Your property's asphalt parking area is an area of importance for your business, as it keeps your entire business looking sharp and in good repair and avoids safety hazards with your customers. Here are some recommendations and insights to help you keep your commercial asphalt maintained.
Ensure Good Asphalt Drainage
One of the most important features of your asphalt parking lot is its surface slope and its ability to have good drainage. Drainage on your asphalt surface is necessary to help allow water to flow from its surface. Although your new asphalt parking surface is going to be made of a water-resistant material, it can become damaged when water collects and remains on one area of its surface for too long.
Your asphalt parking area surface needs to have a slope of at least two percent (at least one-quarter of an inch for each foot of area), which should be distributed down from a center peak. This helps move water from the surface of your asphalt to prevent it from seeping down into the asphalt and eroding the materials and causing cracks that will grow larger with repeated moisture saturation and exposure.
Get a Quality Installation
The company you choose to install your asphalt surface can make all the difference in your asphalt's condition, appearance, and overall lifespan. A bad installation on your pavement that leaves it with an irregular surface, poorly formed edges, and an uneven surface will leave your asphalt at risk of early failure and problems with its surface condition and appearance.
Look for a professional asphalt crew that will use fresh asphalt mix and pour it over a prepared surface. The surface should be made of compacted soil, gravel, or sand that will give your asphalt good drainage to prevent moisture and erosion problems. They should apply the asphalt in layers and compact each layer into place with an even and smooth surface.
Keep Up On Maintenance
Once you have your asphalt surface installed at your business, you will need to keep up on its condition with vigilance, taking action when necessary. Your asphalt pavement surface will be exposed to all types of environments from freezing temperatures to vehicle fluids that can damage its surface and deteriorate its structure.
An asphalt surface needs to be cleaned regularly to remove debris, weeds, and vehicle fluids and should be patched when it begins to crack. Even small cracks can put your asphalt at risk because they are constantly growing and can turn into potholes.
To learn more, contact a commercial asphalt paving contractor.