How Parking Lot Maintenance Affects Curb Appeal

How Parking Lot Maintenance Affects Curb Appeal

As an asphalt parking lot contractor in Wayland, MI, we get a lot of questions about what maintenance is necessary for commercial properties. Ultimately, the level of maintenance required for your parking lot will depend on the usage, traffic, and weather. The extent to which you maintain your parking lot will also depend on how much you value first impressions.

In general, we recommend that you maintain an attractive parking lot to improve the curb appeal of your property.

Here’s what else you need to know about asphalt parking lot maintenance.


Over time, UV rays bleach the color of your parking lot from black to dull gray. Sealcoating gives your asphalt parking lot the rich black color it had when it was first installed. Our asphalt contractors recommend you sealcoat your parking lot within the first 1 to 3 years after installation. That way, your parking lot will have the best chance of avoiding cracks, potholes, and fading.

Not only does asphalt sealcoating make your parking lot look like new, but it also protects it from UV rays, precipitation, and automobile fluids. In other words, asphalt sealer prevents cracks and potholes so you can maintain curb appeal in the future.

Since parking lots withstand more traffic than their residential counterparts, they often receive two layers of asphalt sealer. Depending on your climate and level of traffic, you can expect sealcoating to last 2 to 3 years.

Line Striping

Like asphalt, parking lot line striping can fade over time. When you first notice faded parking lot lines, call A-1 Asphalt as soon as possible. As a commercial property owner, you are liable for any injuries caused by unsafe parking lot conditions. To protect yourself and your business, we recommend repainting parking lot spaces every few years.

Have you ever noticed how people park farther apart when snow covers parking lot striping? Likewise, faded parking lot lines make it difficult for your customers and employees to find suitable parking. When parking lot spaces aren’t clearly marked, drivers are more likely to park farther from each other to avoid dinging their car doors.

Clearly marked parking spaces are important because they show drivers how much room they have to park. They also show that you take good care of every aspect of your business.

Related: 5 Steps to Prepare for Parking Lot Striping →

Crack and Pothole Repair

Hire an asphalt parking lot contractor as soon as you notice cracks and potholes. The sooner you call, the less likely you’ll have to pay for expensive repairs or even premature replacement.

If potholes and cracks get deep enough, water can seep into the foundation to cause permanent structural damage. Once this happens, you may have no other option than to prematurely replace your asphalt parking lot.

The best way to protect your parking lot (and your budget) is to schedule crack and pothole repairs as soon as possible. Keep in mind that large asphalt potholes decrease the safety of your lot and the number of usable parking spaces.

When a customer has to walk around large potholes just to get into your building, their opinion may lower before they even walk through your doors. Protect your professional reputation by scheduling pothole repairs in a timely manner.

Request a Free Estimate

A-1 Asphalt Inc. is a reputable asphalt parking lot contractor in Wayland, MI, serving Greater Grand Rapids. To request a free estimate for parking lot maintenance, please call (800) 871-4401. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.

This blog post has been updated.