If you own a commercial business, there’s a good chance you have a parking lot where your customers can park their vehicles. If you’ve started to notice cracks or ruts in your asphalt, it may be time to call a commercial paving service. A properly paved asphalt parking lot can last anywhere between 20 to 30 years, but the lifespan and condition of your driveway will depend on a variety of factors. In this blog, we’ll discuss some common types of asphalt damage as well as when it’s time to repair the asphalt in your parking lot.

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Common Types of Asphalt Damage

If you’ve ever driven through a pothole, you already know the devastating effects it can have on your vehicle. A bumpy, uneven, or cracked parking lot will not only affect the overall aesthetic of your commercial property, it may also cause injury to the people on your property. If you notice any of the common types of asphalt damage on your parking lot listed below, it may be time to call a commercial paving expert.

Asphalt Cracking

Cracks in asphalt come in various shapes and sizes. Cracking can take several different forms including shrinkage, widening, slippage, alligator cracks, and reflection. The cracks in your parking lot could have been caused by several different factors like water penetration, oxidation from the sun, freezing and thawing, and even poor initial construction. Even the most minor cracks should be sealed as soon as possible, otherwise they will grow into bigger, more expensive problems. When water and other debris settles on your asphalt, it can cause the cracks to grow by softening the base of your asphalt, threatening the integrity of your pavement. Let’s look at the different types of asphalt cracking below.

  • Fatigue Cracking – Also known as alligator cracking, this type of asphalt crack is caused by load-related deterioration.
  • Block Cracking – This type of cracking is a series of large rectangular cracks (often one foot or more) that occurs on the surface of the asphalt. Block cracking is typically caused by shrinkage of the asphalt due to temperature cycles.
  • Edge Cracking – These types of cracks are large longitudinal cracks that develop within one or two feet of the outer edge of the pavement. These cracks often develop due to a lack of support at the pavement’s edge.
  • Transverse Cracking – These cracks occur roughly perpendicular to the centerline of the pavement.
  • Reflection Cracking – Reflection cracks form over joints or cracks in the pavement. These cracks are formed due to movements from the old pavement.
  • Slippage Cracking – These crescent-shaped cracks form due to low-strength asphalt mixes or a poor bond between pavement layers.

Asphalt Rutting

Rutting refers to your asphalt showing signs of depressions and grooves. This damage is often caused by the wear and tear of heavy vehicles on the asphalt. This can cause your vehicle to hydroplane while driving, leading to serious safety hazards for you and others on your property. It can also be caused by insufficient pavement thickness and weak asphalt mixtures.

In part two of this two-part series, we’ll discuss when it’s time to repair your asphalt in further detail. If you’ve started to notice unusual grooves in your commercial parking lot, contact the paving experts at Custom Paved Driveways today. With almost 50 years in the Suffolk paving industry, we’re confident we can handle all of your paving needs.