How To Avoid The Dangers And Liability Of An Unkempt Asphalt Parking Lot

1 June 2015
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Does your commercial property have a parking lot? Owners of commercial property often have to make decisions concerning their parking spaces. If you have an asphalt parking lot, then you need to maintain it, otherwise you can find yourself in all kinds of unexpected trouble.

Dangers of the Unkempt Asphalt Parking Lot

Asphalt is a strong, durable, and ideal material for parking lots. However, like any material, it requires care. You have probably come across many a parking lot in disrepair yourself. What did you see?

  • Potholes
  • Cracked asphalt
  • Hazards

You can sum up everything you're actually seeing with one word, liability. Unkempt asphalt creates many dangers the property owner is heavily liable for. Don't let your property turn into something that can cause injury to people or damage to vehicles.

In addition, a parking lot in disrepair makes the rest of the property look a lot less appealing. By contrast, a well-maintained parking lot can make even a dilapidated building look far better than it really does. If your property needs to attract customers or clients then you should do everything in your power to make sure that it does.

Keeping Your Asphalt Parking Lot Working for You

There are many things you can do to keep your asphalt parking lot from falling into disrepair. Probably the most important of those things is to have your asphalt seal-coated shortly after installation.

Just as the name implies, sealcoating is a coating of protective material sprayed over the surface of your asphalt. It helps to prevent oxidation, cracking, and damage from the elements. Sealcoating also extends the life of your asphalt by a large margin. But here are a few more things you can do as well.

Keep your asphalt clean – Sweep your asphalt, keep it free of debris, and otherwise keep it clean. This also includes killing weeds and other plant life that grows on, through, or immediately around your asphalt. You can wash your asphalt down with a detergent and soap mixture followed by a rinse.

Avoid heavy vehicle traffic – Try to keep heavy vehicle traffic to a minimum. Large trucks should have their own designated space with access that doesn't require them to constantly drive over your asphalt.

Deal with cracks and potholes – Don't let cracks and potholes linger. Fix them as soon as you can or they can slowly ruin the integrity of more and more of your asphalt. Cracks can turn into potholes, so having them properly sealed will prevent a lot of future headaches.

All of these things are pointless if your asphalt is already too far gone. Asphalt does reach a point of disrepair where it becomes too late to fix it, fill it, and seal it. Speak to a professional asphalt contractor about fixing your current asphalt or starting fresh with a new application.