What To Do After Your New Asphalt Parking Lot Is Poured


If you're a new property owner, you've probably got big plans for that parking lot. But you'll want to keep a few things in mind for the after care. From planning the actual parking spaces to long-term maintenance, here's what you need to do in order to be the envy of the block and save yourself from preventable repairs.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

It's been estimated that in the first ¾ of your parking lot's life, the condition and quality of the surface will decrease about 40%. Investing in maintenance during these early years tends to be cheaper because you're tackling preventative care before issues like cracks and potholes arise.

Here are a few things to do regularly to extend the life of your lot:

  1. Sweep. Trash and debris can increase the likelihood for standing water. Over time, this "ponding" can cause the surface of your lot to become compromised, ultimately allowing water into the sub base through cracks. Hiring a regular sweeper can reduce this issue.
  2. Keep an eye out for leaks. As you know, water is a big threat to the stability of an asphalt parking lot. Besides taking the initiative to prevent water from collecting on the surface, you need to keep a watchful eye on what's going on down below. If you notice any changes in your water pressure or your water bill, this could indicate a possible leaky pipe. Having a plumber investigate and fix the problem can help prevent cracks in your pavement.
  3. Seal coat regularly. After your lot is poured, wait 30 days to apply a seal coat. This will allow ample time for the asphalt to lose enough oil that it hardens sufficiently. A quality seal coat protects your lot from breaking down as quickly from the damaging effects of water, sun, gas fumes, oil, and other elements. Now, if you wish to extend the life of your parking lot up to 25 years, plan on having that seal coat reapplied once every three years. This can further protect the surface.
  4. Remove oil. Believe it or not, oil that leaks from cars can degrade the surface of an asphalt parking lot, and it's generally recommended to tackle the issue right away. In fact, a good seal coat won't adhere properly to an oil-stained surface. When left to sit for long periods of time, oil will eat away at the surface through a process called "raveling," leaving unsightly depressions in the asphalt. There are several different methods to remove the stains, but you should consult with a contractor to determine what will work best for you and your budget. Both you and your customers will enjoy the benefits of an attractive lot that not only looks good, but is also well maintained.

Arrange For Disabled Accessibility

With a few exceptions, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) states you will need to make room for disabled-accessible parking spaces in your new parking lot. How many you provide, and the manner in which they are arranged and distributed, will be determined by how many total parking spots are available and the number of entrances to your building.

For the first 100 spaces, you need one accessible parking space per twenty-five spots. After that, the number of accessible spots required gets broken down as follows:

  • 101-150=5
  • 151-200=6
  • 201-300=7
  • 301-400=8
  • 401-500=9

Once you reach the 501-1,000 range, 2% of the total number of parking spaces should be accessible. And for parking lots that have over 1,000 spaces, which are more common at large shopping malls, you'll need at least twenty handicapped accessible spaces plus one additional for each 100 spots over 1,000.

If your building has multiple entrances, the accessible spaces should be distributed evenly so that they are as close to each entrance as possible.

The parking spaces need to be eight feet wide, unless they are van-accessible, in which case you'll need to bump that number up to eleven. The access aisles—the space that's shared between the parking spots—should be a minimum of five feet in order to allow adequate room for loading and unloading of mobility devices.

There are other rules that pertain to what percentage of your lot needs to be van-accessible, what medical facilities should do, and how you place disabled parking signs. So be sure to consult the ADA for more specific information.

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Improving Your Paving

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