What Maintenance Do Parking Lots Need Before Winter?

What Maintenance Do Parking Lots Need Before Winter Grand Rapids Asphalt Paving

If an asphalt parking lot is installed properly and given maintenance, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t last up to 20 years. Unfortunately, a common mistake we see from customers is underestimating the effect winter weather has on your asphalt parking lot.

In this blog post, we will explain how asphalt maintenance can save you money in repairs this winter or the following spring.

For more information on how to prevent damage to your asphalt parking lot, we recommend reaching out to an asphalt maintenance contractor near you.

1. Sealcoating

A sealcoat is a protective layer applied to the surface of asphalt pavement to protect it from rain, snow, sleet, UV rays, and automobile fluids. We believe that the best way to repair pavement is to make sure repairs aren’t needed in the first place. Sealcoating protects your asphalt parking lot and gives it a rich dark color.

Depending on how much traffic your parking lot receives, you may need to reapply asphalt sealcoating every two to three years. With how much snow Michigan gets during the winter months, it’s a good idea to reapply sealcoating before the snow flies.

2. Crack Filling

Asphalt cracks need to be filled as soon as you notice them in your parking lot. If cracks are allowed to grow, it can create an opening for water to infiltrate the foundation of your parking lot and cause permanent damage. Before the first snowflakes fall from the sky, you’ll want to make sure you schedule asphalt crack filling repairs.

3. Parking Lot Cleaning

It’s not uncommon for puddles of automobile fluids to accumulate on the surface of your parking lot. Over time, automobile fluids start to deteriorate the surface of your asphalt pavement. We recommend having a parking lot sweeping company make sure your parking lot always looks clean and professional. When the snow melts, there will also be plenty of leftover sand, dirt, and litter that will need to be removed as well from your property.

4. Prohibiting Non-Passenger Vehicles

Most parking lots were not engineered to support the weight of non-passenger vehicles, such as semi trucks. If you allow heavy vehicles to drive and park on your asphalt pavement, you could end up paying for premature parking lot replacement. To maintain the function of your parking lot, you’ll need to reroute overweight traffic. The freeze-thaw cycles associated with winter can cause further damage to the weakened pavement.

5. Repainting Pavement Markings

Have the pavement markings in your parking lot become faded over time? Freshly painted pavement markings are not only more attractive, but also create safer conditions for motorists and pedestrians. Having clearly marked parking spaces will also significantly reduce the likelihood of car door dings.

In addition to parking spaces, make sure that traffic arrows, crosswalks, loading zones, and other pavement markings are clearly visible. Winter weather can be tough on paint, which is why it’s better to have markings repainted during dry weather conditions while you can.

The Grand Rapids asphalt paving contractors at A-1 Asphalt Inc. are dedicated to helping people just like you prolong the lifespan of pavement through asphalt maintenance services. For more information on asphalt sealcoating, parking lot crack filling, and other services give us a call at (800) 871-4401.