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 its very best along with parking lot maintenance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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