If you own a business, you know how important it is to keep your building and surroundings tidy, attractive, and well-maintained. While many business owners make sure to pay special attention to the building façade, there is one aspect of the property that is often overlooked – the parking lot. But getting to your business shouldn’t be a chore for clients and customers. That means that you’ll have to address that wear and tear on the asphalt as soon as possible.

The Lifespan of Asphalt

Ideally, properly laid asphalt on a well-prepared surface should last up to 25 years, assuming it is properly installed in the first place, and well-maintained throughout its lifetime. While normal wear and tear will occur, the surface should remain relatively smooth for a good long time. If you live in an area with extreme dryness, humidity, or precipitation, you can expect this lifespan to be slightly lower. Furthermore, if your business brings in an unusually high amount of vehicle traffic (and good for you if it does!) you can also expect to do maintenance a bit more often.

Normal Wear and Tear

Normal “wear and tear” is the corrosion over time that is considered average for the material. Asphalt is meant to be driven on, of course, so there is to be an expected amount of wear and tear as time goes on. Asphalt is laid down in layers, and over time those layers can become unglued from each other. When this happens, moisture from rain, snow, and even ambient humidity can get inside, further disrupting those layers.

Abnormal Wear and Tear

Because wear and tear is to be expected, many property owners don’t pay attention to the state of their asphalt parking lot until too much damage has been done. If your asphalt surface is subject to extreme conditions, you’ll need to pay a bit more attention to catch issues before they arise. For example, if your asphalt is used by heavy machinery or trucks you should keep a close eye on any cracks or looseness in the surface as the weight can disrupt the asphalt binding and cause it to rupture. If your parking lot does not have sufficient drainage systems and the area is prone to flooding, this is another sign that you’ll want regular maintenance. Finally, if your asphalt was laid incorrectly at improper temperatures, it will be less longstanding and more likely to crack over time.

Joe Lamacchia Landscape Construction

Reapplying asphalt is no beginner’s job and it’s best to call a professional for help. If you have noticed any potholes, cracks, or lifting of the asphalt, call Joe Lamacchia Landscape Construction for immediate assistance at a great rate.