A recent study found that 94% of the paved roads in America utilize asphalt. Asphalt is a popular, long-lasting, and cost-efficient way of paving your roads and parking lots. However, asphalt needs to be updated, making maintenance essential and often required.
That’s why we’ve investigated all you need to know about maintaining asphalt. That way, you can determine if continued asphalt maintenance is right for your company.
Now, are you ready to get started? Here’s an in-depth look at asphalt care:
Benefits of Maintaining Asphalt
Asphalt is known to develop cracks and form potholes after a period of wear and tear. Some might think twice before repairing them, but routine upkeep has its advantages. So we’ve broken down the three benefits of continuing asphalt care below:
1. Increases Curb Appeal
When a customer drives up to your business, their first impression of you is the parking lot. What will a customer think about your business if it’s cluttered with gravel, debris and contains unclear markings? We’ll give you a few ideas, they may think it’s dirty, distasteful, and they’ll possibly even be a bit annoyed at the experience thus far.
Why create a negative first impression when you don’t have to? To increase your curb appeal, all you have to do is maintain your parking lot routinely. A clean parking lot will make your business organized, appealing, and professional.
2. Keeps Your Customers and Employees Safe
Maintaining your parking lot isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s also for your customer’s and employees’ safety. Large potholes can do excessive damage to a vehicle resulting in hundreds of dollars of damage. Would customers enjoy returning to your establishment after your unmaintained asphalt costs them money? We think not.
Besides, your company can be liable if an employee breaks an ankle due to a deep crack in the asphalt. Do right by both your customers and employees by maintaining the asphalt and providing a safe environment.
3. Saves Your Company Money
Asphalt is known for its long-lasting ability. While it may crack or form potholes occasionally, you’ll spend less money maintaining it than choosing a different paving style. For instance, if you installed gravel, you’ll have to re-gravel your parking lot at least once every two years, costing thousands of dollars.
Asphalt is much more cost-efficient for a business to handle. It takes approximately two to four years for cracks to appear and potholes to form. You’ll only have to pay for maintenance once every three to four years, making it the logical choice for many businesses.
How Professionals Can Help With Asphalt Maintenance
Calling a professional is a must when it comes to asphalt care. You may want to maintain asphalt yourself, but it’s not advised as it’s not only expensive but dangerous.
Professionals can get the job done fast, and at an affordable price. Below, we’ve identified three areas where it’s crucial to seek asphalt professionals:
1. Fix Cracks and Potholes
Cracks and potholes are inevitable; however, just because they’re unavoidable doesn’t mean they can’t be fixed. Asphalt patching enables isolated areas to be repaired with ease.
However, don’t try to seal cracks yourself with store-bought sealants, concrete, or industrial putty. These solutions won’t work and instead will only make the crack grow bigger. Leave the work to experienced professionals who can patch the blemishes easily and for a cost-efficient price.
There are several methods of patching that come with different timelines, prices, and results. An asphalt professional will help you choose the best one for your commercial properties. That way, your road will be repaired the way you want it to be.
2. Apply a Sealcoat
Sealcoating is different from patching. It acts as a shield by providing a thick, durable, and waterproof layer overtop the asphalt.
Sealcoating protects your asphalt from dirt, weather, and vehicle liquids. It even shields it against excessive UV rays, which can damage the asphalt over time. Sealcoating should be done every three to five years to protect and preserve the asphalt.
It is a complex process, so ensure you hire experienced professionals to complete the job. Experienced professionals have high-quality products and state-of-the-art technology to ensure your asphalt looks as good as new once finished.
3. Update Pavement Markings
If the markings on your parking lot are fading, call an asphalt professional today. Faded markings can cause unnecessary confusion on where to park and how to navigate a parking structure. It’s essential that you update your markings, so customers can easily find a parking space.
To begin, asphalt professionals will use eco-friendly materials and advanced technology to update the markings in and around your parking lot. The updated markings will make your lot look bright, clear, and visually appealing to all.
Thanks to the advanced technology, the new markings will increase the durability of your lot and make markings withstand extreme weather, chemicals, and UV rays. Plus, updating pavement markings doesn’t take that long due to the knowledge and efficiency of asphalt professionals.
Hire a Professional Today
Asphalt maintenance can be quite tricky, so hire a professional. You’ll save money, plus the end result will look polished, clear, and visually appealing.
Not to mention, since professionals are handling the job, the asphalt will be able to withstand extreme weather and UV damage for years to come. It’s a win-win.
If you’re not established with a company already, no problem; we at ACI Asphalt and Concrete have your back. We offer services like patching, seal coating, and numerous others to help your company maintain and care for your asphalt.
Contact us today to receive a free quote.