If you noticed a crack or small pothole in your asphalt parking lot or drive and thought, “eh, that can wait until spring”, then you need to reconsider. Winter is right around the corner folks and that means cold temps and snowfall. If you don’t fix the issues with your asphalt while there is still time then you may be in for a surprise repair bill when spring rolls around. Here are the best things you can do to help maintain your asphalt during the winter months.
Clear Your Asphalt lot
Parking lots get a lot of debris and while a few stray bolts, rocks, and miscellaneous items may not seem like a big deal to you, then think about it this way. Let’s say there is a bolt on the ground, then a snow plow comes down on it and drags it across the parking lots at 20 mph. It may not seem like a lot but what if you have a lot of debris? It could cause damage and wear down your lot over the course of a couple of months.
Watch For Low Spots
Drainage is very important to the life of your asphalt. If your lot does not drain properly then pools of water can form. While this can be damaging over time, this is especially bad for your asphalt during winter. Freezing water can become trapped in the asphalt and expand and contract as the fall, winter, and spring go through many freeze and thaw cycles. You should keep deicing agents, shovels, and squeegees handy to clear areas if they do start to collect water.
Should Damage Occur
If damage does happen to affect your asphalt then 10 years ago you would have been out of luck. Fortunately, advances in research have brought us products like Aqua Patch. It is a compound that can be used to fill in potholes and cracks and the best part is, it works in cold, warm, dry, or wet weather. Be sure to have something like this on hand to get you through the winter.
If you have any questions or need to make sure your lot is ready for winter, then contact us here at Global Asphalt Services. We can make sure a minor thing, doesn’t turn into a big problem.