To Repair Or To Replace? That's The Question About Your Asphalt Parking Lot This Winter

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This winter season, your asphalt parking lot will have its work cut out for it. Not only does it have to deal with the stress of holiday shopping traffic, but it also has to cope with the slings and arrows that winter weather throws at it this time of year. When it's all said and done, you'll have to wonder if it's time to replace your parking lot with fresh asphalt or make do with a repair or two.

What Happens to Your Asphalt Lot during Winter

Constant ground shifting and natural wear causes cracks in the asphalt, along with the usual wear and tear from heavy vehicles. During the winter, water that reaches into these cracks expands as it freezes, causing these cracks to grow. The constant freeze/thaw cycle, along with salt, sand and other products used for thawing ice, can deal heavy amounts of damage to asphalt over the long run.

Weighing Your Options

When it comes to crumbled and cracked asphalt, you usually have two choices:

  • Repair the cracked asphalt as much as possible
  • Replace the asphalt surface

Depending on the level of damage, the first option is often the most affordable and least time-consuming one available. Hot-pour asphalt sealants offer the best results, since the hot asphalt mix easily flows into and fills in cracks.

Cold asphalt patches offer the same level of durability but without the need for a heated process. If you don't have the equipment to handle a hot-pour patch, a cold patch offers an easier and more economical solution.

If your asphalt parking lot has deteriorated to the point where potholes and crumbled edges reign supreme, a complete replacement by a company like Bituminous Roadways, Inc. is your only option. The average cost to pave an asphalt lot is around $2 to $6 per square foot. The overall cost of replacing asphalt surfaces can vary depending on the square footage of the area that needs paving and other variables.

Taking Proactive Steps

To avoid the repair or replacement dilemma next winter, you should consider sealcoating your parking area during the spring or summer. Not only does it add an extra layer of protection over your asphalt, but it's also a great way to give an otherwise tired-looking parking lot a fresh new appearance. Sealcoating applications should be done at least once a year in areas with moderate snowfall and once every other year where there are light winter conditions.


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