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I have always been someone who loves a good presentation, even when it comes to something as simple as a nice-looking yard. Unfortunately, I didn't know that much about upgrading my yard, which is why I brought in professional contractors. They looked around and told me that the first thing we needed to do was to upgrade our driveway, and so we decided to do it. We had them completely break out our driveway and replace it with a stamped, stained version, and it looked amazing. Check out this website for tips on making the cement in your yard beautiful.

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5 Parking Lot Paving Maintenance Tips To Perform This Fall

Damaged parking lot paving is a real problem, and the bulk of the damages often occur over the winter months when excess moisture and extreme temperatures put stress on the asphalt. Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimize damages.

1. Clear Existing Drains

Drainage is the single most important thing needed to protect a parking lot from winter damage. Most lots have both interior drains at low points in the lot, as well as storm drains along the edges of the lot. These can become blocked up with trash and debris over the summer, which leads to overflowing drains and standing water in winter. A professional cleaning will ensure they drain properly.

2. Perform a Ponding Survey

Ponding water, or water that pools on the asphalt surface, in winter can destroy asphalt. The puddles seep into the asphalt's pores, where it then freezes and expands. This expansion results in cracks and potholes. If there are areas where ponding occurs after rainfall, then there are a couple of options. Your asphalt contractor may be able to patch and level the area, or it may make more sense to install a drain in the low area.

3. Clean Up Summer Residue

Car fluids, pollution, and other debris can collect on your paved lot surface over a long, dry summer. When winter wetness arrives, this layer of residue can create slippery conditions for drivers. Further, some types of residue can also slowly eat away at the asphalt. A thorough parking lot cleaning to remove all residue in the fall can prevent accidents as well as prolong the life of the paving. 

4. Repair All Damages

Cracks, potholes, and loose surface aggregate are all problems that will only get worse over the winter months when moisture and freezing weather break down damaged asphalt even more quickly. Fortunately, these damages can be repaired with fillers, patches, or resurfacing if caught early enough. Schedule these repairs before winter weather arrives to avoid more extensive damages.

5. Apply a Protective Seal

Asphalt is somewhat porous, which means it can absorb moisture. This can be a problem in winter when the moisture freezes and breaks apart the paving. A sealcoat application solves the problem by filling in the pores so moisture can't soak into the asphalt. If water is soaking into your parking lot pavement, then it is time to have a fresh sealcoat applied before winter arrives.

Contact a commercial paving service for more help with fall maintenance and repairs.