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Tips for Keeping Your Asphalt Parking Lot Looking Great

A parking lot welcomes customers into your business. As the main entryway, it is important that your lot looks inviting. If there are giant potholes, cracks that look like an earthquake has struck, and accidents waiting to happen, this will reflect poorly on your business. It is vital to fix these issues before costly repairs add up and more importantly, before there are any liabilities caused by the faulty lot. Knowing when and what to repair is important for keeping customers happy and for saving you time and money. Check out these important tips below for a better understanding of how to keep your parking lot looking great and up to date!

1. Inspect Your Lot Regularly

Damages are small annoyances but can become even worse liabilities if not taken care of. If you notice cracks starting to form, it may be time to start crack filling. Crack filling is the single greatest way to extend the lift of your asphalt. Other indicators that your parking lot needs maintenance include potholes, loss of color, lines fading, and/or pools of water forming after rain. If your asphalt curb is broken or crumbling, that is also subject to repair. If you notice any of these signs, it is time for some maintenance. If these damages are left unresolved, they can become worse, which means a more costly repair that no one wants. Parking lots that need more than 30% of patch work should probably consider an asphalt overlay instead!

2. Clean Up Trash and Other Debris

A trash filled parking lot is a great deterrent to customers as that reflects poorly on your business. As mentioned earlier, a parking lot is the main entryway for customers. That is why it needs to be regularly maintained. If there is excess debris such as leaves, rocks, and trash, it can restrict your access to spotting damages in your lot. Excess debris may also clog your parking lot drainage system and cause puddles or dips of water throughout your lot. This can contribute to surface erosion, leading to cracking and potholes. Having excess trash and debris may also add to the pollution in local waterways, which is not eco-friendly. To clean this debris, consider power-washing the pavement and sweeping it regularly. This tip may not seem like much, but it can make all the difference.

3. Seal Coat Your Parking Lot

Seal coating is the process of adding a protective layer to an asphalt pavement to safeguard it from water, oils, and U.V. damage. By doing this, the life expectancy of pavement is extended. We recommend that you seal coat your parking lot every three years in order to preserve your pavement. This step is important for extending the life of your parking lot.

4. Restriping When Lines Are Faded

Restriping is essential for keeping your lot safe and organized. If your customers are able to easily see these lines, this can help to increase safety and decrease liability. Restriping offers many benefits apart from creating a safe lot. It can offer a nice curb appeal, which is important for creating and keeping a good impression on your customers. One good practice of restriping is to paint lines in different areas each time. This can help to prevent weak spots in your lot as people won’t be driving in the same areas time after time. Restriping can offer your business a simple makeover and can create a welcoming entryway for your storefront.

5. Clean Up Oil Stains Right Away

Oil and other harmful liquids can create long lasting stains that have the ability to deteriorate the asphalt and paint if not taken care of. That is why it is important to clean this up as soon as you see it. By wiping the liquid off the surface once the spill occurs, this can prevent it from seeping further into the layers of the pavement. Oil stains that have been sitting for a while can affect the asphalt composition and create potholes if ignored. This larger repair can be prevented if cleaned up right away.

With these tips, you can extend the life of your parking lots. Paying attention to these signs now will save you time and money in the long run. By also understanding what causes asphalt to deteriorate, you can prevent issues before they happen. Create a warm welcome for your customers and maintain your parking lot. To learn more about asphalt, click here.

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