3 Ways to Make Your Asphalt Parking Lot Last Longer

A good asphalt parking lot represents a financial investment. When you put down asphalt paving in your parking lot, you want to make sure you take the steps necessary for you to enjoy long-lasting results. 

Way #1: Start With Good Drainage

When it comes to installing your parking lot, you are going to want to make sure that it has a good drainage system.

A good drainage system starts by having the concrete graded or sloped so that water doesn't pool on the surface but instead flows downwards to the edges of the lot. On the edges of the lot, you should have a drainage system installed, if there is not one their already. The drainage system should consist of grates or drains that help move the water to the city drainage system and away from your business.

Water damage is one of the primary things that can ruin a parking lot, which is why you want to pay special attention to how water will be moved away from your parking lot when you go through the installation process.

If your parking lot is already installed, and you frequently deal with pooling water, a concrete contractor can help improve the drainage situation with your current set-up.

Way #2: Have a Plan for Dealing With Cracks

Second, you need to have a plan for dealing with the cracks as they develop. Cracks are going to form in your parking lot; what really matters is how you deal with them when they occur.

As soon as a crack appears, you need to take care of it. You can patch up the crack using a cold patch, or you can employ an asphalt contractor to seal up the crack using a hot asphalt mix. You can even have an asphalt contractor come out and fill in cracks on a seasonal basis for an affordable fee.

Way #3: Regularly Seal Your Parking Lot

Third, you are going to want to regularly seal coat your lot. Sealing your parking area is the best way to extend the overall lifespan of your asphalt.

When you seal coat your parking lot, you are essentially adding a new top layer to the parking lot. The top layer gets worn down by oil and gas spills, sunlight, rain, and snow, and just the pressure of being driven on.

This new coating will replace the previous top layer, adding another layer of protection to the overall asphalt structure, protecting it from damage, and increasing the overall strength of your parking lot.  

If you want your parking area to last for a long time, you need to make sure that your lot has good drainage. You need to have a plan for taking care of cracks, and you need to make sure you regularly seal coat the asphalt to protect the overall structure.

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