Toronto, Canada (PRWEB), July 7, 2014 – Sure-Seal Pavement Maintenance Inc. (, the Greater Toronto Area’s leading pavement maintenance and repair company, is warning that extreme weather conditions, including the recent flooding rains, can severely damage asphalt surfaces.

On June 25, localized thunderstorms wreaked havoc in Toronto as torrential rained caused flooding. Some parts of the GTA saw more than 70 millimetres of rain in less than a few hours, forcing road, highway, subway, and Go Transit closures. The heavy rain also flooded numerous underpasses, city streets, and parking lots. (Source: Bagley, A., “Flooding rains shut down major Toronto highway,” The Weather Network web site, June 26, 2014;

“It surprises people sometimes to know that pavement needs to be cared for in the same way our lawns, vehicles, and homes are. Pavement that is not cared for can get damaged and be a hazard to both vehicles and pedestrians,” says Lance Bradshaw, president and CEO of Sure-Seal Pavement Maintenance Inc. “While regular wear and tear can break down pavement, extreme weather conditions can damage it at a much faster rate.”

Bradshaw explains that extreme weather damage, including flooding, can break down and weaken the surface of the pavement. In the case of flooding, excess water can be absorbed into the pavement, which can lead to cracks and swelling. Parking lots that are paved incorrectly or damaged can lead to poor drainage; this can cause pools of standing water, which can cause a breakdown in the surface of the pavement and allow contaminants in.

The extreme temperature changes in the GTA, he continues, can also cause the ground to expand and contract, causing pavement to crack. Further, the sealant on top of a driveway or parking lot that acts as a barrier against the elements can break down from the hot summer sun.

“Temperate changes and flooding help usher in the deterioration process; whether it’s cracked or buckling, damaged pavement should not be ignored,” Bradshaw concludes. “To prevent further water damage or deterioration and extend the life of the asphalt, it needs to be repaired, sealed, and maintained by a professional pavement management company with a proven track record of delivering results that save their commercial, industrial, retail, office, and corporate clients time, money, and frustration.”

Sure-Seal Pavement Maintenance Inc. is a 20-year-old pavement maintenance contractor that services commercial, industrial, retail, office, and corporate property owners and managers throughout the Ontario region. The company provides both new construction and repair of asphalt pavement surfaces, including parking lots and roadways. With its headquarters in Brampton and an operations facility in Toronto, Sure-Seal Pavement Maintenance Inc. serves the Greater Toronto Area, including Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Barrie, Markham, Newmarket, Aurora, Oakville, Burlington, Milton Richmond Hill, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, and Oshawa. To learn more about Sure-Seal Pavement Maintenance Inc., visit the company’s web site at or contact Sure-Seal by phone at 1-888-PAVEMENT (1-888-728-3636), by e-mail at, or by fax at 905-786-6879.