Five Maintenance Budget Needs For Your Concrete Lot

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Your concrete parking lot is made to last. Proper care of the lot is necessary to ensure you get the longest lifespan possible out of your lot. This guide can help you determine what maintenance needs you will need to consider when developing a budget for caring for your lot.

#1: Clean Up

Regular cleanings are one of the simplest ways to keep your concrete in good shape. Dirt and debris left on the paving isn't just unattractive, it can trap moisture that will then seep into the concrete and lead to cracks or sunken areas. You can hire a maintenance crew to sweep the lot monthly, or you can assign regular parking lot sweeps to your employees.

#2: Snow Removal

Not only does snow removal increase the lot's lifespan, it's a necessity for your customers. Do not use salt to melt ice. If you must use a de-icing product, opt for a chemical de-icer and rinse it off the pavement as soon as temperatures are above freezing. It's perfectly safe to plow the lot, although you may want to arrange for the snow plows to push the snow to an unpaved landscape area. This will prevent the heavy water flow from the melt from compromising the lot.

#3: Seal Coating

Seal coating provides a seal against weathering and stains to your lot, which can help it last longer. It wears off quickly in areas with extreme wet weather or with frequent traffic, so you may want to budget for annual resealing for your lot. Seal coating is generally done at the same time as crack repairs are made, which is also a good time to have the striping on the lot touched up.

#4: Crack Repair

This is the single most vital maintenance task to ensure your lot last the longest time possible. Cracks in concrete allow water in. The cracks then expand as the water expands and contracts due to temperature fluctuations. This can lead to large cracks, pot holes, or buckled pavement. Your commercial paving crew will fill in the cracks with a concrete patching compound. Although it may not be an annual job, you should budget for an annual inspection for cracks, since catching them early is the key to increasing your lot's life span.

#5: Repaving

Eventually your lot will reach the end of its useful life. Fortunately, you may not need to budget for a full replacement. Repaving places a new layer of concrete over the old lot. This effectively uses the old lot as the base for the new installation, which saves time and requires less materials. If you have properly maintained the old lot, repaving is relatively simple and straightforward. Contact a commercial paving specialist like Asphalt Industries LLC for more information.

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29 August 2015

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