Summer is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to break out those summer sales and sunscreen again. One thing that you, as a business owner should know, is that summer can pose a threat to your Lakeland parking lot paving if you don’t take the right steps to prepare it.
While your parking lot asphalt can be quite durable, especially if applied by a reputable paving company, sometimes the summer heat can be too much for it. The summer heat can be brutal on asphalt paving, absorbing and retaining the heat. It is important to maintain the quality of your parking lot paving this summer, and here are the things you need to know to do just that.
How the summer heat can damage your parking lot paving
As mentioned before, the summer heat is absorbed by your asphalt, which can make it sticky and will eventually cause it to warp. Another thing about the summer heat is that the ultrawaves from the sun combine with oxygen, giving it the ability to break down the chemical components that allow asphalt to be as durable as it is.
Once these have been broken down, the asphalt then becomes very brittle, which makes it easier to become damaged. This, combined with the warping caused by the absorption of heat, results in damage most prominently evidenced by cracking along the surface of the asphalt. This can give your business a very unsightly look, and can drive away business. If these are not remedied as soon as possible, the cost of repairs can end up being significantly high.
What you can do about it
However, there are preventative measures you can take in order to guarantee that your parking lot paving does not take any damage this summer season. One of the first steps you can take is to make sure that you have been maintaining your paving over the entirety of the year. This includes crack filling, making sure that there are no potholes, or problems with your parking lot drainage system.
A significant step you can take in preparing your parking lot over the summer is to apply a layer of sealcoating regularly, depending on the amount of traffic your parking lot sees. Sealcoating is not meant to be a fix-all for all of your parking lot problems. For example, if the foundation of your paving has already been damaged, sealcoating isn’t going to fix that.
However, a regular layer of sealcoating will help protect your asphalt from UV rays and the humidity, thus saving you a significant amount that would’ve gone towards repaving. Also, sealcoating gives your Lakeland parking lot paving a nice finish, which looks great for your business.