The winter season is almost here! The weather during this time of year can be unpredictable, and it’s important to make sure your parking lot is prepared for potential snowstorms. Our team put together four steps to ensure that your parking lot in Indianapolis is ready for snow.
Seal Cracks and Fill Holes
As it begins to snow, water will consistently be on the surface of your asphalt. It is important to make sure all cracks and holes are filled early in the season. If you find that there are cracks and holes when you inspect your property, water can potentially leak into the asphalt and erode the base and/or sub-base of the parking lot. Open cracks widen and spread quickly with the repeated stress of freeze/thaw cycles. This can create costly problems in the spring, and it’s important to maintain your parking lot year-round.
Sealcoating prevents surface deterioration and protects your asphalt investment. It restores pavement to a black and polished look, prevents gasoline and oil leaks from penetrating the surface, and reduces maintenance by shielding the parking lot from elements that cause cracks and holes. Most importantly, it protects your parking lot from the number one asphalt-destroyer –water damage. Sealcoating asphalt pavement with a coal tar or asphalt-based emulsion is vital to the life of the asphalt. HASCO has earned a first-rate reputation for not only our paving expertise during installation and repairs, but also our long lasting, exceptional results!
Make sure your drainage system is working properly
If your drainage system is not working properly, water can become backed up and create a layer of ice on the surface of your parking lot. This is a danger to not only cars, but also pedestrians. In order to protect the safety of your customers, make sure that your drainage system is functioning so that water does not back up and cover the surface of your parking lot with ice. This will also ensure that water won’t fill any cracks or holes that form.
Create a snow removal plan
After the structural elements are addressed, you can now think about the actual removal of snow from your parking lot. To prepare your parking lot for snow removal, make sure all cracks and holes are repaired! If your asphalt is smooth, there will be no problem removing snow from the surface as tools are able to easily glide over the top layer of the asphalt. However, if there are cracks and potholes that are left unrepaired, shovels and snow plows may create larger cracks and potholes. Consider hiring a snow removal company in order to ensure that the job is being done correctly, effectively, and safely. It’s important to make sure that your parking lot is accessible and looks professional for your customers! Talk to the company’s previous customers to make sure they are reputable, credible, and respectful!
Here at HASCO, we pride ourselves on our reputation! Every project we complete is backed by a one year guarantee for materials and workmanship. Make sure your parking lot in Indianapolis is ready for snow by requesting a free, no-obligation estimate with one of our experts!