Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
You might pride yourself on the pristine atmosphere inside your shop, only to be plagued with an old and unsightly parking lot. After finally saving enough to transform that lot into a sleek-surfaced asphalt pad, you may feel relieved; however, that relief will be short-lived if you ignore it now. What asphalt maintenance tasks should you be making time for in your parking lot?
As people arrive and exit the lot each day, they'll be accidentally dropping receipts, tags, bags, and other things. Allowed to remain, these items will ultimately degrade the pad surface. If they're leaving behind foodstuffs, this could attract ants and other bugs, as well as mice and other rodents.
Monitoring cleanliness is one of the most important things to do. You might not have the desire to hit the lot each night with a broom; if not, a street sweeper could fill in. A professional sweeper will also be able to scrub oil spots, leaks from other fluids, and the dirt that vehicles leave behind in any lot.
Cracks are the bane of any business with an asphalt surface. These imperfections will inevitably appear; luckily, they're unlikely to first manifest as gaping, large holes. A few hairline cracks in one parking spot could be ignored, but not if you realize that's how major cracking develops. Rainwater that drops in there could dislodge soil or cause pressure under the pad surface; that area will be more prone to other cracks. Filling them is a primary way to avoid the wide, ugly cracks that make a lot seem unkempt and unprofessional. Kits exist specifically for this, and quick trips to the right stores will enable you to do the task when the shop is closed.
Sealing the Top
You might have turned down the offer of a top coat for sealing the asphalt; if saving money was your goal then you may not have seen the value of it for a new pad. However, sealants are an instant barrier between vehicles and asphalt. They also contain chemicals which prevent penetration by snow, water, and the sun's rays. Getting your installer back on the site to coat the lot is smart; re-coating periodically is another wise decision.
It's not too much of a chore to maintain an asphalt pad. However, that maintenance is going to remain essential to its health. Your local asphalt paving services can offer more information and go over the kinds of critical actions necessary for a gorgeous, intact lot.