Because your Lakeland parking lot paving might be exposed to sun and harsh weather conditions like rain and storm, as well as the daily wear and tear, you may notice patches of potholes and cracks that are signs of deterioration.
Without regular maintenance, the repair and replacement of pavement can get costly and may even cause dangerous conditions for you, your family, your employees, and your clients.
So, how would you know that your asphalt pavement and driveway need emergency attention? When do you pick up the phone to call your pavement contractor? What are the signs that your pavement needs immediate attention?
Groups of cracks
Ever noticed cracks and lines on your pavement that resemble spider webs or alligator skin? These are clear signs of shoddy installation.
It is likely that multiple layers were applied on top of the asphalt without strengthening and making sure of the stability of the base layer.
This leads to groups of cracks throughout the entire surface. Though they may seem minor, these cracks are where water, snow, and the heat of the sun could get into and affect the foundation of the whole pavement.
The “waves” on your asphalt, those uneven areas of the surface layer, are caused by the buckling of the pavement. This is caused by last year’s winter’s frost which made the soil underneath to saturate, freeze, and expand.
Heavy traffic on the driveway can also lead to the same condition. If you need to correct this problem, the paving contractor will have to apply a new overlay of asphalt.
Hairline cracks, lots of it, are indicators of the final stage of the deterioration of your asphalt pavement. Water, dirt, debris, and other matters will get into these hairline cracks, causing them to expand and effect further damage to the pavement.
To prevent the cracks from spreading on the entire surface of your Lakeland parking lot paving, the contractor might suggest a sealant every two or so years. However, if the cracks became too large and obvious, you might have to replace the surface layer of the asphalt pavement.
When your Lakeland parking lot paving has crumbled edges, it is likely because flimsy layers of asphalt have been applied on top of the surface. Pieces will continue to break off because of heavy traffic.
It could also be because the asphalt has been applied way beyond the aggregate base or the roots of nearby plants cause the asphalt to “pop out.”