You get one chance to make a first impression. And for commercial properties, part of that first impression is based on the condition of the streets, driveways and parking lots that potential customers use before ever entering your building. Therefore, it’s imperative that property owners make a great first impression by Preventing and Preserving, to Prolong their drivable area’s useful life.
Prevent. While wear and tear on your property’s asphalt is inevitable, you can slow the deterioration in the following ways:
- Fix drainage problems. Standing water seeps into asphalt causing it to crack and break down, creating potholes. Stop this problem before it starts by touring your property’s asphalted areas after a heavy rainstorm to see where water has pooled. Then redirect water flow to address these problem areas.
- Reduce the load. Larger vehicles such as trash trucks and commercial trucks wear down your property’s asphalt. So limit your asphalt’s load by positioning trash dumpsters near the entrance. You can also reinforce areas near loading docks to protect driveways from heavier trucks.
Preserve. There are several routine maintenance tasks you should perform to extend the useful life of your property’s streets, driveways and parking lots.
- Seal it. Sealcoating your lot not only protects it from the elements, but it also keeps it looking fresh and new longer than a non-coated lot.
- Fill it. Small cracks will eventually appear in any asphalt or concrete surface. The key is to fill those small cracks before they become bigger cracks.
- Clean it. Keeping your lots and streets clean not only helps you create a great first impression, but also contributes to their longevity. Regular cleaning prevents damage caused by debris. It also makes it easier to see the condition of the lot and attend to problems.
Prolong. Performing regular repairs and preventative maintenance to your drivable areas prolongs their life. This saves you money in the long run, as you’ll have to repave or replace your streets and lots less frequently. What’s more, it’s easier to budget for ongoing preventative maintenance.
So remember: make a great first impression by Preventing and Preserving to Prolong!