Thermal Cracking in Your Haines City Parking Lot Paving

A Haines City parking lot paving is built to last. That’s why before contractors and paving companies get to work on your asphalt, they’ll ask you about the expected average amount of traffic on it. Based on the information that they’re provided, they’ll determine the thickness of your paving and the material that they’ll need to guarantee its durability.

However, no matter how well your paving has been thought out, and no matter how well it’s been applied, over time and enough wear and tear, it will begin to show signs of damage. The best thing that you can do as the owner of a parking lot is to perform regular maintenance on it through maintenance procedures and keeping it clean.

One of the issues that you need to look out for, especially if your location where your parking lot paving is based changes climates quickly is something called thermal cracking. Thermal cracking is characterized by a long crack which runs along the middle of paving, usually perpendicular to the centerline of the paving.

In concrete paving, this type of damage is usually caused by overly heavy loads of traffic applied to the paving. But we’re not here to talk about concrete. In asphalt paving, the main cause behind this type of cracking is because of the drop in temperature before the paving has had the chance to dry properly, and this occurs while the hot-mix asphalt still retains its warmth.

When the temperature starts to drop, the asphalt begins to shrink and tighten, which causes an expanding and contracting action in the paving. This results in the cracking that is characteristic of thermal cracking. The drop in temperature is what starts the cracking, but if you add in the traffic that your paving sees, then it aggravates the damage and makes it worse.

This is why it is recommended that you perform your asphalt paving installation and repairs during the summer, while there is still plenty of time to let everything dry. If thermal cracking occurs during the colder season, it has been observed that this kind of damage happens first on the surface of the paving, and then travels downwards.

The cold weather, whether from rain or snow, can make the damage even worse. If you see signs of thermal cracking beginning on your asphalt, paving, then it is highly recommended that you patch up these cracks as soon as possible. It is also recommended that you take extra care with Haines City parking lot paving that has been newly installed to try to avoid this type of damage.

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