With freezing temperatures, regular snowfall, and the routine use of heavy equipment like snowplows and tire chains, winter is a tough time for an asphalt parking lot. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to protect your asphalt paving with the help of commercial snow plowing services. Here’s what to do to get ready for the season.
How to Prepare an Asphalt Parking Lot for the Winter
1. Repair Potholes
Potholes form when water enters the ground, freezes, and expands. This expansion forces parts of your asphalt paving to crack, bend, and break. When the frozen water melts, it retreats and leaves natural depressions in these damaged spots.
During the winter, existing potholes will likely worsen. This presents a danger to your customers and employees, increasing the risk of falls and damage to vehicles. Have your potholes repaired by an asphalt paving professional before winter hits.
2. Seal the Surface
Sealcoating safeguards your parking lot by applying a sealant layer over the top. This solid coating protects the surface from water and ultraviolet light damage. Before the sealcoat is installed, cracks need to be filled in to create a uniform surface.
A paving service can handle these tasks. Just be sure to plan accordingly because the lot won't be usable for 24 to 72 hours after the application of the sealcoat.
3. Hire Commercial Snow Plowing Professionals
Enlist the services of snow removal professionals to care for your parking lot. Using your own tools, such as shovels or snowblowers, can be a labor-intensive undertaking and easily scratch, scrape, or crack your asphalt surface. Professionals use industrial-grade snow plows to get the job done quickly and effectively, and they know how to navigate parking lots so as not to damage them.
If you need reliable asphalt paving or snow removal, contact Guarco Construction in Granby, CT. We are family-owned and -operated, and have served Hartford County and the surrounding areas since 1974. We specialize in commercial and residential paving and snow removal. We are renowned for their friendly, dependable service, attention to detail, and competitive rates. Learn more about us online or call (860) 278-5558 to schedule your snow removal or asphalt paving.
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