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How to Prepare Your Parking Lot for Winter

How to Prepare Your Parking Lot for Winter

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Did you prepare your parking lot for winter? Most property owners neglect this because many property managers and commercial property owners are unaware of how the winter weather, salt and plowing can cause damage to their parking lot. Winter weather can wreak havoc on a commercial parking lot, specifically in our region. The harsh freeze-thaw cycles cause asphalt to expand and contract, allowing water to seep into the foundation. This creates permanent damage, in the form of cracks and potholes.

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Ways Prepare Your Parking Lot for Winter

Crack Sealing: As a preventative measure, consider filling cracks in the parking lot before they turn into potholes. Longitudinal cracks between ¼” and 1” can be cleaned and filled with hot rubberized material that will expand and contract as the temperature shifts. The crack sealing material creates a bond with the surface of the asphalt pavement, preventing water from penetrating the asphalt.

Asphalt Repairs: Potholes can be repaired with hot mix asphalt in the fall months. Damaged asphalt is saw cut and removed, then the area is cleaned and prepared for the installation of new asphalt. When hot asphalt is unavailable, EZ Street high performance cold asphalt is a great alternative. This material works in cold temperatures, and can even be applied in water. Neglecting potholes, especially in the colder months, can be very dangerous. As the asphalt continues to break apart and the holes become larger and larger, this creates a safety hazard for both pedestrians and vehicles.

Inlet Repairs: When water seeps into your inlets, the inside structure deteriorates. Salt and ice melt used in the winter months also washes into the storm drains, which further erodes the walls. To avoid a potential sinkhole, make sure your catch basins are structurally sound, the interior walls are parged, and the surrounding asphalt is intact.

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Best Practices for Proper Asphalt Parking Lot Maintenance

Best Practices for Proper Asphalt Parking Lot MaintenanceLet’s look at the best practices for proper asphalt parking lot maintenance. The four most precious assets associated with a commercial building; the roof, the HVAC system, the elevator (if there is one), and the parking lot. The parking lot is the first impression of your company to your employees; as well as, your client base. A decision as to do business with a company or not…often comes right in the parking lot. The expected useful life of a parking lot (that was properly constructed) should be 15-20 years providing proper maintenance has been applied.

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Proper Asphalt Parking Lot Maintenance Includes:

• Seal coating every two years
• Crack sealing as soon as they appear, and before they widen/worsen.
• New striping for safe navigation by pedestrians and motorists.
• Proper signage
• Pothole repairs as soon as they appear.
• Inlet repair at the first sign of failure
• Water should never be standing in a parking lot- find/remediate the root cause. Pavement failure is often the result of standing water and the subsequent freeze-thaw cycles. Small untreated cracks eventually turn into potholes which cause the pavement to fail. Once this or alligatoring occurs, there is no course of action other than costly reconstruction.

Best Practices for Proper Asphalt Parking Lot Maintenance fall into 3 Categories

1. Must do: Consisting of concerns revolving around property and personal liabilities. Some potential hazards include raised sidewalk, broken curb, potholes, large cracks, alligatored areas, and failing inlets.

2. Should do: Consisting of preventative maintenance measures that will provide life cycle cost savings by “getting ahead” of tomorrows problems today. These include crack sealing, seal coating and small repairs.

3. Could do: When the budget permits, reconstructing the area earlier is better than later. Costly base repairs can often be avoided if milling and paving are performed early.

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Parking Lot Tips for Business Owners

Parking Lot Tips for Business OwnersLets look at Parking Lot Tips for Business Owners. American Asphalt Company has been supplying and paving South Jersey since 1903. They just announced this past July, that they are now an employee owned company. This growth transition means that every employee behind the scenes and on the front line value and care about the projects and customers alike. Dave Sulkin, Vice President of sales and marketing, has been with the company for 10 years and came with 40 years of experience in new business development, sales, sales management and marketing. In recent years, Dave developed American Asphalt’s parking lot maintenance division, also known as, Solutions Division, which specializes in small paving and parking lot services.

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5 Parking Lot Tips for Business Owners

1. First Impressions are everything. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. This goes for your parking lot too. Would you be willing to trust a company if their parking lot looked neglected? The answer would be most likely no. We specialize in beautifying your parking lot so that your guests feel welcome and trust you BEFORE they walk into your building.

2. Safety is TOP PRIORITY. Potholes, cracks, and crumbled curb or asphalt, can cause you to be culpable for any personal injury or physical damage. If a client trips on broken asphalt, their heel gets caught in a crack, or their car gets damaged entering your parking lot, this can cause major liabilities. You’re parking lot shouldn’t be a warzone, dodging potholes and cracks.

3. Compliance is key in every work field. OSHA, HIPAA, ECOA are just a few compliance laws that some companies deal with. In the parking lot world, ADA Compliance is to protect those who are disabled. How? ADA Compliance ensures that there is enough spacing for parking wheelchairs and other mobilizations and required access to entranceways.

4. Preventative maintenance can save you thousands. We all take care of our bodies by taking vitamins, exercising, going to the doctors for check-ups; this is a part of preventative maintenance. Preventative maintenance applies to your parking lot too. Three years after your parking lot has been paved, seal coat should be applied. This along with crack filling and line striping are big parts in preventative maintenance, protecting your parking lot from the surrounding environment.

5. Parking lot signage. Signage serves an important role in safeguarding your clients and the general public. Most people associate auto accidents with public highways, but studies have shown that thousands of collisions occur each year inside parking areas. High profile messages can help prevent these incidents by providing a better understanding of their environment and a clear direction to both pedestrians and motorists.

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When Should You Repave a Parking Lot

when should you repave a parking lotWhen should you repave a parking lot. Let’s look at indications that you should repave a parking lot. Are you looking at your parking lot wondering how you are going to fix the damage? How you are going to make it more appealing? Are you trying to decide if you can wait to have your lot repaved and/or touched up? This article will help you better understand your parking lot.

Your parking lot is the first impression of your business. There are several ways to enhance the beauty of your lot and to ensure any potential liabilities are
addressed in a timely manner.

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When Should You Repave a Parking Lot

Let’s begin with the basics- when your lot is initially paved you can expect the lifespan to be approximately 15-20 years. Over time nature, gasoline, oil, and other products of the like will break down components of the asphalt. As soon as you notice cracking in your lot, our best advice is to have it filled.

This will prevent further damage and costly repairs. See the table above (Good Pavement) for examples of cracks that should be filled. Cracks within the pavement that are ¼” or greater should be filled. This process consists of injecting the crack with a rubberized material that will ensure the pavement does not continue to expand and contract. If cracks are ignored and not filled, you run the risk of your parking lot alligatoring. Alligatoring happens when cracks continue to spread throughout the entire lot- at which point you would need to have an overlay done or complete repave. An overlay consists of applying a new layer of asphalt over the existing asphalt surface. The thickness of an overlay should range from 1.5” to 2”. If your parking lot needs to be graded, or if the grades need to be changed, then the project will require milling. Milling is the process by which a machine is used to plane the pavement surface to an appropriate depth before it is covered with the new layer. Once the milling is finished and the overlay is complete, the customer is left with a brand new surface, ready for pavement
striping.

Parking lots should be sealcoated every 2 years. Sealcoating does three things for your parking lot: it protects it, beautifies it and ultimately saves you money. Sealcoating gives your lot a sleek black finish, which will enhance the appearance of your property.

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