You want your parking lot to look great. It not only increases the curb appeal of your business, but it’s also important for your customers to remain safe when they stop by your shop or company. With asphalt, you can maintain an amazing look day after day. Unfortunately, like other materials, though, you may experience a few problems.
Potential Problem 1: Potholes are one problem that can come up with asphalt driveways and parking lots. Potholes are areas where pieces of the asphalt have completely broken away and disappeared, therefore there is an actual hole in the asphalt. They range in size from a few inches to more than a foot. Many potholes started out as just a crack in the driveway or parking lot. This problem is one that you most definitely need to have repaired.
Potential Problem 2: Alligator cracks are another potential problem with asphalt driveways and parking lots. Several cracks grouped together that resemble an alligator’s back are called alligator cracks, which are also referred to as gator cracks. If you have areas with alligator cracks, you want to be sure to repair them before they develop into potholes.
Potential Problem 3: Sinkholes are yet another potential problem that can occur in asphalt driveways and parking lots. Where you see chunks of asphalt that look as if they are sitting lower in the ground than the rest of the driveway or parking lot are sinkholes. They are caused by the ground settling after the driveway or parking lot was given a fresh surface of asphalt. They are not a huge issue, but they’re certainly something that needs to be addressed.
Handling The Problem
You could go about patching your asphalt parking lot on your own, but that involves cold patch asphalt repair aggregate (10 pounds will cover a 12 in. x 12 in. x 1 in. hole), a flame torch, pothole tamper, and vibrating plate compactor for potholes. For alligator crack repairs you will need alligator patch material, and squeegee or asphalt brush. The materials required are only half of the equation, though. An extensive knowledge and quite a bit of elbow grease and time are also required. Whether it’s asphalt sealing or crack repair, you have some serious time to put in ahead of you.
Most people don’t have the time to dedicate to these extensive repairs, but you DO want your driveway or parking lot to be in good, working order. So, your best bet is always going to be choosing the right professional to help. Bennett Paving is just the company to complete your repairs. They have all the materials and manpower to complete your repair needs to your satisfaction.