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Asphalt is a superior material for paving driveways and parking lots, thanks to its exceptional durability, sustainability, and affordability. However, natural wear and tear are inevitable, and, eventually, they will require maintenance to ensure the surface remains functional and visually appealing. But when is the right time to start these services? Here are four signs that it’s time to repair your driveway or parking lot.
It’s easy to notice a minor crack in your asphalt driveway or parking lot and think nothing of it—asphalt simply cracks, right? In truth, any sign of cracking requires immediate action to ensure your driveway or lot doesn’t get worse. Cracks are progressive issues, meaning they get exponentially worse the longer they’re left to fester. These fractures typically appear during the winter months as ice heaving begins. A commercial asphalt crack filler machine and professional care should make this repair quick and painless.
If you notice an excessive amount of standing surface water on your lot or driveway, even in the days following a severe storm, chances are you have an issue with the asphalt. Specifically, you’re most likely dealing with warping and/or drainage problems. Asphalt in good condition should adequately drain water in a timely manner. When it doesn’t, that means there are damages you might not see that require attention. Fix this issue immediately as standing water can lead to accidents and injuries for pedestrians.
It is common for moisture underneath your asphalt surface to freeze during the winter. As water turns to ice, it expands and pushes toward the surface, causing a problem known as frost heaving. Ice lenses may form on your driveway or parking lot that pose a threat to pedestrians. Unfortunately, ice heaves can progress exponentially and lead to cracks and potholes. Neglected potholes can worsen and eventually cause irreparable damages requiring full repair projects.
Water and ice aren’t the only natural elements detrimental to asphalt driveways and parking lots. Harmful ultraviolet rays are just as damaging, although their impact mostly causes discoloration in the asphalt. However, this problem doesn’t only impact color. This sign of weathering may lead to weakened asphalt conditions that are more susceptible to ice heaves and cracking. Sealing an asphalt driveway or parking lot can help deter UV rays.
Understanding the obvious signs that you need driveway or parking lot repair services is essential for homeowners, business owners, and asphalt maintenance companies. By identifying issues quickly, you can ensure that repairs are successful and simple. If your business is in need of high-quality asphalt equipment, please consider our selection at NAC Supply.
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