If you want customers to have a positive experience when they come to your business, then you need to think about resurfacing your parking lot. Over time, normal wear and tear will cause cracks and potholes that can make it difficult for people to get in and out of the parking lot safely. By resurfacing the parking lot on a regular basis, you can help ensure that your customers are able to park their vehicles easily and safely.

Resurfacing a parking lot involves getting rid of the top layer of asphalt and replacing it with fresh asphalt. The process can be completed in one day, depending on the project size. Because each step requires curing time, though, the entire project might take a few days from start to finish.

Common types of parking lot resurfacing techniques

Hot asphalt paving

With this option, you heat the existing asphalt so that it’s soft enough to remove. Then you place fresh, hot asphalt over the old layers of material. The heat melts the old material into slurry, which drains under the new hot pavement and helps prevent cracking in future weather events. This method is best used in large areas with heavy traffic because it creates stronger bonds between layers; however, it takes longer because you cannot drive on newly laid surfaces until they cool down completely (this can take up to 72 hours).

Cold milling

For smaller, lightly trafficked areas, cold milling entails removing the top layer all at once instead of gradually heating the entire section like described in hot paving techniques. Cold milling is faster but may cause interlayer bonds to be weaker since there isn’t enough time between coats.

Top reasons to get your parking lot resurfaced

  • To restore the original quality of your parking lot
  • To reduce cracks in the surface to improve appearance and safety
  • To improve drainage on your property

How often you need to resurface your parking lot depends on the amount of traffic and type of wear it experiences. On average, a parking lot will last 7-10 years, though this can differ based on the materials used, how well it is maintained, and the level of foot or heavy vehicle traffic. For example, if your parking lot has many pedestrians and/or heavy vehicle traffic every day, you may want to consider resurfacing more frequently than once every ten years.

It is of the utmost importance that you find the right parking lot resurfacing contractor when shopping around. The first question You should ask yourself is if they have prior experience with projects similar to yours. They should not only be able explain their process in minute detail, but also show off a portfolio of past jobs. Furthermore, make sure to inquire about their equipment and what materials will be used on your surface specifically.

A great contractor can help you navigate this and choose the best start time for the best results. We specialize in residential and commercial paving projects across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. At Productive Asphalt, we offer custom design layouts as well as finish details, and only use the highest quality products for your paving project. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer and receive your free quote!