Your business parking lot needs a lot of tender, love and care (TLC) in order to maintain its sturdy form and visual appeal. If you want to ensure that your parking lot gives off a good first impression, here are three important maintenance tasks that you need to perform:
1. Sweep It Up.
By ensuring that your parking lot is free from any and all debris, including dirt and rocks, you are helping to not only improve the attractiveness of your parking lot, but you are also making it safer for pedestrians and vehicles.
In addition, it can help lengthen the life of your pavement. When there is a lot of dirt and debris build up on the pavement, it can prevent proper drainage. This then leads to standing water, which breaks down the surface over time. It also allows water to seep into the sub base, which will then soften and encourage the development of potholes and cracks.
2. Fill 'Er Up.
While you're sweeping your parking lot, you may come across some cracks. No matter how small or big they are, these cracks need to be filled immediately. A filled crack is a happy crack, which results in a happy parking lot.
By filling cracks, you are guaranteeing that your pavement maintains its stability and durability. Plus, the surface and the sub base will stay dry, which is crucial to the integrity of the pavement as a whole.
3. Seal It Off.
Sealcoating helps to protect and prolong the life of your pavement by providing a layer of protection to prevent damage from various elements, such as water, oil and UV rays. It also works to slow down the natural breakdown of the surface material. When you have your parking lot sealcoated, it essentially gives it a fresh look, so it looks like you had new pavement installed. If you fail to sealcoat your pavement regularly, then your parking lot is ultimately unprotected. This not only reduces the life of the pavement, but it also increases your long-term repair expenses.
Sealcoating is a process that should be performed every few years to keep the surface protected, extend its life and enhance the surface's appearance. The actual timeframe of when your parking lot will need sealcoating will depend on a number of factors, such as daily use and climate. Therefore, you may want to speak to a professional to see how often sealcoating is truly necessary.
With regular maintenance and general upkeep of your parking lot, the surface can remain beautiful and like new for a longer duration of time. However, when you fail to sweep up the debris, fill the cracks and seal the pavement, the life of your driveway is drastically reduced and the quality is severely diminished. Contact a professional for assistance if you don't feel like you have the knowledge, experience or time to do it yourself.
For more information, contact a professional like Hals Construction.