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9 Useful Parking Lot Maintenance Tips

A parking lot is like a painting…a big, flat, sturdy one that you drive over repeatedly. It needs care and attention to maintain its form and esthetics for as long as possible. If you want your parking lot to be the envy of the block, you’ll have to tend to it accordingly, and we have some tips that will keep your costs low so you can sit back and appreciate the view.

9 Useful Parking Lot Maintenance Tips

Embrace the clean sweep.

Keeping your parking lot clean of debris, including rocks, leaves, and dirt, will not only make it more attractive and safer for the cars and pedestrians using it, it will extend the life of your pavement. Dirt and debris can hamper drainage, leading to ponding and standing water on the surface of the asphalt. This causes the surface to break down over time and allow water into the sub base, softening it, and creating a perfect environment for cracks and potholes. Sweeping these otherwise “minor” irritants off your lot keeps you grounded and brings us to tip 2…

It’s time for your check up.

If you’re making frequent sweeps around your lot, it will be easier to keep an eye on things that might otherwise sneak up on you. Cracks, birdbaths, and holes are all threats to your surface’s long, full life, and finding them when they first appear is the best way to lower repair costs. While you’re sweeping and checking you might as well…

Stay in the clear.

Clearing basins and maintaining proper drainage is another way to add years to your parking lot. A backed-up drain is unsightly, can hide hazards, and the standing water will wear down the pavement’s stability. Fortunately, these first three can be performed simultaneously, and putting them into routine practice will make you a model pavement parent. Then it’s time to…

Master the cracks.

Is the occasional weed really a threat to a big ol’ stretch of asphalt or concrete? Well, would you let a weed grow up through the canvas of the Mona Lisa?!? Promptly eliminating weeds out of the cracks will prevent long term, irreparable damage. Their roots can push through the pavement, break down its surface, and create tripping hazards. While you’re at it…

Fill ‘er up!

A filled crack is a happy, safe, less destructive crack. It keeps water and vegetation out, and your pavement stays dry, solid, and strong. Not all cracks require sealing, but for those that are sufficiently wide and deep enough for it, sealing them as soon as they appear is the best strategy. Weeds, cracks, and debris aren’t the only enemies of a pristine parking lot, though…

Foil the oil.

Your beautiful parking lot is bound to be sullied by a drippy engine at some point, but aside from an unattractive stain, oil can cause similar problems as water: breaking down the integrity of the pavement and weakening your surface. There are a variety of methods for removing oil stains, some come straight out of your kitchen! (we’re looking at you, baking soda and Coca-Cola) Find out what works best for you, just do it before the oil stain gets too comfortable where it is. A less urgent but no less helpful method to caring for your lot is to…

Show off your stripes.

Rearranging the furniture at home not only gives everything a fresh look, it can also redirect foot traffic and spare the floors some wear and tear. The benefit to your pavement is the same. If tires are traversing and twisting over the same spots over and over, day after day, chances are those spots could use a break. Redirect, restripe, and reveal a freshly designed parking lot. You might even manage to increase your lot’s parking density while you’re at it. Of course, all of these efforts can only do so much if you don’t…

Seal it with a…coat.

Sealcoating your pavement every few years covers a multitude of pavement sins, slowing the natural breakdown of materials and preventing water, debris, and other elements from running away with your parking lot. Every lot is different: your climate and daily use will determine how quickly or slowly your sealcoat wears off, so consider coating every 2 years, and then see if you can space it out more.

Our final tip?

Keep an Ace up your sleeve.

Ace Asphalt is a concrete contractor too, so no matter what your area is made of or how it’s being treated, we can recommend the most appropriate solution for parking lot maintenance. Call us crazy, but we think your parking lot is a beautiful thing, and we’d like to see it stay that way.

ACE Asphalt is a full service asphalt maintenance, repair, and paving company with offices in Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff, Arizona, Las Vegas, Nevada, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Dallas,Texas. Ace serves the parking lot repair, maintenance, and paving needs of property managers, building owners, and contractors.

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(3) responses to "9 Useful Parking Lot Maintenance Tips"
Jim Sanders says: 09-Jun-2015 11:58 AM
Sealcoating can do a lot to protect your parking lot, especially in more extreme climates. However, dripping oil can cause damage to sealant if you've sealed your driveway. It may also be more resistant to water, but frequent standing water is never good for any structure and you should still keep it clear. Jim
Hazel Owens says: 24-May-2016 07:08 AM
I didn't know that dirt and debris could actually hurt your driveway. I've always figured that rocks and leaves were too small to do any damage to the asphalt. However, the fact that such debris can prevent proper drainage and thus weaken the surface over time means that little things add up when it comes to asphalt. I'll be sure to sweep my driveway more often now. Thanks for the info!
Ben Allen says: 02-Dec-2016 08:01 AM
I appreciate the tips on maintenance for parking lots and asphalt. I would imagine that the upkeep of a parking lot takes a lot of work, they are always being used and paving isn't easy work. I didn't know that oil could do so much damage and cause so many issues for a parking lot and pavement, I always thought they were just spots that didn't do much.
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