While there are many minor Lakeland parking lot paving issues that we should watch out for such as potholes and cracks, there are major scare-fest right around the corner. One of the scariest things that can ever happen to one’s parking lot pavement or driveway is when a part of it has unraveled, revealing the layer underneath the surface.
Unlike with cracks and potholes which can be repaired by simply putting another thin layer over, anything that goes beyond the surface layer is subject to a deeper investigation. As a pavement owner, you should immediately investigate the cause of a pothole or crack if it went deeper than the surface layer. What you don’t want to be surprised with in the future is that the crack or pothole has affected the base layer or the foundation of the pavement.
Once a core layer has been affected either by water seeping into the pavement cracks or other external factors (chemicals), it will be hard to simply repair a pavement. You would have to call in your contractor and have it assessed for a possible replacement. That doesn’t sound good, right? An asphalt pavement is as durable as they come. It is the preferred material over concrete or cement pavement. However, though it is durable and lasts for a long time, it does have its limits. It is not going to stand forever unless it is well-maintained.
It is so easy to get lost in our everyday errands that we forgot there are many things we need to take care of at home, one of which is the driveway or that small patch of land where you leave your vehicles. It is the owner’s primary function and responsibility to check that the pavement of his grounds is okay, that there are no deeper issues than what we normally see.
The core layer of your parking lot or driveway determines how long that pavement will last. If you will take care of the surface, making sure there are no cracks through which water and other elements can enter, you will also be making sure that your pavement remains strong and durable. It will be able to stand the test of time.
The problem with most pavement owners is that they don’t realize the function of each and every layer—from the base to the surface layer. If something doesn’t look right on your pavement, there may be an underlying problem on the core layer, too. Find that problem and solve it.