Sure, asphalt is strong. After all, heavy vehicles drive across it on a daily basis. But just because asphalt is strong, that doesn’t mean it's indestructible. Eventually, the weight of all of the vehicles that rest there will wear upon it. As will the changing seasons in Cleveland and water. Here are a few tips to keep your parking lot in tip top condition.
Debris, such as dirt, rocks and leaves, can have an effect on the way those who wander in view your place of business. But they are more than just an eyesore in your parking lot. They can also lead to damage. This debris can get in the way of proper drainage. And if water is left pooling on asphalt, it can lead to deterioration, seep into the base and ultimately cause cracks and holes. Sweeping might not seem like a big, important task, but it can really make a difference.
Backed up drains are another contributing factor to standing water. As addressed above, standing water can deteriorate your asphalt. On top of that, it can really take away from the appearance of your parking lot. Make sure to keep drains clear, and you can lengthen the life of your parking lot.
While you’re sweeping, keep an eye out for cracks, even small ones. You might think a few small cracks aren’t that dangerous, but they can be. As such, they should be addressed as soon as possible.
If you notice weeds between your cracks, don’t ignore them. Weed root systems can be extremely destructive, pushing up through the pavement, creating an uneven surface and break it down. For a healthy parking lot, kill weeds and seal cracks. Asphalt paving in Cleveland can help with troublesome damages.
Aside from creating ugly stains, oil can act similarly to water on your parking lot, breaking it down and weakening your asphalt paving. Some common household items are quite effective at taking care of oil stains, so long as you get to them before they set in too deep.
Sealcoating should be done about every two years, although the actual frequency can be determined by the use of your lot and the natural elements. Sealing can help extend the life of your parking lot by slowing down damages that would otherwise be caused by the elements, water and all manner of debris.
Proper maintenance of your parking lot can both keep it looking good and give it a long and healthy life. No matter what your Cleveland asphalt paving maintenance needs, Advanced Asphalt Paving can help. Give us a call today.