Fix These Common Pavement Eyesores with these 5 Tips

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Fix These Common Pavement Eyesores with these 5 Tips

Your driveway or parking lot might be feeling a bit neglected. Here are some ways to show a little love to your laneway and avoid expensive repairs in the future.

Your pavement adds curb appeal, supports your vehicles, and even holds up to a robust game of hoops with your friends.  Concrete or asphalt, your driveway or parking lot can develop problems of their own.  Here are some tried and true tips to keep your pavement looking it’s very best along with parking lot maintenance.

OIL STAINS

The Problem:

No matter the season, fluid leaks from vehicles can make for some dingy stains and may ultimately cause you to have to replace some or all of your pavement.

Your Fix:

To determine if the oil stains have already permanently damaged your payment, you’ll want to grab your screwdriver. Poke the pavement with the tool, and if it sinks into the spot, you’ll need to replace the pavement. If the screwdriver doesn’t sink, you simply need some degreaser. Consider using a biodegradable degreaser for environmental safety. First, blot any existing liquids and sweep the area first with a stiff bristle broom. Apply the degreaser and allow it to sit for a minute or so. Then wipe away the stain.

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OXIDIZATION

The Problem:

Your black asphalt is looking dull and gray. This can happen when asphalt loses its moisture due to sun and weather elements. This process is called oxidation.

The Fix:

A more permanent solution is to seal coat your asphalt.  Sealcoating products add a fresh layer of tar, oils, and other components. As the product absorbs, the color should restore back to what you expect and your pavement will be better protected.

FADED LINES

The Problem:

When the parking lines on your property are no longer clearly visible, you may notice your customers parking outside of designated areas or driving over lines.  Your blurred lines may also be due to recent seal coating.  Due to typical environmental wear and tear, parking lines typically need to be reapplied every two years. Read More.

The Fix:

Regardless of the cause, you need new parking lines to remedy this problem. You can apply new lines manually,  or even buy a small line striping machine that will provide perfect lines for decades.

TREE AND VEGETATION ROOTS

The Problem:

A beautiful tree adds much-needed shade to your parking lot, and vegetation adds aesthetics and increases property values.  However, unless carefully placed when planted, these root systems keep expanding into your driveway and parking lot.  You can see where the tree roots are growing as it breaks your asphalt, leaves uneven raised areas near the medians, and makes your lot lose some of its curb appeals.

The Fix:

The good news is that you have some workable options. You will need to take some care in removing the pavement from the area.  This will expose the roots and you can then work on a workaround.  If they are small, you can trim them back and it shouldn’t affect the tree.

Tree roots, at times, can be very stubborn.  You want to treat your asphalt issue but you also don’t want to kill the tree.  There are things such as chemical treatments that say they can help. However, you need to be careful of these as they can also have adverse effects on the tree. An arborist may be able to help you figure out how to move the roots in a manner that won’t harm the tree. 

BROKEN PARKING BLOCKS

The Problem:

Those parking blocks you installed are the safety workhorses of your lot. If you notice a few chipped or cracked ones, it may have been caused by car bumpers or the elements.

The Fix:

If your parking blocks are made from concrete, your pavement eyesore can be repaired. If possible, keep as much of the material that has broken off as you can. Concrete bonding agents can restore the functionality.

Alternately, you can hire a contractor to return concrete parking blocks to their original condition. This service can save you money over ordering and installing new parking blocks.

Fix Your Asphalt Problems and Protect Your Investment

Would you like help with diagnosis and solutions for your driveway and parking lot problems?  Call Lite Load Services LLC today and let’s get started.