Even though we didn’t see a harsh winter in Pittsburgh, there may be signs of wear and tear on your asphalt parking lot that were not there at the end of summer. Now is the perfect time to begin spring maintenance on your
parking lot and any other paved areas on your property. Repairing any problem areas now will prevent further damage from spring rains and the summer sun’s UVA and UVB rays.
To avoid costly repairs later, follow these four tips this spring to extend the life of your asphalt investment.
After the last snowfall and any ice or snow has melted, carefully inspect your parking lot for any cracks, holes or potential signs of damage. It is important to have these areas repaired as soon as possible. An asphalt repair and paving company near you, such as Pittsburgh’s RoadStar Paving, can assist with these necessary repairs. A small crack may seem insignificant, but it could lead to larger problems and leave you vulnerable to lawsuits from personal injury or vehicle damage. Additionally, potholes give your clients and customers a bad impression of your business.
Sealcoating is best applied when the outside temperature is more than 50 degrees, but less than 90 degrees. Therefore, spring is an optimal time to check this preventative maintenance item off your to-do list. Roadstar Paving recommends that you apply a high-quality sealant every three years to protect and extend the life of your asphalt. Sealants help to maintain the strength of the foundation while rejuvenating the protective layer that shields the asphalt surface from the sun, oils, vehicle fluids and other chemicals that can cause deterioration. Plus, a fresh seal coat application gives your asphalt surface a shiny, new black appearance.
Ensuring that your asphalt surface is free of rocks, dirt, leaves and debris should be part of your maintenance plan year-round. If it is not, be sure to add it to your spring maintenance plan. The stress of lingering items on your asphalt combined with the sun’s rays can begin to damage your asphalt parking lot. Regularly sweeping or rinsing off your asphalt surface will keep it looking clean and damage free, which ultimately extends the life of your pavement and gives your property curb appeal.
If you are in need of parking lot striping or your lot just needs a fresh coat of paint, spring is a great time to do it. You want to make sure that all areas, such as fire lanes, handicapped spaces, speed bumps, loading zones, etc. are clearly marked to comply with any lot regulations, as well as to ensure your customers’ safety. A fresh coat of paint over those faded lines is just one more way to add curb appeal.
If you are looking to install or replace an asphalt parking lot or other paved area on your property, or just simply need a maintenance plan, call RoadStar Paving, professional asphalt pavers in Pittsburgh at 412-318-5869. Working with a reputable company near you that specializes in asphalt repair, paving and maintenance will save you money in the long run. RoadStar Paving has built a trusted reputation based on our highest standards of quality service and customer satisfaction.