The key to your business exterior in tip-top shape for your customer's view is to take care of the parking lot pavement. The following are some recommendations to help you take care of your asphalt parking lot.
Follow Prevention Maintenance
As a first step to keep your asphalt parking lot in good repair, you need to stay on top of its repairs and work. As soon as cracks start forming on the surface of your asphalt, getting them patched properly and soon is essential to protect the surrounding areas. It is when cracks are not patched that potholes form as a result. And once you have a pothole, your parking lot looks neglected and is a hazard to customers and your customer perception of your business is affected in a negative way.
However, maintaining your parking lot with patching holes and cracks will keep the parking lot void of damage that would put you at risk of liability if a customer trips and falls. And when you arrange for a sealcoat treatment every few years, it will restore the appearance of your parking lot, giving it a new and updated appearance. In addition to the appearance of your asphalt, the sealcoating goes to work sealing up any small cracks and protecting repairs patching from moisture, which, as a result, keeps your asphalt lasting many years.
Be Aware of Project Timing
No matter how well you maintain and keep up with repairs on your asphalt, the pavement structure is going to degrade over time and need a full surface replacement. When you have to make major repairs over the surface of the entire parking lot, make sure you plan for the work to be completed so it affects your customers and vendors a minimal amount. Doing so will keep your business running as well as possible so you can continue to keep up with cash flow and revenue.
Arrange work and complete resurfacing projects to be completed over a span of time so you complete one section of your parking lot at a time. Alternate the work from one side to another, making the opposite side of the parking lot available for your customers while you excavate, resurface, and repair the other. For example, if you are planning to pave a parking lot in an apartment complex, you would arrange to pave one portion of the parking lot, such as one-third or one-half at a time. By completing the project in stages, you can arrange for your tenants to park in other areas while the work is going on for one to two days. Your asphalt pavement team can select a larger crew to get the work done in a more timely manner with minimal disruption.
Contact a commercial paving company to learn more.