Your Spring Parking Lot Maintenance ChecklistMichael Coderre
The arrival of spring presents the ideal time to give your parking lot the upkeep it needs to look its best. Your parking lot is the first thing that your customers see, so it’s important to make a good impression. In addition to making your property look better, a well-kept parking lot ensures the safety of both your clients and staff. To help you get your parking lot ready for spring, here is a checklist.
Cleaning & Sweeping
Cleaning the parking lot thoroughly is the first step in springtime parking lot upkeep. This entails clearing the area of trash and waste like leaves, as well as sweeping the pavement to get rid of any, gravel, sand, filth, or grime. Power washing is the next step to get rid of oil stains, and remaining debris.
Examining & Repair Potholes & Cracks
The effects of the harsh winter weather on your parking lot can result in potholes and cracks. In order to stop future deterioration and to guarantee a smooth surface for vehicles and pedestrians, it is crucial to evaluate the pavement for any damage and repair it as soon as practical. Cracks and potholes can be a safety threat for people driving or walking on the lot in addition to being unsightly. Filling cracks and potholes with high-quality asphalt patching material is recommended as soon as possible to limit future deterioration and damage. Roadly sells a range crack filling equipment for DIY’ers to get the job done, and for Contractors to up their game, and fill cracks faster and more efficiently.
Assess if Seal Coating is Required
Seal coating is recommended as preventative maintenance, as asphalt ages, and cracks start. If you have plenty of cracks and potholes you should consider making seal coating a regular part of your asphalt maintenance to prolong the life of your asphalt. The cost of seal coating is a small price to pay to add to the life of your asphalt, and prevent the cost of re-paving. If you have already seal coated your lot, check to see if there is any patching that needs to be done, or if you are in need of a reseal. In harsh Canadian climates 1-2 years is the recommended frequency of seal coating applications.
Repainting Parking Lot Lines & Painted Messages
In Canada, our winter takes it’s toll on asphalt markings. The freeze / thaw cycle in combination with the heavily sanded / chipped lots is very hard on traffic paint, and painting is usually done annually. The best time to repaint these lines and markings is in the spring to make sure that drivers can see them clearly. This applies to all parking lot lines as well as any designated parking spaces for the disabled, crosswalks, painted arrows, and stop bars. Roadly carries a full lineup of traffic paint, line striping machines, and parking lot stencils for DIY’ers, and contractors.
Check & Maintain Drainage Systems
Spring is a wonderful time to examine the drainage systems in your parking lot. Verify that the water is flowing smoothly and that there are no clogs or blockages in the drains, and no pooling in catch basins. This will stop water from collecting and harming the pavement. Safety risks can also be caused by poor drainage in wet weather. In order to ensure that water flows away from the building and other structures, it is crucial to examine drainage, and fix pooling issues, before the asphalt deteriorates.
Reset & Replace Parking Curbs
Every winter it’s the same story here in Canada, snow clearing must be done to make your lots accessible. Usually what ends up happening is that the concrete curbs inevitably end up getting beaten up, cracked, or knocked out of place. When spring comes how much damage has been done is quickly revealed. We recommend replacing concrete wheel stops with rubber curbs. They are easier to move, it can be done by a single person by hand, and they last longer, which will end up saving time and money in the long run.
Regularly Scheduled Maintenance: It’s crucial to plan routine maintenance throughout the year to keep your parking lot in the finest possible shape. Cleaning, examinations, necessary repairs, and repainting might all fall under this category. By avoiding the need for expensive repairs, routine maintenance can help your parking lot last longer and ultimately save you money.
This checklist will help you ensure your parking lot is ready for the spring and the rest of the year. It will not only be a safer and nicer environment for your clients and staff, but it will also leave a positive first impression on everybody that comes to your property. By avoiding the need for expensive repairs, routine maintenance can help your parking lot last longer and ultimately save you money.
Roadly is here to help you with any of your parking lot maintenance needs. Give us a call and we can walk you through any of our equipment that can help make these tasks easy and efficient.