Asphalt, used to install strong road surfaces, can last for decades with maintenance and care. However, heavy loads and regular traffic can wear it down, creating fractures known as alligator cracks. Besides being unsightly, these fissures can cause damage to drivers if they develop on your commercial property's parking lot. Pavement resurfacing can help fix these problems, but the guide below will explain how you can avoid them.
What Are Alligator Cracks?
These breaks in asphalt are known as alligator cracks because the broken pattern looks similar to the animal's scaly skin. They develop due to serious stress on the pavement, which various factors can cause. A common culprit is the surface's age. Although regular traffic won't be enough to damage the road instantly, years of supporting vehicles of all sizes will help wear down a surface faster.
Another reason could be that the surface constantly deals with heavy vehicles, like semi-trucks. Improper drainage can also lead to breaks, as water can erode the material if it infiltrates it. Even a poor installation can weaken the quality of the surface and leave it susceptible to cracks, requiring pavement resurfacing.
Why Should You Treat and Prevent Alligator Cracks?
Alligator cracks are dangerous because the breakage can slowly cause the road to crumble, causing potholes to arise. If these openings develop, they can harm the cars driving over them. For instance, they can lead to damaged tires or suspensions. Pedestrians visiting your commercial property can also trip over these cracks. In both cases, you may be held liable for damages and injuries.
To prevent legal problems and keep guests entering the property safe, take action to prevent these cracks from developing. Designate time frames for heavy vehicles, ensuring they don't spend too much time on the road. This approach will reduce the pressure on the material. You can also use sealants to fill in smaller fractures before they have a chance to grow.
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