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Do you have a driveway? Do you own an apartment building or a rental property with a parking lot? Do you own a business with a patio? Do you manage a small town or a parks department? If you've answered yes to any of these questions, you may occasionally need to hire a paving company to provide paving services for you. These companies can do anything from small paths and patios to large parking lots. They can put in plain gray concrete or dress it up with acid stains, etchings, and more. All the options can be overwhelming, but this blog is here to help. Enjoy.


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3 Effective Maintenance Steps That Improve Your Parking Lot

by Kathy Knight

An important, yet overlooked, aspect of your property is the parking lot. This is where customers park their vehicles, and it's what makes the first impression for your commercial property. As such, you need to make sure it looks nice and is structurally sound. You can achieve both of these things with these maintenance steps. 

Repaint Parking Space Lines

Over time, the parking space lines on your parking lot will start fading in color. Although this doesn't seem like a major issue, it often causes drivers to park crooked. This could cause unnecessary complications as customers ding the doors of fellow customers that are parked too close.

Avoid these incidents by repainting your parking space lines often. You can do this by investing in a line striping machine. It takes regular canisters of paint and helps you paint straight lines using a guided arrow in the front. In a short period of time, you'll have freshly painted parking spaces. 

Sealcoat the Surface 

To make your parking lot last much longer -- saving you repair costs and time -- you can have the surface sealcoated. It works by sealing in small cracks and creating a protective barrier on the surface. Water is then not able to seep into these cracks and cause them to get bigger.

Sealcoating has also been found to protect asphalt from the harmful effects of oil and grease, as well as damage from the sun's rays. In turn, your parking lot will look new for many years, and you won't have to put as much effort into maintaining it.

Enhance the Landscaping

Although the parking lot is mainly used for parking, you shouldn't neglect the landscaping features that surround it. After all, they enhance the aesthetics of your commercial property and can even to reduce stormwater pollution and combat soil erosion.

There are many ways you can enhance this aspect of your parking lot. You could, for example, plant compact trees on all of the concrete islands. They provide a nice contrast to the asphalt and enhance curb appeal. You could also plant sustainable turf around your parking lot. It's easy to maintain and always maintains its vibrant green color.

Whether you own a grocery store or sports department, the parking lot should always remain a top priority. As long as you maintain it properly throughout the year, you can avoid costly repairs and ensure your property's curb appeal is up to the right standards. 

For more information, contact your local asphalt paving services.