Parking lots see wear and tear from many types of vehicles and heavy traffic can lead to many types of concerns. Over time both asphalt and concrete parking lots can succumb to damage from oil, water, heat, and simple daily use. To provide a safe and professional parking area, maintenance and repairs are sometimes necessary. Continue reading
Concrete parking lots see heavy use on a daily basis, with exposure to rainwater, mud, dirt, oil, and countless other contaminants. To restore a parking lot to great condition, strip away markings, or to prepare concrete for repairs and other maintenance, there are a number of processes available for a thorough, deep cleaning. Continue reading
Once concrete is hardened, it is renowned for its strength and endurance. When properly maintained, a concrete installation can last for decades. However, many construction or remodeling projects require that concrete be leveled, cut, drilled, and removed for variety of reasons. Adding doorways to concrete walls, drilling openings for wiring, and repairing roadways are just some of the tasks that require concrete to be cut. To cut or grind concrete, construction experts often require special processes or tools. Continue reading
Asphalt is used widely in roads, parking lots, and other construction that millions of people come in contact with every day. It’s durability and ease of repair makes it an ideal choice for paving high traffic areas, and many businesses choose it for their parking lots. However, moisture, traffic, and other conditions will inevitably lead to the development of cracks and holes. Properly maintaining asphalt and repairing these issues can greatly extend its lifetime and can help provide a safer surface for visitors to drive or walk over.
Keeping asphalt clean is important to maintain its integrity and appearance. Regularly sweeping and cleaning the surface can increase its durability and make it easier to spot any developing cracks. In addition, certain materials can adversely affect asphalt and should be immediately cleaned from it, including oil, grease, gasoline, salt, and other petroleum products.
Cracks will inevitably develop in any type of asphalt and should be filled as soon as possible. If left unaddressed, cracks will grow and become more difficult to repair. Cracks will accumulate water, which can seep into the asphalt and cause even further damage. Depending on whether the damage includes a crack bigger than ½ an inch or a pothole, there are different materials that can be used for repairs. Cold crack filler, hot pour rubberized crack filler, and a cold asphalt patch are all available options that quickly fix various issues.
One of the most important steps to protect a parking lot or road is the process of regular sealcoating. Sealcoating is an excellent method of preserving the life of asphalt that should be applied 6 months after its initial installation. It should be subsequently checked every 12 – 24 months following the initial application and replaced when needed. Signs of deterioration include discoloration from the original dark black to a faded gray appearance and small pieces of rock loosening in the asphalt surface.
Parking lots are a site of frequent traffic and can make an important statement about a business. Taking the time to proactively fix and protect your asphalt can save your business thousands in repair costs. A clean and well-maintained parking lot sends a message to customers that your business want them to have a great experience at the store, and you can help keep visitors safe by preventing dangerous cracks and holes.
Asphalt care may vary depending on the climate of your location, the type of asphalt used, and other factors. If you have any concerns or questions about your asphalt installation, contact an experienced asphalt installer.