It’s spring in the Northeast, and you know what that means… it’s time to fix your parking lot! Our crews (and machines) are ready to roll, but in the meanwhile, we thought we’d answer a few questions regarding a newly paved or sealed surface!

How soon can I use my newly paved surface?

It’s recommended that new pavement be given time to cure before driving on the surface. While we know this is difficult, this curing time can last a few days, and is usually when the surface temperature reaches the ambient air temperature. In the summer, the surface may remain “soft” for a longer amount of time due to the heat.

How long will a new asphalt surface last?

Typically, well-constructed asphalt surfaces should last about 10-20 years, but this number will vary quite a bit based on base conditions, traffic patterns, climate and ongoing maintenance.

How can I improve the life of my pavement?

Despite everyone’s best intentions, even the best pavement surface will crack and deteriorate after time. A variety of influences, from construction to sun damage to water run-off, can and do affect the life of any paved surface. But there are ways in which you can extend the life of your pavement. One of the most important ways is Pavement Sealer.

The value of sealing a parking lot is so much more than curb appeal. Pavement sealers are actually close surface pores, which will lengthen the life of the pavement. In some simple science terms, here’s why: asphalt hardening is an oxidation process and is based on exposure to air on the surface and within the pavement. If circulation of air through the interconnected void spaces in the pavement can be prevented or reduced, the rate of hardening of the asphalt will be slowed and the life of the pavement extended. Pavement seals fill in those “void spaces.”

How often should I apply an asphalt sealer to my new pavement?

Your new surface should be “seasoned” through a winter before applying an asphalt sealer. Thereafter, it’s recommended that an application of sealer be applied every 3-5 years depending on wear.