How Snow and Ice Affect Asphalt Parking Lots
Winter is here, which means you can expect lots of snow to fall between now and the beginning of spring. In the meantime, taking care of your asphalt parking lot during the winter season can mean less damage to your asphalt surface once the snow melts. An asphalt paving contractor can help minimize the effect of winter weather on asphalt pavement so you can save money in the long run.
Paying for a new parking lot can be expensive, which is why most of the clients we work with are interested in ways to prolong the life of their asphalt surface. Keep reading to get a better sense of how winter weather conditions affect your asphalt parking lot.
In Minnesota, the freeze-thaw cycle can be vicious. This is especially true for asphalt parking lots. With each freeze-thaw cycle, the ground contracts which can create cracks and even potholes. To reduce the amount of damage winter has on the surface of parking lots, there are a few preventative measures you can take.
It’s worth your time to hire an asphalt contractor with the experience to install a high-quality sub-base for your parking lot. The sub-base serves as the foundation for your whole parking lot and can prevent cracking during snowy or icy weather patterns. When parking lot paving is done correctly, the risk for asphalt cracks and potholes goes way down. We also recommend paying for pothole repair and crack filling before small damage to your parking lot has a chance to grow.
Professional snow plow drivers will make sure the plow blade is set high enough so that it won’t cause damage to your asphalt parking lot. However, sometimes mistakes are made or a rookie driver can mark up your parking lot and damage the sealcoating. When this happens, you may have a few minor scrapes along the surface of your parking lot. To remedy this, you can take advantage of our asphalt repair service in the spring. Asphalt companies know what parking lot maintenance is needed to keep conditions safe for motorists and pedestrians.
Salt and Snow Melt Chemicals
During the winter months, the surface of your parking lot can become slippery from ice, hail, or freezing rain. To prevent lawsuits, it is important to make sure that your parking lot is de-iced as much as possible to prevent slip and falls and to create safer driving conditions for your customers.
While hot-mix asphalt is great for withstanding salt, the same can’t be said for parking lot striping. Salt and snowmelt chemicals can also impact your local waterways and seep into your water table to cause a negative environmental impact.
While it’s important to keep a safe ice-free parking lot for your customers, consider if salt and snow-melt chemicals are necessary the next time you decide to use them.
The Minneapolis asphalt contractors at ACT Asphalt Specialties are dedicated to helping commercial property owners maintain the function and appearance of asphalt parking lots. If you are interested in any of our asphalt paving services, give us a call at (651) 484-1696.