It is starting to get cold outside, which means it is time to start paying attention to the asphalt within your parking lot. Winter in the Northeastern United States can become particularly rigid, and the drastic drop in temperature can damage asphalt beyond repair. Make sure to remain proactive rather than reactive so that you save yourself some headaches.
Asphalt Contracts and Cracks
As a result from the extremely cold temperatures, asphalt can begin to contract, which leads to cracking. Cracks weaken the overall integrity of a parking lot and reduce its lifespan significantly. Additionally, cracks leave the asphalt susceptible to future damage. For example, if rain gets in a crack, then it will drain further down into the structure and potentially damage the foundation.
Porous Asphalt Is More Resilient
If there is a portion of your parking lot that needs to be replaced, then you should look into installing porous asphalt. This is asphalt that is better capable of allowing water to flow through so that it can more easily return to local water tables. It is also better for the environment to use this variation. If your town is susceptible to heavy rainfall during the winter, then it is worth looking into.
Snow Damages Asphalt
As if cold temperatures and rain were not enough, snow can also have a negative impact on parking lots. The snow itself can cause the structure to crack, but you can also do damage if you shovel snow incorrectly or if a snow plow moves across the surface in a subpar manner. Either way, snow can do the following to a perfectly good lot.
- Alligator cracking
- Crumbing about manholes
Sufficiently prepare for the coming winter months with the aid of NVM Paving & Concrete. We have spent decades helping business owners keep their parking lots in great shape, and we can help you too. Give us a call today – (703) 372-9355.