What Can Damage Asphalt?
Asphalt is a durable material that withstands a lot of wear and tear. It’s an affordable choice for any size project. While there are so many benefits of asphalt for a commercial parking lot, there are some potential drawbacks as well. Most enemies of asphalt can be dealt with in the right hands, but having an understanding of these issues can help you prevent them from damaging your lot.
Trees that are growing too close to your asphalt parking lot are going to have roots that extend underneath the lot. With the parking lot installed above the roots, they will have less access to water. Roots actively seek water and will work their way up looking for a way to hydrate. This is going to crack the asphalt and create bumps.
The main way to decrease the likelihood of this issue, is by landscaping carefully. There are plenty of smaller shrubs and plants you can add to the property without running the risk of large roots under the asphalt. You could also work with our contractors to get a root barrier installed or to remove any roots or trees that are causing a problem.
As perhaps the most important natural resource on earth, it may come as a surprise that water is an enemy to asphalt. Many commercial lots have extensive drainage systems, but if yours doesn’t, it could cause a problem when the water hits. Whether from rain or sprinkler runoff, water will begin to collect in any dips, divots, ruts, or cracks. It seeps down under the surface, weakening your pavement and expanding the cracks until they become potholes.
Sealcoating is just one way you can avoid this issue. We can also take a look at your drainage system or any problem areas that might need a repair.
If you’re installing a commercial asphalt lot, make sure it is done right to avoid any unnecessary issues. The professionals at NVM Paving & Concrete will work with you to keep your lot at its best. Call 703-423-0471 or email us today for more information.