Preparing Your Parking Lot for Fall
Will your parking lot look just as good when spring comes back round? Now is the time to prevent damage this fall and winter by preparing your parking lot. Check out our tips below:
Seal CoatingYou should have your asphalt parking lot seal coated 1 year after install and every 2-3 years after that depending on your environment. Seal coating extends the life of your driveway, protects against damaging UV radiation, improves the pavement’s overall lifetime, and protects the material from allowing spills (liquids and oils) to permeate and cause damage. Seal coating even boosts visual appeal! When it comes to an investment as important as your driveway and parking lot, get a professional contractor to apply your high-quality seal coating to ensure the life of your pavement is long.
Asphalt Management Inc. offers seal coating as part of our parking lot and driveway asphalt care services. Call us today to make an appointment to properly apply seal coating to your asphalt before the winter months are here.
Crack RepairJust like weeds growing in cracks make bigger cracks all summer, water and snow can enter cracks in your pavement and cause expansion during the fall and winter. As cracks grow and become deeper there is a risk of future damage. Repairing cracks and chips while they’re still minor will save you money in the long run and extend the life of your driveway. When holes or cracks are more than a couple of inches deep and wider than ¼ inch, it may be time to fully repair your pavement using our infrared asphalt repair process.
PatchingIf your cracks and chips have grown large in your pavement, its time for some asphalt patching to cover the damaged areas. We offer several types of asphalt repair, including infrared asphalt repair, overlay asphalt repair or if the damage is too extensive, we may recommend mill and replace or full-depth removal of your pavement. We are a full-service contractor, we can also take care of your concrete issues before they cause safety concerns.
Catch Basin Repair
Storm drains (also known as catch basins) are vital to your parking lot’s asphalt management. The drains remove surface water run-off and keep water from accumulating in your parking lot. If asphalt management does not include inspecting the parking lot catch basin, a faulty catch basin drainage system will allow standing water to accumulate and cause the subsurface of the parking lot to start to deteriorate rapidly. Catch basin repairs range in magnitude but addressing the issue as soon as its noticed will reduce liability and repair costs. Contacting Asphalt Management today will ensure that your parking lot catch basin is inspected properly and any issues with your catch basin drainage system are addressed.
Signs That You Need Catch Basin Repairs
The catch basin or its grate is higher than the surrounding asphalt. This poses a tripping hazard and can create standing water that degrades existing asphalt further. Repairs may involve removing surrounding asphalt and lowering the basin to alter the height of the frame.
Sunken Parking Lot Catch Basin
Either water erodes the sub-base, or the stone base has settled and can no longer support the asphalt. Depending on the severity of the damage, asphalt may be removed to even things out, or the repair may require replacing the entire structure for the drain.
The longer the deterioration is allowed to continue and the more water collects in holes and cracks, freezing and thawing over time, the more severe the damage and repair costs. Leaving a catch basin neglected until a sinkhole develops could cause far more extensive damage to surrounding asphalt, and create liability issues.
If a catch basin or storm drain is older and may be beyond repair, we can completely dig out and rebuild the more extreme of cases. Preventative maintenance reduces costs and ensures long-lasting catch basins and drain structures while keeping the rest of your parking lot in good repair.
To find out what catch basin repair you need, give us a call at
Slip and fall accidents increase as winter arrives and the snow and ice hit. While there is no controlling the winter weather, there are a number of steps workplaces and their employees can take to prevent accidents and injuries.
Parking Lots and Walkways
- Watch for and repair parking lot and sidewalk damage such as cracks and holes, which not only trap snow and ice but can become worse during thawing and freezing cycles.
- Keep an eye out for drainage and water collection patterns that will freeze and require more maintenance, both in terms of plowing, and sanding and salting.
- Remind employees to wear practical footwear for the weather. Shoes or boots with good traction will help prevent slips.
- Make sure that entryways and walkways are well lit so that employees can spot hazards before they are caught off guard.
- Repair cracks and uneven pavement soon as possible and preferably before the winter season settles in – call today at (810) 659-5400 if your lots or walkways have these issues.
Entrances and Exits
- Keep watch over entrances and exits where snow can be tracked in, and keep these areas clean and dry. A wet mat or rug is as dangerous as slick tiles. Switch out and dry mats and keep water off the flooring.
- Salt or sand buckets kept near entryways will encourage frequent application to reduce the amount of snow tracked inside.
- Open communication for employees to report snow and ice hazards to supervisors. And make sure reports are addressed swiftly to encourage continued cooperation.
- Post signs and distribute materials to employees to address safety concerns for winter weather hazards.
- Conduct meetings and distribute materials addressing winter safety at least monthly; as the winter wears on, attention and vigilance may wane and keeping safety in mind is important.
- Encourage employees to provide weather and safety suggestions that can be shared via displays, newsletters, or other communication.
Walking on Ice
Use of appropriate footwear can prevent injury
- Avoid walking on slippery surfaces while wearing high heels – bring an extra change of shoes if necessary.
- Many dress shoes do not have suitable traction on their soles. If needed, wear more suitable footwear and bring shoes for the office.
- Watch for older footwear whose treads may have worn down through use – worn treads are equal to no treads in regards to traction.
In hazardous circumstances, modify the way you walk
- Sustain your center of gravity over your feet
- Shorten your stride – shorter steps.
- Walk with your feet spread apart slightly.
- Use your arms for balance and take care with carried items that might throw you off balance or restrict movement.
- Slow down! Especially if the surface is not only slippery but uneven.
Call us today to talk about your snow removal bid and snow plowing contract.
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