Although it may seem hard to believe by looking out the window, Spring will be here before we know it. Along with everything else on your “to do” list, now is a great time to think about your parking lot and other paved areas. In general, you’ll want to evaluate and make repairs to any cracks or damage you find. Being proactive in fixing small areas now can help extend the life of your paved areas and avoid a larger capital investment to fix larger areas down the road.
Here’s what your Spring Checklist should include…
Once the snow melts, do a thorough visual inspection of your parking lot and paved areas. Make note of any small cracks or damaged areas. These are areas you want to repair as soon as possible. Cracks allow water to seep into the asphalt weaken the structure from underneath. Potholes are not only unsightly but dangerous – they can put your business at risk of a lawsuit if they contribute to a fall, accident or injury.
Asphalt problems are dangerous. If you have potholes or significant cracks and other areas of deterioration in your parking lot, you are making yourself vulnerable to lawsuits in case of a fall, accident or injury. Having to pay up for personal injury damages or damages to a vehicle is way more expensive than having that pothole fixed.
Check your records to see if you’ve had sealcoating performed within the last few years. If not, you should make this a priority and contact McCormick Works (479-297-6122) to get it scheduled. Sealcoating guards the asphalt from the sun, ice, salt, oils, and other chemicals that shorten the life of your pavement. It also ensures a longer lasting life for your pavement, lower repair costs and gives your pavement a fresh, new black appearance.
If the lines and striping in your parking lot are fading, it’s time to freshen up or re-stripe your lot. A fresh coat of paint not only improves your curb appeal, it helps your company comply with applicable regulations and shows your customers you care about their safety. You’ll want to make sure that your parking spaces, fire lanes, handicapped areas, no parking zones, speed bumps and loading zones are clearly marked. You’ll want to use rugged, long lasting paint materials, applied with professional techniques. Do Moore Works (479-997-2450) can help you select and apply the right paint for all your parking lot striping needs.
Sweeping your parking lot on a regular basis to clear rocks, leaves, and dirt will not only make it more attractive and safer for your customers, but also extend the life of your pavement. Make sure you check and clear basins/drains on a regular basis as part of your cleaning process. Regular cleaning helps prevent build-up of harmful debris that can clog drainage and create the perfect environment for cracks and pothole to form on your asphalt surfaces.
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Sealtite: Green Asphalt Maintenance offers a full range of asphalt and concrete construction products that includes seal coat, hot crack filler, line striping paint, asphalt tools. No matter what your area is made of or how it’s being treated, we can recommend the most appropriate solution. Call us at 479-997-2449 and we’ll work out the logistics with you.