While winter may still seem a ways away, the jolly season will be here before we know it. Businesses must take the right steps now in regards to parking lot winter preparation to prevent pavement disasters and set themselves up for success come next spring.
“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” ~Alexander Graham Bell
Snow and ice are among the most threatening elements of winter for parking lots; between heavy loads of snow, extreme cold temperatures and road salt, your pavement is put to the test. Here are a five ways you can prevent the common pitfalls caused by harsh winter weather.
Parking Lot Winter Preparation: Prepare for Cold Weather with Asphalt Repair
1. Block the Water.
Yes, water is essential for your landscaping, but it’s your parking lot’s worst enemy. While it’s still warm outside, inspect your parking lot and look for any cracks or holes. This notorious spot is often the first place that snow melts into the sub base which leads to the freeze-thaw cycle. When water freezes, it expands. When it melts, it contracts. Over time, this leads to alligator cracking and potholes.
2. Fall is for Repairs.
A formula for success, asphalt repairs help to prevent the relentless freeze-thaw cycle. Seal cracks and repair potholes so water won’t seep underneath the surface and compromise the sub-base.
3. Maintenance is Key.
Get more out of the money and time you invest in your commercial parking lot with a couple key pre-winter maintenance reminders. Clear parking lots of all debris to ensure nothing interferes with the wintertime snow removal process and remember to check drainage systems to ensure drains and manholes are flowing properly.
4. Sealcoat Asphalt for Ultimate Protection.
Beyond repairing potholes and filling cracks, sealcoating your asphalt will protect the entire parking lot from harsh winter weather elements. Plus, sealcoating will improve that sacred first impression, help to make your parking lot much less susceptible to bigger problems come spring, and even make your pavement last longer.
5. Think Ahead.
Your business operates all year round, that means your parking lot needs to look its best all year round. The Old Farmer’s Almanac Winter Weather Forecast 2017–2018 predicts that this winter is going to have above-normal levels of precipitation throughout the country, which will translate to equally above-normal amounts of snowfall in parts of the Northeast. Plan ahead by putting together a snow removal plan before the first storm hits.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ~Benjamin Franklin
East Coast Paving Parking Lot Winter Preparation Services
At East Coast Paving, our experts have seen it all. Servicing New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, we know the importance of parking lot winter preparation. Contact us today at 732-329-3600 to learn more about our techniques and commercial grade products that will give your asphalt an edge to guard against the winter elements.
“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” ~Alan Lakein