Winter can be tough on your business's parking lot, especially if you live in an area with extreme freezes or heavy snowfall. Making sure it survives the season intact is not just important from a cost saving perspective, but also for the safety of your customers and their vehicles. The following guide can help you maintain your lot through the winter months.
Keep it clean.
Before the first freeze and snow fall, bring in a lot cleaning company to pressure wash the lot and remove the stains of summer—including spilled food and car fluids. This way you won't have foreign chemicals eating into the concrete all winter long. After the pro cleaning, continue to keep the lot swept daily until the snow falls. You don't want the plows coming in and scraping garbage across the lot, which could damage the paving.
Get it sealed.
Both asphalt and concrete can better weather winter moisture if they have been sealed. This is a task best done in spring or summer so the seal has plenty of time to cure before winter. How often you seal is dependent on many factors, including how much traffic your lot gets and local weather. For example, asphalt lot may need yearly sealing if they're high traffic lots, while lots with lower traffic may only need to do it every other year.
Patch it up.
Any cracks or holes in your lot are only going to get worse during winter. This is because moisture will seep into them, and then the moisture will freeze and expand so that the cracks get larger. Bring in a paving contractor before the first freeze hits and allow them to fill in cracks and holes. If the lot is highly damaged, you may want to consider having it resurfaced with a fresh layer of pavement.
Clear it correctly.
There are right ways and wrong ways to clear snow off your lot. Your plow driver shouldn't be actually scraping the paved surface. Instead, the plow should be set slightly above the paving so that a thin layer of snow remains after plowing. This helps prevent plow gouges in your pavement. Also, avoid using salt-based deicers, since these can leave pits in the paving that will develop into cracks and holes. Instead, use a non-salt deicer and sweep it up after the ice melts, or simply sprinkle sand to help add more traction for your customers in your lot.
If your parking lot needs a little help due to wear and tear, consider contacting a company that handles repaving. Companies like Branche Industries may be able to help.