Greater Seattle Parking Lot Paving and Maintenance
Action Asphalt provides turnkey services to business owners and property managers in need of parking lot maintenance. Our commercial asphalt paving services include asphalt repairs, asphalt overlays, extruded concrete curb removal and replacement, parking lot striping, and sealcoating.
Whether you call them parking lots, blacktops, Tarmac, or otherwise, asphalt paving projects are extremely common the farther north you travel in the United States and Canada. Due to its pliability and inherent resistance to freeze/thaw cycles, asphalt will perform better in cold weather and facilitate subsequent repairs better than concrete, which cracks and breaks down. Asphalt is also faster to absorb solar heat, making it great for snowy regions because it can melt ice and snow on the surface of a road or parking lot more quickly.
Installing New Asphalt Parking Lots
For the most part, new asphalt parking lots require only a basic blueprint that includes subgrade and preparation specifications, asphalt mix design, installation instructions, drainage specifications, and final striping and marking layouts. Brand-new applications generally include instructions for concrete curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and ramps.
Even if your project doesn’t fall under commercial restrictions by city and county officials, you’ll still need a drainage plan that redirects water away from pooling areas and nearby buildings.
In Seattle, asphalt paving projects often require flexibility and patience, as weather conditions sometimes sabotage best intentions and planning. During application, rain and cooler weather can cause asphalt material to settle faster, making it more difficult for work crews to manipulate the material and create a smooth, clean appearance. While many companies tend to avoid rainy conditions, if a project begins and is mostly completed before moisture begins to accumulate, there shouldn’t be an issue.
Life Expectancy of an Asphalt Parking Lot
How long can you expect your parking lot to last? While it depends largely on the stability of the subgrade, the quality of the application, regular maintenance, the climate, and the drainage plan, asphalt paving projects can last between 20 and 30 years!