As a business owner, it is important that you provide your customers with a safe parking lot. A parking lot with several pot holes, cracked pavement, and missing pavement can end up causing accidents along with damage to vehicles. It is important to invest in the right type of company that can provide you with quality pavement. Precision Asphalt Maintenance will be able to come out and assess the parking lot to determine what steps need to be taken in order to improve it. Some of the things they will do include the following.
Measure It Out
The process starts by tearing out the old pavement to put in the new. Like many other projects, you have to purge the area so that the new asphalt will be able to set correctly. This means that you will need to mark off the area to be taken out with industrial sized chalk. Break off the chalk using a straight edge, and then saw-cut through that if you are doing the work on your own. A professional company will be able to take care of all the cutting and preparation work before laying down the new pavement.
Take It Out
This is the point at which the material is pulled from the ground. You will cut down to the sub-grade and remove the asphalt on top of that, which was previously laid. It needs to be cut into pieces because of its enormous mass. Use a loader bucket for this and take it to the proper recycling center. Again, this is something a professional company will take care of as they already have the tools needed to haul away the heavy asphalt and to properly dispose of it.
Roll It Out
One can also use the loader bucket to smooth out the underlying sub-grade. This can prevent cracks and bumps. A good foundation is worth the time it takes to make it. Compact this ground, taking a hand-held sub-compactor around the edges to prevent damage to the other concrete that will stay put. Then roll out the rest to smooth it out in its entirety.
Create a watertight bond to prevent future water damage and to seal in your new job. Lay out tack adhesive along the edges using a broom. An asphalt paver is required for this step. You need to use a high-quality machine to lay it out and spread it quickly and evenly before it cools. Asphalt must be kept warm and churning to keep from getting hard. These layers are called lifts and they are an important part in making this last.
As someone lays the lifts of asphalt mixed with coarse aggregate for the first layer, others rake the area to even it out. And layer upon layer are added to keep the project going quickly and smoothly. Multiple people are needed to make the job easier and doable. The raking process is actually harder than it sounds. Each time, the material needs to be raked to the edges, smoothly and firmly set in place.
Hire a Professional
Since a pavement job is quite an undertaking it is a good idea to contact Precision Asphalt Maintenance to take care of it for you. Parking lot repair and replacement may take a day or less for a professional company compared to several days when trying to do it on your own.