What You Should Know About Maintaining Your Asphalt Parking Lot

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When you own a business, it's easy to forget about maintaining your parking lot, but it is an important feature. Without a good parking lot, it's difficult for people to reach your business. If you have your own asphalt parking lot, check out these five must-know facts, so you can ensure your parking lot remains solid and strong. 

Sealcoat Protects

Sealcoat can drastically improve the life of your asphalt parking lot because it protects it from so many common dangers including weather, traffic and oxidation. To hire a professional to apply sealcoat, expect to pay about $200 or $250 per 1,000 square feet. That is cheap, especially when you consider the expensive repairs you'll avoid because you took the initiative to protect your parking lot instead of waiting for damages to appear. In colder regions, it's a good idea to apply sealcoat once every one or two years, but if you live in a warmer climate, once every four years is fine.  

Oil Stains Deteriorate Asphalt

Even if you apply sealcoat, if you spot an oil stain, clean it immediately. Asphalt is a strange substance. It's strong enough to withstand constant exposure to heavy cars, but it's weak against corrosive substances. If exposed to oil for a long period of time, the weak nature of asphalt doesn't stand a chance against the corrosive nature of oil. Asphalt is actually made up of a bunch of little rocks stuck together. The oil destroys the asphalt rock's ability to stay together. The rocks separate, causing the parking lot to become soft, increasing the chance of crumbling or collapsing.   

Cracks and Potholes Should Be Repaired Fast

You probably don't usually think about the ground beneath your parking lot because you never see it, and if something's out of sight, it's often out of mind. However, the ground is there, and it plays a big role in supporting your parking lot. As long as the ground remains solid, everything's fine. However, if water reaches the ground, it can compromise it, causing it to shift or become soft, which affects its ability to support the asphalt. Cracks and potholes are the two common ways water can reach the ground beneath your parking lot, which is why it's important to seal them as soon as they appear. 

Blocked Drainage Areas Can Cause Damage

Standing water is never good, and standing water on your parking lot is no different. If you do have cracks and potholes, standing water can easily seep into them to reach the ground. However, with or without cracks, standing water can help the asphalt deteriorate faster, so you'll need to repair it more often or reply sealcoat more often. If you notice water pooling in your parking lot, check your drainage areas. Ensure any storm drains and paths to storm drains are kept free of debris, so the water can easily flow.

Constantly Parking in the Same Spot Creates Weak Areas

Cars are heavy, and even though asphalt is built to withstand their weight, it can become weak when overexposed to heavy cars and equipment. If a handful of parking spots are used every day all day, and a handful of parking spots are hardly ever used, this creates uneven wear and tear. The overused parking spots become weak. For this reason, it is a good idea to try rotating parking spots, so none are overused and severely damaged.

Don't neglect your parking lot. There are many factors that can cause the asphalt to deteriorate or become weak. If your parking lot is in need of maintenance or repair, contact an asphalt specialist (such as one from A-1 Services) today to schedule a consultation. 

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