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Keeping your asphalt parking lot in good repair is important for a few reasons. For one, it reflects well on your business to have a parking lot that's in good shape. Your parking lot will last longer, too, if you keep up with repairs as they're needed. Another good reason for getting timely repairs is to prevent injury and a possible lawsuit. A customer may trip or twist an ankle in a pothole, or a pothole could cause an accident if someone swerves to avoid it. For those reasons, you should have regular service on your lot. Here are some things the contractor may do.
Patch Damaged Areas
One of the most important parts of maintaining a parking lot is filling in the cracks and holes that develop. This should be done to keep water from seeping into the crack and getting into the base under the parking lot. Water is very damaging to a parking lot. It will cause holes and cracks to get worse. Water can even damage the base under the lot, and that requires more complex and expensive repairs when compared to simply filling a hole or crack in a timely manner. Holes and cracks can be filled in manually if there are just a few, or they can be filled in by machine. Repairs can be done alone, or they can be covered with a sealcoat.
Restore The Dark Color And Parking Lines
If your parking lot is faded and the lines are nearly worn away, the contractor may apply a sealcoat to restore the color. Before this is done, all repairs to cracks and holes must be completed so they won't show through the sealcoat. A sealcoat goes on like spray paint. It makes the lot look like new again with a dark color. The sealcoat not only looks nice; it also helps protect the parking lot surface from UV and water damage. Once the sealcoat is applied, new lines or stripes can be added so parking spaces are clearly defined.
Add A New Asphalt Layer
If you stay on top of repairs, then you should be able to put off resurfacing the parking lot for years. However, there may come a time when the lot has to be resurfaced due to old age. Resurfacing will give the lot a few more years before it has to be torn out and replaced. To resurface the lot, the contractor applies a new layer of hot asphalt on top of the old layer. This is an effective treatment as long as the base is still in good shape and there are no drainage problems with the parking lot.
These steps help keep your parking lot looking like new, and that gives customers a good first impression of your business and protects them from injury too. To learn more, contact a company like A Thru Z Construction.