Improving Your Hardscaping

After I realized that our back porch was chipping apart, I decided that I needed to work a little harder to make things right. I started carefully analyzing the area, and I realized that the concrete needed to be completely removed and re-poured. I knew that asphalt work was beyond my comfort level, so I decided to call in a professional contractor to do the work. It was amazing to watch them work, and when they were finished our yard looked brand new. This blog is all about improving your hardscaping by replacing old, cracked, or discolored asphalt or concrete paving.

Protecting Your Preschool's New Asphalt Parking Lot From Damage

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Now that your preschool has found money in the budget to install a new asphalt parking lot for the staff and parents to use, it is important to protect your school's large investment in any way that you can. Here are some of the most important things you can do to protect the new asphalt surface:

Ask Delivery Drivers and Those with Heavy Vehicles to Avoid Driving on the Asphalt

Since delivery and utility trucks can cause damage to your preschool's new asphalt parking lot by causing ruts, you should politely ask all of the delivery drivers and workers who visit your school to please avoid driving on the new asphalt parking lot during the first month or so after your new parking lot has been installed. During this time, the asphalt is still curing in place and is the most susceptible to damage from excessive weight. If a heavy vehicle like a bus needs to park on the new pavement, then have it park its wheels onto sheets of plywood to protect the asphalt by spreading out the weight over a larger area.

Provide an Edge to the Asphalt and Keep Landscaping Water Away from It

Unlike a concrete slab, asphalt is not stable at its outer edges. If you do not provide either a concrete edge or one made of live grass, then your new asphalt parking lot will spread out and chip away at the edges. If you choose to install grass on the edges of the parking lot to protect the asphalt's edges, you should be vigilant about keeping its water off of the asphalt. Too much water running under the edge of your preschool's parking lot will cause it to degrade and can even lead to potholes and cracks later down the line.

Have the Asphalt Parking Lot Power Washed and Seal Coated Yearly 

Finally, since asphalt is known to oxidize in the sunshine and break down over time, you can help slow this natural process by having your preschool's parking lot professionally power washed each year. The power washing will remove any oils and grease that have built up on the asphalt's surface. Once the surface is clean, then you should have an asphalt contractor apply a seal coating over the entire surface of your parking lot. The seal coating will help prevent damage to the asphalt from the weather and oils from vehicles. Contact a company like AAA Paving and Sealing to take care of these services.

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17 May 2016