Maintaining your asphalt parking lot paving is vital, both for your bottom line and for the image of your business. Minor issues can further deteriorate if left alone.  

Thus, it quickly comes to require expensive and extensive repairs. If it’s worse, it might require a complete replacement.   

Here are a couple of signs that your parking lot paving requires professional attention:  

Standing Water 

It means that the surface is not level, probably if water tends to create puddles on the pavement. If this is ignored, water will eventually cause severe structural damage by leaking through the pavement and compromising the foundation. This makes the paving more prone to other types of damage. But it does not mean you’ve got to replace the entire thing. Often, it is enough to simply improve drainage to divert the water from the pavement.   

Surface Fading 

It means that your pavement’s surface has been damaged by exposure to chemicals and UV rays if it goes from deep black to pale grey. Scheduling routine seal coating applications is one way to prevent this problem. However, it is time to resurface the entire structure if you notice the coatings are no longer effective.   

Cracks 

It is entirely normal for the pavement to crack. This is particularly true in places that have freeze-thaw cycles in spring and winter. Water produces cracks and worsens old ones if it leaks into the pavement and freezes. Any amount of cracking is grounds for intervention. However, the correct method varies on the condition.   

  • If you’ve got alligator cracks, it will indicate that the whole surface has to be replaced due to foundational damage. Alligator cracks are vast networks of cracks that look like the scaly skin of an alligator.   
  • You can repair small cracks by hiring a professional before they become worse.   

Potholes 

Aside from being an eyesore, potholes are also a safety risk. Usually, they are caused by water leaking under the pavement, just like cracks. It expands and displaces the soil when it freezes. This leaves a void when the spring season arrives. Paving above the soil can break down. This leads to a hole.   

Every year, you should repair potholes. It can mean that the foundation is compromised and requires replacement if you notice potholes across the pavement.  

Longitudinal Cracking 

These are cracks parallel to the pavement’s laydown or centerline. It can result from poor joint construction, reflective cracking, pavement fatigue, etc. In general, joints are the least dense areas of pavement.   

To avoid moisture from entering the subgrade, you should seal the cracks. This is particularly true if the damage is minor and measures around ½ inch or less. On the other hand, more severe cracks have to be repaired by getting rid of the cracked pavement layer and replacing it with an overlay.   

When it comes to fixing your asphalt paving, it is ideal to hire a professional. This will help avoid further issues in the future.  

If you don’t know whether you need paving repair or parking lot replacement, don’t hesitate to ask a professional.