No one wants to think about the cost that is involved in replacing an asphalt parking lot. However, there often comes a time when there is no other solution to your asphalt problems. When it is time to replace your asphalt, there will most definitely signs of degradation and wear and tear that help you know it’s time. It’s important to know what the signs are so that you can anticipate and budget for asphalt removal when the time comes. Andersen Asphalt & Striping is here to share the tips that let you know its time for new asphalt.
What Does Asphalt Look Like when it Starts to Deteriorate?
Here are some of the most common signs that indicate it is time to place your current asphalt:
– Alligator Cracks: You will know it is time to replace your asphalt when you notice alligator cracks on its surface. This form of cracking is given this name because it resembles alligator scales. The biggest problem was alligator cracks is that it is one of the first indications that the foundation of your asphalt is starting to deteriorate. There is some alligator cracking that can be repaired, but more than likely an asphalt contractor will tell you that the asphalt needs to be replaced.
– Potholes: Potholes are another big sign that your asphalt is in trouble. Potholes can be a safety hazard to both pedestrians and vehicles. Some potholes are so large that they end up causing damage to vehicles that drive on them. If you have potholes in your parking lot, it can be a real liability when you don’t have them fixed. Whether the potholes in your parking lot are large or small, we recommend getting a hold of an asphalt contractor as soon as possible to either repair the potholes or replace the asphalt altogether.
– Drainage Issues: One thing that you do not want to see on your asphalt surface is pooling water. This means that you are not getting proper drainage. This is usually caused by deep cracks that allow moisture to get to the foundation.
– Fading: Over time, oxidation is going to take place and you will start to notice that Your asphalt starts to look faded. This is normal and is caused by damaging UV ray exposure. While you might look at this as and aesthetic issue, it is also a sign that your asphalt is weakening.
– Staining: It is not uncommon for asphalt to fall victim to staining over time. Common culprits are motor oil and other chemicals. These fluids can compromise the protective surface of your asphalt which will make it more vulnerable to fading and deterioration.