There is no doubt that a good parking lot can increase the curb appeal of a business. One of the best ways to make a good first impression on customers is to provide a smooth, easy place to park. However, many businesses delay replacing their parking lot for fear that it will take too long. Exactly how long does it take to pave a parking lot, and when should you begin? Let’s take a closer look.
Calculating How Long it Takes to Pave a Parking Lot
As with any major construction project, the exact time frame of paving a parking lot depends on several factors. Consider the following items in regards to the length of the paving project.
The size of the property
Naturally, the bigger your parking lot, the longer it will take to pave. If your business property is large, it might be beneficial to pave it in stages so that customers can still park on unfinished portions of the parking lot.
The state of the current parking lot
Before new paving can begin, your old parking lot has to be ripped up. Depending on how long it has been there, how thick it is, the extent of its damage, etc., this might affect the overall project time.
Climate and potential weather delays
One of the most common parking lot delays is the weather. Rain, ice, and even excessive heat can make it difficult to pave a parking lot. Weather also affects the curing (drying) of the parking lot.
The paving material
Asphalt vs. concrete also plays into the overall timespan of your paving project. Learn more about the difference between asphalt and concrete here (link to asphalt vs. concrete article).
The skill of the paving company
Of course, the best thing you can do for your parking lot project is to hire a company that is knowledgeable in the field. Make sure your paving company knows what they are talking about and prioritizes your satisfaction.
Whether or not you choose to sealcoat the completed parking lot
Sealcoating does not occur immediately after paving a new parking lot. Rather, it should occur a few months later. It takes a little extra time, but it’s worth it for the extra barrier of protection between your parking lot and the elements. Proper sealcoating increases the durability and overall lifespan of your paving project.
Don’t Forget About Curing!
Remember, just because the paving part of the project is complete, that does not mean customers can immediately park on the lot. Proper curing is an important part of the process and ensures that your parking lot stays durable underneath traffic. Depending on the size of the parking lot, thorough curing can take anywhere from 1-2 weeks. Like the paving itself, curing depends primarily on weather conditions, as excessive heat can prevent the asphalt from hardening.
Additionally, keep in mind that a project evaluation and estimate must take place before the actual paving begins. So, all in all, plan a few weeks for a completed project.
In the grand scheme of things, the time it takes to pave a parking lot is nothing compared to the curb appeal and customer satisfaction a new lot provides. It is absolutely worth the investment and will serve you well!
How Can Walt’s Paving Help?
You can count on Walt’s Paving to complete your residential or commercial paving project in an efficient and timely manner. We have over 40 years of experience paving asphalt driveways, making asphalt repairs, and sealcoating asphalt. We are located in Osceola IN and service homeowners and businesses within 50 miles of Elkhart IN. Call us today.