Businesses everywhere are feeling the pressure to cut costs and improve profitability. Unfortunately, some owners and managers feel that they can save money by reducing or eliminating repairs and maintenance on their parking lots. They may save a little in the short-term, but their parking lots will need to be completely repaved long before they achieve their normal life, resulting in significantly higher costs. Furthermore, their lots will be much less attractive to potential customers. Many maintenance procedures are relatively inexpensive, but they can make a huge difference in the life of your asphalt pavement. Following are some tips on how to protect both the integrity and beauty of your asphalt parking lot.
An Effective Asphalt Maintenance Plan
1. Sealcoating is the most-effective maintenance procedure you can choose to safeguard your pavement and make your parking lot more attractive. It gives your pavement a layer of protection from harmful UV radiation as well as fluid leaks from the traffic using your parking lot. New asphalt pavement should be sealcoated no later than 12 months after it is installed. If your parking lot receives a lot of traffic, you might need to have the sealant reapplied annually, but for most parking lots, every two years or so is sufficient.
2. Small cracks should be repaired quickly to keep them from turning into large cracks. Cracks allow water to penetrate and reach the foundation that supports the pavement. If the foundation becomes eroded, potholes can form or the asphalt can “alligator.”
3. Keeping your parking lot clean can help prevent damaged asphalt while making your lot safer for drivers and pedestrians. Piles of leaves, dirt or trash should be removed so that water cannot collect on top of your pavement. Automotive fluids will eventually eat through your sealcoating and damage your asphalt, so leaks and spills should be cleaned at regular intervals.
4. Fresh paint can do wonders for the appearance of your parking lot. Faded pavement markings can cause confusion for drivers and can pose a hazard for both pedestrians and drivers.
5. Do not allow weeds to grow in the cracks of your pavement. Their roots can penetrate the pores of the asphalt and damage your pavement. Use an effective herbicide to kill the weeds and have the cracks repaired.
The Best Way to Extend the Life of your Parking Lot
If you would like to learn more ways to extend the life of your parking lot, contact the experts at LDC Paving. We specialize in parking lot repair and maintenance, offering a wide range of services to customers throughout Houston and surrounding areas. Whether you need pavement markings, crack filling, sealcoating, speed bumps, traffic signs or other asphalt-related services, we have the expertise to provide quality work at reasonable rates. Use our online form to request a quote, or give us a call at 832-640-7296.
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