Parking lot maintenance is an often overlooked but vitally important component of parking lot management. Parking lots can last for decades, but there will come a time when parking lot repairs are needed to keep the parking facility in a safe and operational condition.
The end of life for a parking facility typically starts with cracks in the pavement, deterioration of asphalt seal coat layers, potholes developing from water intrusion into cracks, and other areas where contact with moisture occurs.
Five signs will tell you that your parking lot needs repairs. They don’t necessarily indicate that your parking lot has reached the end of its lifecycle, but they indicate that your asphalt is getting weaker, and it’s the beginning of the end:
- Cracks or potholes are forming on the surface
- Its black asphalt color is wearing off and becoming grey due to weathering over time
- There are no more markings on the parking spaces indicating the cars should be parked
- Your parking lot looks old and needs a new paint job
However, proper care can extend your parking lot’s life. Regular parking lot maintenance should include parking space markings to ensure that they are clear, visible, and free of debris or other obstructions.
Sealcoating is a parking lot repair technique that can help your parking lot look new and also helps to protect it from the elements. Sealcoating significantly increases the lifespan of a parking lot.
Parking lots should be inspected periodically by a professional paving service or contractor who is experienced in performing:
- Parking compactor repairs
- Asphalt repair
- Crack sealing of parking spaces
As well as other types of parking space maintenance work.
The End of a Parking Lot’s Lifecycle
A parking lot typically lasts between 20 and 25 years before it requires new pavement installation. A properly maintained parking lot will last a lot longer than 25 years.
A professional paving contractor will be able to inspect your parking lot and determine when it needs new asphalt installation or other types of repair work because if:
- The cracks in the pavement have become too large
- Significant potholes exist throughout the parking area
- There are drainage issues due to sunken parking areas or
- The parking lot’s asphalt has become too thin
…then new asphalt pavement installation work will be necessary!
Your parking lot is a significant part of your commercial property and should be treated as such. If you want to make sure that the investment you have made pays dividends, then have your parking lot inspected and get a free estimate from C.H Paving & Sealcoating in Blairstown, NJ. We have been offering high-quality asphalt repair services, asphalt pavement installation, and sealcoating services for many years and can help prolong the life of your parking lot.