Now that the weather is a lot cooler than the past months, expect that your Winter Haven parking lot paving would have some problems. That is, unless you have done preventive maintenance routine checks before the winter season began. The cold weather can be extremely damaging on your parking lot or driveway, which is why it’s essential to understand that preventiveness and cautiousness are two keys to maintaining the health of your asphalt pavement.
Remember, the last thing you want is to have your asphalt pavement repaired after the winter season. Maintenance and preventive repairs are much cheaper than repairing what has already been damaged. Here are four tips on how to maintain your pavements before the cooler months:
Even before the harsh weather begins, preferably during the summer season and the beginning of autumn when precipitation levels are low enough to allow for repair, check your pavements for cracks. Keep in mind that small cracks, which might seem harmless at first, are actually the beginning of a bigger problem in the future. When these cracks are exposed to chemicals and everyday use, it can get bigger and affect the layers below your surface. Address these issues beforehand and make sure that all the cracks have been repaired before the winter season begins.
An asphalt pavement is a huge investment. You can protect this investment by adding sealant during the summer months when the weather is dry. Apply sealant at least once every two to three years to refresh the pavement and make it last long. A sealant adds a protective layer on your asphalt pavement, and it maintains the strength and stability of the pavement.
Although it doesn’t really snow in Florida, it is still important to understand that failure to remove snow can cause accidents because the ground will be very slippery for both vehicles and pedestrians. Snow only looks good while it’s falling. The moment it hit the ground, it can turn into ice and hinder vehicle drivers and pedestrians from seeing road signs such as parking space markings, no-parking zones, and emergency exits. Removing the snow from the pavement reduces the chances of accidents.
Use potassium chloride to de-ice
The one major misconception about de-icing the pavement is applying rock salt to offset slippery conditions. But, this could be doing more harm than good. Rock salt is highly corrosive and could damage the asphalt pavement. You might be facing a bigger problem after the winter season rather than address issues prematurely.