April is nigh, and the year is flying by! Maryland Aprils tend to see one’s typical April showers. Unfortunately, with much rain, the potential for water damage becomes much more, and this is certainly true when it comes to an asphalt parking lot. If you still have some wear and tear on your parking lot, here’s what to know as this rainy season comes.
The Effect of Spring Rain
The deluge of spring rain can cause serious issues in your asphalt parking lot pavement, particularly if it has any cracking or raveling. Over time, asphalt will deteriorate, the binding agents dissipating and letting the gravel compounds loosen. Cracks in the asphalt expose it to potential structural damage. Should water get in, the binder may break apart more rapidly and cause even more widespread cracking, like alligator cracks. Worse yet, it could cause deterioration in the asphalt’s structural layers.
Hot-Pour Crack Filling
Even if this year’s spring rains do infiltrate your asphalt parking lot, not all hope is lost. Hot-pour crack filling is the first step to keeping the cracks from growing. The hot-pour method, as opposed to the cold method, is strictly for commercial applications and is the most effective for sealing asphalt cracks.
Sealcoating is the next step, and will keep your pavement smooth and safe from the elements for at least two years. Sealcoating is a thin liquid that insulates the asphalt from not just water and ice, but oil spills, debris, deicing chemicals, and UV rays as well. With regular sealcoating, you can expect your asphalt parking lot to live its longest life.
Parking Lot Maintenance
Although these two services can help your asphalt pavement go a long way to staying fresh, it will ultimately take a routine maintenance schedule to keep the pavement pristine. Responsible authorities for asphalt parking lots ought to budget for asphalt maintenance, as it is the law to keep it in order and it will benefit the community as a whole. It may be subtle, but a parking lot can also make a huge first impression to visitors. If you are looking for a reliable parking lot maintenance crew, contact Teniseal/Parking Striping Corporation today!
Contact Teniseal/Parking Striping Corporation for Asphalt Road and Parking Lot Services!
Teniseal Corporation specializes in the application, restoration and maintenance of all types of asphalt surfaces. It makes sense to trust your asphalt job to experts with the experience and technical know-how to do your project right from the start to provide a long-lasting result. Teniseal offers services for Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Howard, Prince George’s, Harford, Carroll, and Montgomery counties in Maryland. For more information, email them at [email protected], or call them at 410-485-5660 or 410-485-0717. Keep in touch on social media through Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn!