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5 Parking Lot Winter Preparation Tips

While winter may still seem a ways away, the jolly season will be here before we know it. Businesses must take the right steps now in regards to parking lot winter preparation to prevent pavement disasters and set themselves up for success come next spring.

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” ~Alexander Graham Bell

Snow and ice are among the most threatening elements of winter for parking lots; between heavy loads of snow, extreme cold temperatures and road salt, your pavement is put to the test. Here are a five ways you can prevent the common pitfalls caused by harsh winter weather.

Parking Lot Winter Preparation: Prepare for Cold Weather with Asphalt Repair

1. Block the Water.

Yes, water is essential for your landscaping, but it’s your parking lot’s worst enemy. While it’s still warm outside, inspect your parking lot and look for any cracks or holes. This notorious spot is often the first place that snow melts into the sub base which leads to the freeze-thaw cycle. When water freezes, it expands. When it melts, it contracts. Over time, this leads to alligator cracking and potholes.

2. Fall is for Repairs.

A formula for success, asphalt repairs help to prevent the relentless freeze-thaw cycle. Seal cracks and repair potholes so water won’t seep underneath the surface and compromise the sub-base.

3. Maintenance is Key.

Get more out of the money and time you invest in your commercial parking lot with a couple key pre-winter maintenance reminders. Clear parking lots of all debris to ensure nothing interferes with the wintertime snow removal process and remember to check drainage systems to ensure drains and manholes are flowing properly.

4. Sealcoat Asphalt for Ultimate Protection.

Beyond repairing potholes and filling cracks, sealcoating your asphalt will protect the entire parking lot from harsh winter weather elements. Plus, sealcoating will improve that sacred first impression, help to make your parking lot much less susceptible to bigger problems come spring, and even make your pavement last longer.

5. Think Ahead.

Your business operates all year round, that means your parking lot needs to look its best all year round. The Old Farmer’s Almanac Winter Weather Forecast 2017–2018 predicts that this winter is going to have above-normal levels of precipitation throughout the country, which will translate to equally above-normal amounts of snowfall in parts of the Northeast. Plan ahead by putting together a snow removal plan before the first storm hits.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ~Benjamin Franklin

East Coast Paving Parking Lot Winter Preparation Services

At East Coast Paving, our experts have seen it all. Servicing New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, we know the importance of parking lot winter preparation. Contact us today at 732-329-3600 to learn more about our techniques and commercial grade products that will give your asphalt an edge to guard against the winter elements.

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” ~Alan Lakein

What Causes Asphalt Alligator Cracks (And What to Do About It)

One of the most notorious ways you’ll know when pavement is beginning to deteriorate is when you start to see fatigue cracking. Also known as asphalt alligator cracks or crocodile cracking, these distinctive cracking patterns resemble the scales on a the back of a reptile.

Unfortunately, asphalt alligator cracks on your commercial property will become more than just an eye-sore, especially if the cracks are ignored without repair. The experts at East Coast Paving have seen it all and have the inside scoop on what to do if you’re facing this pavement problem.

What Causes Asphalt Alligator Cracks?

Asphalt alligator cracks go much deeper than your typical surface-level damage. These kind of cracks are frequently caused by issues in layers beneath the asphalt. As with any surface, if your pavement is struggling to support loading above, it will crack.

Consistently heavy traffic loading is a common cause that not only leads to pavement cracks, but also cracks in the underlying base. And once these interconnected cracks appear, moisture infiltration, deterioration and potholes become imminent.

In addition to potential structural failure, this type of cracking can also be caused by an inadequate structural design and construction, lack of edge support, poor drainage or environmental factors such as thaw-frost action.

Repairing Asphalt Alligator Cracks

If you start noticing asphalt alligator cracks, the first step is to conduct an investigation to find out the root cause of the problem. It’s critical to understand the pavement’s structural makeup to determine whether or not subsurface moisture is also a contributing factor. Typically asphalt alligator cracks will be addressed in one of two ways:

  1. If the cracking is localized, it could indicate a loss of subgrade support. To repair this issue, the cracked pavement and subgrade will need to be removed, dug out and replaced with new support and pavement.
  2. If the asphalt alligator cracks covers the entire pavement surface area, it could indicate overall structural failure. In this case, the damaged pavement will either need to be replaced completely or possibly covered by an HMA overlay.

It’s important to note that while many types of asphalt parking lot cracks can be repaired by sealing, if pavement becomes alligatored, this type of damage could possibly be beyond the ability to seal. Digging down to evaluate the underlying cause, strengthening the subgrade base and replacing the entire surface is often the best (and most cost-effective) solution to repair asphalt alligator cracks.

Solutions for Commercial Property Asphalt Alligator Cracks

If your commercial property pavement surface looks like the back of an alligator and seems to be developing fatigue, contact the trained experts at East Coast Paving to evaluate the damage done. Serving New Jersey, New York and Eastern Pennsylvania, our experienced professionals will diagnose recommended solutions based on your specific needs and budget. Call us today at 732-329-3600 or email info@eccompanies.com to learn more.