Getting For Your Parking Lot Ready For Spring

Maintaining your parking lot is something that should be ongoing. But did you know that the time for action really is now?

The start of spring is the ideal time to start checking your parking lot for signs of distress.

This is because now the winter is (hopefully) passing, it needs to be inspected carefully for the damage that may have been inflicted by issues such as snow, frost, standing water and other weather-related events.

There is a season for asphalt paving companies to do their maintenance and that begins, usually, from March and extends to October.

Here are a few of the things to keep an eye out for when you do your annual checks of your company’s parking lot.

RAVELING

Raveling occurs when the top surface of the asphalt begins to crumble and the bigger stones on the pavement’s layer start to move.

Check for raveling by looking for a rough surface on the top layer of the asphalt.

This is something that is likely to be made worse by winter and the cold weather.

Raveling, like all asphalt damage, is best when it’s caught early on.

Sealing the asphalt surface with a sand slurry seal is one solution. As is the application of an aggregate of stone micro surface.

HEAVING

Heaving is caused by frost and is a probable cause of trouble after the winter months have wreaked their worst on your asphalt.

The inevitable freeze-thaw cycle makes ice lenses appear in the soil beneath the asphalt. These push the surface of asphalt layer as they get bigger.

Heaving usually settles back down once the thawing process begins. However, if the asphalt does not settle back down it can be remedied by removing the affected area and patching it.

CRACKING

Cracking is probably something that is going to happen, after a period of time has passed.

There are various types of cracks, which require different approaches, but one thing that they all have in common is that they need sealing properly.

Small and isolated cracks can be filled with a hot pour rubberized crack sealer.

Slightly larger cracks – of above an inch and a half in width – need filling with a fine grade hot mix asphalt, in place of crack sealer.

Larger cracks or multiple cracks shouldn’t be sealed in isolation, as it probably won’t work and would end up costing more in the long run than a comprehensive solution.

For this problem then the entire area needs to be replaced.

This should be taken down to a depth of four inches or possibly six inches, depending on the seriousness of the problem.

Then a full depth asphalt should be applied to the area.

TYPES OF CRACKING

ALLIGATOR CRACKS

An alligator crack happens after a period of substantial damage or neglect to your asphalt.

Alligator cracks mean that you have a number of cracks and they look like the scales on an alligator’s skin.

These are the beginnings of a pothole and need to be remedied, fast.

Alligator cracks require a full depth patch and this is quite a big job only for a qualified asphalt paving contractor to carry out.

EXPANDING CRACKS

An expanding crack might affect an already sealed crack, but that has got bigger.

These will need to be resealed and quick, to prevent moisture getting in.

POTHOLES

A pothole is an extremely serious situation and one that only occurs after existing cracks have not been treated promptly.

If you discover a pothole, then it is no longer possible to ignore the problem any longer!

As the person responsible for maintenance of the parking lot, you may be risking damage to your customers’ or staff’s vehicles if you do not fix this major fault.

We would not recommend you try and fix a pothole yourself, this is one time you definitely should call a reputable driveway paving contractor to fix it.

Why You Should Sealcoat Your Driveway This Season

Every springtime asphalt paving companies will start their annual work, sealcoating and protecting customers’ asphalt driveways.

But why should you consider sealcoating your driveway at the start of this season?

YOU WILL SAVE MONEY BY ACTING NOW

By protecting your driveway today, you prevent having to shell out for the full cost of a new asphalt driveway later on.

A sealcoating job will cost a fraction of the full cost of a driveway being constructed from stratch.

We estimate it costs about one twentieth to one thirtieth of the cost of a new driveway.

YOUR DRIVEWAY WILL LIVE LONGER

The most obvious reason for getting your driveway sealcoated is that it will live longer.

In fact, out of everything that you could do for your asphalt driveway, sealcoating it is the single most important thing.

If done at the right time, sealcoating could extend the lifespan of your driveway by twenty years.

However, it needs to be done right from the start. Remember, this is a preventative measure and not a cure for a driveway which has been neglected for the last ten years!

It also will not repair a cracked or broken driveway.

Driveways should be sealcoated approximately one year after the asphalt has been laid. It should be reapplied every two to three years, depending on the level of need.

THE OXIDIZATION WILL BE SLOWED DOWN

Sealcoating slows down the process of oxidization which, if left untreated is going to eventually result in cracks appearing in the driveway.

IT STOPS WATER GETTING IN

By eliminating the chances of cracking, sealcoating is effectively stopping the water from being able to get into your driveway.

Water is not the friend of asphalt. Because asphalt is porous, water will get inside it and wreak damage.

This is because the water will get right down to the base of the asphalt driveway and that is where it can do the worst damage.

IT PREVENTS ACCIDENTS

By preventing cracks from happening, you are stopping potholes from taking hold and these are things which can cause accidents.

It’s not just cars which potholes can cause damage to – it is also pedestrians and cyclists.

Someone walking up your driveway could stumble in the dark and fall – this is not the welcome you want to give to your guests!

IT LOOKS GREAT

Finally, sealcoating your asphalt improves its visual appearance and smartens up the front of your property.