Asphalt Parking Lot Repair 101

Asphalt Parking Lot Repair 101

At CAM Services we have helped several organizations in Jacksonville, FL, build and maintain their beautiful parking lots. Our experts work tirelessly to ensure that your parking lot remains great looking and structurally sound with high-quality maintenance (click here to learn more about our services).

We also like to guide our clients and educate them on asphalt maintenance so they can stay ahead of minor damage like cracks before leading to major repairs. Today, we are going to describe the most common damage and repairs in asphalt parking lots. 

How Asphalt Gets Damaged

Asphalt is a durable material for the construction of parking lots. It is easy to install and can last for decades with proper maintenance. Not to mention, an asphalt parking lot will also enhance the aesthetic appeal of your commercial property.

But despite all its benefits, asphalt is not invincible. Knowing about the common causes of damage will help you prolong your parking lot’s lifespan and keep it safe for customers and employees. 

So what causes asphalt to deteriorate? There are many factors.

As soon as we pour new asphalt to create a parking lot, regular traffic, sunlight, snowfall, and rain bombard the surface and damage. Common signs of damage include:

  • Cracks

Depending on the damage, asphalt paving can crack in different patterns. Alligator cracks are the most common, and they are so named because they resemble the patterns on an alligator’s skin. Also known as fatigue cracks, these are usually caused by an overloaded surface or a weak base. Other kinds of cracks include slippage cracks, block cracks, and edge cracks.

  • Potholes

Potholes usually develop due to ongoing damage, especially caused by the freeze-thaw cycle. The change in temperature causes the asphalt to expand and repeatedly contract, causing potholes. This type of damage is not only dangerous but also destroys the appearance of your beautiful lot.

  • Base Damage

Sometimes, the damage may not be evident on the surface, but the paving base might be deteriorated. Base damage is often caused by the accumulation of water, lack of support, or contractor negligence. 

How to Repair Asphalt Damage

At CAM Services, we use several procedures to repair and maintain asphalt surfaces in Jacksonville, FL. These include:

  • Sealcoating

We perform sealcoating during the warmer months to add a layer of protection to the surface using industry-grade sealants. This technique is performed every 2 to 5 years, but you may also go for sealcoating once a year if your parking lot undergoes heavy damage.

Sealcoating protects asphalt from water, sunlight, oils, and general wear and tear. This process also restores the shiny black appearance to the surface.

  • Crack Filling

Minor cracks can be easily fixed by filling them with hot sealant. Crack filling helps to fix small cracks before they lead to further deterioration.

  • Resurfacing

When the surface is severely damaged, we can also apply a new layer on the existing base after overhauling the old one. After the binder and hot asphalt are applied, the surface is smoothed with a roller to ensure proper adherence.

These are some of how we can help you keep your parking lot in working condition. Remember to clean the surface regularly and fix minor damage on a timely basis. Click here to learn more about our asphalt repair services.