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!

18 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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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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  7. Franklin White
    Franklin White says:

    Thanks for the advice to have your pavement repaired in the beginning so that it won’t cost more later on. Pavement and parking lots are so important when it comes to keeping drivers safe. It is better to have the problem solved sooner than later.

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  8. Shaylee Packer
    Shaylee Packer says:

    As you mentioned, it is important to make sure that you review your parking lot maintenance plan with a contractor to make sure that you are doing everything to keep it safe. Is there a time frame in which you should have a parking lot resurfaced? Does the number become more frequent if one lives in an area where is snows heavily in the winter?

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    • Renee Gilmore
      Renee Gilmore says:

      The average asphalt parking lot can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years as long as it’s properly maintained during that period. Otherwise, the surface can experience significant premature decline. Take that into account when determining whether resurfacing or repaving is the right choice along with the lot’s general usage. Does it see plenty of heavy traffic on a regular basis? Is it particularly worn due to inclement weather exposure? If it’s deteriorated significantly, it’s usually best to repave it entirely. But if it’s an aging lot that happens to be in relatively smooth condition, resurfacing the lot is an excellent way to extend its life further. I hope this helps answer your question!

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  9. Ellie Davis
    Ellie Davis says:

    My husband moved his office to a commercial space, and we are looking for advice to keep his parking lot in good shape. I loved that you mentioned you need to inspect your parking lot regularly to prevent cracks and other problems. I will let him know about your recommendations to prevent problems with his parking lot.

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  10. Kristofer Van Wagner
    Kristofer Van Wagner says:

    Thank you for sharing that it is important to have a cracked pavement fixed as it will lead to further damage. The other day I overheard my residential president informing that he wants to have the pavement repaired. I will remind him to hire an experienced company so that we can be sure the job is done well.

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  11. Greg Hampton
    Greg Hampton says:

    I like what you said about getting parking lot maintenance done so that it doesn’t deteriorate. My boss wants to make sure that our parking lot looks nice in the coming weeks. I’ll share this information with her so that she can look into her options for professionals who can help her with this.

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  12. Megan Alder
    Megan Alder says:

    My mom and I recently acquired a 2 commercial premise strip center, and we are looking for advice about how to maintain it, starting from the parking lot. I appreciate you wrote this article and recommended doing constant parking lot maintenance, making sure cracks are sealed, and the pavement is stripped. I will definitely make sure that we take care of the parking lot the way that is supposed to so that we avoid big injections of money.

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  13. rachel frampton
    rachel frampton says:

    I noticed that my dad’s apartment building’s parking lot is starting to have cracks, and its paint is already fading. Well, you’re right that it would be best to monitor the cracks next time because this will help prevent issues from compounding. Well, maybe it would be best to look for a parking lot painter that’ll be able to address the matter.

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