Taking Care Of Your Blacktop Parking Lot: Important Dos And Don'ts

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Whether you've just had a brand new asphalt parking lot poured or plan on doing so in the future, the fact remains that you'll want to take good care of it if you want it to last for any many years to come. Many business owners these days opt for asphalt as a parking surface because it's durable for most classes of vehicles and comes at a relatively low price. Still, there are some important care and maintenance tasks that you'll want to keep in mind to avoid premature wear and tear.

DO Apply New Sealcoat Often

The best thing you can do to prolong the life of a blacktop parking lot is simply to have it sealcoated once every few years, or as needed based on wear. A sealcoat will not only protect your blacktop from water permeation, but will also help reduce cracks and overall deterioration of the asphalt. Always hire a professional, commercial concrete contractor, such as Burns Brothers Concrete Construction Corp, for sealcoating. This is not a project you'll want to DIY.

DON'T Be Careless With Sprinklers

If you have sprinklers or other irrigation systems on your commercial property, take the time to ensure that they're not spraying water directly on your new blacktop. If they are, then it's time to rearrange them (or have them adjusted by your irrigation company) so that the amount of water sprayed on the asphalt is minimized. Even with a sealed blacktop, water could cause damage over time.

DO Fix Potholes Permanently

When a pothole begins to appear on your asphalt, you should have it professionally repaired as soon as possible so as to prevent it from becoming a liability and/or getting worse. While there are "patch" kits you can buy as temporary fixes for asphalt potholes, these aren't designed to be a long-term solution.

DON'T Allow Heavy Vehicles

To reduce the wear and tear on your asphalt parking lot, it's a good idea to limit parking for large trucks, such as semis. If you regularly have semis coming in for deliveries or for any other reason, it may be worth it for you to invest in a couple of concrete pads on which the semis can park without damaging your parking lot. 

Overall, asphalt can be a great option for a parking lot material. By taking the time to care for your blacktop parking lot properly, you should be able to get many years of use out of it.

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