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Is Your Parking Lot in Bad Shape? 4 Steps to Ensure a Successful Repaving Project

If you own a commercial property, you know how much traffic passes over your parking lot. Excess use can degrade the stability of your asphalt. The damage is compounded by inclement weather. This is especially true where extreme temperatures are concerned. Because of that, it's important that you have your parking lot repaved from time to time. Repaving your parking lots helps to reduce the risk of vehicle damage and of trip and fall accidents. It also helps to maintain the value of your commercial property. If it's time to repave your commercial parking lot, take the steps provided below. These steps will help to ensure a successful repaving project. 

Clear the Space

If you're like most business owners, you have a busy parking lot. Not only do you use your parking lot for your customer vehicles, but you might also use the space for additional storage, especially in the back alley area. If that's the case, you'll need to clear the area before the paving contractors arrive. Your paving contractor will need to get to every corner of your parking lot. If you have cars, storage containers, or dumpsters in the area, your repaving project won't go as smoothly as it should. Prior to your scheduled appointment, make sure the parking lot is cleared and ready to go. 

Repair the Damage

If you're going to repave your commercial parking lot, you may think that fresh asphalt can be placed directly over existing damage. In some cases, that can be accomplished, such as with minor cracks and blemishes. But, there's other damage that will need to be repaired before fresh asphalt can be applied to the parking lot. This is the case where extensive damage is concerned. Some types of excessive damage include sinkholes, potholes, and deep crevices. Also, if there are edges that have crumbled due to soil erosion, you should take care of those repairs before repaving. 

Pause the Sprinklers

If your commercial building has professional landscaping, you may have installed automatic sprinklers. If that's the case, you should put a pause on the cycle until your pavement contractor gives the go-ahead to restart the sprinklers. Overspray from the sprinklers can cause serious damage to your new pavement, especially if the asphalt hasn't had the chance to cure. 

Consider Space Changes

Finally, if you're going to have your commercial parking lot repaved, now's a good time to consider space changes. Once your parking lot is repaved, your contractor will apply fresh lines to the lot. If you don't have a sufficient amount of designated disabled parking spaces or you'd like to expand your parking area, now's the time to take care of that.  Before your project begins, talk to your paving contractor about changing the placement of your parking lot lines.

Call a commercial asphalt paving service to learn more.