Who doesn’t love the sight of freshly paved asphalt? Did you know that you can extend the lifespan of your beautiful, freshly paved asphalt by a significant amount of time? Keep reading for some essential aftercare tips to keep your asphalt parking lots looking new for longer.
Time is Everything
The most beneficial aftercare step for a freshly paved asphalt parking lot is giving it time to cure. The minimum amount of time you have to wait is 24 hours before you can drive on a new asphalt parking lot, but be advised that your new parking lot will not be fully cured for another year. We understand it isn’t realistic to wait 365 days until drivers can park on your site again, but the longer you can wait the better!
There are some other things you can do to ensure your asphalt parking lot stays looking and functioning like new. For example, you can help sustain the lifeline of your asphalt parking lot by monitoring the type and weight of vehicles driving on it. Restricting larger vehicles for an extended time period during the curing process will be beneficial for your lot. You should also consider, as is standard practice, encouraging the drivers in your lot to slow down and drive with caution to better protect your new asphalt.
Nature is Bad
As spring comes around, weeds and plants are starting to grow. While it is beautiful to see mother nature awake from her winter nap, it is bad for the pavement! This spring, make sure to keep as many weeds and plants away from your new asphalt parking lot. The roots of weeds and plants can create lumps and cracks in your pavement. Weeds commonly sneak into lots from the edges, so make sure to keep a close eye on them. Pull up existing weeds by the roots and apply weed killer after they are removed. This ensures that no weeds in that area will further affect the pavement or cause you more issues in the future.
Nurture Your New Lot
Keeping an eye on your asphalt is key to avoiding future complications and keeping it looking and functioning like new. Don’t ignore cracks and bumps you see that may seem harmful. Flaws in your asphalt do not just disappear if you ignore them. Take action without delay to fix these complications and nurture your new lot. If ignored, these smaller issues will continue to grow beyond the point where you can fix them yourself. Make sure to spot-check your parking lot at least once a month to make sure your asphalt is in good condition.
Looking for a new asphalt parking lot or have questions on aftercare? Pro-Pave, Inc. is a premier commercial concrete and asphalt paving company serving general contractors, property managers, and HOAs in the Mid-Atlantic. We are Class A-licensed, VDOT-certified, and fully bonded/insured for jobs of all sizes.
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