How to Properly Repave a Parking Lot

June 25, 2024

A well-maintained parking space is important in terms of safety, aesthetics, and usability. Like many paving products, the surface can wear down from vehicles driving on it, general weather conditions, and normal use of the lot. One of the primary benefits of repaving a parking lot is that it enhances the appearance of your parking lot, extends its life, and increases safety for users. 

Getting Started

Evaluation and Planning

The parking lot repaving must be carefully evaluated before starting any repaving project. See signs of cracks, potholes, drainage concerns, and heavy wearing areas Move on to drawing up a detailed plan with measurements, required repairs, and the type of pavement materials needed. It speeds up the operation and can help you to estimate costs and time more accurately.


The parking lot should be free of debris, vehicles, and all obstacles. Physically mark boundaries and provide good signage to redirect traffic during construction. If needed, organize new customer parking to avoid any inconvenience.


Once the new asphalt is laid, anything that was causing the pavement to fail in those areas needs to be addressed (drainage issues or an unstable sub-base). If the driveway has cracks and potholes, fill them with the right type of materials. This is important because if this asphalt is not repaired before the overlay of new pavement then it will only get worse, and the new surface will need patching due to the cracking existing beneath.

New Asphalt

Apply a new layer of asphalt and be sure to go for high-grade appropriate asphalt depending on the climate and traffic. Apply a binder course, and then the top course. Compact accurately with equal density and a consistent surface using state-of-the-art equipment such as rollers. The compaction obliterates air gaps, increasing the lifespan and weatherproofing of the surfaces.

Striping and Marking

After the asphalt has cured fully, come through and stripe for parking slots, handicap stalls, arrows, etc as required by local regs. Good, clear markings help keep traffic moving efficiently and safely around the parking lot.

Post-Construction Inspection

Perform a final inspection on the pavement to confirm that it satisfies established quality criteria and specifications. Inspect smoothness, drainage, and compliance with a design plan. It is always a good practice to address any discrepancies immediately before they begin causing new issues.


Maintain the new paved area through normal maintenance- Create a seal coat, crack fill, and an inspection schedule. Have the damage repaired in time to prevent it from spreading on a large scale and destroying the rest of your parking lot.

Go Green

A green solution that helps lessen the impact on the environment by taking care of us all: The proper disposal of old pavement materials and strict abidance to environmental regulations. Sustainable practices like incorporating recycled materials in new asphalt mixes or using green infrastructure to enhance drainage.

Communication with Stakeholders

Throughout the repaving process, open communication should be maintained with all stakeholders including property owners, tenants, and users. Ensure you share progress updates, expected timings, and any amendments to the access or parking situation.

In conclusion, doing a good job of repaving a parking lot involves planning, care in materials selection, and execution of the work. Following these steps, you get a lasting, safe, and nice-looking new lot that will be a benefit to its users. In addition to initially being more expensive to build the pavement, the extra maintenance and short life will cost additional money over time.

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