If you want your parking lot pavement or driveway to last long, you need a professional and reputable Haines City parking lot paving contractor. Not only that, you would also need to make sure that they can provide quality materials and service for the project. A contractor knows this, too, and that is why he would like to convince you of his excellent service and high-tech equipment.
Remember to avoid contractors that still do the installation and the repair of pavements manually. There are many technologies out in the market that can do the same job with a higher level of quality in a faster amount of time. You don’t need to waste your time and money on a contractor who cannot invest in a good equipment.
But aside from choosing the right contractor, you also want to make sure that the process and materials used on the project is the latest in the industry. More importantly, you have to check if they are following the basic principles of asphalt pavement.
A good mix of recyclable materials
Asphalt is a good choice for a pavement because they are environmentally-friendly. Asphalt is made of recyclable materials—old aggregates and old asphalt from broken roads and pavements. However, you need to look into the percentage of recyclables in the material that will be used in your pavement.
Too much recyclable materials could render your asphalt pavement weak and it could deteriorate rapidly. This is what you are trying to avoid. A good mix of recyclable and new materials is always the better way to go.
A well-compacted soil
Your base layer should be well compacted otherwise, it could weaken the whole structure of the pavement and the top layer could easily collapse and succumb to different exposures.
Extreme weather conditions affect not only the top asphalt layer but also the foundation of the pavement—the sub-base layer. If the base is weak, the surface layer would naturally be weak as well.
A regular sealcoating process
If your contractor knows what he’s doing, he would recommend for your pavement to have sealcoating applied regularly. That means at least once every two years.
If he recommends once a year, he may just be trying to get more from you because sealcoating the pavement every year could also damage the quality of the surface layer. The minimum requirement is once every two or three years.