Alligator cracking is a common type of deterioration that can appear on asphalt surfaces. It is often spotted in parking lots and gets its name from its striking resemblance to the scales of a reptile. While alligator cracking can sometimes seem minor compared to larger, deeper cracks, this network of smaller hairline fractures can eventually require significant repairs from a commercial paving contractor. If you've noticed alligator cracks in your parking lot, here's what to know about repairing and preventing them.
What Should You Do if You See Alligator Cracking?
The long-term solution needed to repair your asphalt surface's alligator cracks will depend on several factors. However, the problem needs to be addressed immediately to prevent more damage from occurring in the meantime. The first step you should take is to block the cracked area from traffic since the weight of vehicles could cause the damage to worsen significantly.
Once the area is safe from further damage, you'll need a commercial paving contractor to evaluate the sub-base beneath the cracked surface. They may apply a temporary filler or sealant to prevent additional decay before they perform more intensive work. Depending on the level of damage discovered and what your budget allows, the professionals will likely need to either remove and replace parts of the sub-base or the entire sub-base before re-paving the surface.
What Can You Do to Prevent the Cracks From Returning?
The only way to prevent alligator cracking from returning to your asphalt surface is to ensure that the sub-base is free of damage and built to withstand the pressure placed on it. Speak at length with your commercial paving contractor about precisely how the area is used.
Share specific information about how much traffic and moisture it typically sees and which types of vehicles drive over it on a regular basis. They'll adjust the thickness and use the right mixture to ensure the sub-base is prepared to handle the level of stress it will be under.
If you need reliable asphalt paving or snow removal, contact Guarco Construction in Granby, CT. We are family-owned and -operated, and have served Hartford County and the surrounding areas since 1974. We specialize in commercial and residential paving and snow removal. We are renowned for their friendly, dependable service, attention to detail, and competitive rates. Learn more about us online or call (860) 278-5558 to schedule your snow removal or asphalt paving.
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