Common Paving Terms
Paving is laying down an asphalt surface on either
Milling is the process of grinding up and collecting old asphalt. A mill machine leaves a solid but ridged surface to be paved over. The old asphalt or millings can be recycled. About 90% of all asphalt is recycled from millings.
Asphalt concrete is a mixture of sand, gravel, mineral aggregate and a binding agent called bitumen. It is also known as blacktop and is commonly measured in tons.
Building and paving material made from a mixture of broken stone or gravel, sand, cement, and water, that can be spread or poured into molds and that forms a stonelike mass on hardening. It is commonly used for sidewalks, loading docks or other heavy
Sealcoat is a mixture of emulsified asphalt, water, mineral fillers, and various other mixtures. Seal coats are applied directly to the surface of an asphalt pavement. It can be applied by rubber squeegee, broom, or mechanical spray.
Crack seal is a rubber based sealant applied to asphalt cracks at very high temperatures. There are width and depth limitations for crack sealing applications, but it is an effective preventative maintenance measure.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my parking lot is in need of pavement maintenance or a full mill and pave?
It really depends on the current condition of your parking lot. Applying
Weathered asphalt that is dull and gray with shallow cracks but is structurally sound can be revitalized through a pavement maintenance program that includes crack sealing, sealcoating and a fresh line stripe. It also extends the life of your asphalt.
A failing lot has many indicators a full repave is in order. If your lot has poor drainage and standing water has seeped in and caused instability, there are multiple continuous cracks and places with crumbling or buckled asphalt, or
How often should I evaluate the condition of my parking lots?
You should thoroughly evaluate your lot every calendar year. Traffic, severe weather with extreme temperature
What should I be looking for when I evaluate my parking lot?
Check your lot for trip hazards like cracks,
When is the best time to address my parking lot issues?
Today! The longer you wait, the more complex (read: expensive) the solution will be. There are many instances when short-term fixes will be
How much do your services cost?
There are many variables that determine final costs. The size and condition of the lot are the two most important factors. The needed scope or scopes also factor prominently. National Pavement is among the most competitive paving and pavement maintenance contractors in the country. We work within your budget while providing quality workmanship and outstanding customer service. It all begins with the evaluation so don’t delay.
Should I get multiple estimates before choosing a paving or pavement maintenance contractor?
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