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When to Repair or Replace Your Parking Lot

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As a responsible business owner, you always want to ensure the company is making the most of its investments.

Your top priority is the company’s bottom line—that’s why you take the repair and maintenance of your facility seriously.

Well, don’t forget to include your building’s parking lot in those repair and maintenance projects. Your commercial lot is a crucial part of presenting a strong brand identity for your business. It’s a chance to impress potential and loyal customers. 

Perhaps you’re wondering about repairing or replacing that parking lot.

Detailed below is everything you need to know about when you should repair or replace your commercial parking lot. 

Consider the following statistic regarding parking lots throughout the country. It indicates that in the year 2019 alone, the industry generated $11 billion in revenue.

Keep reading to get on board.

Your Parking Lot Can Get Damaged Over Time

It’s no secret that extreme weather conditions can have an unfortunate effect on your business’s facility.

This is true, in particular, if your facility is in an area with a heavy snowfall every winter. Even temperatures that are too warm can cause cracks in asphalt to occur over time. 

Cracks aren’t the only kind of wear and tear you may start to notice in your older parking lot. Sometimes, rutting can start to happen.

Rutting refers to the grooves and indentations left by wheels driving over the same spot over and over again. These dips in the parking lot can become dangerous if they’re not repaired in a timely manner. 

In addition, older parking lots can start to get discolored. While this aesthetic effect might not seem dangerous, it can be when the painted parking lot lines aren’t as visible anymore.

That’s why it’s essential to recognize and care for damage in your parking lot sooner rather than later. You don’t want to be liable for a potential injury because your business’s parking lot wasn’t well-maintained. 

You Might Get Away with Sealing up Some of the Cracks

In some minor cases of parking lot damage, some sealants can take care of the problem.

Sealing existing cracks in the lot can save your business a lot of time, money, and convenience.

Plus, sealed cracks can add years of high-quality life to the parking lot itself.

If your parking lot can get away with some sealant over its blemishes, this might be the best solution for you. 

If the Foundation Is in Jeopardy, It’s Time to Replace the Whole Parking Lot

In some cases, though, a parking lot needs to be completely redone.

There are a couple of ways to go about this. 

First, it can be resurfaced without getting replaced. In these cases, the parking lot is paved over with about another foot of asphalt. This adds up to a decade of sturdiness to the lot. 

Otherwise, the existing parking lot might need to be dug up and replaced from the foundation itself. This is true, in particular, for lots that have dangerous structural concerns as noted by professionals in the industry. 

It’s Best to Work with Professionals on the Matter

At the end of the day, you want to ensure your business’s parking lot is getting the best care it needs.

It’s understandable to feel overwhelmed when it comes to those consistent repair and maintenance projects. That’s why it can be smart to leave those parking lot projects to professionals. 

Experts have all the tools and equipment required to care for the lot. That way, your business won’t have to invest a ton of resources in the tools and even education for proper parking lot maintenance. 

Consider the following truth reported by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It indicates that there are over 49,000 paving and surfacing technicians throughout the country. When your business’s parking lot needs some kind of update, it’s crucial that you’re willing to reach out to one of them. 

With their expertise, you’ll know for sure whether your parking lot needs to be repaired or entirely replaced.

Don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions when you reach out to these parking lot professionals. Trust their guidance.

Continue to Maintain Your Parking Lot Throughout the Future 

As mentioned above, it’s essential to notice and take action against damage in your parking lot as soon as possible.

In addition, though, there are steps you can take to prevent significant damage to the lot in the future. 

One way to keep your parking lot fresh is to keep the painted lines renewed on a regular basis. Plus, take the time to evaluate the parking lot’s lighting situation every once in a while. If lightbulbs need to be replaced or lines repainted, don’t hesitate to make it happen. 

In fact, it might be wise to set aside a specific budget for parking lot maintenance every year.

For more specific guidance, check out our article on the costs of maintaining a parking lot properly. 

Invest in an Updated or Replaced Parking Lot Today

At this point, you have a thorough understanding of when to repair or replace your parking lot.

Having a well-maintained parking lot is beneficial for a variety of reasons. It’s a chance to impress customers and keep employees happy. 

Still, it can be tricky to determine whether a parking lot needs to be repaired or replaced entirely. It’s in your best interest to seek professional guidance on the matter. 

That’s where we can come into play.

We strive to help businesses like yours maintain the ideal parking lot

For more, keep scrolling our blog, where you’ll find the latest trends in parking lot maintenance. And check out more details about our commercial parking lot paving services available to you today. 

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Dan Kirksey

Dan is an asphalt paving contractor and has been helping business owners and homeowners with their asphalt and concrete projects throughout Maryland for over a decade.

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