When it is still freezing outside, it can be hard to believe that spring is almost here. But seasons change quickly and before you know it, the sun will be shining and snow and ice will have melted away. Winter months can be brutal on your asphalt surface. It can impact its foundation, its surface and its appearance. While it may still be cold outside, now is the perfect time to think about getting your asphalt parking lot ready for spring and scheduling your appointments with the professionals who can make it happen. Here are a few ways to get your asphalt parking lot ready for spring.
Have Your Parking Lot Inspected By a Professional
The first step to getting your parking lot ready for spring is to have the parking lot inspected by someone who focuses in garage and lot parking. Many parking lot owners think that they can walk through their parking lot and notice whether any damage is present. While you can see cracks and pot holes, there may be damage below the surface that you cannot see, such as a shift in the asphalt's foundation. A professional knows all of the signs to look for and can spot them. If damage is noticed, repairs should be made to correct the problem before it worsens.
Hire a Professional to Thoroughly Clean the Surface
The next way to get your parking lot ready for the spring is to hire a street sweeper to come into your parking lot and thoroughly clean the surface. This helps to remove oil sitting on the surface, left over salt used to melt ice, and other debris, such as rocks and nails.
Get Your Surface Seal Coated
Once your asphalt surface is clean, take a good, hard look at it. Does it look faded and dull? If so, it may be time to seal coat it. A seal coat helps to keep water from penetrating the porous asphalt surface, helps to protect the asphalt against the sun's UV rays, and helps to darken the parking lot back up again, making it look newer and well kept.
Re-Stripe Faded and Dull Lines
The last way to prepare your asphalt parking lot for spring is to have lines that are faded, dull or worn repainted. As a parking lot owner, you are responsible for maintaining the parking lot. The lines and arrows in the parking lot help to keep those using the parking lot safe while navigating the parking lot and help to ensure they know where to park. If winter has left the paint in your parking lot barely visible, have re-striping done in spring.
Properly caring for your asphalt parking lot is the best way to extend its lifespan and minimize your repair expenses. Now is the perfect time to call your preferred asphalt contractor and schedule your asphalt maintenance appointments to ensure your parking lot is ready for spring.