Routine inspections, maintenance, and repairs are the reality for anyone who owns an asphalt parking lot. No matter what you do to take care of your lot, damages are inevitable. Whether it be from the weather, recklessness, or normal wear-and-tear, your parking lot will need repairs sooner or later. Some parking lot damages are quick and easy to fix, while others require a more complicated approach. Getting in touch with a local contractor who offers asphalt parking lot maintenance and repair services is your best bet— address your property’s pavement problems before they worsen.

To get the most working years out of your parking lot while spending your maintenance budget wisely, we recommend developing a custom parking lot preventative maintenance plan. Being proactive with your asphalt maintenance will reduce the probability of accidents and boost your property’s curb appeal! The pavement professionals at Pavement Solutions have over 30 years of experience in the asphalt paving industry and know exactly how to keep a parking lot in pristine condition. We have been developing custom maintenance plans for businesses for the past few decades, and cater each plan to your unique needs and budget.

Here are five damage-prone areas in your parking lot that you must keep an eye on:

1. Parking Lines and Pavement Markings

Parking stalls endure the burden of parked vehicles’ weight for long periods, which eventually takes its toll on the asphalt. Be sure to address any oil spots, cracking, and/or potholes in the parking spots.

Repainting parking lines is a simple way to enhance your parking lot with a well-maintained, efficient, and safe parking lot. Parking lines often fade so quickly because acrylic paint seems to be the standard for most parking lot striping. The next time you repaint your parking lines, we highly recommend going with quality thermoplastic paint. Thermoplastic pavement markings stay vibrant for years to come because they have high skid resistance and durability.

The pavement markings for designated handicapped parking spaces must be clearly visible to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The team at Pavement Solutions are experts in federal, state, and municipal ADA regulations and will help you avoid penalties/fines by properly accommodating individuals with disabilities.

Pavement Solutions offers all kinds of pavement markings— including custom stencils to elevate your branding.

2. Entrances and Exits

The entry and exit points of your parking lot are highly vulnerable to damage and you’ll find that wear-and-tear is more prevalent in these areas. Entrances and exits are prone to quickly developing cracks and potholes. Exposure to the elements coupled with constant vehicular traffic is a surefire way to speed up the damage process.

Be sure to keep tabs on cracks, holes, and other damages in the entrances and exits of the parking lot. These issues can be resolved by our maintenance crews with crack sealing, pothole patching, or infrared repairs.

3. Car Stops and Bollards

The car stops and bollards in your parking lot must be in good working condition at all times. These safety elements are oftentimes overlooked by property owners/managers, but they are vital components to maintaining the safety, functionality, and aesthetics of a property. Car stops and bollards are used to keep vehicles off of pedestrian areas and to prevent many different types of vehicle accidents. If a vehicle collides with a car stop or bollard, then the structural integrity of the concrete anchoring will be compromised. Car stops and bollards require considerable attention— do not ignore them.

We install car stops made of recycled rubber, plastic, or concrete. Our bollards are steel hollow bollards filled with concrete. We can install them in a standard yellow, or any decorative color you can imagine for your space.

Safety bollard installation on a commercial parking lot.

4. Curbs and Sidewalks

Curbs and sidewalks are made of concrete and are often victims of the effects of freeze-thaw weather cycles, improper maintenance, and joint cracking. Degradation due to normal wear-and-tear over time is to be expected too. Also, Drivers accidentally veer onto the curb and hit it, which causes cracks and other damage.

Look out for chips and cracks on the curbs and sidewalks. Pavement Solutions offers concrete installation, repairs, and joint sealing for commercial and industrial properties.

5. Drainage System

Parking lot drainage structures often become clogged with debris, which results in water not being properly drained. A dysfunctional drainage system causes safety hazards for pedestrians and vehicles, asphalt deterioration, and flooding. If you notice that your parking lot retains water for too long, the asphalt surface may need milling and re-grading to efficiently direct the water runoff. Ignoring water intrusion from drainage issues will cause more cracks in the pavement as each season passes. We install and repair drainage structures such as manholes, trench drains, storm sewers, water valves, and sanitary sewers.

Every parking lot offers different challenges, but our asphalt experts identify any potential problems before they become costly damages. Winter is coming, and the harsh conditions that the new season brings will only worsen the existing damage on your pavement. It is wise to get a routine asphalt pavement inspection before snow hits the ground.

Pavement Solutions, LLC would love to work together to combat all of your asphalt problems. Our trained professionals have decades of experience in providing award-winning concrete and asphalt paving, maintenance, and repair services across the country. No matter the condition of your parking lot, we are a full-service contractor capable of projects of all kinds for commercial, industrial, and residential clients. Our team is always happy to answer any questions about your parking lot, driveway, or roadway. Reach out to Pavement Solutions today to schedule your free estimate. Either request a quote on our site, send an email to contact@pavementsolutions.org, or call the office at (815) 675-0696.

Posted by C. Butler on 11/28/22