What Causes Parking Lots to Naturally Break Down?

Regular maintenance can prolong the longevity of your parking lot. However, even with proper care, damage can still occur due to natural elements. If you suspect your parking lot has issues, contact professionals immediately. Keep in mind that waiting too long to get repairs will only make the problem worse and costlier to fix. 

Causes Parking Lots to Naturally Break Down

Here are some of the most common reasons parking lots naturally break down. 

Ultraviolet (UV) Rays

An asphalt parking lot can deteriorate due to constant exposure to UV rays. One thing that can help is to invest in asphalt sealcoating. It will also help make your parking area and the rest of your property appear more attractive. 

Too Much Rainwater

Heavy rains can cause pooling water in your parking lot. Over time, water can infiltrate the pavement and cause extensive damage. Failure to drain the excess water can result in cracks and even potholes on the asphalt surface. Sealing the area every couple of years can help avoid this issue. 


The base of asphalt paving can get dislodged due to groundwater. Pits, potholes, cracks and deteriorating asphalt are common indications groundwater is running beneath the pavement surface. Regular maintenance from a reliable professional can save you from these problems. 


Tree roots can extend below the pavement, causing cracks. Keeping trees at a safe distance from your parking lot can help prevent damage, but it isn’t always possible. It’s best to consult professionals to determine the ideal way to address this concern and avoid long-term damage to your asphalt pavement.

Excess Weight

What kinds of vehicles do you usually have in your parking lot? Trucks and heavy machinery could make your parking area more prone to damage due to their weight. The heaviness of these vehicles will worsen the issues the surface already has, such as cracks and dents. 

Leave your commercial parking lot maintenance to a reliable company like Bonness. We also specialize in roads, sidewalks and underground utilities. Call us at (239) 597-6221, or fill out our contact form to request a quote.