According to NJ.com, February 2021 was the snowiest February on record in New Jersey. It’s important to remember that spring will arrive as the winter months go on. Early spring maintenance could make your parking lot endure longer.
We have received more than enough sleet, snow, and ice to allow the freeze-thaw cycle to build cracks and potholes despite this not being the coldest winter on record.
As soon as the weather clears, you must evaluate the asphalt surface. With the aid of this assessment, you may prioritize spring repair on your concrete catch basins or asphalt parking lot.
Potholes are produced when water in the subsurface soil leads to structural failure in the road surface. This increasing vehicle traffic component causes potholes to appear. Pothole repairs might take up the entire year. Do not put off filling a hole in your parking lot. The longer you wait, the more expensive it is to fill a pothole.
REPAIR OF CRACKS
As your parking lot’s asphalt surface oxidizes and deteriorates, cracks start to emerge. More than half of asphalt pavement fractures develop into potholes within three years if they are not corrected.
The crack sealing/filling process makes use of specialized materials and application tools. The substance is applied to the cracks at a temperature over 375 degrees in order for it to cling to the crack walls. The rubberized coating may move with the pavement’s expansion and contraction, preventing water and other debris from entering the fissure.
THE ALLIGATOR SHATTERS.
Alligator cracking often referred to as fatigue cracking, is one of the most common reasons for asphalt pavement degradation. The resulting cracking patterns are quite odd and resemble an alligator’s skin. Alligator cracking is considered to be a highly serious parking lot issue if it is not immediately resolved.
Despite the fact that it is one of the most expensive problems to resolve, it is usually preventable. If the paving of your parking lot was done correctly, the disregard for little faults in the pavement’s surface was what caused your alligator to break.
DRAWING A LINE
The parking lot line markings are one of the first things a potential client or customer sees when they enter your business. A tidy and exact line-striping treatment improves your curb appeal. Occasionally, throughout the course of the winter, your lines may start to fade as a result of damage from snow plows or chemicals used to melt ice. A parking lot that is currently in great shape can be given new vitality with some line-striping.
THE CATCH BASIN’S ERROR
A catch basin or storm drain may deteriorate as a result of numerous circumstances. Sometimes they are installed incorrectly when the asphalt parking lot is originally built. The primary offenders are water and freeze-thaw cycles.
Catch basins act as a drainage system for your parking lot. To redirect stormwater, they are built into parking lots made of concrete or asphalt.
All catch basins will eventually settle or deteriorate. As water enters the basin, the casting joints in the blocks, mortar, and/or frame grate weaken. Finally, the water will submerge the mortar. It’s remarkably simple.