Your Lakeland parking lot paving is designed to be durable and last a long time. Typically, if it’s been applied properly, it can last up to twenty-five years. Asphalt is a popular choice for many business owners because of its affordable material. Also because it is fast and easy to apply, and that it gives many businesses a clean, professional look when it’s finished. However, all materials break down, no matter how well it’s been installed. Here are some of the common causes of your parking lot paving deterioration.
Water is one of the most common causes behind parking lot paving deterioration, as well as one of the most unexpected ones. Standing water on top of your asphalt can break down the surface of your asphalt, resulting in cracking. If these cracks are not taken care of as soon as possible, water can begin to seep into the asphalt and cause damage to the base layer of the paving. If left unattended to, the base may cave in and collapse, resulting in a more costly damage to fix.
The important thing you should know about asphalt is that its mixture is held together by a binder called asphalt cement. If your asphalt paving is overly exposed to sunlight, the UV rays can eventually break down this binder. If this binder is broken down, there is nothing to hold together the different materials together. This results in loose chunks of the asphalt coming off your paving. Cracks caused by shrinkage is another damage caused by UV rays, which allows water to seep into the paving, resulting in even more damage.
While your paving is designed to carry significant traffic loads, it cannot withstand traffic loads for prolonged amounts of time. For example, trucks and delivery vans can place a lot of stress on your paving. This is especially bad if there is already previous damage to your paving from another source, as the heavy traffic will cause it to break down even more, resulting in more serious signs of damage, such as potholes.
Oil and chemical exposure
Chemicals found in cars like oil and gasoline contain properties that can break down asphalt at a faster rate than usual. This can damage the top layer of your paving, if these chemicals are not removed as fast as possible. Because oil and gasoline are found in the cars that park on your parking lot paving, it is recommended that you clean the surface of your lot regularly to prevent it from sticking to the surface of your Lakeland parking lot paving.