What paving solution works best for you depends on what type of project or goal you have in mind. Before contacting a reliable asphalt paving contractor, you may want to have an idea of what kind of pavement work it is you seek. For example, do you own a home or business? Will the parking lot be used for commercial use and heavier loads or just basic driveway traffic into and out of a home? Will the entire area need to be replaced or is it possible to do just patchwork?  

There are a lot of things to consider when finding what paving solution works best for you.  

Below, we look at different paving options for different situations. 

My parking lot or driveway has large potholes and other structural defects in it

This can be common and caused for a variety of reasons. One is sitting water. This is often the result of poor drainage due to faulty or inadequate pavement design. Water can also seep into cracks, causing further expansion and subsequent damage in the event of freezing and/or thawing.  

In general, sitting water issues on pavement indicate that pavement has ceased to be completely level.  

“While puddles in the driveway can also be caused by drainage problems and tilting due to freezing and thawing, low spots are among the most common causes,” writes Hunker.com, “and the easiest to fix on your own.”  

Low spots can easily be fixed with simple patchwork and asphalt repairs.  

When should I replace my pavement because of sitting water? 

Examine the water sitting on your driveway. If it is in larger areas which are more than just low spots, it may be time to consider an entire driveway replacement. Poor drainage may be an indication that the entire driveway’s slope is off. 

I need a new parking lot or driveway installed  

Having a new parking lot or driveway installed is common for those moving into a new home, particularly a pre-fabricated or recently constructed one; as well as construction and new facility sites. These typically have no current driveway, parking lot, or existing asphalt.  

If there is no current parking lot or driveway and you need to put one in place, contacting an experienced asphalt paving contractor is key to keeping costs and maintenance needs to a minimum over the lifetime of your asphalt. Not only will a professional asphalt paving contractor ensure that the job is done at the right price and within a reasonable timeline— a true professional will make sure it is installed properly, eliminating future or ongoing problems, such as sitting water as mentioned above, due to poor construction and slope. 

I have a current asphalt surface, but I want it to look brand new 

If there is a current structure in place, an asphalt overlay, or other options may be available. An asphalt overlay simply uses the existing surface to place a new layer of asphalt, making it appear new. An overlay also makes it possible to continue using the base layer of asphalt and may even help to extend the life of your pavement by 10 to 15 years.  

The benefits of sealcoating  

Sealcoating is a cost-effective way to breathe new life into your current asphalt. Sealcoating is much like the term sounds: it is the coating and sealing of asphalt to protect it from the elements, like water, sun rays, and oil.  

“Sealcoating is a water-based coal/tar emulsion,” writes Asphaltnews.com, “that is applied to your asphalt to protect it as well as give it an aesthetically appealing look. Asphalt sealcoating is sprayed on or squeegeed on, depending on the contractor.” 

My pavement surface has cracks

Cracks happen over time to asphalt pavement surfaces.  

Continued stress as is common with commercial parking lots where trucks or heavy cargo is loaded and unloaded, is a common cause of asphalt pavement cracking. If cracking forms crocodile lines or is caused as a result of a deeper structural issue, a total pavement replacement may be the best pavement solution.  

However, cracks that are not due to unraveling or are not crocodile cracks may be filled. These cracks are typically no larger than 1/2-inch in width. As a rule-of-thumb, the sooner you repair cracks, the better, as leaving them for too long can cause them to expand, leading to more costly asphalt repairs in the future.  

Conclusion 

No matter what you are looking for, finding the right paving solution is easy with the right asphalt paving contractor. Asphalt Paving Richmond VA provides free estimates for paving work. Give us a call today at, 855-292-7325.