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5 Tips to Extend The Life of Your Commercial Parking Lot

Commercial Asphalt Repair NJ

Here is something for our commercial customers.

Have you ever wondered about the true difference between a repair of your commercial parking lot versus maintenance? Plus the difference in the cost that is obviously associated with it? I guarantee at some point  you did! And yes,  there is a tremendous variation between those two.

A repair is usually partial and restores something to the  original state like fixing a pothole. Repairs on a commercial site are required when something may create a liability or potential damage.

Maintenance on the other hand is regularly scheduled work that prevents deterioration or future damages and extends the life of the property (includes sealcoating, crack filling, striping and so on).  By waiting to the point of complete disrepair you could be doing yourself a great disservice, which in the end will cost you a lot more money.

There are few simple steps you can take to protect your investment and extend the life span of your commercial parking lot.

1. Manage the Load on the Asphalt

Heavy commercial vehicles can and do cause damage to asphalt lots. Loading docks and large trash containers should be placed in an area that does not require these heavy vehicles to cross or park on a lot that is designed for cars, pick up trucks and SUVs.

2. Fix Obvious Drainage ProblemsParking Lot Line Striping

Standing water can wreak havoc on asphalt parking lots and cause unnecessary expense if is not addressed quickly. The water will eventually seep into the asphalt and affect the base, creating cracks, ripples and potholes. Good drainage is an essential element of maintaining your lot. A quick inspection after a heavy rain is always a good idea.

3. Sealcoat the Asphalt

Sealcoating your commercial parking lot not only protects the asphalt from the elements but also maintains a like-new appearance much longer than non-coated lots. A good quality coat, applied properly, will last for several years.

4. Fill Cracks Promptly

Crack sealing is very important in extending the life of your parking lot; small cracks only get larger, allowing more water to compromise the base of the lot, leading to more damage and more expensive repairs. The appearance of small cracks is normal but should be repaired immediately.

5. Clean Regularly

Regular cleaning will ultimately improve the appearance of your parking lot, helps to prevent damage caused by debris and makes it much easier to take note of any drain or crack issues that need to be addressed. Adding a  good sweeping and pressure washing to your regular maintenance will benefit the longevity of your parking lot.

Teaming up with the proper company will provide you a detailed and  preventive plan to maintain, add value and reduce costs over the long term.

By Kasia Figurski

20 thoughts on “5 Tips to Extend The Life of Your Commercial Parking Lot”

  1. I like what you said about filling cracks promptly. Taking care of the maintenance of asphalt paving seems like it would be a good way to keep it in good condition. Having it sealed also seems like it would help it last longer as well.

  2. I own a small business and am tired of redoing the asphalt every spring. I know you could sell your driveway but never considered seal coating my parking lot. That is a great idea and I’ll have to do that this year!

  3. I would have never thought that small cracks could lead to more serious damage. The sooner the crack is filled the less damage there will be to repair as you mentioned. Having a regular visual inspection would also help to prevent any cracks go unnoticed.

  4. I would have never thought to place the dumpster in a location that would mean the heavy vehicle wouldn’t have to cross onto the asphalt. It’s important to protect the pavement even if it means moving the dumpster to a new location. It may help to create a path just for the heavy vehicle so if there is damage it can be repaired.

  5. This is some really good maintenance tips to know if you need to keep pavement in good shape. Do you know how best to repair cracks or potholes in paving? It seems like you would need to call in a professional to do it.

  6. I remember seeing loading docks close to parking lots for certain businesses. I’ve always thought they were meant for loading products away from customers, so it’s good to know that they’re also meant to keep commercial vehicles off of the asphalt. I didn’t realize how much damage large trucks can do to asphalt, so now I understand why businesses have docks for them to drive on and unload items.

  7. I didn’t realize that you can sealcoat the asphalt. I really like how you mentioned how sealcoating will help the asphalt from the normal elements and will last for several years. I think this is really interesting and will mention this to people if they ever need to redo their asphalt.

  8. I like your tip to fill cracks promptly. I see a lot of parking lots in my area that are breaking apart because they haven’t filled in cracks. Cracks always get worse, and it can happen fast so it’s pretty important to fill them in. Great advice!

  9. I actually had no idea that heavy commercial vehicles could damage the asphalt so much. If that’s the case, then it sounds like you might need to have it reinforced if you can’t avoid using them for hauling garbage. Or, you might just have to have the cracks filled and sealed on a regular basis.

  10. It was cool to learn about ways that I can extend my asphalt parking lot. I like how you explained to fil cracks promptly in order to avoid problems with your asphalt. I can imagine how helpful crack sealing and patching can be when it comes to avoiding problems.

  11. I didn’t realize that heavy commercial vehicles could do so much damage on asphalt. I imagine that it would be important for businesses that have these kinds of parking lots to make sure that they are taking care of the pavement. I bet that civil works in the community are also able to help.

  12. I’ve always wondered how they make parking lots last so long. It makes sense that they would do something like sealcoating! It seems like it would benefit them a lot, especially since it can last for several years.

  13. That’s a good tip to minimize the load the asphalt bears. Making sure heavy commercial vehicles don’t drive on the lot sounds like a good to do that. I bet businesses have protocols for commercial vehicles keeping their asphalt in mind.

  14. Thanks for helping me understand the various tips on extending the life of a parking lot and how regular maintenance can keep it looking good. I think that with proper maintenance, cracks should be filled in as soon as possible to reduce the amount of repairs that need to be done to restore the lot. I will keep this information in mind if I ever need to hire a maintenance service for a parking lot in the future to keep it in good shape.

  15. I like how you elaborated that when it comes to a business wanting to maintain their parking lot, that there are somethings that they need to remember to do. To me, I think that it is important for them to make sure that all cracks are filled as quickly as they can be. This makes sense because it is like you said that this will extend the life of the parking lot and prevent any further damage from being done.

  16. My business partner and I are looking into having our office driveway paved by a commercial asphalt service company. I find this article about extending the life of a commercial parking lot really helpful as it provides me with tips on how to do so. It’s true that heavy vehicles can cause damage to asphalt driveways, so managing the load on the asphalt by separating where our delivery truck will load the supplies, is a good idea. Thanks for this tip on extending the lifespan of our asphalt driveway.

  17. It makes a lot of sense that cleaning your parking lot will not only help you to keep it looking nice, but it will also keep you aware of the cracks and dips you might have there. Hiring a scrubbing service to do this for you would be nice because they would probably have contacts that could help you do repairs as well. That way you can save some money on keeping your lot looking nice!

  18. I would like to take some time and thank you for everything that you have mentioned here on extending the life of your parking lot. My wife and I live next to a baseball stadium and have been thinking about using some of our land to turn into a parking lot. As you mentioned, if you sealcoat the asphalt, it will help protect it and keep it looking like new all year long. Thanks again for the post, and we are looking forward to seeing how much money we could make doing this.

  19. A good friend of mine was looking into getting asphalt maintenance. She was also trying to consider different ways to extend her parking lot’s life with helpful tips. I will let her know to clean it regularly and to make sure you fill cracks promptly.

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