As the owner of a business, when you think of property maintenance, you may think of painting the building, doing some landscaping, or even making general repairs on the roof. However, one component of your property that must be adequately maintained is the parking area. The parking area of your business is the first place your customers see, the first place they will physically experience from your business, and is easily the first place where your liability for safety kicks in. If you want to ensure your parking area is as well maintained as it should be, make sure you avoid these three big mistakes.
Mistake: Not having the parking area sealed as needed.
Why? Usually about every year, a paved parking area needs a hefty coat of sealcoating. Sealcoating your parking area prolongs its lifespan by covering tiny fissures and cracks to protect against heat and cold and precipitation. This layer of protection acts as a barrier between the pavement and the elements, but it also helps keep your parking lot looking good and offering a smoother surface texture for easy foot and vehicle travel. Skipping the sealcoating treatments will just lead to rapid deterioration, such as potholes, crumbles, and cracks, that can be potential hazards for the customers who use the area.
Mistake: Trying to apply parking area markings on your own.
Why? If you notice that the parking space striping and handicap symbols on your parking lot are starting to fade, you may be tempted to grab a can of paint and brighten things up. However, it is never a good idea to try to apply parking area markings on your own. Not only could a mistake in measurements actually be dangerous, but using the wrong materials could actually damage the surface of the pavement. It is best to rely on a sealcoating contractor to reapply the lines and markings professionally.
Mistake: Not being attentive to seemingly minimal damages.
Why? If you spot a section of your parking area that is starting to deteriorate, whether it is developing breakage or sunken areas, it is important to have these damages repaired quickly. The longer damages are allowed to set in where pavement is concerned, the more difficult they can be to repair later on. A small area where water continuously pools could easily become a source of damage for a widespread area, for example. Therefore, it is best to be on top of any small damages you see in your parking area and have them repaired right away.