Commercial property owners have a long list of things to manage, including the upkeep of their asphalt parking lot paving. Although asphalt services don’t need to happen as often as some other maintenance list items, it is still critical. A well-maintained parking lot is the best way to make a great first impression, and keeping it intact throughout the year lowers your business’s liability. Here are the top four critical questions experts recommend you ask your asphalt paving contractor to secure your bottom line.
When Will I Need Maintenance?
This should be the first question you ask any time you see your asphalt contractor. Regardless of if you have a newly constructed lot or you’re getting some asphalt potholes filled, you need to have your next service scheduled when your current service is completed. There’s no such thing as planning your asphalt paving too early. Many asphalt contractors can assist year round, if for no other reason than to schedule you well in advance so that you keep your maintenance needs on time and budget.
How Should We Handle Cracks and Potholes?
If you’ve noticed cracks and potholes on your commercial paving parking lot, be prepared to ask about how and when professionals should handle them. Usually, if the asphalt potholes or cracks are addressed early enough, there will be no need to disrupt your schedule or interfere with the flow of traffic near and around your building. This part is all up to you, though. Noticing the deterioration is essential, but it is also critical that you reach out to us to ask questions about repair timelines and processes as soon as possible.
Is My Drainage Working Properly?
Even if you’re not seeing any issues with pooling water at the moment, it is a good idea to have an overview from a reputable asphalt company on the condition of your asphalt drainage. You can even dive into that and ask how your drainage system was installed and how the plans were drawn up. If you know the mechanics of the system and what it should do when it’s working correctly, you’ll be better able to see when it isn’t doing the job well. This will also help you be proactive with calling in for repairs and service.
Is My Parking Lot Safe and ADA Compliant?
The best thing you can do to lower your liability as a commercial property owner is to ensure that your parking lot isn’t hazardous. Not only should you make it safe for drivers but pedestrians as well. You have many people in and out of your building every day, such as employees and customers. Therefore your lot should be in the best condition. Without regular maintenance, you run the risk of trip hazards, vehicle damages, and even federal guideline violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. At the very least, the lot should be safe to walk on and provide the correct number of accessible parking spaces. You should also stripe your lines correctly to follow laws and additional New England city codes.
Have More Questions About Your Parking Lot?
Cassidy Paving is here to help you make the best plan for your asphalt parking lot. If you need help with repairs or new construction, give us a call today at 866-978-9788 to get a free estimate or get any questions you have answered.