Constant exposure to the elements can put asphalt parking lots at serious risk of premature wear. The extreme heat from the sun breaks down the chemical bonds holding asphalt together. Ultraviolet rays and oxygen also cause the pavement to become dry and brittle, increasing the risk of cracking. Water can then penetrate the crevices, causing further deterioration. Taking the below steps, and avoiding common mistakes, will protect your investment from damage.
Inspect the pavement frequently.
Catching and correcting damage in the early stages is the best way to prevent a minor problem from becoming a major concern. Routinely walk through the asphalt parking lot looking for warping, loose sections, and dislodged chunks. Put caution tape around the sections, as it will direct pedestrian and vehicle traffic away from the areas, preventing safety hazards and additional damage.
Repair any issues you see.
Apart from blocking off the damaged areas, you should also call an asphalt repair specialist immediately for assistance. They will take steps to prevent cracks from spreading and potholes from becoming larger. These measures could help save money down the line, as you’ll avoid the need for an expensive parking lot replacement. As repairing the damaged areas will make the parking lot safer, you could also avoid being sued for damages due to injuries.
Forget about sealcoating.
To extend the life of your asphalt parking lot, it’s best to have the pavement sealcoated every few years. Applying a protective coating to the surface will block UV rays and help it retain moisture to keep from drying out and cracking. Asphalt sealcoating will also help snow and ice melt faster, expediting cleanup after winter storms.
Let sprinklers soak the surface.
If you use automatic sprinklers to irrigate the grounds, be mindful of where the water lands. Make sure the liquid is directed away from the asphalt parking lot. Otherwise, the moisture can degrade the base layer and diminish the structural integrity of the pavement, making it more susceptible to additional damage from the sun.
If you need commercial paving or sealcoating surfaces to keep your asphalt parking lot in good condition, reach out to the Wasilla, AK-based team at MJM Services. The family-owned business is managed by three generations of professionals committed to ensuring clients’ asphalt driveways and lots last for years to come. To schedule a service appointment in April, call (907) 376-5222. Visit the paving company online to see photos of their work and connect on Facebook to read what customers have to say about their experiences.