A brand new year is a great time to prepare for laying new asphalt. Here’s why.
Benefits of Spring
Spring and summer are the peak seasons for the asphalt paving industry. The reason for this is simple, asphalt works best when laid down in warmer weather. Colder air temperatures mean less time asphalt paving crews have to work with the material, and the less time they have, the harder it is to get it right. Paving crews need working time with the asphalt to get it laid down well across your parking lot. If the crews don’t have enough time, your parking lot can be left with bumps, unsightly seams, or the project may not even get finished. While it depends on where you live, winter is not typically a good time to install thinner asphalt projects.
Lay Out Your Yearly Budget
The condition of your parking lot can greatly impact people’s perceptions of your business. When people walk or drive past a parking lot that’s littered with debris, cracks, and large potholes, it gives the impression that the property and business owners simply don’t care enough to make the necessary repairs. A sloppy external appearance isn’t just off-putting for potential customers, it reflects poorly on the state of your business by making people think one of two things:
- You either don’t have the budget to make the necessary repairs and upkeep the property
- Or you just don’t care enough about your business to bother investing the time, money, and resources into maintaining its appearance.
Factoring all of this into your parking lot maintenance budget at the beginning of the year gives you an advantage that could cut costs and labor in the long run.
Learn From the Previous Year
As you’re considering the best time to actually lay new asphalt and calculating the budget for it, you of course are considering the review you may have done at the end of the previous year. Assessing how much damage was accrued, how often you had to maintain the parking lot, and if you stayed under (or over) budget for all of it. This will be a useful guide for when and how to put down new pavement.
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