Like all infrastructure, asphalt parking lots need to be properly maintained in order to prolong their lifespan. Harsh winter weather can accelerate the need for preventative maintenance because there are several ways snow, ice, and/or excessive rain can damage a parking lot. Below are some of the most common signs of winter weather damage to a parking lot.
Cracking, also commonly referred to as alligator cracking, is the most common symptom of winter weather damage. Cracking occurs when water gets into the small crevices of the asphalt and then when temperatures freeze the water gets trapped and becomes ice. Water expands when it freezes and the small crevices soon become large cracks that threaten the integrity of the overall parking lot construction.
Potholes can be created the same way cracks are created, by water seeping into areas and then expanding as it freezes when temperatures get cold enough. Potholes are larger and more concentrated than cracks, though, and if not treated quickly can get worse quickly. Unlike cracks, though, potholes can cause significant damage to tenant’s cars, which could become a liability.
Pooling water or standing water is another common type of winter damage. If there are small puddles in your parking lot after a heavy rain you might have drainage issues, which are often exasperated by winter rains.
Most people think faded markings on asphalt or concrete are due to sun. While the sun can cause fading, rain and snow can too. Paint markings that are submerged under water or snow for a sustained length of time can be worn down. From a safety perspective, having highly visible parking lot markings in a large, shared parking lot is critical.
Whatever kind of weather damages you may be experiencing, NVM Paving & Concrete, Inc. can assist you with any and all asphalt repair and maintenance needs. Give us a call at 703-423-0471 or send an email to [email protected] to schedule an appointment today.