If you own a business, the safety of your customers and employees begins with your parking lot. This is especially true during the winter months. If your business has an asphalt parking lot, it is best to conduct maintenance and repairs during the warmer months. Once the temperatures drop, many repair methods can not be successfully utilized. However, there are steps you can to ensure your asphalt parking lot remains in safe condition all winter long.
Inspect Asphalt Parking Lot Drainage
Pooling water poses a serious threat to an asphalt parking lot, especially in the winter. Water that isn’t properly drained can find its way into the smallest cracks and crevices in an asphalt surface. When water penetrates the asphalt and freezes, it expands, forcing the cracks to expand as well. Come spring, you will have much larger cracks or potholes in need of repair. Inspect parking lot drains regularly making sure they are clear of snow, ice, or debris that could prevent proper drainage.
Hire a Professional Snow Removal
To help maintain the safety of your asphalt parking lot, it’s important to hire a professional snow removal company that has experience clearing snow and ice from asphalt surfaces. An inexperienced plow operator could set the blade of the plow too low. This could cause significant damage to the asphalt or the seal coating. An experienced operator will know to set the blade at the proper level and remove the snow without any damage.
Choose a Deicer Wisely
Using snow melt or deicer to help keep your asphalt parking lot and walkways clear and safe is unavoidable. However, be careful to use a product that won’t cause extensive damage to the asphalt. In the past, products containing sodium or calcium chloride were commonly used, which could cause damage to asphalt surfaces. There are newer products that contain magnesium chloride are a better choice. These products are safe for asphalt, melts snow and ice quickly, and are effective to 13 degrees Fahrenheit.
Winter Pothole Repair
Sometimes, no matter how vigilant you are in preparing your asphalt parking lot, mid-winter potholes may develop. These present a serious risk for vehicle damage, personal injury, and the potential for liability lawsuits. Although hot asphalt can’t be used once the temperatures drop, potholes can still be repaired with cold asphalt. This is not a permanent solution, as cold asphalt is not as durable. It is a temporary fix to help keep your parking lot safe until the spring. It will, however, help prevent potholes from enlarging and eliminate the risk of damage or injury. Until they are repaired they should be marked with orange cones or that area of the parking lot should be roped off to prevent it from being used.
Each snowstorm brings with it the possibility of damage to your asphalt parking lot. Check for cracks, potholes, and any other damage after every storm. If there is damage, address it immediately. If you’re not sure about the best way to handle it, contact an asphalt professional. They will be able to advise you on the best solution until the damage can be permanently repaired in the spring.
Professional Asphalt Parking Lot Repair
Whether your parking lot needs minor repairs, seal coating, striping, or it needs to be completely replaced, Certified Asphalt can handle it. We provide full-service commercial and residential 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!