As a business owner, you have a number of different tasks and issues on your mind, and you may not give your parking lot much thought on a day to day basis. However, your parking lot is one of the first impressions that your customers will have of your business. Because of this, it is important to know the signs that it is time to replace your parking lot. Knowing these signs will allow you to contact an asphalt paving contractor and get your parking lot repaved as soon as possible when issues start to arise.
You Notice Numerous Cracks
On a fairly regular basis, maybe before or after business hours, you should go out and just take a look at your parking lot (even if it is just once a month). If you notice a growing number of cracks in the pavement, you may have cause for concern.
Cracks in asphalt spread readily and quickly. Be especially wary of cracks that seem to look like spider webs, shooting off in multiple directions. These are signs of significant damage and can lead to other issues.
There Are Dips or Uneven Areas
Your parking lot should be smooth and level to drive on. If there seem to be dips in the pavement where it has sunk down or there are areas that are just uneven and bumpy, your asphalt more than likely needs to be replaced.
You See Pooling Water
After it rains, go out and take a quick glance around the parking lot. If water is pooling anywhere, you have unevenness that you might not be able to detect as easily as major dips, but that is still problematic.
Water pooling indicates a drainage problem with your parking lot. This pooled water not only shows that the surface is uneven but can also do further damage to the integrity of the pavement. You will want to repave the lot to get the drainage situated and fixed.
Your Parking Lot Is Old
Asphalt surfaces have a general longevity of 20 years. However, if you have a high-traffic parking lot, that lifespan might be even shorter. If your parking lot has not been paved in 10 to 20 years, even if you do not notice significant damage to it, it may be time to replace it.
Now that you know some of the signs it is time to replace your parking lot, you can contact an asphalt paving contractor as soon as you notice any of these issues.