Is my parking lot ready for professional help?
Updated: Nov 9, 2018
Big problems with parking lots tend to creep up on you rather than just appearing
one day. The challenge is seeing the signs that lead to the big problems. We’ve listed a
few indications of trouble below so you won’t be caught off-guard.
Cracks and potholes: this is an unmistakable sign that your parking lot needs to
be repaired. Cracks and potholes not only look unattractive, but they can become a
safety hazard. They can occur due to age, wear and tear and sometimes faulty workmanship. Cracks, such as linear ones, may be due to earth movement or age. Whatever the cause of the damage, repair work is needed when cracks start appearing.
Faded asphalt: over time, the color of asphalt will fade because of sun exposure.
However, a large amount of fading can be an indication that the material is breaking
down. This can result in the asphalt becoming brittle which will lead to cracks. If left
unrepaired, the asphalt can begin to fall apart.
Drainage issues: if water is settling on you parking lot, it may mean that the asphalt
is starting to buckle, that is, sinking in areas. This can also indicate that something is
happening underneath the surface which will result in cracks and holes. Some areas
may even sink.
Uneven surface: if the surface of an asphalt parking lot is uneven, especially close to
speed bumps, you may want to consider repairing or repaving. Unevenness is usually
an indication of some type of structural damage.
Age: the age of your asphalt parking lot can serve as an indicator that it is time for
some remedial work. Properly done asphalt work can last for two or more decades,
but once it is older than 20 years, it’s time to check for signs of damage.
Staining: if you see oil or grease stains on the asphalt, it is time to take corrective action.
It means that the asphalt is being exposed to drips from a vehicle and this will
eventually damage the asphalt. Washing alone will not get rid of the stains or prevent
damage to asphalt when constantly exposed to chemicals and grease.
If you’re seeing signs that tell you it may be time for professional help with your lot,
contact Hall Paving at 502.367.6151 to find out how we can help.