Making the decision to have a new Lakeland parking lot paving is always a decision that requires a lot of factors to weigh in before actually making it. After all, for some, installing a new parking lot is seen as a huge financial decision, especially when you have to factor in the cost of repairs and maintenance.
However, as long as you treat your paving well and keep it regularly maintained, your paving should last you quite a while. It is important to familiarize yourself with the types of damages that your paving might encounter, so that you may take the best course of action as soon as possible.
Of the damages you’ll typically encounter is surface cracking. While it might seem that all cracking is the same, they actually have different characteristics and causes. To help you out, here are some of the most common parking lot paving cracking problems you might see on your paving.
Cracking is the most common form of damage you’re going to encounter on a paving project. These are characterized by surface gaps of varying length and width, and are spread out over the surface of the paving. There are four different types of cracking associated with asphalt paving, and they are: alligator cracking, crescent-shaped cracking, shrinkage cracking, and reflective cracking.
Alligator cracking is easily distinguished by the cracking reminiscent of alligator’s skin, hence its name. This type of cracking can be caused by either oxidation, or by an asphalt surface taking on a heavier load than it was originally designed for.
Crescent-shaped cracking, or also known as slippage cracking is characterized by the crescent shaped cracks found on the surface of the asphalt. This type of cracking occurs because of the use of low-quality materials under the surface.
Shrinkage cracking looks similar to alligator cracking, however, the causes behind the two are what sets them apart. Shrinkage cracking occurs because the surface shrinks because the asphalt lacks the ability to adapt as needed to sudden temperature changes.
Reflective cracking occurs when you have recently resurfaced your parking lot paving, and you find the same cracks on the brand new surface. This is the common physical characteristic of reflective cracking. This shows that the old cracks from the old paving surface have continued on to the new one. This is because the cracks found underneath the overlay can cause stress concentration because they have not been properly filled in. Because there is stress in the same location, the same cracks show up in the same location as the old cracks.