Understanding Paving Problems

When we started working on finishing our house, I realized we weren't going to be able to take care of the paving on our own. Instead of trying to haul in concrete and hope for the best, I hired a professional paving contractor to come out and help. They were incredible to work with. They listened carefully to our requests, and then they started laying the concrete and leveling the surface. Within a few hours, we had a driveway and front sidewalk that looked incredible. This blog is all about the benefits of working with paving contractors, and understanding the problems you might come up against if you do things on your own.

3 Ways To Get Your Blacktop Parking Lot Ready For Winter

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If you own a business with a blacktop parking lot, there are a few steps that you are going to want to take before winter gets into full swing to help it prepare for all the winter weather that it is going to encounter.

#1 Clean Your Parking Lot

The first thing that you want to do is clean your parking lot. Over the course of the year, lots of oil and other liquids get onto your parking lot. These different substances can really wear down your parking lot if you leave them on their during the winter as well, which is why the first step towards preparing your parking lot for winter is to clean it.

Use an environmentally friendly cleaner designed for outside use and put it inside of your pressure washer. Use a pressure washer to clean all the grime off of your blacktop. When you pressure wash your blacktop, start near your store and work your way towards the outer edge of your blacktop, ensuring that the dirt and grime is washed off of your parking lot and into the local drains. 

#2 Fix Any Cracks

The second thing you need to do to prepare your blacktop for winter weather is fill in any cracks that are in your parking lot. Cracks in your parking lot are deadly during the winter time. Cracks that may have been there for months can spread and grow during the winter months. During the winter, when water gets into the cracks, it forces them to grow larger when the water freezes and expands. Every time this happens, the cracks in your parking lot will get larger and larger. 

You can ignore cracks for most of the year without facing any consequences; however, you cannot ignore the consequence of cracks in the winter time. Use asphalt patching material to fill in all the cracks in your parking lot; be sure to go back over them and make sure that they are properly sealed.

#3 Sealcoat Your Parking Lot

Finally, the last step that you need to take to prepare your blacktop parking lot for winter is to call up a professional paving company and schedule them to come out and sealcoat your parking lots. Sealcoating will add an additional level of protection to your parking lot. It will help protect your parking lot from the wear and tear of salt, snow and dirt during the winter months and protect the base of your parking lot. Sealcoating is also a great way to fill in any cracks that you didn't find or patch. 

If you take the three steps above, you should be able to protect your parking lot from the wear and tear that it will experience during the winter months and keep it in good shape for your customers. 

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14 November 2016