The Ins and Outs of Parking Lot Maintenance
It’s amazing how much something as simple as a parking lot can make a huge difference in the curb appeal of your business or housing complex.
Parking lots can deteriorate in the following ways if not maintained properly:
- Cracks allow weeds to start growing.
- Potholes annoy your customers.
- Pitting looks ugly and ends up tracking asphalt everywhere.
- Faded lines make it difficult for your patrons to park properly.
- Litter outside the building decreases your curb appeal.
If these signs of a neglected parking lot sound familiar, it’s time to crack down on maintenance and get the lot looking better.
Here’s what parking lot maintenance entails:
Concrete Crack Sealing
Concrete can develop cracks as the ground beneath it shifts and settles slightly. If the cracks aren’t sealed, water can seep under the slab and begin to erode the soil. Enough erosion could cause the slab to begin tilting and cracking even worse, detracting from the appearance of your parking lot sidewalks and potentially tripping and injuring customers. If the cracked concrete allows water to seep under your building, you could face much worse trouble than just crooked sidewalks.
Asphalt Crack Filling
Asphalt shrinks and expands as the temperature changes. When water gets into tiny cracks and freezes into ice, the cracks enlarge and spread as the process repeats over and over. Little pieces of asphalt get everywhere and start to clutter corners of your parking lot, making it look unkempt. Crack filling involves clearing out debris from the crack, applying filler and smoothing the surface so the patch is flush with the surrounding asphalt.
This cost-effective method to seal cracks in asphalt protects your property from the erosion that can occur if water gets underneath the pavement. Hot patching requires special machinery and knowledge of how to operate it, so this maintenance task is best left to a professional.
There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint defining the parking stalls to make your parking lot looks fresh and new. Striping can be performed with various types of paint. You can choose the angle of parking stalls, from perpendicular 90-degree spots to angled 45- or 60-degree spots. The choice is yours. Don’t forget handicapped stalls! You need special signage painted on the pavement as well as an upright sign to be in compliance. The number of handicapped parking spaces you need depends on the number of overall parking stalls in the lot.
As a finishing touch, you can have a professional power wash the lot to remove cobwebs, bird droppings, cigarette butts, dirt and other debris that make your business look shabby. A quick power washing service can add new life to your parking lot as well as the exterior façade of your building. There’s no faster, more efficient way to spiff up your newly patched parking lot than power washing.
Parking Lot Maintenance from The Grounds Guys®
Whether your business is large or small, The Grounds Guys can revitalize your parking lot and storefront. If you’re interested in setting up an appointment for crack sealing, crack filling, hot patching, striping or power washing, please reach out to The Grounds Guys today.