You’ve constructed a beautiful parking lot for your business. Now you have to maintain it. Unfortunately, there are a number of hazards that can ruin your lovely commercial parking lot, such as:
- Dirt and Debris
- Ultraviolet Radiation
- Oils and Grease Stains
- Plumbing Problems
- and More
So what can be done to make sure your parking lot lasts for the long haul? Here’s a great place to start!
General Maintenance Tips
To kick things off, you’ll want to make sure that your lot is covered with a protective seal. This seal provides a number of benefits. First, it locks out car fluids from seeping into the asphalt. Next, it slows the natural wear down created by vehicles coming in and out each day. Perhaps most importantly, the sealant prevents ultraviolet radiation (from the sun) from fading and cracking your asphalt.
Next, you’ll want to make sure that your parking lot is regularly cleaned and swept. Fresh oil blotches and other stains are easier to remove than those baked into the ground. These can also interfere with future asphalt sealing. Keeping your lot swept and rid of trash is a good way to protect yourself against unwanted pests. Pressure washing is another perfect way to keep your parking lot looking fresh and clean.
Finally, keep an eye out for potential hazards that could threaten your asphalt. For instance, if your water main is spilling over on the pavement, you’ll want to quickly contact your local Texas commercial plumbing service to prevent accelerated cracking.
How Often Should You Seal Coat a Parking Lot?
After the first year, you should keep seal coating your parking lot every two years. If you take exceptional care of your parking lot during that time, you might be able to extend that to every three years. A fresh asphalt seal coat every 2-3 years will greatly extend the life of your parking lot and make maintenance a lot easier for you in the long run.