4 Tips to Preserve the Safety and Beauty of a Parking Lot

The first encounter people have with your business occurs before they even walk through your door. In fact, it happens just outside, in the parking lot. You can tell a lot about businesses by the way they maintain-or neglect-their property and premises. Follow these tips to ensure your parking lot makes a good first impression.

1. Repair Cracks and Potholes

Many car tires and wheels have fallen victim to the hazards of parking lot potholes. Driving over a pothole can lead to punctured tires and bent aluminum wheels.

The key to repairing potholes is to catch them early. As part of your regular maintenance schedule, scan your parking lot for any cracks in the pavement. When you spot a crack, fill it with a rubberized sealant to prevent it from widening into a nasty pothole.

If you’ve already lost your parking lot to unsightly potholes, call in an asphalt expert to make the necessary repairs. Professional pavers can fill existing potholes with new aggregate and restore your parking lot to its former beauty. This process also makes the parking lot safer for your clients and patrons to drive through.

2. Drain Standing Water

Standing water is one of the biggest culprits behind ruined parking lots. Water seeps into the pavement surface and weakens the base layer of asphalt. With a decrease in stability, the pavement starts to give way as it can no longer withstand the stress of heavy traffic. Soon, you’re left with a parking lot pocked by potholes and cracks.

To help prevent major structural damage, every parking lot needs an efficient drainage system. Keep drains clear of debris so you don’t run the risk of any backups during the next downpour. The one-time expense of installing drains and the minimal effort required to clean them will save you a lifetime of costly repairs.

3. Add Sealcoating

Sealcoating helps prevent asphalt from distorting and keeps it looking newer longer. As temperatures fluctuate, asphalt can expand and contract, leaving voids in the pavement surface. Sealcoating fills these surface gaps, preventing water, UV rays, and oxygen from damaging your parking lot.

Additionally, sealcoating guards against oil spills and any other fluid leaks. Like water, these harmful liquids compromise the integrity of the pavement. Sealcoating protects your pavement from these degenerative liquids and oxidization, again, allowing your parking lot to last longer.

Most professional paving companies suggest sealcoating your parking lot every two years. However, every lot is different. Depending on the climate and your parking lot’s amount of daily use, you may need to sealcoat more or less frequently. Professional pavers can evaluate your parking lot’s needs and determine how often you should re-seal it.

4. Restripe

Give your parking lot a facelift with a fresh coat of paint. Well-defined lines not only boost curb appeal but they also create a well-organized and ADA-compliant parking lot.

Parking lot stripes provide the same type of driving guidance as stripes do on the open road.  Faded lines can be difficult for drivers to see while clearly marked driving lanes and parking stalls allow drivers to navigate the parking lot with ease.

Restriping is the easiest and most economical parking lot update. Just how rearranging furniture can make a room feel new again, crisp and vivid paint lines freshen up the appearance of a drab parking lot.

 

A well-kept parking lot lets customers and residents know you take pride in your business. It also shows that you care about guests’ safety. A little elbow-grease and a layer of sealcoating go a long way in preserving the aesthetic, safety, and life of your parking lot. For additional maintenance tips or to schedule any asphalt repairs, contact your local paving company.