Tips to prepare your parking lot for winter
It’s important to prepare your parking lot for winter. You’ll be surprised how helpful
it is when spring rolls around and you don’t have the usual number of repairs that
need to be made and there are no sections to replace.
Follow these tips to prepare your asphalt for winter:
Clearing snow from your parking lot does more than freeing up space for cars to
park. Snow is very heavy, and it puts lots of pressure on your asphalt. The weight
will cause it to crack and fall apart. Whether you do it yourself or would like to get
a quote for snow removal from us, be sure to remove those piles of snow.
Snow removal tools
Take a good look at your snow removal tools at the beginning of the season. Plows
often become damaged and snow blowers get real work-outs when they’re in use
so they require regular maintenance. You want to have your tools in the best shape
possible before that first flake falls to avoid heavy pile-ups later.
Gaps, cracks and holes
These easily fill with snow and water. When moisture freezes inside of cracks it
expands and makes them even worse. Water can also seep under your asphalt causing
even larger holes and significant damage. For these reasons it’s important to fill
any cracks and to add sealant before winter comes along. This kind of preventative
maintenance may help you avoid needing a whole new parking lot in the spring.
Proper ice melt
Everyone thinks that ice melt is all the same, but that is just not the case. We recommend
that you only use ice melt that has a calcium base. You should never use one
that includes ammonium or any type of fertilizer.
Properly preparing your parking lot for winter will pay-off with less maintenance
and repair costs when the warm weather returns. If you need help to determine
best practices to maintain your lot, whether it is new paving, repairing, sealing,
striping or snow removal, Hall Paving has the experienced team to keeping your
parking areas at peak performance. Call us today at 502.367.6151. We’ll send one of
our Asphalt U. faculty members to give you a FREE assessment and solutions.