Asphalt Driveway Paving

Which Asphalt Repairs Should you Choose

Time, weather and traffic will eventually erode your asphalt pavement. Over time, expect your asphalt driveway to develop cracks, to crumble apart and have potholes. When you hire an asphalt contractor in Edmonton, you have several asphalt repair options to pick from. Which are they?

Crack Repair

Cracks in your asphalt driveway occur because asphalt expands in the heat. If asphalt cracks are not dealt with, they will spread across your driveway.

To fill an asphalt crack, first dirt has to be removed from it. At Blacktop Paving, we do this by either a wire or a brush. Then, using a hose or high pressured water, we flush out any remaining dirt from the crack. Once that is done, we prepare a tubed asphalt patch and carefully pour it into the crack. With the mixture set in, we smoothen it and bring the patch to the same level as the asphalt driveway.

Pothole Filling

A pothole may happen due to moisture collecting on the surface, along with the constant pressure of vehicles. Moisture may come from either the ground or collect on the surface due to rain.

The first step for pothole repair that Blacktop Paving undertakes is to clean the area. A pothole contains dust, dirt, small stones and loose asphalt debris. We use a  brush and high pressure water to clean the pothole area. After that, we prepare an asphalt patch and pour the material into the hole. A 2 inch base is set so that the asphalt patch sets in properly. The patch is smoothened out and brought to the same level as the asphalt driveway.

Asphalt Overlay

Asphalt overlays are perfect for large asphalt areas such as a municipal or commercial parking lot. An asphalt overlay essentially strips away the top layer of the asphalt and replaces it with a fresh asphalt layer.

An asphalt overlay is usually used to extend the life of a 5 to 10 year old parking lot. It’s an affordable option in comparison to repaving.

Asphalt Repaving

When the asphalt driveway is crumbling and no amount of repair would extend its life, you choose asphalt repaving. For asphalt repaving, we remove all layers of the asphalt and rebuild it from scratch.

The professional asphalt contractor will recommend the best option for you. Asphalt repair should not be delayed as it will lead to further degradation of your pavement or driveway.

You can reach out to Blacktop Paving if you wish to hire a professional asphalt contractor. You will discover that we come with experience and have a long list of recommendations.

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How to keep your Parking Lot Clean

Your parking lot makes a statement to all visitors. If you have a commercial parking lot, then it is making an impression on your customers and employees. This is why cleanliness of your parking lot is crucial. Keeping your parking lot clean is even more important when your parking lot is used for public area such as a mall or a retail store.

Additionally, a clean parking lot extends the life of the asphalt paving and prevents any corrosion.

Having a clean parking lot impresses upon visitors the professionalism of your business. So, how do you keep your parking lot clean?

Sweep away Dirt and Debris

Daily, there is going to be a buildup of dirt and debris. If you do not address this issue, the buildup of dirt and debris will degrade your pavement. Loose dirt and debris will eventually cause your asphalt pavement to corrode even further.

Hence, it is recommended that you sweep away dirt and debris on a weekly basis.

Clean Vehicle Fluids and Oil Stains

Vehicles tend to leak transmission fluid and oils and they will fall on your parking lot. This will cause staining and dark patches. Here’s what we recommend to get rid of fluid and oil stains:

  • Baking Soda Paste: Baking soda is effective for absorbing oil. Mixing it with water helps you create a paste. The moisture helps wash off the oil from the parking lot surface, while baking soda absorbs the oil.

  • Cleaning Liquid: Removing transmission fluid liquid requires cleaning liquid to be sprayed and scrubbed out.

Considering that your parking lot is frequently used, we recommend that you clean your vehicle fluid and oil stains on a bi-weekly basis.

Use High-Pressure Water

One of the easiest and quickest ways to keep your parking clean is to use high-pressure water. Spray sufficient water on your parking lot. This immediately deals with surface dirt and fresh oil stains. This is a step that you can conduct yourself and it isn’t labor intensive.

Having a clean parking lot is just good business practice. It’s a portrayal of the broken window theory where your business showcases how attentive it is.

While these steps will help you clean and extend the life of your parking lot, repair and maintenance work will still be required. Cracks and potholes will eventually occur on your parking lot. This is where Blacktop Paving, asphalt paving contractors, come in. We have the expertise to perform all repair and maintenance services for your parking lot.