People are pretty rough on parking lots. Not only do we drive on them, but we leak oil and transmission fluid on them, pour salt on them when it snows, and leave it there well into spring. Snow plows and heavy garbage dumpsters gouge and scrape blacktop and asphalt surfaces. Cracks go ignored, and few people care when pavement gets stained or faded.
Not that blacktop needs all that much nurturing, of course. Sure, everyone walks all over it, but that's what's it's made for (you could say that's its "lot" in life), but your community's parking lots and other paved surfaces do require a little attention. Failing to do so can result in unsightly conditions, safety hazards, and costly repairs down the road.
Taking a Crack at Repair
According to Richard C. Reilly, a pavement contractor based in Brielle, your parking lot's pavement should be the same as what's on the New Jersey Turnpike. "Normally speaking, the pavement that should be used within a condo community for the roadways and parking lots should be exactly what's used on the state highways and everything else in New Jersey," Reilly says.
That means using what's known as an I-5 Surface Coarse Mix. This has more stone and a higher aggregate (which is the strength of the material) than you'd see on, say, a tennis court. Obviously, the surface has to be strong enough for cars to drive on it, and a soft tennis court won't cut it.
When it comes to maintenance, crack repair is key. According to Thomas Eosso of Eosso Brothers Paving in Matawan, pavement starts deteriorating as soon as it's laid down. Key among the factors that play a part in that deterioration is the weather.