What Causes the Deterioration on My Business's Asphalt and How Can I Prevent It?

August, 11, 2021 By CASSIDY PAVING 6 min read
A functional and safe asphalt parking lot is essential for a business’s bottom line. If you see widespread deterioration in your asphalt, it could be an increased liability that affects everything from winning new customers to timely shipments. Fixing the breakdown, though, is only half of the problem. You’ll need to be diligent in working with your asphalt paving contractor to get to the root cause of the issues and address those expeditiously. Here are the top contributors to paving deterioration and what asphalt services are recommended to fix them.

Water Damage

One of the biggest culprits of asphalt damage has to do with water. How well and how quickly your parking lot paving can direct water to the drainage system is a significant factor in cracks, parking lot potholes, and crumbling curbs. The most apparent sign of drainage issues is standing and pooling water on your blacktop. Do you notice pooled water every time it rains? If so, the drainage system could be faulty or blocked. A commercial asphalt contractor can typically address the root cause of the issue quickly, but you must act fast. After the drainage is repaired, then your paving company can fill the cracks and potholes.

Heavy Loads

If your business requires frequent warehouse shipping and receiving, the weight of the loads from commercial vehicles could be too much for your parking lot to handle. Asphalt installers must use specialized compaction techniques for parking lots and industrial lots that see large tractor-trailers. Large cracks, crumbling blacktop, and broken curbs are the first symptoms of overloading. If this is the case for your business, you may need asphalt repavement. Your lot will only work if the proper care is given to it from the soil up. Make sure that you are transparent with your asphalt installers about the amount and type of traffic you regularly see on your lot so that they can apply the correct paving methods.

Lack of Maintenance

The most common reason why commercial and industrial business owners see deterioration in their pavement is by far due to a lack of maintenance. This is not a “set it and forget it” type of service. Instead, asphalt paving requires frequent and methodically planned services to keep it in the best condition year-round. You should work with your asphalt installers to formulate a maintenance plan that addresses cracks, potholes, resealing asphalt, and even snow plowing for the long New England winters. The upkeep of your asphalt is continuous, and when you remember that, you’re less likely to be surprised with costly paving repairs.

Prevention Is Key

Commercial paving maintenance is the best way to prevent issues that can affect your bottom line. First impressions begin in the parking lot, so don’t leave your reputation up to chance. Call Cassidy Paving today for help with your asphalt parking lot repair. Not only will we address the source of the problem, but we can set you up on a maintenance plan that makes sense for your budget and needs. Give our team a call today at 866-978-9788 for a free estimate.
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