4 Things You Can Do To Keep Your Asphalt Parking Lot Looking Good
If you are a business owner who has an asphalt parking lot, you want it to look good for your customers. However, it is easy to get caught up in business activities and forget that there are some maintenance tasks you need to do so that your parking lot stays in good shape. Here are some things you can do to make sure that your parking lot continues to look good over time.
Keep it Clean
This seems like an obvious step, but many business owners don't realize that unclean parking lots can soon cause damaged parking lots. Trash, debris and spills are not just unsightly, but can cause real damage to the lot. Chemicals from cars that sit in your lot can degrade the surface of the asphalt, making potholes and cracks more likely. Trash that is left on the lot can lead to mold and other problems.
Make sure that you monitor your lot for trash every week, and consider having your lot professional swept to make sure that the lot is clear of any contaminants.
Use Crack Filler for Small Cracks
Over time, you will find that small cracks are inevitable. You may be tempted to leave them alone, but small cracks will ultimately deepen and widen, causing trouble for your customers as they drive through the lot. Purchase crack filler from any home improvement store, and fill small cracks when there will be no customers on the premises. This way, you can avoid larger cracks in the future.
Rethink Your Delivery Door
If your business is like most, you get deliveries a few times a week from vendors and suppliers. However, if you accept those deliveries through a door that opens to your parking lot, you may be damaging your lot. Big delivery trucks and tractor trailers are exerting massive pressure on your lot, and as time passes that can cause cracking.
For that reason, consider accepting some deliveries from a different location. For example, if you can get paper deliveries from the street entrance, direct drivers to that entrance instead.
A great way to protect your asphalt lot is to have sealcoating done. It can provide a barrier between your lot and the elements, allowing your lot to resist damage. Not only that, but sealcoating helps your asphalt continue to look new. If you do have sealcoating done, be sure to wait until a period when no one will be driving on the lot, so that it can dry properly.
With the information in this article, you should be able to start taking steps to keep your asphalt parking lot in good shape. Talk to an asphalt contractor (such as one from Armour Pavement Inc) about more ways you can protect your parking lot over time.