Parking Lot Maintenance Tips & Tricks
Having a parking lot that is a point of pride for your business shows your customers that you go the extra mile.
Even if some of them don’t notice, you can be sure that they would see if it were run down and full of potholes and cracks.
If you want to keep your parking lot a nice, clean, and safe place for your patrons and employees, it is critical that you take a few measures to maintain its structure and aesthetics. We’ve compiled a list of a few tips you can use to make your parking lot the envy of the entire block.
Sweep Well, Sweep Often
Keeping your pavement free of rocks, dirt, and debris doesn’t just make your parking lot a more attractive and safer place. It also extends the life of your pavement by facilitating proper drainage, which prevents pooling and standing water. Water is pavements worst enemy, seeping down into the base and creating cracks and potholes over time.
Inspect Your Pavement Often
Identifying cracks, potholes, and other damage or hazards are essential to keeping repair costs low. The quicker you can identify that your pavement needs some professional repair work, the cheaper it will be. Over time, a small amount of damage can lead to much larger problems, and the ability to take care of them now is the best way to ensure you don’t need an early replacement.
If You Do Have Cracks, Don’t Let Anything Grow in Them!
You’ve probably encountered a poorly maintained parking lot that had weeds growing through cracks in the pavement. Don’t let this happen to your lot! Even if you are not going to seal the crack right now, having weeds grow through it will cause long-term, irreparable damage. The plant’s roots will push through the pavement causing structural damage as well as disrupting the surface.
Oil doesn’t just leave unsightly stains on your pavement; it creates many of the same problems that standing water does. It will weaken the surface of your pavement, and seep down into the base layers creating an environment where cracks thrive. As soon as you notice oil stains, do your best to eliminate them before they can severely damage your asphalt.
Invest in Striping
Having your parking lot freshly painted works wonders for the aesthetic value of your lot. You can also use the opportunity to redesign your parking lot and redirect traffic away from more vulnerable areas of your asphalt. You may even find a way to accommodate more vehicles.
We recommend getting a fresh seal coat every two years. Sealcoating is a crucial part of maintenance which helps prevent many of the common factors that harm pavement. By slowing the natural wear and tear of the surface, it prevents water, oil, and dirt from getting into the sub-layers of your pavement and causing structural damage. A fresh seal coat also gives your lot that like-new look that everybody enjoys.
Call Limitless Paving and Concrete
We can accommodate any parking lot maintenance and repair needs you may have. We want you to have a parking lot that reflects the pride and hard work you put into your business every day.
Limitless Paving and Concrete is a full-service asphalt and concrete paving contractor proudly serving the Baltimore MD, Rockville MD, Gaithersburg MD, and Frederick MD areas.