Your Parking Lot Maintenance Plan
Your parking lot represents a significant investment, so it is natural for you to want to extend its life as much as possible. At the same time, you want to keep it looking its best. A thoughtful maintenance program can help you achieve both of these goals.
Your Parking Lot Maintenance Plan – Have Repairs Made ASAP
All asphalt driveways and parking lots are going to suffer some damages. The most common type of damage is small cracks. Cracks can let water reach the foundation and destabilize it so that it can no longer give the pavement the necessary support. Having small cracks repaired before they worsen can save you money and frustration down the road.
Maintain Your Sealcoating
Contrary to what some people believe, sealcoating is not a permanent treatment. It will wear off although the time required for this to happen can vary. You might not need a reapplication for four years, but you might also need an annual treatment if you have a busy parking lot. Most parking lots need a reapplication every two years. Sealcoating is a very important part of maintaining your parking lot. It protects it against damages from the elements, but as an added benefit, it improves the appearance of your pavement.
Clean Your Parking Lot
Debris detracts from the appearance of your lot, but it can also allow water to pool beneath it. Standing water has more time to find a crack through which it can reach the base. You should also remove any chemical spills promptly, including oil and automotive fluids, as they are unsightly, can harm your asphalt and pose a hazard to both pedestrians and drivers.
Keep Vegetation at Bay
Weeds tend to survive where no self-respecting plant would grow. If you have a tiny crack in your asphalt, there is a good chance that some type of weed will try to make the crack its home. The roots of plants can damage your asphalt, so you want to kill off any that appear. When landscaping around your parking lot, allow a vegetation-free border to make sure that plants do not intrude where they are not wanted.
Watch the Drainage
Drainage basins can become clogged, forcing water back onto your pavement. Keep basins clear to ensure proper drainage. When inspecting your parking lot, look for any puddles that have formed in low-lying areas; you may need to consult an asphalt professional to have the drainage modified.
For More Information
Contact Dirtworks to learn more or to request help with all of your asphalt-related needs. We are a full-service asphalt contractor and excavation company providing quality work at reasonable rates for customers in the Cape Cod area. Whether you need a new parking lot constructed or your existing lot sealcoated and striped, we can help. You can use our online form to request a free estimate, or you can reach us at 508-240-5541.