Keeping Your Asphalt Parking Lot Maintained: Four Helpful Tips

Your parking lot is an extension of your business, and keeping it in good repair can say a lot about how you operate your company. Keeping the lot neat, tidy, and in good shape can create a nice first impression for clients and customers. Use this guide to help keep your asphalt parking lot maintained and ready to serve your business.

Crack Sealing

Cracks can appear in your asphalt parking lot over time. You can have your paving contractor repair small cracks on a regular schedule, which could be part of your annual parking lot inspection. More serious cracks may require immediate attention to prevent damage to vehicles or tripping hazards in your parking lot. Consider inspecting your lot every season, taking note of any large cracks you find, so you can determine when it's time to call your contractor. It may be helpful to draw a map and mark the cracks on the map for easy reference.

Parking Lot Cleaning

In addition to removing dirt and debris from your parking lot, having it cleaned on a regular basis can prevent unsightly stains. Consider having the lot swept and power washed to keep it looking great, and spot-clean the lot as needed if you see oil spots in any of your parking spaces. Washing away the oil right away can help to avoid staining the asphalt.

Storm Drain Inspections

Blocked or improperly installed storm drains can cause water to collect on the surface of your lot, which can cause damage to your asphalt. Have the storm drains inspected to ensure they are directing water away from your asphalt. It's a good idea to do this after winter snows melt, as the drains may have become blocked by debris that was trapped under the snow.

Seal Coating

Seal coating essentially refreshes the surface of your asphalt parking lot, which can become worn over time. The frequency with which you will need to have the lot seal coated may depend on how busy your lot is and how severe the weather is in your area. Your paving contractor can help you to determine how often to have the surface seal coated. Once the seal coating process is complete, you will need to repaint the stripes for your parking spaces, as the old ones will be covered by the new surface.

Work with a company like City Wide Services to come up with a timetable for each of these maintenance tasks, and stick to the schedule to keep your lot looking great for years to come.