As durable as the materials are that comprise an asphalt paving job, a period of time, weather elements, and general wear and tear can begin to break down your pavement. Winter in the Northeast is notorious for frigid temperatures and taking a toll on our property, which can further damage your asphalt pavement. A parking lot which is damaged, cracked, or plagued with potholes does not help the curb appeal of your business. If you begin to notice any of the following signs, you are urged to contact the experts at HMA Contracting Corp.
5 Signs Your Asphalt Parking Lot Needs Maintenance
- Cracks: Deterioration in your parking lot’s asphalt will eventually lead to cracks along the surface of the pavement. This is the most common sign of age, as well as wear, on any asphalt pavement surface. These cracks are often attributed to sunlight exposure, moisture, and potentially lack of a proper drainage solution. The severity of the crack(s) will determine the proper procedure for repair.
- Potholes: The second most common occurrence for asphalt damage is potholes. They are also the leader for the most dangerous form of asphalt damage. Potholes are commonly formed due to water accumulation in the soil beneath the asphalt. The soil eventually becomes too soft and the added pressure of cars, busses, or delivery trucks, can cause potholes to begin to form. The solution and repair for the pothole(s) is contingent on the pothole’s magnitude.
- Grass Growth: As we know, paved asphalt surfaces with a weak base or poor drainage system have the potential to lead to cracks. If left alone, these cracks will allow for grass to grow through the pavement. Installing a superior drainage system from HMA Contracting in addition to keeping vegetation away from the edges and sealing the cracks will help correct this issue.
- Oil Spots: Oil spots are just as they sound, dark, greasy stains left on your pavement from parked vehicles who are leaking oil. As the oil is absorbed into the asphalt, it can mix with the binding elements and cause the adhesive properties to deteriorate. Giving your asphalt a sealant, and maintaining it on a regular basis, will help defend against lost adhesive properties.
- Standing Puddles: An indicator of an issue with your parking lot’s base is standing puddles. When left standing, the water will eventually begin to deteriorate your asphalt. As you have read, deteriorating asphalt can lead to cracks, potholes, and vegetation growing through the pavement.