Important parking lot maintenance tips include regularly inspecting surfaces, sweeping for debris, fixing any signs of cracks larger than 1/4-inch wide, and resurfacing pavement as needed. Conducting the appropriate repairs and maintenance in a timely fashion will help surfaces last longer and ultimately save you money.
Keeping up with regular maintenance prevents larger issues that require more costly emergency repairs. A parking lot is just like any other surface except for the fact massive vehicles drive and park on it all day long. This puts a lot of pressure on surfaces, and in order for your parking lot to keep up it requires maintenance. Keep in mind, the actual installation of parking lot surfaces is equally important to overall longevity.
Important Parking Lot Maintenance Tips
Regularly Clean Parking Lot Surfaces
Regularly cleaning parking lot surfaces will help prevent a lot of damage. At least once a month, surfaces should be cleaned of all debris, including icky garbage and seemingly innocent leaves. This is also the time to clean up any fuel or oil, which if left for too long will start to deteriorate surfaces.
Drippy engines are unavoidable in parking lots, but oil can cause a lot of issues for pavement surfaces. Oil breaks down surfaces, creates unsightly stains, and ultimately weakens your parking lot. There are a variety of methods used to clean oil stains, the important thing is taking care of it on a regular basis.
Carefully Inspect Parking Lots For Signs Of Cracks & Other Damages
Take the time to inspect surfaces for cracks, fading, or other failures that could potentially lead to liability issues. The sooner you identify issues the less expensive it will be to make repairs.
Take Care Of Cracks ASAP
Cracks that measure wider than ¼-inch are typically good candidates for repairs. If you notice any weeds growing out of cracks, make sure to take care of them right away. If weeds push up and out of cracks they can create irreparable damage. Weeds can break down surfaces and even cause people to trip.
Not only do weeds need to be removed, but cracks need to be filled in as well. By filling cracks you prevent water and vegetation from coming in and out of cracks and causing more damage. Plus, you’re helping create a stronger, dryer and more solid surface. Some cracks are too small to require sealant, but any crack that is big enough to benefit from sealant should be taken care of right away.
Redesign Your Parking Lot From Time To Time
If the same portions of pavement are driven over time and time again they are naturally going to show more wear and tear. By changing up the stripes and parking arrangement you can reduce wear from impacting the same areas year after year. Recreating the design of your parking lot could even help add more space and increase productivity.
Don’t forget, no matter how you design your parking lot, ADA guidelines enforce the proper amount of handicapped-accessible parking stalls.
Add Sealcoating To Parking Lot Surfaces
Adding a fresh layer of sealcoat every few years, or as needed, will help prevent breakdown of materials. It will also stop water, debris and other harmful elements from getting the best of your pavement. Sealcoat frequency depends on how much wear and tear your parking lot gets. Sealcoating is a powerful tool that can add years onto surfaces while reducing costly repairs. Important to note, sealcoating should only be conducted in the right weather conditions.
Handle Parking Lot Drainage Issues ASAP
Parking lots require proper drainage in order to survive rain, snow and other influxes of water. Backed up drains can be just as ineffective as no drains, plus they create an unsightly and sometimes even stinky mess. Without proper drainage, water will pool on top of parking lot surfaces, creating the potential for a lot of damage. For one, standing water undermines the overall stability of pavement.
Fix Birdbaths & Potholes
Potholes form when water becomes trapped beneath the surface and then expands and contracts due to temperature fluctuations. In order to properly repair potholes there are four important steps: clean, heat, add new and properly matched aggregate mix and then cool. By ignoring a pothole, you are inviting further damage to form. Unchecked potholes will continue to grow and eventually undermine the stability of the entire surface.
At the first sign of “birdbaths,” make the necessary repairs in order to prevent water seeping down to the base and becoming a pothole.
Rely On Kleenco Construction
Kleenco Construction pours top-notch commercial parking lots built to last. We are masters of parking lot installations and repairs. As solution providers and problem solvers, our unsurpassed reputation speaks for itself. Contact us today for a quote on your next project.