your bottom line may suffer. Make sure you get the proper time estimates from your asphalt contractor ahead of time. It is best to avoid surprises, especially for your business.
Cleaning UpOnce your fresh blacktop is installed, the work isn’t over. Even though the asphalt looks ready for use, some other tasks have to be done to ensure a proper and safe outcome. The cleanup is a vital step towards a usable asphalt parking lot. Parking lot paving contractors must remove any debris and old asphalt from the area. This step can take more time because contractors cannot dispose of each material type in the same way. Often, old asphalt is sent for recycling. This is a process called reclamation, and it is very commonly used in asphalt services. Much of the asphalt that people drive on every day is recycled from old parking lots and driveways. Reclamation is another way for customers to keep the costs associated with asphalt installation down. Cleaning up can add days or a week to your timeline. Therefore you should be mindful of this step and plan accordingly.
The Final StepsAnother thing to consider is that while your contractors are cleaning up the worksite, the asphalt paving goes through the curing process. It is essential to give your new asphalt time to properly cure so that you’re not driving on it before it is stable. When it has cured, an asphalt sealer will be applied to the top layer to preserve its durability. Also, commercial parking lots have to be striped according to proper guidelines before use. Just because your asphalt has been applied doesn’t mean it is ready. Your asphalt contractor has to finish steps right after cleanup to ensure it is functional and isn’t a liability risk for your business.
Need New Asphalt?Are you ready to start the asphalt installation process but not sure where to begin? Cassidy Paving is here to help answer your asphalt timeline and procedural questions. We offer commercial, industrial, and residential asphalt paving to customers across New England. Give us a call today at 866-978-9788 to get a free estimate.
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