Your customer’s experience with your business doesn’t start when they walk through the doors, it starts when they pull into the parking lot, making good pavement maintenance crucial.
A poorly-maintained parking lot can be shockingly costly. An unattractive, unkempt lot makes a bad first impression and may drive away new customers. Even more concerning, issues like potholes, cracking, and other hazards can create liability issues if an individual is injured on your property.
If properly cared for, your asphalt parking lot could last 20 years. However, neglecting to invest regular upkeep can shorten its shelf life, ultimately costing your business more in the long run. Here’s what you need to know about maintaining your pavement.
6 Parking Lot Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Lot Ship Shape
#1. Keep it Clean
Dirt and debris on your parking lot can easily become an unsightly tripping hazard. Ensure your lot is kept clear of leaves, dirt, gravel, and any stains. Clean regularly using a broom, hose, or pressure washer and drain safe cleaning products.
#2: Mind the Edges
Over time, grass and weeds that grow through the surface of the asphalt can damage it from below, making it more susceptible to cracks. Keep the edges of your asphalt weeded and free from vegetation.
Installing a curb can help keep vegetation away from your lot and give your property a more polished look.
#3: Fix Cracks
Cracks, potholes, and other damage to your asphalt can easily become tripping hazards or turn into larger problems. When you notice cracks and other damage, fill it in or invest in professional patch paving.
#4: Restripe When Needed
Keep your paint bright and easy to see by investing in regular restriping.
Make sure all parking spaces, fire lanes, accessible parking spaces, speed bumps, and other features are all easily accessible.
#5: Invest in Regular Sealcoating
To maintain its shiny, black appearance and good quality, your parking lot should be sealcoated every two to four years.
Sealcoating will help protect your asphalt from spills, sun exposure, chemicals, and other damage, so staying up to date is important.
#6: Make Larger Repairs When Needed
Larger repairs should be performed as needed. Depending on the extent of damage to your lot, this could include asphalt overlay, or removal and replacement. To determine if larger repairs are needed, watch for signs of damage such as:
- Pavement that collects standing water
- Visible damage like raveling or alligator cracks
If your asphalt parking lot is starting to look worn down, it may be time to invest in maintenance. A free consultation with JV Lucas can help you determine how to best care for your lot. Get started.