Being prone to long-term wear and tear since commercial parking lots get a lot of use. Over time and use, the lifecycle of asphalt pavement that’s exposed to a variety of external elements will wear down. The pavement crack or crumble as the weaken through the constant exposure to various weather. Your asphalt doesn’t stand a chance without proper upkeep and repairs, combined with the pressure and constant movement of vehicles of varying weights and sizes. Today, we at Andersen Asphalt & Striping would like to share some of the most common signs of damage that indicate your commercial parking lot needs repair.
Common Parking Lot Problems
Potholes. Asphalt damage that you might see frequently on busy roads, highways, and in parking lots are potholes. They can rapidly expand over time if left neglected for too long as they usually start off as small cracks. Because once water and other debris get inside, neglecting parking lot pothole repair is a major property maintenance faux pas as they can seriously compromise the structural integrity of your pavement.
Alligator Cracking. Alligator cracks resemble the dry, fractured skin of alligators. To prevent further damage such as buckling, the alligator cracking usually a sign of a weak subbase that’s been subjected to more pressure and weight than it’s capable of bearing and needs to be repaired and reinforced immediately.
Puddles Pooling on Asphalt. A weak asphalt pavement foundation is indicated from pooling water. The pavement hasn’t been properly maintained and has internal damages as a result or the foundation was poorly installed by the original paving contractor is likely. There are dips and depressions in those areas where water is collecting if you notice small or large puddles throughout your parking. The pressure from all that water can cause your asphalt pavement to buckle eventually. Potentially leading to other weak spots throughout your property, the pooling water can also erode the asphalt aggregate and have a tunneling effect beneath the surface of your pavement.
Parking Lines & Markers Fade. Asphalt pavement maintenance may be long overdue if you notice the faded parking lines and markers. By designating parking spaces, no parking zones, handicap parking, and speed limits, parking lines and markers maintain safety standards on your property.
Asphalt Buckling & Warping. Buckling and warping is another common asphalt pavement problem. This is usually caused by a combination of two things that include constant heavy vehicle use as well as a lack of maintenance that weakens the structure that was most likely improperly installed from the get-go or weakened over time. They’re designed to handle a certain weight capacity and usage when asphalt pavements are initially installed, in some cases. These factors can change as heavier vehicles are added to your commercial fleet or frequent your property over time. Mild buckling and warping usually only require minor repairs. However, you may require a complete overhaul or repaving project with severe buckling and warping.
Crumbling Edges of Asphalt. A sign of aging asphalt pavement is crumbling edges. Crumbling edges can result from people are driving too close to the edge of your pavement and that the asphalt in that area was not properly reinforced with support during the installation process. To prevent them from spreading throughout the rest of the pavement, you can and should do in this case is seal the cracks along the edges immediately.