How To Best Care for Your Asphalt Parking Lot
The appearance of your asphalt parking lot matters to your company’s overall curb appeal. In addition, damaged asphalt is dangerous to pedestrians and drivers. After an asphalt lot installation, your actions directly following can make or break the longevity of the parking lot.
Allow Your Asphalt Time to Cure
Asphalt takes about 24 hours to dry. If you want your lot to reach its maximum strength, then you should have all drivers wait at least 24 hours before using the lot. Additionally, it takes about one year before your parking lot reaches peak strength. Take care of your lot in the first year to ensure minor damage.
To help avoid damage, ask drivers to slow down. High speeds can damage the parking lot, and peel-outs can damage the new surface. Additionally, monitor the weight of vehicles on the lot. Know the maximum weight you should have at any given time.
Once your asphalt cures, consider a sealcoat. Sealcoating protects your parking lot from moisture and can prevent fading. After the first sealcoating, reapply it at least once every two to five years.
Remove Oil and Fuel
Never allow oil and fuel to linger on the surface of a parking lot. Oil and fuel spills can break down the chemicals that bind asphalt. If you have gasoline spills, use cat litter or sawdust to absorb the fluid.
Use dish soap or other commercial degreasers to scrub the affected area before you rinse it clean and allow it to dry.
Pay Attention to Cracks
If you spot any holes or cracks on the asphalt, you may need them sealed as soon as possible. Flaws do not disappear, and cracks and fissures may worsen over time.
At Asphalt Surfacing, we understand the importance of your asphalt parking lot. Parking lots can last as long as 30 years, but you severely shorten the lifespan without proper aftercare and maintenance. We can help ensure your parking lot lasts for years. Contact us today at 408-673-4719 or email us to find out more about our asphalt services.