Spring marks the beginning of the asphalt repair season. The warmer weather and longer days allows asphalt contractors to fill cracks, patch holes, sealcoat surfaces, repave parking lots, and more. Most businesses across New England will require some type of parking lot repair work following winter, as the cold season has a way of wearing these surfaces down. However, the same businesses tend to see more activity during the spring and summer, rendering certain projects disruptive to normal operations. So, careful planning is key in ensuring that your parking lot remains sturdy and functional all season long.
Here’s how to best manage parking lot repair and maintenance projects throughout the spring and summer.
How to Manage Parking Lot Repair and Maintenance Projects This Spring and Summer
Work with a Reliable Parking Lot Repair Company
Achieving quality parking lot repair depends on hiring an experienced commercial paving contractor. If you haven’t already established a relationship with an asphalt company, take the time to compare multiple local contractors, taking into account their reputations, pricing, years of service, proximity, qualifications, availability, and so on. The best contractors will suit both your budget and scheduling needs. Ideally, your asphalt contractor will also be able to maintain your parking lot throughout the year, keeping tabs on its condition so you’re never left with major issues.
Determine Your Specific Needs
In order to repair your parking lot properly and efficiently, your asphalt paving contractor must have a clear understanding of how your business operates and which services are necessary for restoring and improving your parking lot. Performing a thorough needs assessment will allow your contractors to establish an optimal and accurate repair timeline so you don’t have to deal with prolonged, costly shutdowns. At Cassidy Paving, we often begin by doing a walkthrough of the entire facility to see the condition of the asphalt, looking for distress or deterioration, signage or lack thereof, access points, and where most traffic seems to enter and exit the property. From there, we can provide a professional recommendation regarding how to best repair your asphalt parking lot.
Tackle Pavement Repair in Sections
Many facilities require 24/7 access to their building, so shutting the entire parking lot down for repairs just isn’t feasible. These businesses still need a way for employees, customers, and guests to access the premises during parking lot repairs. One compromise involves breaking up parking lot repair work into sections, keeping sufficient areas open and usable while other areas are worked on. Depending on the size of the project, the size of your lot, and your facility’s level of activity, this approach may or may not be necessary. Still, it’s important to work with a contractor that’s able and willing to tackle projects strategically in this way.
Stay on Top of Parking Lot Maintenance
The fewer asphalt repairs you have to worry about this spring and summer, the better. There’s no way to entirely prevent asphalt from deteriorating, but there are several ways to mitigate damage during the warmer months to save your business time and money. Proper parking lot maintenance includes performing regular asphalt inspections, sealcoating, and line striping your lot after the fresh pavement has fully cured, clearing debris from your lot on a daily basis, and cleaning it periodically, filling minor cracks and holes early on, and so on. Your asphalt repair contractor may be able to help with this ongoing parking lot maintenance, which will ultimately lighten the load on their business and yours.
Is your business gearing up for a busy spring and summer? Make sure your parking lot stays up to the task. Call Cassidy Paving today at 866-978-9788 for a free estimate on your next asphalt repair project.