Should You Repair Your Aging Asphalt Parking Lot?
Asphalt repair in Toronto is one of those measures that must be taken seriously. Our constantly changing and often unpredictable climates means your parking lot is taking a beating from more than just the daily onslaught of motor vehicles.
Repairing your damaged asphalt has several benefits. For one, it is a safety precaution that must be adhered to. One of your primary goals should always be to keep whoever enters that parking lot safe. But another benefit of repairing your parking lot is that it becomes aesthetically pleasing. People are constantly judging locations, and that begins as soon as they pull up on your lot. It’s your chance to make a lasting first impression.
Types of Asphalt Damage
Knowing when it’s time to repair your asphalt is key. You must look for signs that indicate your asphalt is being worn down and is in need of some kind of maintenance. Most of these indicators are detectable by simply looking, so you should instantly be able to catch where the damaged areas are that need repair.
These first appear as discolouration before slowly turning to fine lines. When these fine lines are left untreated, they begin to widen into more visible cracks, which is referred to as alligator cracking because of its resemblance to the skin of an alligator. These cracks allow water to seep into the asphalt and really cause damage.
This occurs when elements beneath the surface of the asphalt cause it to rise up prominently. Tree roots are usually the culprit.
When cracks are left untreated for a long enough period of time, the asphalt will actually break off into full potholes.
If the strain put on the surface is not manageable for the sub-base, then sinkholes begin to appear. Any company installing asphalt in your parking lot should know the required specifications for what the sub-base can handle.
When it’s Time to Repair Your Asphalt Parking Lot
If you are paying attention to the early signs, you’ll know when it’s time to repair your asphalt parking lot. Small cracks can be repaired fairly simply with crack filling. This is a temporary measure best suited for when cracks are newly formed and still less than a quarter-inch wide.
Resurfacing or Replacing Asphalt
Resurfacing a parking lot is the final measure before a full replacement. It involves simply removing the outer layer of the asphalt and resurfacing it with a new layer. This is effective if there are no foundational issues and will keep any cracks or holes from appearing for a considerable period of time.
Replacing a parking lot is done when the condition is too far gone to do anything else and all other repair measures have been taken. The weather has taken its toll and the constant barrage of cars has pushed your lot to its limits. However, there are also times when property owners are looking for a certain aesthetic. In these instances, replacing a parking lot is done simply to achieve a certain look that fits with their brand.
Why Choose Lincoln Construction Group
Repairing or replacing a parking lot is something you want done quickly, effectively, and with the least amount of disruption to your customers, residents, or visitors as possible. Lincoln Construction Group has been an established paving, contracting, and landscaping company since 1977. We’ve worked with organizations such as Smart Centres, Rio Can, and Go Transit just to name a few.
You know exactly what quality of service you’re getting with Lincoln Construction Group. Our value is unmatched and our reputation for successfully completing jobs is what has allowed us to continue on for so many years. Contact us now for any commercial asphalt repair in Toronto or across the GTA and beyond.