How Snow and Ice Affect My Asphalt Parking Lot

How Snow and Ice Affect Your Asphalt Parking Lot

Winter is here, which means you can expect lots of snow to fall between now and the beginning of spring. In the meantime, taking care of your asphalt parking lot during the winter season can mean less damage to your asphalt surface once the snow melts.

Paying for a new parking lot can be expensive, which is why most of the clients we work with at A-1 Asphalt are interested in ways to prolong the life of their asphalt surface.Keep reading to get a better sense of how winter weather conditions affect your asphalt parking lot.

Freeze-Thaw Cycle

In West Michigan, the freeze-thaw cycle can be vicious. This is especially true for asphalt parking lots. With each freeze-thaw cycle, the ground contracts which can create cracks and even potholes. To reduce the amount of damage winter wreaks on your asphalt parking lot surface, there are a few preventative measures you can take.

For example, many business owners consider it a worthwhile investment to hire an asphalt contractor with the experience to install a high-quality sub-base for your parking lot. The sub-base serves as the foundation for your whole parking lot and can prevent cracking during snowy or icy weather patterns.

Snow Plows

Professional snow plow drivers will make sure the plow blade is set high enough so that it won’t cause damage to your asphalt parking lot. However, sometimes mistakes are made or a rookie driver can mark up your parking lot. When this happens, you may have a few minor scrapes along the surface of your parking lot. To remedy this, you can take advantage of our asphalt sealcoating service in the spring.

Salt and Snow Melt Chemicals

During the winter months, the surface of your parking lot can become slippery from ice, hail, or freezing rain. To prevent lawsuits, it is important to make sure that your parking lot is de-iced as much as possible to prevent slip and falls and to create safer driving conditions for your customers.

While hot-mix asphalt is great for withstanding salt, the same can’t be said for pavement markings, such as parking lot spaces. Salt and snow melt chemicals can also impact your local waterways and seep into your water table to cause a negative environmental impact.

While it’s important to keep a safe ice-free parking lot for your customers, consider if salt and snow-melt chemicals are necessary the next time you decide to use them.

If you need your Grand Rapids asphalt parking lot either repaired or replaced, feel free to call A-1 Asphalt Inc at (800) 871-4401. We have over 25 years of experience to help you prolong the life of your asphalt.