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Important Information For Owners Of Commercial Parking Lots

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Do you own a commercial property? Is the parking lot starting to look pitted and worn out? When your parking lot looks like it's seen better days, you may be wondering how long you can postpone tearing up the parking lot to have a fresh one put in. Fortunately, there are other things you can do to prolong the life of your parking lot. If you're new to owning a commercial parking lot, here are the answers to some questions you may have:

Is there anything that can be done to remedy a parking lot that already has issues? 

If your parking lot already has several large cracks and divots, there are a few things that can be done. Relatively larger holes may need to be patched with replacement asphalt material. This replacement asphalt should last as long, or longer than, the original parking lot asphalt and it will certainly be less of a hazard to both your employees and your customers.

Cracks and smaller holes can be filled with a tar mixture, to help prevent these spots from becoming more serious. In addition, parking lot sealing should be performed as often as recommended by your paving company. Doing this will help prevent things like salt, heat, and ice from deteriorating the surface of your parking lot.

Will my business have to close for parking lot sealing or other maintenance? 

Good parking lot contractors will strive to interrupt your business as little as possible. If you have a very tiny parking lot, you may want to request that they show up after you close, to minimize any inconvenience to yourself or your customers. If your parking lot is larger, they should section it off so that different parts are completed at different times. Doing this will allow them to work on your parking lot while your business is open, but will still minimize the impact of the repairs.

How long will I have to wait before I can reopen my parking lot?

The answer to this is going to depend on where your business is located, as well as what time of year it is and what type of repairs you're having done. Make sure to ask your contractor for an estimate, but your repairs will need to cool to ambient air temperature before they can be driven on. If your parking lot needs patches, those areas will probably need more time to cure than if you just have cracks filled or have parking lot sealing completed.