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A Guide to Protecting Your Asphalt Investment

Your asphalt investment is an important one! When visiting a place of business, no one wants to swerve around potholes, step through puddles and trip over liter or guess where to park because your parking lot lines have faded away.  Obstacles like these between your customers and your business mean one thing – less income for your business.  Actually, they mean two things, less income and more expenses on potentially large repairs or even replacement of your asphalt pavement.

Asphalt pavement is a tough surface. It has to be with the tonnage that passes over it daily. But the natural environment and human factors continually test the endurance of your pavement.

Water tries to find cracks to seep into the sub-structure, vegetation continues to try to poke through to reach sunlight, and humans drop trash that clogs drains causing standing water.  Left on its own, your parking lot doesn’t stand a chance.  All that money spent to pave your lot and make the entrance to your building presentable is going down the drain, literally.

So, we all agree. Paving maintenance for your parking lot is important.  But, with everything else going on with your facility, what should you be on the lookout for?  We’re glad you asked!

Here’s a list of things you should regularly inspect!

Got Pot Holes?

Potholes are created when moisture seeps into the pavement, as temperatures change the water expands and then contracts. This weakens the pavement. Traffic loosens it even more, and it eventually crumbles and pops out.  A hazard to drivers and pedestrians alike, pot holes should be repaired by an experienced paving company.

Got Cracks?

Cracks left unsealed in asphalt pavement allow water to penetrate the surface. This in turn weakens the pavement structure and leads to failures in both the pavement and the base beneath it. Once this occurs only extensive and costly repairs can fix the problem.

Faded Lines?

Line striping design and pavement marking layouts of parking lots ensure effective traffic flow and compliance with ADA regulations. Proper layout directs traffic safely and efficiently.

Got Trash?

Keep trash receptacles in convenient places and empty them on a regular basis. Doing so will keep overflowing liter from blocking floor drains, attracting pests and causing pedestrian hazards on walkways and in stairwells. Also, sweeping your parking lots on a weekly basis will keep your parking lot free from excessive dirt and debris too.

Got Grease and Dirt?

Hydro-cleaning your parking area at least twice a year will reduce the amount of oil, dirt, grease, dust and other chemicals that can build up in parking spaces. Not only a slip hazard for pedestrians, these foreign materials cause your asphalt to deteriorate more quickly.

Got Weeds?

Vegetation growing through your asphalt pavement is a bad sign.  If you begin seeing asphalt cracks in your parking lots surface with weeds growing through, it deserves a closer look.  Water that seeps into asphalt though cracks causes damage.  As water runs over a parking lot its constant wear and tear breaks down the asphalt, eroding away the smaller pieces.  This erosion leads to a bigger problem, foundation erosion.  Left untreated, a small crack penetrated by water will turn into a pothole and into a large repair bills.

High-quality, commercial grade asphalt sealer should be applied to a new asphalt parking lot after the surface cures, which will take approximately 90 days to prevent cracks and vegetation growth.  After the initial sealcoating, a good rule of thumb to reapply another coat of asphalt sealer is two years.

About ABC Paving and Sealcoating

With more than 20 years of experience, ABC Paving and Sealcoating is Florida’s leading paving contractor.  ABC Paving and Sealcoating provides commercial organizations with the highest level of customer service, professional workmanship and services including:  asphalt paving, asphalt repairs and prevention, pothole repairs, sealcoating, line striping and pavement marking, thermoplastic, crack filing, signs and safety devices, concrete sidewalks, concrete curbs, site preparation and signs and safety devices.  We use our experience and the latest equipment available to get the job done right the first time in a timely, cost effective manner.  For more information about ABC Paving and Sealcoating, visit our website at or call 866-934-7623 for a free estimate.

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