Posted on: 24 January 2017Share
Some commercial property owners overlook the importance of crack sealing their parking lots. Perhaps this is something that you have been neglecting. You may not realize that this negligence can cause a number of problems for you. If you ignore sealing cracks prior to winter, your commercial parking lot is likely going to have some additional issues when the temperature warms back up. The following are a few reasons you should get crack sealing performed before winter hits your area.
Commercial parking lots are exposed to a lot of wear and tear. As vehicles continue to drive over cracks, the cracks can deteriorate over time and form potholes. This more significant type of paving damage is an eyesore, and it can damage vehicles. Some potential customers may not want to visit your establishment due to the potential vehicle damages.
Extend Parking-Lot Life
Sealing cracks can be viewed as a way of keeping pieces of your parking lot together. Without the sealing, the cracks will deteriorate and continue to break away. This preventative maintenance can extend the life of your lot for many years as long as you repair cracks in a timely manner.
Avoiding crack sealing will likely lead to damages that are bad enough to warrant a parking-lot replacement. Crack sealing is a cost-effective way to avoid having to get your lot replaced prematurely. You can also save money on repairs that are more significant, such as alligator cracks and potholes.
Waterproof the Subgrade
Cracks allow water to penetrate. The water enters the subgrade, where it can cause damage. When precipitation enters in the winter, it may freeze and expand cracks. Warmer temperatures will cause the thaw cycle to start, and the expansion of the freeze and thaw cycle will likely result in larger cracks that may need a more aggressive approach to fill and seal.
As a property owner, you may be held liable for injuries that occur on your property if they are the result of your property being unsafe. Even if you post signs or assume that people will exercise caution, someone could still get injured. Some unscrupulous individuals look for opportunities to trip and fall so that they can sue property owners.
A paving contractor is a good resource to use to understand more reasons why crack sealing is an important part of property maintenance. They can also repair cracks and fix major paving damages such as potholes.