How An Asphalt Parking Lot Maintenance Program Increases Attractiveness And Safety While Reducing Overall Ownership Costs

Posted on: 16 February 2019

Some asphalt paving contractors offer preventive maintenance programs to businesses that help them keep their parking lots in good condition. Are these services worth it? A maintenance program includes services such as sealcoating and crack repair, which keeps your parking lot unblemished. Protecting your parking lot also increases its longevity, which helps to reduce its total cost of ownership. If your business has an asphalt parking lot, here's why you should consider enrolling in a maintenance program provided by an asphalt paving contractor.

Increases Customer Safety

Damage to your asphalt parking lot can be hazardous to your customers. Potholes are especially dangerous, as pedestrians can trip when they step into them. Vehicles can also experience alignment damage when they drive into potholes. Additionally, vehicle traffic (especially from heavy vehicles such as commercial trucks) can wear grooves into the asphalt parking lot. Small amounts of rainwater can pool in these grooves, which increases the risk that a vehicle driving in these grooves will hydroplane and lose control.

When your asphalt parking lot is in poor condition, traffic striping becomes much more difficult for your customers to see. Asphalt parking lots that have lost their deep black color don't show traffic lines as well. Customers may have trouble differentiating between parking spaces and traffic lanes, which makes accidents more likely. Additionally, a worn parking lot will continually shed small amounts of surface asphalt — the shed asphalt takes some of the paint used to create traffic stripes with it when it sheds, which causes your traffic striping to slowly fade over time. The safety issues caused by a worn asphalt parking lot pose a danger to your customers and represent a liability for your business.

Keeps Your Parking Lot's Subbase in Good Condition

Water is the natural enemy of every asphalt parking lot. While asphalt itself is weather-resistant, the ground beneath is not. Asphalt parking lots are constructed on top of a layer of coarse gravel called the subbase. If water enters the subbase through cracks in the parking lot or underneath the edges of the parking lot, it will cause the subbase to erode and shift. An unstable subbase causes the asphalt above to warp and crack.

Keeping your subbase in good condition decreases maintenance costs for your asphalt parking lot. When the subbase is stable, the asphalt layer above will experience less cracking and be less likely to form potholes, which helps to reduce your repair costs. Additionally, asphalt paving contractors can resurface your parking lot by removing a small portion of the asphalt layer and replacing it with new hot patch asphalt. This is much less expensive for your business than fully replacing your parking lot.

Resurfacing your asphalt parking does not fix a damaged subbase — if you let your parking lot's subbase deteriorate, your business will have no choice except fully replacing the parking lot. Keeping the subbase in good condition reduces your parking lot's total cost of ownership by allowing you to resurface it to restore its condition instead of being required to fully replace it.

Finally, a parking lot maintenance program keeps your business' asphalt parking lot beautiful and attractive to customers. With a deep black color and no cracks in the parking lot, customers will have a better visual impression of your business. When combined with the ability to save your business money in the long term by reducing repair and replacement costs, a parking lot maintenance program makes financial sense for your business. If you'd like to enroll in a parking lot maintenance program, contact an asphalt paving contractor — they'll work with your business' schedule to sealcoat your parking lot, inspect its drainage and repair any cracks and potholes that form, all of which will protect your parking lot and keep it in good condition.