If your parking lot is starting to look a little worn, you may be thinking about having it paved again in the near future. If so, look for the following signs that it is definitely time to have your business's parking lot repaved.
Cracks in the Pavement
One sign that your parking lot needs to be repaved is when cracks start forming in the surface. While you may think that these cracks only affect the appearance of the parking lot, they are often an indication of hidden damage to the asphalt.
After years of exposure to sunlight, moisture, and temperature changes, the asphalt from which the pavement is made starts to become brittle. As the base of the pavement starts to break apart, cracks form in the surface. Eventually, these cracks may start to chip away and create holes. These holes then become a threat to people's vehicle suspensions and their health, if one of their feet were to fall into the holes and cause them to trip and fall.
Water Collects in Spots
Another sign of hidden damage to your parking lot is when you start seeing water collect in the same areas each time it rains. This water collects because the pavement has become uneven and divots have formed in the asphalt. If the underlying asphalt has started to deteriorate, it can no longer support the surface of the pavement. When the weight of multiple vehicles compress the brittle asphalt, the surface forms dents and divots where water collects.
If water stands in these areas consistently, it only serves to cause more damage to the pavement, especially if cracks start to form. The water then leaks beneath the surface and breaks the asphalt down further, leading to more unevenness in your parking lot.
Surface Stays Sticky
As the constant heat of the sun strikes the deteriorating surface, the sealcoating on top of the asphalt starts to degrade. If you notice that your feet stick every time you walk across the parking lot, this is another sign that you should have your parking lot repaved. Because the sealcoating is no longer fully protecting the asphalt, any problems that already exist are further compounded by further exposure to moisture and sunlight. The damage already done to the pavement will become worse much faster without this protection.
If your business's parking lot is showing any of the above signs, it is probably time to have it repaved. Contact a contractor who offers parking lot paving services to discuss your options for renewing the look and functionality of your parking lot.