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Parking Lot Maintenance

Parking lot Maintenance

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Hayden Paving performs a wide variety of Parking Lot Maintenance and Repair Services for projects of all shapes and sizes. We take pride in our craftsmanship and showcase previously paved projects as a testament to our future clients. Our job isn’t done when we finish paving your parking lot.

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How does the maintenance process work?

Step One

Call or e-mail Hayden Paving and provide contact information, urgency status, and an address.

Step Two

One of our pre-construction estimators will reach out to schedule a site visit, so you know when to expect them. We encourage clients, especially maintenance or property managers, to walk the perimeter with our estimator.

Step Three

Our estimator will walk your property and take photographs and measurements. If you cannot walk the perimeter during the consultation, our estimator will provide you with information gathered during the inspection.

Step Four

Our estimator will have a proposal for you and your team to review within 24-72 hours of the site visit, depending on the scope of work.

We always provide transparent estimates with the cost of specific line items and photos of problem areas. We understand that a ‘one size fits all’ budget is not the norm. That’s why we offer phased plans for large properties or projects that need an extensive amount of repair work.

Asphalt Parking Lot Q & A

My parking lot has faded to a dull grey color, and, in some parts, I’ve noticed small piles of crumbling rocks. I have not seen any Cracks or Potholes. Does anything need to be done?

Rain, sun, vehicle leaks, and other factors will erode your parking lot over time. We suggest having your parking lot Seal Coated. Sealcoating should be done roughly two years after initial construction, or when it starts to show the signs described above.

Seal Coating is the application of a liquid sealant on top of asphalt pavement. The sealant protects your parking lot by bonding with the pavement, forming a hard, protective shell after curing. After your parking lot has cured and it’s Color Restored, our team will come back and stripe your parking lot.


CRACKS: Cracks are splits in the asphalt pavement. They can be tiny surface Breaks or Deep, Wide Cracks that threaten the integrity of the pavement. Longitudinal cracks are those that are parallel to the pavement’s Centerline. Transverse Cracks are those that are perpendicular to the centerline. Joint cracks are those that develop at the place where two pavements meet.

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CRACK SEALING: This applies a Hot Rubber Material in and around cracks to seal the damage and prevent Water Penetration. Some people will call the finished product a band over.

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The surface course is the top layer of the Asphalt Pavement (as shown above). The base is the middle layer, typically consisting of crushed limestone that lies Under The Asphalt Layers and above the subbase or subgrade. The depth of the base depends primarily on the intended use of the pavement.

The subbase is the Soil Underneath the base course. In Some Instances, the subgrade may be an inadequate subbase. When this happens, you will need to amend the soil or install a geogrid before installing the base course. Alligator’s Cracking is a term that refers to asphalt pavement that has developed cracks that create a pattern like that of an Alligator’s Skin. This type of cracking is often the result of an unstable base or subgrade.

Here are a few other issues properties
run into from time to time:

The base is what provides the Load-Bearing Capabilities of the pavement. A base failure means that the base can no longer support the pavement’s weight and traffic properly. Base failure can result from Erosion, Ground Movement, or Heavier Loads than the pavement was meant to support. It can also come from various other causes, including unsuitable subgrade.

This term is used when one of the courses, typical dirt subgrade, Moves like a Waterbed.

Raveling refers to the separation of the aggregates in Asphalt Pavement. Raveling usually progresses inward from the edges or downward from the surface course.

Ruts are channels in Asphalt Pavement that correspond to vehicles’ paths within the traffic lane or aisle. You will see this mostly on High Traffic Roadways.

Shoving is a distortion of an asphalt pavement’s surface that resembles a pattern of ripples. Shoving usually occurs where Vehicles are Frequently Braking.

Compaction is the compressing of material to Make it Denser. Density tests determine whether compaction is an issue. Compaction is a measure of the Air Voids in asphalt.

An overlay, also referred to as Resurfacing, is when a new layer of asphalt is applied on top of an existing concrete or Asphalt Pavement.

The precise angle (measured in percentage) at which the pavement slope will allow water to drain from the pavement as efficiently as possible is called the fall or slope. If your parking lot has Large Puddles of Water that do not drain efficiently, it may be because of the slope.

Gravel, Crushed Stone, and Sand are common aggregates.

The binder course is the sub-layer(s) of Asphalt Beneath the Surface Course.


Block cracking is when cracks form in the shape of Interconnected, Relatively Rectangular Shapes. These cracks are caused when the asphalt binder shrinks and expands during temperature cycles. If this happens, it’s because the mix was too dry when it was laid.

Also known as Fatigue Cracking, Alligator Cracking is often caused by overloading. This can be a result of the pavement being too thin or a problem existing with the subbase.

Slippage cracks form because the asphalt mix was too weak, or a low bond exists between Pavement Layers. You can tell slippage cracks apart from other damages because they resemble stretch marks.

As the name suggests, edge cracks form near the outer edge of your pavement. Heavy Vegetation and a lack of support at the edge of your pavement cause this type of damage.

Longitudinal Cracking is caused by poor longitudinal joint construction. These cracks run parallel to the pavement centerline.

Transverse Cracking forms perpendicular cracks to a pavement’s centerline. They are formed when there are problems in an underlying layer.


Potholes form due to the Wear and tear From Weather and traffic on the pavement. Most potholes appear in late winter or early spring because water experiences the freezing and melting cycle. If water exists in the asphalt base, it can weaken the pavement. This kind of damage can be avoided or minimized with Preventative Maintenance.


Depressions are areas of the pavement surface with areas of Lower Elevation than the rest of the pavement. Depressions in pavement hold water, which can cause more damage later on.

Base Failure

Base failure can result from Poor Drainage, too much weight in one area, a lack of support, or installation error. To repair the subbase, you must first remove the Entire Surface Layer.


Stripping is caused when the adhesion between asphalt and the aggregate is weakened, causing the Surface to Dislodge. This type of damage can Quickly Cause Cracks to form.

Crack filling is a common maintenance practice used on parking lots, roads, highways, and more. Waiting too long to Fill Cracks in Your Asphalt will result in costly damage to your base and result in a Full Surface Replacement.

Our maintenance field specialist will begin by melting a block of sealant with special equipment. Next, our team will diligently Seal Every Crack on your asphalt surface to prevent further surface and base damage. The scorching tar penetrates the smallest of cracks and hardens to create a protective sealant.

A fresh seal coat will restore your surfaces’ beautiful black sheen. It will also protect your asphalt parking lot or road from fuel or oil damage and Texas Weather’s Harsh Effects. You should periodically inspect your asphalt lot. If it looks dry, gray, coarse, or has cracks forming, give us a call for a complimentary site visit. Routine Maintenance might include Pavement Sweeping, Pressure Washing, Sealcoating, Crack Filling, or Re-striping.

A professional-grade seal coat will protect your parking lot from water penetration, oxidation, and chemical damage from vehicle leaks. Summer rain is your fiercest enemy! We typically recommend Sealcoating and Re-Striping new asphalt 12 to 24 months after initial construction. After your parking lot’s first treatment, we suggest having it seal coated and re-striped every 3 to 5 years as part of your maintenance routine. Without a high-quality protective seal coat layer, water can penetrate your asphalt and cause cracks.

If left untreated, water will seep into the cracks, damaging your sub-base causing pavement failure in that area.

Benefits of Sealcoating

  • Prolongs the life of your pavement
  • Accelerates the melting of snow and ice
  • Reduces long term repair costs
  • Protects pavement from oxidation, oil, chemical spills, and water penetration
  • Enhances the appearance of your property


Depending on the specifications, milling can level a surface or provide Full-Depth Removal. Once our asphalt team mills the surface, the milling’s are sent to a hot mix asphalt plant to be recycled.

If your project calls for an asphalt overlay, our pavement experts will spray a layer of tack (a liquid asphalt coating used to bond the fresh layer of compacted asphalt onto your milled surface). Once the hot asphalt has been laid, our experienced asphalt crew will finish the final touches by smoothing out the asphalt with heavy road rollers.

  • Cost effective
  • Fast project completion
  • Recycling of old material


Patching is the process of filling in potholes. There are slight variations in patching methods, but the general idea follows these five steps:

Different tools will be used depending on the size and nature of the damage.

All debris must be removed. Occasionally there may even be plant life poking through, which must be disposed of from the root.

Asphalt needs a sturdy base; otherwise, you’ll just have more problems in the future.

The type of asphalt used to fill potholes depends on its size and the area’s climate. Typically hot or cold mix asphalt will be used.

The pothole will be slightly overfilled and then must be tamped down. Depending on the size of the pothole, different machinery or tools can be used for this.


An asphalt overlay can be thought of as a large patching job for Asphalt. An overlay is typically used when existing asphalt shows signs of Cracking and Potholes, but not quite enough damage to warrant a Full Replacement.

Looking for examples of
an asphalt overlay project?

Municipal Asphalt Paving Case Study: Meier Road, Madison

Residential Asphalt Paving Case Study: Mr. Gallun’s Driveway

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