What many people fail to understand when it comes to protecting your Lakeland parking lot paving during the colder winter months is that it’s not the temperature or the snow that lead to the deterioration of the asphalt. It is actually the thaw cycle that affects your pavement the worst.
Remember that the freeze-thaw cycle happens continuously all-winter long so when ice and water melt, it creates pooling water across the surface of the pavement. This can then compromise the health of the pavement because water can seep right through the “pores” of the surface.
On top of that, because it is still the winter season, the water that gets through the tiny cracks and potholes of the pavement will eventually turn to ice and expand. This will increase the pressure on the pavement and it will create bigger cracks and potholes.
If your pavement is located in an area that has a long and horrible winter season, you should look into using hot-mix asphalt because this is specially designed and engineered to withstand freezing and thawing cycles.
Clear your pavement of debris
The Weather Channel exists to remind everyone of what is about to come. If there are forecasts already of a storm or snow about to hit your area, prepare not only your house but your pavement as well. Set your pavement for a great start by clearing it of all debris before the change in temperature begins.
You should hire a cleaner to thoroughly clean your asphalt pavement, down to the last corner. The cleaning will reveal any problems like potholes and cracks and it will allow you to address the issues before the temperature begins to drop. Larger debris will also cause problems with snowplows and damage your asphalt surface.
Sealcoat and seal the cracks
You should not only do this when the temperature is about to change to the colder months. Do this during the summer, too, or anytime you think your pavement surface needs an extra layer of protection.
Seal coat needs a nightly temperature of 50 degrees. If that is not possible, consider doing some crack filling to help prevent further damage to your pavement.
Pay attention to pooling water
As mentioned above, pooling water is one of the major reasons why pavements deteriorate during the winter season. Consider making repairs to the compromised areas of the pavement before the colder months set.