Keeping your parking lot well-maintained is an important role in running your business. Without proper maintenance, potholes and cracks are likely to appear, allowing the asphalt to breakdown faster. Continue reading more about parking lot maintenance with these five tips to ensure your parking lot looks great and lets your customers reach your easier.
Protect it With a Sealcoat
Sealcoat is designed to protect asphalt from oxidation, weather damage and traffic. It is particularly good at protecting asphalt from cold weather and ice, so if you live in a cold region, you'll need to apply it more often than if you live in a hotter climate. It's relatively inexpensive to apply (especially when you compare it to asphalt repairs), costing about $150 per 1,000 square feet if you do it yourself. If you hire a professional, it will cost between $50 and $100 more. Applying sealcoat is a great way to protect the asphalt from future problems, but if you already have cracks or deeper problems, you need to fix them first.
Clean Oil Stains
One of the substances sealcoat is designed to block is oil, which is corrosive. However, even if you apply sealcoat, it's important to clean oil stains immediately. If left, the oil will eventually destroy the asphalt on a molecular level. Although it's designed to be strong, asphalt has a weak molecular structure, and when it is left exposed to oil, the rocks in the asphalt no longer stick together, causing it to become soft and weak.
Fill in Cracks and Potholes
Just like your home has a sturdy foundation, so does your parking lot. Hard solid ground is the foundation for a parking lot, and without it, the asphalt can bend, increasing the risk of cracks. Even if you build your parking lot on sturdy ground, the ground can eventually become weak if you fail to repair cracks and potholes. As water seeps through the holes, it reaches the ground, causing it to become soft, which leads to more cracks in the asphalt. In addition, if water is trapped in the cracks and freezes, it can cause the holes to become bigger.
Clean Drainage Areas
With or without cracks and potholes, you don't want to allow water to buildup on the surface of your parking lot. Standing water has a greater chance of seeping into cracks, but even if your parking lot is free of cracks, standing water can cause the asphalt to deteriorate faster. One of the best ways to prevent water from building up on your lot is to ensure you have good drainage. Remove debris from pathways that lead to storm drains, and ensure the storm drains themselves don't get packed with leaves, dirt and other debris.
Rotate Parking Spots
The weight from cars can eventually lead to asphalt damage, especially if people are constantly parking in the exact same spots. Consider rotating parking spots, so no parking spots are overused or underused. If cars keep parking in the same spots, it leads to stress points, which allow dips and potholes to appear. Another option is to keep particularly heavy cars and equipment away from the edge of the parking lot. These areas where the asphalt meets other materials, such as cement, are particularly weak and can easily crack and crumble if placed under too much stress.
Keeping your parking lot well-maintained is the best way to prevent the need for serious repairs, and these five tips are the best way to keep your parking lot in top condition. If your parking lot is in need of repairs or work, contact a local contractor in your area today.