If you’re an owner of a commercial parking lot, you’ve most likely heard the term asphalt overlay. But what exactly does it mean? And when should you have it done? Having a commercial parking lot isn’t a one-and-done thing, and it requires continuous maintenance and repair to keep it in good condition.

If you’re wondering what an overlay is and if your commercial lot needs it, here are four things you need to know about it.

1. What It Is

Commonly referred to as asphalt resurfacing, an asphalt overlay is when a new layer of asphalt is applied on the top surface of your pavement. It’s meant to smooth over and patch up any small deterioration you may have on your pavement such as cracking. It’ll also help you avoid a full asphalt replacement.

2.  How It Works

Before your asphalt is resurfaced, a professional paving company will typically look at the condition of your pavement to determine if it’ll be a suitable base for an overlay. Depending on how extensive the deterioration is, your local paving company may mill your pavement and repair some of the damage before applying an overlay. Once the pavement is prepped, a thin layer of asphalt is applied to the damaged surface.

3. The Benefits

There’s a number of benefits that come with performing an overlay for your asphalt. It can help boost your curb appeal by making your pavement look dark and new like when you first installed your pavement. It also creates a better driving experience for your customers, requires little repair time, and helps you avoid a full asphalt replacement, which makes it cost-effective.

4. When To Do It 

If your commercial lot has minor damage such as cracks and potholes, and if it hasn’t reached the end of its lifespan (typically about 20 years), an overlay may be the right solution. It’s also important to note that an overlay is a temporary repair, but it’ll help expand the lifetime of your lot before you have to fully replace it.

Unsure if your commercial lot is in need of an asphalt repair? At Hasco, we perform a variety of asphalt repair and maintenance services. Contact us here for a free and detailed estimate. Our team is ready to help you protect your pavement!