Winter weather creates many hazards for commercial properties. Not only can snow and ice create a dangerously slippery surface for pedestrians and cars, but it can also damage your commercial parking lot. Learn how to protect your asphalt pavement from these common snowy weather issues.
Freeze/Thaw Cracks and Potholes
One of the worst issues caused by winter weather is freezing and thawing temperatures. Once snow accumulates, it tends to warm and cool throughout the season. Thawed snow creates puddles that form around cracks and potholes in your pavement, which then freeze. Water expands as it turns into ice, which can open up cracks and create larger potholes.
The best solution to this is to keep your pavement clear and repair your pavement promptly. A small pothole repair project is far more convenient than a major problem caused by years of freeze/thaw damage.
Most business owners use road salts and other common deicing agents to clear snow and ice off sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots. While deicing agents can be effective at removing snow, they also create environmental issues.
Most hot-mix asphalt pavement used in commercial parking lots isn’t harmed by deicing agents, but with environmental concerns, you should use it sparingly this winter.
Tips for Preventing Snowy Weather Damage
Don’t let routine snow and ice damage your commercial property and create unsafe situations for your renters, customers, or employees. Here are some tips for preventing snow and ice from damaging your asphalt pavement:
- Use anti-icing agents as a preventative measure
- Routinely plow your pavement to ensure ice doesn’t build up
- Hire a professional contractor for prompt asphalt repairs
From minor potholes to major cracks and foundation issues, turn to NVM Paving & Concrete today to receive a quote. When you choose a professional repair service for your commercial asphalt pavement, you’ll enjoy a long-lasting investment that can withstand even the harshest winter weather. Call 703-423-0471 or email us today to learn more!