Winter can be tough on your asphalt surfaces. Now that spring is here and the harsh winter weather is behind us, it’s the perfect time to assess the condition of your asphalt. Commercial parking lots take a lot of abuse normally. With the wear and tear of winter weather piled on top of that, there are bound to be some issues that need to be addressed. Taking care of those issues now can prevent you from having to deal with larger, more costly repairs later. Here are some things you should add to your commercial asphalt maintenance checklist this spring.
Conduct a Thorough Inspection
Take the time to walk your entire parking lot and perform a comprehensive visual inspection. Make a list of any issues you discover and schedule commercial asphalt maintenance as soon as possible. Keep in mind, even the smallest crack could easily develop into a much more serious problem. Water can seep into those cracks and cause a couple of different issues. If the temperatures are still dipping below freezing at night, that water can freeze, causing those cracks to grow.
If the temperatures remain above freezing, the water that seeps through the cracks can saturate the soil below the asphalt and cause it to collapse over time. This will result in potholes. These will not only have a negative impact on the appearance of your parking lot and walkways but they will increase the risk of personal injury. If someone is injured due to a pothole left unattended, your business could end up being sued. Commercial asphalt maintenance could prevent that from happening.
Sealcoating is an important part of commercial asphalt maintenance. This process seals asphalt surfaces, protecting them against the elements and preserving their appearance. It is recommended that you have your asphalt surfaces seal coated every couple of years. If you’ve had numerous repairs made to your parking lot or walkways, having them sealed will protect those repairs and extend the lifespan of your asphalt.
Refresh Parking Lot Striping
Over time, the lines, handicap icons, and other areas of your parking can become weathered and faded. Having these parking lot indicators repainted should be on your commercial asphalt maintenance checklist this spring. This will make your parking lot look better and easier to navigate. Be sure all of the following areas are properly lined and labeled so they can easily be identified.
- Parking spaces
- Handicapped areas
- Loading zones
- Fire lanes
- No parking zones
- Speed bumps
Commercial asphalt maintenance professionals will use durable paint and understand the best way to apply it for long-lasting results.
Maintain the Surrounding Landscape
If the edge of your asphalt surfaces but up to grass or other vegetation, it’s important to keep it weeded and properly trimmed. When left unattended, grass and weeds can work their way through the surface of asphalt and damage it from below. This will eventually lead to the weakening of the asphalt and result in cracks. A great way to prevent this from happening is to have curbing installed along the edges of your asphalt surfaces. Curbing will not only reduce the amount of landscaping maintenance that needs to be done but it will improve the aesthetics of your parking lot as well.
Clean Your Asphalt
Another important aspect of commercial asphalt maintenance is keeping your surfaces clear of all rocks, leaves, and other debris that might accumulate. Done regularly, it will keep your asphalt looking good, extend its lifespan and prevent the risk of personal injury. Also, if there are any drains in or near your asphalt surfaces, make sure they are operating properly to prevent water damage.
Professional Commercial Asphalt Maintenance
Properly maintaining your asphalt surfaces is a job best left to the professionals. Whether your asphalt pavement needs minor repairs, seal coating or it needs to be completely replaced, Certified Asphalt can handle it. We provide full-service residential and commercial and asphalt paving services to Ocean County, Monmouth County, and surrounding areas in New Jersey. We specialize in asphalt paving, milling, asphalt repair, seal coating, and pavement maintenance. Family-owned and operated for three generations, we have the skills and experience to deliver quality services at affordable rates. Fully licensed and insured, we guarantee your complete satisfaction! Contact us today for a free estimate!