How Heat Affects Your Parking Lot
As the weather warms up, it’s important to think about protecting your asphalt parking lot from the sun’s rays. Our asphalt contractors know that heat and ultraviolet rays can affect your parking lot, and we offer a range of services to help you maintain and repair your asphalt surfaces if this happens.
During the summer months, asphalt heats up and expands due to higher temperatures. This causes the asphalt to become brittle and more vulnerable form fissures, then when it rains water stays in the crevices.
During winter the water freezes and expands making the fissure bigger. When it thaws in the Spring, it softens/weakens the foundation which increases your likelihood of cracks, potholes, and other damage. However, you can seal your asphalt to help prevent this or repair it after it happens.
UV rays from the sun can quickly fade line striping and other pavement markings. Asphalt parking lot striping is important because it shows drivers where to park their vehicles. Likewise, it’s just as important for pedestrian crossings, fire lanes, and handicap spaces to be clearly marked.
We recommend you invest in line striping after our paving contractors apply a fresh layer of sealcoating.protects your parking lot from UV rays, precipitation, and automobile fluids. That way, you can protect the surface of your parking lot year-round.
If pavement is allowed to weaken from UV rays, water can seep into the foundation to cause permanent damage. The best way to protect your parking lot is to invest in asphalt sealcoating every 2 to 3 years.
The asphalt sealer forms a protective layer against the elements so you can avoid premature parking lot replacement. UV rays can be just as harmful as snow and ice when underestimated.
Cracks and Potholes
Asphalt contracts and expands with fluctuating temperatures. Since asphalt expands in high temperatures, you might notice more cracks and potholes in your parking lot. Rigid pavement has been known to buckle under high temperatures. Fortunately, ourpaving contractors offer asphalt repair so you can protect the property value and curb appeal of your commercial building.
We highly recommend you repair cracks and potholes before the autumn chill. Otherwise, yourasphalt parking lot will contract with cold temperatures and cause even more damage to the surface of your pavement. Once we start getting closer to fall, we start to see more damage from harsh freeze-thaw cycles. Make sure you’re prepared by now.
Depending on larger weather patterns, we may get more rain during the summer. If you don’t have proper drainage, you may notice standing water in the middle of your parking lot. The longer you ignore persistent puddles, the more likely you could risk water infiltration and permanent damage to your parking lot’s foundation.
If you have water sitting in yourparking lotdays after it rains, call our asphalt contractors as soon as possible. We can slope the surface of your asphalt parking lot so water drains away. We’ll also be able to repair parking lot cracks caused by the summer heat. That way, water won’t be able to seep into these cracks the next time it rains.
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ACT Asphalt Specialties is anasphalt resurfacing company that prides itself on improving the appearance and function of any paved surface. If your asphalt parking lot is displaying signs of damage, call our Minneapolis, MN asphalt paving contractors at (651) 484-1696 to get a free estimate.
This blog post has been updated.