While we have turned the clocks ahead for Daylight Savings, the weather outside is still fluctuating back and forth between a comfortable 60° sunny day to a cold snowy day paired with high winds. Deciding between a winter coat and spring jacket isn’t the worst of it. Imagine how these extreme temperatures are affecting your commercial building parking lots, residential and school driveways?
Extreme changes in temperature, thawing in winter and significant amounts of precipitation can all affect the integrity of asphalt by creating unsightly cracks. According to Chaney Enterprises, “Salt does not damage concrete, but the effects of salt can. Salt does not chemically react with hardened concrete. Salt does however lower the freezing point of water, attract moisture, and increase pressure of frozen water.” When asphalt is constantly weakened by Mother Nature, the asphalt contracts and cracking occurs. The longevity of asphalt life, concrete parking lots and driveways will be significantly improved by filling potholes and repairing cracks early on.
Most deterioration is due to weather, however asphalt and concrete are also subject to general wear and tear. Many parking lots, driveways and roads are subject to heavy transportation loads and large unexpected amounts of automobile traffic. Plants and tree roots quite often force their way up through the cracks on residential driveways and even the friendly neighborhood animals can cause destruction to these surfaces.
Repairing asphalt and concrete is also very important for creating aesthetic appeal and avoiding the scares of “premises liability”. The parking lot or driveway are the first things people notice when they come to your business or home. If the asphalt or concrete has many cracks, peeling or holes, it paints an unkempt first impression and might turn visitors away. Maintaining your property responsibly will also help prevent a case of premises liability. Trip-and-fall incidents can lead to a very costly lawsuit as well as serious injuries to a visitor. FGK Services specializes in asphalt and concrete projects which will eliminate the risk of falls on your premises. Our professionals will create aesthetically pleasing parking lots and driveways for all commercial and residential design plans.
No project is too big or too small! Get a jump on your parking lot or driveway and be ready for the summer days ahead. Give us a call today for a proposal @847-282-0580. We are here to help!
Sources: http://www.atlanticmaintenancegroup.com/blog/how-does-cold-weather-affect-asphalt/ http://www.chaneyenterprises.com/index.cfm/go/main.news/id/Effects-of-Salt-on-Concrete/NewsID/168 https://www.redbeacon.com/hg/why-my-driveway-cracking/ http://www.asphaltrepair.net/parking/content/parking-lot-repair/