Four Basic Tips For Parking Lot Winterization

When current or potential clients approach your property, their first impression is often the condition of your driveway and parking lot. 

Inconsistent temperatures, drying heat, and heavy traffic all contribute to deep cracking and potholes in your pavement. While these influences deteriorate your asphalt, moisture penetrating the grooves becomes your heaviest problem, invading flawed areas and creating unstable ground if left untreated.

Catch arising pavement issues early by following these winterization guidelines:

As cracks expand, the risk of greater deterioration increases, and replacing the full lot will carry three times the price tag of routine maintenance.
— Michael Tomasone
  1. Maintain the surface by sweeping away debris and dirt regularly to prolong the life of your pavement, ease the task of de-icing later, and offer a safe, inviting appeal. 
  2. Examine your lot for oil spots, standing water, cracking, ruts, and potholes as these are all signs of wear and tear warning of damage already in need of immediate attention.
  3. Apply asphalt sealcoating to help protect mended areas from winter exposure. This will increase the lifespan of your improvements and prevent further damage from arising. Without proper sealant, hollow areas will eventually cave in, creating erosion and dangerous sink holes on your property.
  4. Schedule regular shoveling and de-icing of your parking lot to decrease the damage taken by winter storms. 

Demonstrating reliability and professionalism begins with proactive maintenance and repairs. Michael Tomasone, president of Southwest Companies, urges building managers to correct any areas greater than two inches in size.

Maintain your property's safety, functionality, and reputation by planning ahead for pavement repairs and snow removal. Contact Southwest Companies for quality asphalt winterization services.