Well-installed asphalt paving, performed with quality materials and tools used by experienced contractors, can have a lifespan of up to 35 years. It’s also low-maintenance and the preventative measures needed to keep asphalt looking new are relatively low-cost when stretched out over the lifetime of your pavement. That being said, some regular tasks need to be completed for commercial and municipal asphalt parking lots to hold their investment.
Set a Schedule
While major systems of a property need regular yearly or even monthly maintenance — think HVAC and roofing — regular asphalt parking lot maintenance should happen every 3-5 years. This cycle begins after the sealcoating is completed, and cracks should be filled in the second year of the cycle. Work with your asphalt contractor to establish a maintenance schedule and follow it; sealcoating every 3 years and repairing damage ASAP can add years to the longevity of your asphalt parking lot.
Find the Right Time
You know what they say about timing being everything, and the same is absolutely true for when asphalt paving parking lots are maintained and repaired. Not only is it unpleasant for workers to complete paving maintenance in extreme cold or heat, but these conditions also impact the quality of the finished product. Maintenance should be completed during more moderate seasons like fall or spring; this is something else to keep in mind when fleshing out a maintenance schedule.
Don’t Skimp on Sealcoating
Sealcoating is applied to protect asphalt from exposure and damage. It soaks into the asphalt and restores the surface to look like new again, and replenishes the oils and binder used during the installation, fills in gaps, and smooths out the appearance. It also blocks elements like motor oil and sunlight from further damaging the asphalt. Prevent asphalt from becoming unattractive and dangerous by investing in regular sealcoating maintenance performed by a professional contractor.
Fix Cracks ASAP
Over time, UV rays, extreme weather, and chemicals can break down the asphalt and make it more susceptible to further damage. Regular sealcoating can go a long way towards supporting a barrier between the asphalt and the rest of the world. Stop minor damage in its tracks by calling your contractor out regularly. An experienced eye can inspect your pavement closely and identify issues, along with working closely with you to determine the best ways to maintain anything they see as a problem. This is especially important after periods of extreme weather and heavy rainfall.
Watch for Water
Integrating a well-designed drainage system will go a long way towards redirecting the flow of water so it doesn’t puddle or pool on your asphalt pavement and cause damage. Take a look at your parking lot after a period of heavy rain; you’ll know where to install drainage if there is water collecting. Working with a contractor helps you control the slope of the pavement to allow that water to drain away.
Work With Experts
The investment you make in commercial asphalt paving starts with the contractor you choose. There’s no substitution for experience and skill. It doesn’t take long for your property to make an impression on visitors, whether they be customers or employees. Properly and professionally installed asphalt lets them know that you work hard to maintain your building’s grounds and reduces the chance that visitors’ vehicles will sustain damage.
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