As the owner of a business, you have many responsibilities, and among these responsibilities is protecting your employees, your customers, and their vehicles from potential harm. While having repairs performed on your asphalt paving can be expensive, it is possible to reduce your overall costs by noticing damage early on. Below is a list of four problems that you may notice with your asphalt parking lot that can be addressed quickly and effectively if you inform your paving contractor as soon as you notice them.
You will want to keep an eye out for any cracks forming in your asphalt. Eventually, the surfaces of all asphalt will crack, but the exposure to certain chemicals like gasoline and oil will speed up the damage. If you are able to spot the damage early enough, a professional will be able to perform a patch rather than performing the replacement of a large section with fresh asphalt.
Due to the fact that the ground beneath the parking lot will shift, potholes are going to develop. The problem is when these potholes get wider and deeper, as this is when they will cause damage to vehicles and their tires. As soon as possible after noticing unattractive and hazardous potholes, you should contact a paving service so they can repair the potholes before they have a chance to cause damage to vehicles and your reputation.
If you notice that water is beginning to pool in your parking lot, then there is a chance that you have some kind of drainage issue. This is a situation that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. When an asphalt surface is exposed to water for a prolonged period of time, it accelerates the deterioration of the material. A professional will be able to regrade the parking lot to add a slope or build a curb so that water will be channeled away from your parking lot.
Over time, the elements will cause the surface of the asphalt and the paint on your parking lot to dull. Many business owners assume that the entire parking lot will need to be repaved, but in many cases, a fresh coat of sealant is all that is needed. However, if the weathering is advanced, a new layer of asphalt may be necessary.
When you notice issues with your asphalt parking lot, get in touch with a commercial paving contractor immediately, as this will not only reduce the long term damage to the parking lot, but it will also minimize the repair costs out of your pocket.