If your business's asphalt parking lot sees a lot of traffic every day, then it is vital that you take steps to keep it healthly and in good repair. While many business owners tend to ignore their parking lot and assume that it will last for a long time without any maintenance, this just isn't the case. Your asphalt needs to be regularly seal coated and taken care of so that it will last. Without this regular care, the asphalt will degrade, crack, and form potholes.
To ensure that your parking lot looks great for many years to come, follow these time-tested tips:
Tip: Twice Yearly Inspect for Cracks and Potholes
Every fall and spring you must walk around and inspect your entire parking lot looking for cracks and potholes. By filling cracks and repairing potholes as they first start, you can help keep your pavement in better overall shape. Once cracks have enlarged or potholes have expanded, then your customers will always have areas of uneven pavement to drive their cars over. By fixing problems when they first start to arise, the repairs will be a lot less noticeable.
Tip: Sealcoat Your Parking Lot Every Other Year
Sealcoating protects your parking lot from oxidation and keeps the asphalt from degrading in the sun and rain. However, as with many things, too much of a good thing can be bad. Your asphalt should not be seal coated every year, but rather every other year. This will ensure that the pavement is protected but is not over sealed. Over sealing asphalt will lower its lifespan by creating alligator-looking cracks caused by the pavement's inability to properly breathe.
Tip: Ensure Your Parking Lot and Landscaping Have Proper Drainage
Finally, sitting water on your parking lot's surface is detrimental to its longevity, as is water that intrudes under the edges of the pavement. Water that pools on the surface will leak through the pavement and cause potholes. Water the intrudes under the edges of the asphalt will cause it to crumble and crack. If your parking lot has areas that tend to form large puddles that do not drain off, then you should have an asphalt contractor come out and fix the grade of the asphalt so that it will properly drain. You can prevent problems on the edges of the parking lot by keeping all landscaping trimmed back away from the asphalt and ensuring that your landscaping has proper drainage.
For more information, talk to a professional like R Williams Paving LLC.