Cracks in your Lakeland parking lot paving are more than just an aesthetic issue and can lead to more serious problems if they are ignored. Many property owners think that their parking lots can withstand anything because of how sturdy it looks when it is freshly installed.
However, over time, you will notice that cracks can form on the surface of your pavement, which can lead to serious issues if left unattended. Fortunately, most small forms of cracking can be handled yourself, with a simple crack filling and sealing.
On the other hand, there are certain cracks that may form on the surface of your Lakeland parking lot paving that can cause serious issues, which is why it needs to be left to your pavement contractor.
Alligator cracking is easily identifiable by the cracking pattern that closely resembles an alligator’s hide. This type of cracking is more serious because the damage tends to spread across the entire surface of the pavement. Alligator cracking typically a result of weak areas, either on the surface or base layer, can also be a sign of poor drainage, as well as a sign of improper installation practices.
If you notice this pattern start to form on the surface of your pavement, this needs to be investigated as soon as possible because it is usually a sign of a far more serious problem that may not be visible to the naked eye. While a patching job can take care of alligator cracks temporarily, this is a bandaid solution at best, which is why the help of a professional will need to be enlisted.
Only a pavement expert will be able to completely remove the affected section and assess the condition of the base layer to determine if any additional work will be needed. Since the base layer is heavily affected by this form of damage, only an expert is capable of getting it back to good condition.
You can easily identify these cracks by the pattern of blocks forming on their surface. These cracks are interconnected and divide the pavement up into rectangular pieces. Block cracking is a clear indication of asphalt binder that is in poor condition.
This can indicate that the binder that is mixed into the surface is no longer expanding or contracting the way it should. These issues can happen if the binder is old or if its quality is compromised. To thoroughly assess and handle the extent of this damage, a Lakeland parking lot paving company can help you.