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.
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