What to Look for in a Free Asphalt Estimate

What to Look for in a Free Asphalt Estimate, asphalt sealcoating las vegasWhen properly constructed, an asphalt parking lot has the potential to last for decades. However, to achieve the maximum expected usefulness, your asphalt pavement will need consistent, professional parking lot maintenance performed throughout its life. When properly built and maintained, an asphalt parking lot will last longer, but it will also be less likely to require costly and inconvenient major repairs. Furthermore, a well-maintained parking lot creates a safer environment for both drivers and pedestrians. Proper maintenance can help you maintain the beauty of the parking lot and ensure that it is a welcoming, safe, and comfortable area for your patrons.

Do All Asphalt Maintenance Contractors Offer Free Estimates?

Virtually all asphalt maintenance contractors offer free estimates. However, the contractor you hire should be carefully chosen. Contact at least three local contractors. Contractors local to your area will be familiar with all the rules and regulations related to any work they perform. Local contractors are often easier to contact and quicker to respond. Deal only with reputable and professional companies with verifiable positive reputations that are based on their recent work. Only consider contractors with actual businesses. Disregard contractors who work out of the back of a pickup. They could be here today and gone tomorrow.

Research the contractor’s website. Consult with other parking lot owners and property managers in your area who have had work performed recently. Any contractor you choose should come to your property for a physical evaluation of your pavement’s condition and needs. If they try to give you an estimate over the phone without visiting your property, disregard them.

Be sure to get everything in writing. A written estimate should include a breakdown of all work needed. Make sure you clearly understand what work will be performed and what materials will be used. Ask about the timeframe of the work and how it will affect your business. A professional asphalt maintenance contractor should be willing and able to answer all your questions.

What Might a Free Estimate for Parking Lot Maintenance Include?

The age and condition of your asphalt pavement will determine the type and extent of work needed. If preventive maintenance has been performed routinely, you will have a better chance of avoiding serious repairs. If your pavement is relatively new and in good condition, you may only need parking lot sealcoating. Asphalt sealcoating contractors typically recommend having your asphalt pavement sealed every other year, but the correct schedule for your particular pavement may differ. Sealcoating prolongs the life of the pavement by protecting it from UV radiation; UV rays from the sun can prematurely dry the asphalt. Left without adequate sealcoating, asphalt pavement will deteriorate and lose flexibility. The sealcoating material also protects the asphalt pavement from moisture infiltration. Unsealed asphalt pavement can be severely damaged when moisture enters the base of the structure. Sealcoating also protects the pavement from the deterioration caused by oil and other chemical leaks and spills.

Before sealcoating is performed, all significant pavement cracks will need to be repaired. After all needed repairs are made and the sealcoating material has dried, your parking lot line striping will need to be reapplied. This is a good time to consider whether changing your parking lot layout would enhance efficiency or add to its aesthetic appeal. You may also need to evaluate your parking lot signage to ensure that you have the proper signs in the proper locations. Many asphalt sealcoating contractors offer package deals for crack repair, sealcoating, and striping, so be sure to inquire whether bundling these services would save you money.

After you and your contractor have discussed the work that you need, request a written estimate that details the scope, types of materials and their quantities, a tentative schedule, and separate totals for labor and materials. The estimate should include the name and contact number of the person who prepared the estimate as well as the company’s business address and telephone number. Many contractors automatically attach a list of references for you to contact to verify their professionalism and the quality of their work.

Affordable Striping & Sealing would be happy to provide you with a free estimate for the parking lot services you need. We specialize in asphalt parking lots and offer a range of asphalt services, including crack repair, sealcoating, parking lot striping, sign installation, pavement markings, parking lot design, and bumper block installation. Regardless of your industry, if you have an asphalt parking lot, you can count on us for exceptional work at affordable rates. To obtain a free estimate, you can submit the request form online or call 702-222-9009.

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