A smooth and freshly paved parking lot adds curb appeal to any commercial building. For most people who visit your business, the parking lot is the first place they’ll notice. That’s why you need to retain its appeal.
That said, asphalt pavement doesn’t look new for long, and constant wear and tear will soon require that you repave your lot. From daily traffic to the quality of materials used, a lot goes into determining how regularly you will need to repave an asphalt parking lot.
At Action Asphalt, we regularly perform repaving for commercial properties in Greater Sacramento. Click here to get a free quote. In this blog post, we will list down five tell-tale signs you should repave your parking lot.
To begin with, business owners should always be vigilant about parking lot cracks. As the pavement ages and gets exposed to weather conditions, cracks start to develop on the surface. Cracks of any size can diminish the curb appeal of your parking lot. More significantly, cracks lead to bumpy and dangerous rides for your customers.
The local freeze-thaw cycle makes matters worse. Water fills the cracks, causing them to expand and contract during a freeze. If left untreated, cracks can deepen over time and weaken the entire structure’s quality and strength. That is why you shouldn’t ignore cracks and consult your contractor right away.
A newly paved parking lot has a uniform, dark finish. However, over time, the surface stars to fade and lose its color. This is usually caused by sunlight, especially in areas of the parking lot that are directly exposed. Of course, regular sealcoating will protect your asphalt surface from UV rays. But later on, you should consider repaving to restore the lot’s shiny appearance.
Some commercial buildings also receive heavy traffic. A stable sub-base enables the asphalt pavement to withstand pressure from trucks and lorries. However, heavy vehicles can cause denting and divots on the surface, especially if they’re parked in one place for a long time.
Dents and divots lead to pooling water and moisture, which aggravates the damage. In short, dents are noticeable signs of damage that should not be ignored.
Moving on, the appearance of small and large potholes means your parking lot needs to be repaved. Potholes destroy the appearance of the parking lot and damage the vehicles entering your business. This cannot only ruin your company’s image but also lead to liabilities in the long run.
5. Invisible Stripes
Finally, your parking lot may need repaving if line-markings or stripes have faded or discolored. If the lines become worn out or invisible, visitors will find it hard to navigate around the parking lot. This can easily cause accidents.
Ultimately, you will have to repave your asphalt structures if they are over 15 years old. At this stage of a pavement’s lifecycle, it makes more sense to repave the whole thing than repairing it again.
Companies in the Greater Sacramento Area can always reach out to Action Asphalt for repaving their asphalt parking lots. Click here to get a free quote.