Why Should You Winterize Your Parking Lot In The Summer?

Why Should You Winterize Your Parking Lot In The Summer?

Failure to prepare your commercial property for winter can pose risks for your parking lot and the people who use it. Snow, ice, and low temperatures wreak havoc on your asphalt pavement and can turn minor problems into major and even irreversible damage. Furthermore, vehicle and pedestrian accidents pose a severe liability to your business.

You can’t stop the coming winter, but you can fight its effects with the help of an experienced team and a preemptive approach. A&A Paving has been proudly serving the Chicagoland area for 60+ years, so we are well-versed in the local climate and how to combat even the toughest winter-caused damage.

Below our experts have compiled a to-do list to ensure your parking lot is ready to deliver superior performance even in the worst conditions. Take the following proactive steps to winterize your parking lot and keep your repair costs to a minimum. After all, fixing a small crack now is much easier and less expensive than fixing a huge pothole later!

Address any Repairs

Carefully walk through your parking lot and evaluate the state of your asphalt. Heavy traffic takes its toll on your pavement throughout the year; it’s urgent that you must address any signs of cracking, raveling, and rutting before summer ends. Otherwise, these minor fixes will turn into major repair jobs during the winter months and may even land you with a lawsuit.

Check the State of Your Pavement Markings

The safety of your employees and visitors should always be top of mind. Evaluate if your pavement markings are visible and vibrant and whether crosswalks are clearly defined with safe passageways. Faded lines pose a serious safety risk for vehicle and pedestrian track—especially in harsh winter conditions. If your parking lot is due for new line striping, call our team at 630-529-2500 to set it right before winter hits.

Clean off Your Pavement

Take the time to remove all debris, leaves, rocks, and dirt from your pavement before the first snowfall to help prevent cracking. Leaves and other obstructions can clog gutters and cause water not to drain properly, which will result in an icy pavement surface.

You also need to clean off any chemical spills to mitigate premature aging.

Sealcoat Your Pavement

Once you have repaired and cleaned your asphalt, you will want to consider hiring professionals for a sealcoating service. Sealcoating protects your asphalt from the elements and harsh weather. This boosts your pavement’s overall performance and aesthetic value while significantly extending its lifespan. Sealcoating should be applied to your asphalt every two to five years; it’s one of the most cost-effective ways to protect your investment and increase your property’s ROI.

Work with Our Expert Team!

With over 60 years of paving experience in the Chicagoland area, we are the industry leaders of choice. If you value a trusted paving company that listens to your needs, provides sound solutions, and communicates throughout the entire process, A&A Paving is your best bet. We continually receive 5-star reviews because we provide superior, award-winning service at every step.

Call us at 630-529-2500 or click here to learn more about the importance of winterizing your parking lot and to receive a free service quote!