The Importance of Parking Lot Maintenance

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. In Texas, asphalt is exposed to the brutal summer sun, downfalls of rain in the fall and spring and often times freezing temperatures in the winter. 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. Oil leaks from cars often accelerate this deterioration. This can leave your parking lot in a less than desirable condition. Good news though, with proper maintenance all of this can be avoided!

Prevent or Repent

Parking lot maintenance is key to preventing deterioration of your parking lot. Lack of maintenance can leave you with very costly repairs that could easily be prevented with a proper maintenance plan. Effective parking lot maintenance is an ongoing process that needs regular monitoring to ensure excellent results. Taking the time to review your parking lot maintenance plan with an expert should be a priority and will ensure that your parking lot stays in optimal shape.

Crack Sealing

Monitoring for cracks can help prevent problems from compounding and can double the longevity of the asphalt. Effective crack sealing keeps water from entering and weakening the base or sub-base. It helps preserve the pavement adjacent to the cracks, prevents sand, stone, and dirt from making its way into open cracks, and extends pavement life by minimizing crack growth. Pavement repair in these early stages of deterioration can save you exponentially in the long run.

Seal Coating

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.

It is important to use an experienced and skilled team for your parking lot maintenance.  Fireman’s Paving Contractors can manage these services and so much more. Call The Paving Contractor You Can Trust today to learn more!

7 replies
  1. Taylor Anderson
    Taylor Anderson says:

    I like how you mentioned that parking lot maintenance is important, as it can impact how customers may think of your business. One of my friends wants to start a business. I’ll have to mention that parking lot maintenance is also important.

  2. Charlotte Fleet
    Charlotte Fleet says:

    I like how you mention that sealing asphalt is cheaper than asphalt repairs. My husband’s office has been trouble with employees damaging their cars while in the parking lot. I think they should look into having their parking lot sealed to make sure it can stay well maintained for a while.

  3. Sabrina Addams
    Sabrina Addams says:

    My parents run a flower shop in Newcastle and are needing to have its car park repaired. It’s so good that you said to maintenance it often to prevent costly repairs and monitor for cracks and compounding to increase the asphalt’s longevity.

  4. Austin Saunders
    Austin Saunders says:

    I like what you said about monitoring your asphalt for cracks so that you can double its longevity. My sister has been telling me about how she wants to get an asphalt driveway installed soon. I’ll share this information with her so that she can look into her options for paving professionals who can help her with this.

  5. Tori Raddison
    Tori Raddison says:

    It’s good to know that sealing cracks will prevent water from getting the base because that means it’ll last a lot longer than normal. I need to figure out how to to get our parking lot sealed because it’s crazy. It’s so full of cracks that it’s more crack than parking lot.

  6. Zoe Campos
    Zoe Campos says:

    Thank you for reminding me that the lack of parking lot maintenance can cause me a lot of expensive repairs. I have already spent a lot on our recent home renovation, so another expense added to my worries just because I didn’t opt for proper maintenance is not a good thing. I’d consult a nearby contractor to see if they could do regular monitoring and prevent cracks and other damages from happening.


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