If it's been at least a year since your last parking lot inspection, there's no better time. Your parking lot may have some serious damage. If it does, you need to take care of the repairs as soon as possible. Keeping your parking lot in good condition benefits you and your customers. If your parking lot has damage, contact your paving contractor. The best way to save your parking lot is to have it repaved. Here are four signs to look for. If you notice any of these signs, it's time to have your parking lot repaved.
When you think of sinkholes or potholes, city streets might come to mind. After all, that's where the majority of sinkholes pop up. But, sinkholes and potholes can cause problems in parking lots too. If you can't see large sinkholes in your parking lot, you might think you're safe. That's not the case. Sinkholes don't start out big. They start out like small indentations in the asphalt. Over time, the sinkholes get bigger — and deeper. As the soil erodes under the sinkhole, the ground can open up. If that happens, accidents and injuries can occur. If you see sinkholes in your parking lot, have it repaved right away.
Cracking is another problem that can undermine your parking lot. Most cracks will look like long lines. You can usually have those types of cracks repaired with an asphalt patch. But, there's another type of cracking that's not so easy to fix. Those are the network cracks. Network cracks look like a collection of smaller cracks that interconnect. The problem with network cracks is that they can absorb water. If that happens, the soil below the surface may erode. If you see a network of cracks in your parking lot, it's time to have it repaved.
You might not know this, but the pavement can shift in your parking lot. When shifting happens, you may find deep ruts in your parking lot. These ruts usually along edges of your parking lot. This usually happens when soil isn't compacted enough. If you have ruts in your parking lot, the only solution is repaving.
If the weather was cool when you had your parking lot repaved, you might have a problem. Cool weather can cause surface separation. Separation happens when the asphalt isn't warm enough to form a tight bond. If you see areas where the asphalt has separated, contact a pavement contractor. It's time to repave your parking lot.
For further information on signs you need repaving, reach out to a company like Phend & Brown.