Your parking lot is the first thing that visitors see when they arrive at your property and cracked pavement and potholes can leave your visitors with a negative first impression. Over time, the combined attacks of water, oxidation, as well as thermal fluctuation cause the asphalt surface to break down. Tiny cracks form in the dried surface, which loosen the aggregate and let water in. Good news though, with proper maintenance all of this can be avoided!
Seal coating should be performed about every 3 years, but it’s important not to forget about other regular maintenance. Rocks, leaves and dirt can decrease the appearance of your driveway, but there are many other reasons why you should regularly sweep your parking lot. For one, removing this debris will also help you create a safe parking lot for the pedestrians using it. It also helps prevent standing water and drainage problems.
Maintain Proper Drainage
Drainage allows the water to channel away from your parking lot, so it doesn’t pool up and stay on the surface. Over time, standing water will allow moisture to seep into the asphalt, causing the surface to break down and cracks to form. Although you may not think of it this way, proper drainage helps you maintain your parking lot and prolong its lifespan. Water can be both beneficial and disadvantageous to parking lot owners and managers. Water can be used to clear off mud, sand, fallen leaves, twigs, and any other form of vegetation and debris that clutter the parking lot’s surface. Aside from regularly cleaning and sealcoating your parking lot, you also need to be sure that your drainage is functioning as intended.
Seal coating is much more cost efficient than major asphalt repairs. The cost for seal coating can be as little as 8 cents a square foot. On the contrary, asphalt repairs can be as much as $9 a square foot. It is estimated that routine crack filling and seal coating services can save a business as much as $120,000 on a 30,000-square-foot parking lot over its full lifetime. Seal coating should be done one year after new asphalt installation and then every two years for repair and maintenance as needed for your parking lot.
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