Fall is approaching, and that means the first frost of the year is on the way. Your parking lot needs some attention this time of year! Put down the hot cider and pumpkins and take a look at your parking lot. Be prepared before you have damage and accidents.
Why Get Your Lot Ready for Winter?
There are plenty of things that you can do before the first frost or the first snow of the winter season. These help prevent liabilities from winter injuries, and they help you prevent damage to your parking lot. This increases the longevity of your parking lot. Both of these save you money in the long run. Preparing now will only make your winter season that much easier.
How to Prepare Your Parking Lot for Winter
The first thing to do is make sure that your lot is clean. You don’t want to shovel snow with trash and debris in it, which damages your snow plow. After that, it’s very important to make sure that you fill any cracks or potholes. These holes and cracks get worse over the winter season from being filled with water. The water expands into ice and snow and causes greater damage. Something resolved with a simple crack fill in the summer or fall now needs repoured. This ends up costing you a lot more than if you take the time now to do the repairs that are necessary for upkeep of your parking lot.
When you’ve got your cracks and potholes filled, it’s time to think about sealcoating your parking lot before the winter season. If you haven’t done it in a few years, it might be the right time to do it again. Sealcoating will protect your parking lot from the elements, from small wear and tear, and from UV rays. Sealcoating prolongs the life of your parking lot and saves you money in the long run. At 309 Paving Services, we use GemSeal® products.
GemSeal® is a national supplier of pavement sealcoating products. In our mix, sand is added to the sealer at the rate of 2 pounds per gallon and gives the sealer a more aggressive texture acting as a slip-resistant when applied to your asphalt surface. This is great for the winter time when smooth surfaces can quickly become an ice rink. It also acts as a bonding agent to enhance the strength of the sealer prolonging its life expectancy. Plus, to cut down dry time and get your parking lot back in service, we use an additive called Rapid Set. Rapid Set reduces dry time, improves sealer adhesion, and increases longevity of your parking lot.
Need Help Getting Your Parking Lot Ready for Winter?
If you need help getting your parking lot ready for the first snowfall, it’s time to call 309 Paving Services. We can help you formulate a plan for your unique situation and make sure that you are getting what you need to protect your parking lot this winter. We’re happy to help you find the right options for your lot. Give us a call today for more information and to get started on getting your parking lot ready for winter.