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Slurry Seal VS Sealcoat: How to Choose Between the Two

When it comes to roads, parking lots, or driveways, the type of seal you use is important to the asphalt’s longevity. Sealcoating and slurry seal are both great options, but for two different purposes.

While slurry may take longer to dry, it can also last longer on surfaces in high-traffic areas. However, if you have a low-traffic area, you do not need to wait as long for your seal to dry and sealcoating may be right for you.

The Benefits of Sealcoating

Sealcoating contains liquid asphalt, mineral fillers, and anti-oxidation additives. Compared to slurry seal, it cures faster, in two to four hours. The curing time is dependent on the application and the mixture. If your asphalt appears rough, the sealcoating will provide a smooth and protective finish. Sealcoating also protects against two of asphalt’s biggest enemies, UV rays and moisture.

Sealcoating requires less specialized equipment than slurry and can be applied via spray or with a squeegee. Sealcoating is the cheaper option but not as long-lasting; it will need to be reapplied every three to five years.

The Benefits of Slurry Seal

Slurry seal is a thick paving treatment. It contains aggregates, asphalt emulsion, water, and other additives. One of the major benefits of slurry seal is that it can last about eight to 10 years. As a trade-off, however, it does cost more than sealcoating.

If you have a road or tarmac with heavier traffic, slurry seal is your better option. It is more protective against wear and tear and is considered a high-performance treatment because it provides you an additional surface for wear. When we apply slurry seal, we use self-mixing equipment and an applicator.

To maintain your asphalt parking lot, contact Asphalt Surfacing to speak to the experts. We can help you decide which options are best for you.

Protect Your Parking Lot With Asphalt Surface Treatments

Your parking lot is the first part of your business that customers encounter. Between traffic and the weather, this surface endures a lot of stress each day. Applying asphalt surface treatments can help extend the life of the parking lot and keep it looking good.

Why Do You Need Surface Treatments? 

Moisture can seep into the asphalt, causing damage over time. The pavement may begin to crack or fade, and cracks may turn into potholes if they are not repaired. Additionally, the weight of the vehicles can damage the asphalt, and oil spills may stain the pavement. While you may repair small potholes, there could be damage to the asphalt you cannot see. This unseen damage can lead to more expensive repairs later on.

How Do Surface Treatments Protect Parking Lots? 

Asphalt surface treatments provide a protective covering for your parking lot. This covering prevents water and other liquids from seeping into the asphalt and causing stains and cracks.

Before laying down this coating, our team prepares the asphalt. We fix cracks and potholes so that your parking lot looks good and maintains structural integrity. Additionally, we provide a thorough cleaning so that the surface treatment can bond to the asphalt. This kind of maintenance helps extend the life of the asphalt, so you do not need to make repairs as often.

How Often Do You Need This Service? 

If the asphalt is several years old, you may need to get a surface treatment every two or three years. If you’re unsure when your parking lot needs the next treatment, we can evaluate it for you. If there are signs of significant wear, it’s probably time for a new surface treatment.

At Asphalt Surfacing, we are committed to ensuring that your parking lot is in the best condition. Call 408-673-4719 or send us an email to schedule a consultation so we can discuss the right maintenance plan for your parking lot.

 

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3 Things To Understand About Parking Lot Striping

As a property owner, you might have a maintenance list a mile long. Is the parking lot on that list? How about parking lot striping? If it is, it might be towards the bottom of the list; however, there are several reasons why parking lot striping should be moved up that list.

Striping Improves First Impressions

You may not have thought about it before, but your parking is responsible for making a first impression on your clients and customers. Perhaps you have some intriguing landscape features and some clever signs. While those are great, you need to complete the aesthetic appeal with proper striping. If your striping is faded, particularly if it has faded away altogether, the lot might look old and worn out. That could cause your customers and clients to assume you don’t take very good care of your business, and that’s never a good assumption.

Striping Increases Safety

The striping in your parking lot is going to increase safety for everyone. You can have arrows painted on the throughways to show drivers which direction they should go in specified areas. You can have crosswalks painted between certain areas for pedestrian safety. These features, as well as many others, will help drivers avoid confusion, which leads to avoiding collisions and injuries.

Striping Helps You Meet Requirements

Every parking lot has to abide by certain requirements to be legally functional. Depending on the size of the lot, there needs to be a certain amount of marked handicapped parking spaces. A certain amount of those spaces need to be van accessible and the right width to accommodate those vehicles. Color and visibility are an important part of legal requirements, as are proper signage and functionality of the entire system.

Scheduling Your Striping Service

At Asphalt Surfacing, we know how to get the job done. Call 408-673-4719 or email us today to schedule your parking lot striping service.

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3 Things That Will Destroy Your Asphalt Pavement

Asphalt is a popular solution for a surfacing material because it’s durable and cost-effective. However, it is not indestructible. There are three things that will destroy an asphalt parking lot if proper maintenance isn’t performed in a timely manner.

Surface Water

When an asphalt parking lot is installed, it is typically designed to sweep the water off the surface so it doesn’t pool in place. Unfortunately, drainage systems can clog and other damages can occur, causing the water to pool. This surface water is going to seep down into small cracks, causing the sub-surfaces to erode and the cracks to expand.

To prevent this issue, we recommend seal coating. Sealcoating is a thin liquid layer that protects the asphalt surface from not just water, but UV rays and fluids from vehicles as well. I

Heavy Vehicles

We realize you installed your asphalt lot with the intention of having vehicles drive on it, but when it doesn’t get installed properly, heavy vehicles will become an enemy to the parking lot. Rutting and deterioration will eventually occur, only getting worse with time as more and more vehicles drive along the same path. In areas where vehicles stop, slow down, or park, the damage will typically be more prevalent.

The best thing you can do to avoid this is to have the asphalt lot installed properly in the first place. Our contractors have experience with this situation, knowing where to install thicker asphalt and where reinforcements are needed. If you’re already dealing with the issue, we can make the repair before it gets worse.

Tree Roots

Trees play a vital role in the way your landscape looks, but their roots can cause damage to your asphalt. As they spread out to look for water, they’re going to push the earth in any direction, causing it to make the asphalt crack and bow. An immediate repair, as well as control of the roots and the trees, is essential in keeping your asphalt in good shape.

As you can see, some very regular things can cause serious damage to your asphalt parking lot, but we can help. For prevention or repairs, contact Asphalt Surfacing today by calling 408-673-4719 or sending us an email!

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4 Signs of Damage to Asphalt Pavement

New or well-maintained asphalt has a number of positive characteristics. It is flat, smooth, free of stains, and a uniform color. When it is neglected, asphalt can start to look rough around the edges and be an impediment to customers driving or walking onto its surface. These signs listed below indicate it’s probably time to either put down a new layer of asphalt, schedule some maintenance such as sealcoating, or at least invest in a new paint job.

Standing Water

This problem is easy to overlook as something minor. In reality, though, it indicates the surface is not smooth and it detracts from the appearance of a parking lot. Also, the presence of water can break down some of the binding agents in asphalt, as well as enable cracks through freezing and thawing.

Stains

An asphalt surface takes a beating from spilled coffee, dropped gum, and tossed out cigarette butts, not to mention the chemical compounds of oils, antifreeze, and gasoline. Sure asphalt is tough, but the presence of these oils will reduce the longevity of the asphalt surface. To eliminate stains and increase the durability of a parking lot, sealcoating should be done periodically.

Cracks

Cracks in the asphalt surface come in all shapes and sizes. Alligator cracks are fairly small and may at first go unnoticed but they represent a deterioration of the pavement. Potholes indicate a larger rupture in the surface. Anytime cracks exist in asphalt it’s time to bring in a repair crew to make things right again.

Warping

This is often caused by a steady stream of heavy trucks over the asphalt. Warping can sometimes be handled by repair, or it may indicate a new layer of asphalt is needed.

Property managers should inspect their asphalt surfaces regularly, or trust a reputable paving service to do it for them. Contact Asphalt Surfacing by calling 408-673-4719 or sending us an email to learn more about our full range of services.

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Fall Maintenance for Your Asphalt Parking Lot

Every season comes with unique challenges for commercial property owners. You probably have a long list of maintenance items to take care of, and hopefully, that includes your asphalt parking lot. The following are four tasks you should take care of this fall.

Repairing Potholes and Cracks

Any small cracks or potholes in your asphalt are going to let moisture seep down to the sublayers of the lot. They also create safety hazards for anyone who may trip and fall in your parking lot. Take some time during the fall to repair any cracks and potholes. Even if the crack is small, the weather, as well as regular wear and tear, could cause it to become bigger.

Get a Fresh Coat of Paint

Over the course of the year, and especially during busier months, the striping and other paint on your asphalt is going to fade. Fresh striping will improve efficiency when you have heavy traffic in your parking lot, creating a sense of organization and direction. It also promotes safety and allows you to keep up with the requirements given by the ADA.

Hire the Professionals for Sealcoating

Regular sealcoating is an essential step in keeping your asphalt in the best condition. Over time, the asphalt will crumble, deteriorate, and fade, but sealcoating can spruce it up, allowing it to look and function like new. Sealcoating also helps prevent future cracks and potholes.

Keep the Lot Clean

During the fall months, your parking lot may collect leaves and other debris. Consider having it professionally swept and pressure wash any specifically problematic areas. A clean lot promotes safety and prevents greater damage.

Hiring Someone To Help

Taking care of a commercial property is a lot to handle, but you don’t have to do it on your own. Contact Asphalt Surfacing today by calling 408-673-4719 or sending us an email for help maintaining your asphalt this fall.

New Asphalt Parking Lot: The Dos and Don’ts

Are you planning to have a new asphalt parking lot installed? This can be a great investment for any business, however, if you have never paved a parking lot before, you must know the dos and don’ts in advance.

Remember to Wait

When your asphalt parking lot is new, you should not allow any cars on the surface for at least 24 hours. You will want to wait even longer if you choose to pave your parking lot in the summer. The asphalt has a lot of oil and it will take time for it to dry and harden. If it’s hot, it may dry even slower.

Continue Upkeep and Maintenance

Upkeep and maintenance are crucial to the longevity of your parking lot. To maintain your lot and to avoid flaking at the bevel edge, consider using sifted topsoil and seed. Some soils will cause a reaction with the asphalt that leads to flaking. If this happens, don’t worry, it is not a structural problem.

Also, you will want to make sure that you keep up with regular maintenance and repair. Make sure that your asphalt does not have cracks or puddling. You can have an asphalt contractor inspect your pavement to ensure that it is healthy each year.

Do Not Sealcoat At First

You do not need to sealcoat right away. Some products may have additives that may crack your new asphalt. While you do need to have your parking lot sealcoated, you should do this once every two to three years. Focus on repairing any cracks each year instead.

Before you begin your new asphalt paving project, you need to be aware of what you should and shouldn’t do. This could make the difference between a parking lot that lasts a long time and one that winds up damaged relatively quickly. For commercial parking lot installation or repair, contact Asphalt Surfacing by calling 408-673-4719 or emailing us today!

3 Signs Your Commercial Lot Needs a Repair

A commercial parking lot typically gets a lot of use when you have a busy business.  High traffic and the adverse effects of weather can certainly result in damage. Many small-scale damages will spread quickly if they are not repaired in a timely manner. This is why you should always be on the lookout for areas that may need a repair. The following are three signs to pay attention to.

Holes

Whether big or small, holes pose quite a problem for your parking lot. Of course, there are the dangers of someone tripping and falling, as well as a car getting damaged from hitting the hole, but a hole can cause damage beneath the surface as well. While it may not experience freezing temperatures very often, if the temperature ever does get below freezing, the water will contract and expand as it freezes and thaws, causing the hole to get bigger and other cracks to form.

Chemicals

Any time a chemical comes in contact with an asphalt or concrete surface, it typically leaves some type of damage. The signs may not always be immediate, but you will eventually see the negative effect chemicals, such as gas or fertilizer, have when spilled on your lot.  As soon as you are aware of a spill, contact the professionals. The area should be cleaned as soon as possible and the surface should be sealed for protection.

Age

Over time, any surface is going to show signs of wear and tear. If your parking lot is around 20 years old or more, it could probably use some repairs or even a complete repaving. If you’re not sure how old the lot is, just take a look. If you notice fading, cracks, or several previously repaired spots it may give you a hint.

Getting Your Commercial Lot Taken Care Of

As a business owner or property manager, it’s important you take care of the parking lot. An asphalt lot won’t hold up forever, but with proper maintenance and repair, it is more likely to reach its full lifecycle. Contact Asphalt Surfacing today by calling 408-673-4719 or sending us an email to discuss whether your lot needs a repair.

How Heat Affects Asphalt

The sun in Northern California may be a great way to get a tan, but the effects on your parking lot can be damaging. Freshen your curb appeal and protect your lot from the following effects of sun and heat with help from a reliable paving company.

Fading

UV rays can fade the color of your asphalt. What started as a deep black surface may appear light gray. This discoloration gives the appearance of a worn-out, poorly cared for parking area. Work with a professional to enjoy sealcoating services to refresh the look of your drive or parking area at your commercial location.

Cracks and Chips

Warm asphalt becomes soft and malleable. This allows heavy traffic or rapid temperature changes to crack and chip the surface layer. Over time, water entering these cracks can create wide potholes and foundation damage.

Cracks and chips are a liability. These minor imperfections create tripping hazards throughout your parking area.  Customers and employees may injure themselves or damage their cars if the damage is not properly taken care of.  Professional preventative maintenance keeps your parking lot safe and ready for all who enter your property.

Prevent Serious Asphalt Damage

Don’t let a minor issue become a major expense. Work with a local team to have your parking area inspected and asses any damage. Ask about a cost estimate and a projected timeline to prepare for your parking lot sealcoating, patching, or replacement service.

Contact Asphalt Surfacing today to enjoy a free estimate on your project. Invest in the curb appeal and safety of your Californian business with local, reliable services. The warm sun may be hard on your asphalt, but it doesn’t have to hold your business back. Call 408-673-4719 or email us today for more information!

Save Money with Sealcoating

As customers arrive at your business, they only need a few seconds to form a first impression. Curb appeal matters! One of the first places that your customers will notice is the very road they drive in on and the parking lot that they enter. Sealcoating is a great option for improving curb appeal as well as lengthening the life of your parking lot. Read a little bit more about why investing in sealcoating is right for your property.

Sealcoating Resists Oxidation

The sun can seriously damage asphalt. Asphalt has oils that keep it flexible and the hot sun can dry out those oils and bake the asphalt, so to speak. When it dries out, you are more likely to see cracked or crumbly asphalt. Sealcoating prevents the evaporation of oils.

Sealcoating Resists Chemicals

Cars can leak a number of different chemicals onto the asphalt. Oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, and gas are only a few chemicals that may seep into your asphalt. Some of these substances can damage the asphalt severely. Sealcoating provides a barrier that minimizes damages from chemicals.

Sealcoating Resists Water

While asphalt is durable and can last a long time, water is one of its biggest enemies. When water gets inside the asphalt, it can speed up the deterioration of your parking lot. Then, when you enter freezing temperatures, the water expands and continues to crack the concrete. By sealcoating your lot, you can prevent water from seeping into the cracks to begin with.

The benefits of sealcoating will prevent you from replacing the asphalt and increase its lifespan. Likewise, it will keep your parking lot looking professional and appealing. If you are ready to prioritize your commercial parking lot, contact Asphalt Surfacing. For more information on what sealcoating can do for your lot, call 408-673-4719 or email us today!