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Need to Resurface or Replace? How to Tell What Your Parking Lot Needs

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Your asphalt parking lot can withstand a lot of pressure for many years, but there will come a time when you’ll need to resurface or replace it.

But when will you know when it's time to resurface and when to replace? Let’s explore the key factors to consider when making this important decision.

The Difference Between Resurfacing & Replacement

Resurfacing involves removing the topmost layer of asphalt concrete from the parking lot, then applying a fresh layer while keeping the existing foundation intact. Additionally, during the resurfacing process, any existing cracks and potholes are repaired. This process rejuvenates the surface, giving it a new lease on life.

Replacement, on the other hand, involves the removal of both the topmost layer of asphalt and the existing foundation. This is a more extensive process and will require preparing the ground surface to create a new foundation.

When to Resurface and When to Replace

The decision to resurface or replace your parking lot depends on several critical factors. First, the depth and number of cracks in your parking lot play a significant role in your decision. If your parking lot has only a few cracks measuring less than five centimeters deep, resurfacing is a great option.

Another consideration is the condition of the foundation beneath the parking lot. For resurfacing to be a viable choice, the subbase must be in good condition with proper water drainage. This ensures that the new surface won't shift or deteriorate quickly. If the foundation has already been compromised, replacement may be the only solution.

Potholes and other surface damage is a common enough issue in parking lots, and are often addressed through resurfacing. However, there will come a point when resurfacing won’t be able to help. If your parking lot exhibits extensive surface damage, including severe cracking, crumbling, or significant wear and tear, a complete replacement may be necessary to ensure long-term durability.

Need to Resurface or Replace? Call Wright Construction

The choice between resurfacing and replacement for your parking lot hinges on these key factors. Just to make sure, consult with a professional asphalt contractor like Wright Construction to provide you with valuable insights and recommendations tailored to your specific situation. A well-informed decision will not only extend the lifespan of your parking lot but will also save you time and money in the long run. Please contact us today so we can help you restore your parking lot to its original pristine condition.


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