Asphalt Parking Lot Maintenance Tips

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Keeping a parking lot in good repair begins the moment it is installed. Sunlight, rain, wind, and traffic all begin wearing down the asphalt. By implementing an immediate maintenance routine, you can prolong the life of the parking lot and minimize the need for a premature replacement. The following tips can help.

Tip #1: Apply an asphalt sealant

New asphalt can take several months to cure, but once it has cured, it is time to consider sealing. The clear sealer acts as a barrier between the asphalt and weathering, oil stains, and dirt. If it is applied too soon after installation, though, the asphalt won't cure properly and will be weakened. Ask your installer when they recommend sealant application, since the length of the curing process can vary depending on local weather conditions. The parking lot will need sealed every couple of years, or when you notice that the surface is no longer repelling water.

Tip #2: Keep it clean

Set up a cleaning schedule and stick to it. Garbage removal should be a daily occurrence to help eliminate items that lead to staining, while deeper cleaning should be a monthly chore. Contract with a parking lot cleaning firm to make sure this is done properly. By cleaning regularly, you minimize the chances of oil stains. These require removal with a special asphalt degreasing agent, since the oil can eat away at the paving.

Tip #3: Schedule prompt repairs

Many small asphalt problems that develop can be fixed if they are caught early enough. Things to watch for are sunken areas that are collecting water, pitting or small holes in the asphalt surface, cracks, and bumpy or uneven surfaces. If you notice any of these problems, call your asphalt contractor so they can find and remedy the cause of the problem, and then perform the proper repair. Putting off a repair can lead to potholes or cracked, crumbling paving that may need replaced.

Tip #4: Budget for periodic refinishing

Eventually your parking lot will need a more thorough repair, especially if the surface is becoming pitted or if it is badly stained from years of use. Instead of starting from scratch, get it resurfaced. Resurfacing lays down an inch or two of fresh asphalt over the old, so it is much quicker and it's less expensive than having a new lot installed. It also gives the lot an instant facelift, allowing you to get decades more use out of it. Contact an asphalt contractor like Pavement Maintenance Solutions Inc for more information.

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