Asphalt is the ideal material for a commercial parking lot. It has an attractive appearance and it can be easily marked with directional arrows and parking lines. Asphalt is also somewhat flexible, so it expands and contracts with temperature changes. However, the material isn't indestructible. UV rays, heavy vehicles, and age can cause the asphalt to deteriorate and crack over time. Fortunately, it is easy to repair asphalt cracks. This is how it's done.
Repairing A Few Cracks And Potholes
If the parking lot only has a few cracks and potholes, but is otherwise in good condition, then the damaged areas can be repaired using filler. First, the area to be repaired has to be cleaned so the filler adheres to the surface. This includes sweeping and washing the area and waiting for it to dry thoroughly. Then, filler is placed in the crack and scraped off the surface so it is level. The filler hardens as it dries so it stabilizes the crack. The same process is used for potholes. However, if the holes are deep, they may be filled in with gravel first and then covered with asphalt patch material.
If your parking lot has just a few cracks, you may be tempted to ignore them, but this can lead to worsening damage. Rain seeps into the cracks, and this can cause the soil underneath to shift. At the very least, the cracks will continue to expand, and at the worst, the base under the lot could be affected, which is expensive to repair. So, it's a good idea to repair cracks as soon as you spot them. This will prolong the life of the parking lot and keep it in good shape for longer.
Repairing Extensive Damage
If the parking lot has been neglected for a long time, it may have several large cracks, many small cracks, potholes, and crumbling. This not only makes your business look bad, it can pose a hazard to the customers parking on the lot. Repairing extensive damage isn't as difficult as you might think because the cracks are not filled in individually. Instead, the contractor can resurface the lot. This entails putting down a top layer of asphalt over the existing parking lot. As the asphalt goes on, it fills in all the cracks and potholes so the surface looks new again. Not only that, but the new asphalt restores the color of the lot to a dark, fresh color. Parking stripes and directional marks have to be reapplied because they are covered over as well.
A clean parking lot that is in good repair makes your business more attractive, so it is worth the expense to maintain the lot properly. Talk to a contractor at a company like Stripe A Lot about a regular service inspection and repair schedule so you can stay on top of repairs. Then you'll never have to worry about big problems developing, such as damage to the soil base due to water leaking through a pothole.
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