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Three Signs You Need To Replace An Asphalt Parking Lot

Your commercial property's parking lot is an essential part of your business, either because it acts as a place for your employees to park or because it allows customers to easily access your point of sale. In either case, you need to make sure that your asphalt parking lot is in good condition, lest it causes complications for your workers or drives customers away. Understanding what a few of the common signs of an asphalt parking lot that has neared the end of its lifespan are can help you identify when you should start thinking about repaving the surface.

Widespread Cracking

The most obvious, and usually the first, sign associated with an asphalt parking lot that needs to be repaved is if you find that there are significant portions of the pavement that are covered in cracks. Even smaller spiderweb cracks indicate that the asphalt has been structurally compromised and will quickly break down physically over time as it is exposed to temperature fluctuations and moisture – leading to the development of potholes and other more serious forms of structural damage.

Pooling Water

Another sign that you may want to consider repaving your asphalt parking lot is if you notice that water pools on the pavement's surface long after the rain has stopped falling. This points to some sort of structural damage to the pavement which is affecting the proper drainage of water. Water that is allowed to sit on the surface of your asphalt pavement for a significant period of time will wear it away, and can even seep into the asphalt where it can cause cracks and can even cause sections of your parking lot to sink further downwards, worsening the problem. Having your parking lot repaved will ensure proper drainage and prevent this from happening again.

Faded Color

Finally, a subtler but still important sign that your asphalt parking lot needs to be repaved is if the asphalt pavement itself has faded in color from a dark and rich black to a light gray. This is much more than a simple aesthetic consideration: faded asphalt has been exposed to a great deal of UV radiation and moisture, which has caused it to lose its color and become much more brittle. Faded asphalt is thus more likely to crack, develop potholes and generally degrade at a much faster rate – which you can proactively prevent from happening by repaving it.

Contact a service, like J R Paving Co, for more help.