A parking lot consists of several layers of crucial infrastructure. It must endure the rigors of heavy traffic, weather, and damage from migrating liquids.
After about seven years, concrete parking lots show signs of aging. If your pavement looks old, cracked, and stained, then it’s time to pay for parking lot replacement services. Let’s explore the telltale signs that signal the end of your asphalt’s lifespan.
1. Overall Deterioration of the Pavement
This deterioration can manifest in surface issues such as cracks, potholes, erosion, and poor drainage as a result of the pavement being too porous. Cracking may start as simple hairline cracks that become bigger over time, leading to damaged vehicles and potentially increased liabilities.
These signs of deterioration are a result of a parking lot that has gone too long without proper maintenance. If you notice any of these signs, it may be time to contact your local commercial lot contractor for alternatives to concrete to keep your parking lot safe and attractive for customers.
2. Excessive Faded Stripes
Faded stripes lead to confusion, which can lead to unsafe conditions, property damage, and customer dissatisfaction. Faded stripes are often caused by excessive exposure to the sun, wind, and rain. Materials used for striping can fade due to oxidation.
Having a knowledgeable professional inspect your property is the best way to determine whether or not it is time for a replacement.
3. Oil Stains
If they are allowed to accumulate over time, the sealant often used on parking lots will become saturated and wear away, resulting in an uneven, worn down, and unsightly surface. Oil spots can be caused by vehicle leaks, seeping from nearby machines, or soil shifts beneath the surface.
4. Drainage Issues
Excessive pooling of water, water accumulating and running off the pavement, and the presence of puddles are all signs of drainage issues. The water can cause damage to the pavement and erode the soil beneath it. It promotes the growth of moss and mildew and increases the risk of flooding.
It is also potential for slips and falls. If the draining is inadequate, it could indicate the need for better drainage structures or, more significantly, entail a need for a parking lot replacement, as installing a new surface may be necessary to ensure that water can seep through the surface.
5. Broken Tire Guards
If the tire guards are cracked, crumbling, or otherwise damaged, then it is a sign that they need a parking lot update. If the tire guards have been hit or run over and are badly bent, they should also be replaced.
A broken or damaged tire guard not only ruins the aesthetics of the parking lot but can be a safety hazard if pieces of the broken guard are left on the ground. Furthermore, broken tire guards can also cause damage to a car or tire if there is a sharp edge somewhere in the broken guard.
Learn the Signs When You Need to Replace Your Parking Lot
If you recognize any of the signs previously discussed, you should consider beginning the parking lot replacement process. It doesn’t have to be a tedious process.
Hire a professional contractor to help assess the current condition of your parking lot and then make the necessary repairs or replacements. Contact a contractor today to get started!
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Amanda Byers is a graduate of Columbia, where she played volleyball and annoyed a lot of professors. Now as Zobuz’s entertainment and Lifestyle Editor, she enjoys writing about delicious BBQ, outrageous style trends and all things Buzz worthy.