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Your parking lot is one of the first impressions your business makes on your customers. A lot that's in disrepair sends a message to your customers that the rest of your business may be in disrepair. Knowing how to keep up on parking lot maintenance will not only impress your customers, but save you money as well.
Basic Parking Lot Maintenance
Sealcoating is one of the most important maintenance steps for an asphalt parking lot. If your lot is cracking and showing other signs of wear a seal coat will keep it going strong for another two to three years.
The binders in asphalt are susceptible to UV rays and freeze and thaw cycles. As the binders begin to harden, they become brittle. With continued exposure they begin to crumble. Sealcoating acts as a protective layer that helps protect your parking lot from becoming brittle and broken.
A fresh coat of sealer does wonders for your business's image also. It adds an instant touch of curb appeal that your customers will make the rest of your business's assets pop.
Major Parking Lot Renovation
No one likes the disruption that a major reconstruction causes, which is why many business owners try to put it off for as long as possible. Thankfully you don't have to worry, major parking lot renovations only need to be done every 20 to 25 years if basic maintenance practices are followed. Sometimes weather and other conditions may shorten the lifespan of your parking lot, but more frequent maintenance may prevent premature wear of the asphalt.
If your parking lot is starting to show severe signs of wear, like dips and potholes, it's time for a reconstruction. Not only are these potholes an eye sore, but they can be a liability if a customer becomes injured.
Many customers also find renovations frustrating, but you can make reconstruction easier for them by anticipating their needs. You can help your customers get through reconstruction by scheduling construction for non-business days.
If you're always open, consider having your contractor complete the project in pieces that always allow your customers parking lot access. This approach may make longer, but will allow for happier customers and minimal loss of business. If possible, post signs directing your customers to minimize any potential confusion.
If you have any questions about what maintenance schedule would be ideal for your parking lot, or if your lot needs reconstruction, you should talk to your asphalt contractor. Your paving contractor will be able to make a maintenance plan for your lot and may offer additional services that will keep your customers happy.